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John Hurt (born 22.01.1940) John Hurt is an English actor whose best known films include 'The Elephant Man' and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'.

Childhood: John Hurt was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. His parents were Phyllis an actress and engineer, and Arnould Hurt, a mathematician and vicar. He had a strict upbringing, not being allowed to attend the cinema which they lived near or have certain friends. He attended the Anglican St Michael's Preparatory School in Otford, Kent where he got involved in school plays. He has revealed that he was sexually abused by the Senior Master; an experience that he was hugely affected by. He boarded at Christ's Hospital School in Lincoln and later enrolled in Grimsby Art School studying art at his parents' encouragement. He won a scholarship to study art at Central St. Martin's College but still struggled financially so he sold nude portraits of willing friends. He also landed a scholarship at RADA before he started television acting.

Acting career: John Hurt made his film debut in 'The Wild and the Willing' in 1962. He landed his first big role in 1966 in 'A Man for All Seasons' which also starred Paul Scofield and Orson Welles. In 1975, he earned a British Academy Television Award for his part in the TV play 'The Naked Civil Servant'. In 1978, he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his appearance in 'Midnight Express' alongside Brad Davis. That year he also voiced Hazel in 'Watership Down'and Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi's animated version of 'Lord of the Rings'. In 1979, he starred in 'Alien' opposite Sigourney Weaver and the following year earned a BAFTA award for playing John Merrick in 'The Elephant Man' alongside Anthony Hopkins - the role also earned him an Academy Award nomination. In 1983, he appeared alonside Rutger Hauer and Burt Lancaster in 'The Osterman Weekend'. 1984 saw him as the main character in the adaptation of George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' alongside Richard Burton. In 1985, he voiced the Horned King in Disney's 'The Black Cauldron'. In 1988, he was the narrator in Jim Henson's TV series 'The StoryTeller'. He appeared with Richard Harris in Jim Sheridan's 1990 film 'The Field' for which he was nominated a BAFTA. In 2001, he made an appearance in 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', reprising his role as Ollivander in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1' and 'Part 2' alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. In 2006, he played the fascist dictator in 'V for Vendetta' which also starred Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving. In 2008, he appeared opposite Harrison Ford in Steven Spielberg's 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'. He made an appearance in the popular BBC series 'Merlin'. 2009 saw him play Big Brother in a theatre adaptation of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' which premiered in Bradford.

Personal life: John Hurt married actress Annette Robertson in 1962, though they were divorced two years later. In 1967, he met French model Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot. They planned to marry 15 years later but she was killed after getting thrown off her horse in 1983. He married Donna Peacock in 1984 and moved to Kenya. They divorced in 1990. In 1990, he married Joan Dalton and had two sons, Sasha John Vincent and Nick Hurt. They were divorced in 1996. He had a seven year relationship with Sarah Owens but separated in 2002. He married Anwen Rees Meyers in 2005 and lives with her in Cromer, Norfolk. In 2004, he was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 2006, he became a patron for Project Harar, a charity for children with facial disfigurements in Ethiopia. He is also a patron of QUAD.

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John Hurt Receives Knighthood One Month After Revealing Cancer Diagnosis

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Veteran actor John Hurt has been awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama. The 75 year old received the honour during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday, where he was accompanied by his wife Anwen Hurt.

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The actor is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, which he said is going ‘really well’. "I'm halfway through my chemotherapy and I've got a whole load of tests next week," he told Sky News after the ceremony.

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John Hurt "Undergoing Treatment" For Cancer, Promises To Continue Working

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Sir John Hurt has been diagnosed with cancer but will continue to work despite his illness. The 75-year-old has received treatment for pancreatic cancer but remains optimistic about his prognosis. His doctors are also hopeful about his chances of recovery, the Doctor Who actor revealed on Tuesday (17th June).

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John Hurt Reveals Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

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Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has revealed he’s battling pancreatic cancer but says he is “more than optimistic” about his future.

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In a statement released today (June 16th) the 75 year old said, “I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement. I have recently been diagnosed with early-stage pancreatic cancer.”

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Royal Academy Summer Preview Party

John Hurt - Royal Academy Summer Preview Party 2015 - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd June 2015

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Royal Academy Summer Preview Party

John Hurt - Royal Academy Summer Preview Party - Arrivals Where: The Royal Academyl, United Kingdom When: 3rd June 2015 - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd June 2015

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Richard Attenborough Memorial

Sir John Hurt - Richard Attenborough memorial service held at Westminster Abbey - Departures. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 17th March 2015

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Richard Attenborough Memorial

John Hurt - Richard Attenborough memorial service held at Westminster Abbey - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 17th March 2015

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Paddington Bear Auction

John Hurt - Paddington Bear auction held at Christie's in London - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 10th December 2014

Hercules Review


Far more entertaining than it has any right to be, this is a big, messy blockbuster retelling of the Greek myth that thankfully has a sharp sense of humour and some surprising twists up its sleeve. The cast is also packed with veteran performers who know how to make the most of some eyebrow-raising innuendo, generating intrigue while keeping the audience laughing with them rather than at them.

The premise takes a revisionist approach, grounding the legend of the demigod Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) in real stories that have been exaggerated by his nephew Iolaus (Reece Ritchie), who travels with him as a kind of toga-era marketing expert. Their team of mercenaries includes wryly fatalistic seer Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), quick-witted blade-thrower Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), bow-wielding amazon Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and loyal mute warrior Tydeus (Aksel Hennie). When they're offered a fortune by Lord Cotys (John Hurt) to quell a rebellion, they find themselves in the middle of a massive battle that doesn't go the way they expected. And as events take unforeseen turns, Hercules and his gang have to dig deep to turn the tide in their favour.

Johnson is a natural in the role, so massively pumped up that he looks like he could be popped with a pin. His hulking physique and just enough back-story give the character's reputation some weight, both literally and figuratively, so even if he's not half-god his achievements are still pretty impressive. (There are also plenty of hints that he may turn out to be a god after all.) And the surrounding characters add to this with cleverly written roles that are expertly played by British scene-stealers Hurt, McShane, Sewell, Mullan and Fiennes. McShane is so good that he essentially walks off with the whole movie. But relative newcomers Ritchie, Hennie and Berdal more than hold their own.

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Hercules - Extended Trailer

Following his deadly ordeal of being put through the Twelve Labours by his father Zeus and his people, all Hercules wants from life is to rest quietly with a loving family. Unfortunately for him, now is not the time for resting as the gods have delivered another bout of chaos to the world. Being well known by all as a man with all the strength of a god, Hercules is forced to lead a battle against a new menace as the King of Thrace gets him and some like minded warriors to band together as the world's most formidable army. They must defeat a powerful rival general as the vicious descendents of Hades infect the land. It's a deadly mission, the minions of hell being immortal and ruthless, and their defeat can only be accomplished by someone with power above the mortal realm.

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Does Dwayne Johnson Have The A-List Clout to Carry 'Hercules'?

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Despite packing a pretty tremendous supporting cast including Ian McShane, John Hurt and Rufus Sewell, Brett Ratner's 3-D epic Hercules is about only one actor: Dwayne Johnson. The former WWE superstar has proved his clout in the blockbuster box-office game, though Paramount's new big-budget action is almost certainly his biggest test yet.

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A second trailer for Hercules rolled out online this week, with the divine hero on the hunt for revenge against the gods who murdered his family. He battles both man and beast, including the multi-headed serpent Hydra and the hellhound Cerberus. 

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Snowpiercer Trailer

In a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly ice age has taken over the Earth, there are only a few survivors, all of whom have taken shelter in an enormous train propelled by perpetual motion. While the rich and powerful live in luxury at the front end of the locomotive, the poor have been forced to dwell at the tail with limited supplies by the dictatorial Minister Mason. During a routine deliverance of protein blocks, one tail inhabitant, Curtis, decides to round up a rebel army to invade the front, though no-one could have imagined the amount of bloodshed the ensuing revolt would trigger. In a bid to destroy the barbaric class hierarchy this new life has caused, Curtis plots a major act of disaster. It starts to look like the human race really will be the death of themselves.

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Fifty Fired for Taking 'Hercules' Photos - We've Got Official Snaps [Trailer]

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Dwayne Johnson has hammered home the secrecy behind Paramount and MGM's new Hercules movie by claiming that almost fifty crew-members were fired for attempting to take pictures of him in full regalia. 

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Johnson himself was guilty of tweeting numerous pictures from the set of the Greek epic, though always teased his own character without giving too much away. This, he suggested, was part of his social master-plan.

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Hercules - Trailer Trailer

Hercules is a bitter and haunted demi-god filled with resentment for the people and the gods (including his father Zeus) who put him through the Twelve Labours; a series of arduous tasks that saw him dance with death on a number of occasions. Now, alone and with no family of any kind to turn to, his only comfort in the world is fighting to the death in battle, alongside a group of other like-minded warriors who similarly have nothing left to live for. However, they face a challenge of a more ominous kind when the King of Thrace enlists them to train up as the most formidable army ever created in a bid to overthrow a powerful general. This is a fight of a different kind for Hercules; he may have more strength than the average man, but just how far will that take him?

Dwayne Johnson stars as Hercules in the latest adaptation of the Greco-Roman myth. Based on the graphic novel 'Hercules: The Thracian Wars' by Steve Moore, the movie has been directed by Brett Ratner ('Rush Hour', 'X-Men: The Last Stand', 'Red Dragon') and written by Ryan Condal ('The Sixth Gun') and Evan Spiliotopoulos ('The Nutty Professor', 'Battle for Terra'). 'Hercules' is scheduled for UK cinematic release on August 8th 2014.

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Only Lovers Left Alive Review


It's hardly surprising that laconic filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers) has created such an inventively offbeat vampire movie, helped hugely by the ace casting of Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as extremely long-term lovers. Fans of the genre might find the movie a bit slow and relaxed, but sharp humour and especially strong characters make it unmissable.

In a run-down house in Detroit, centuries-old Adam (Hiddleston) is living in squalor while anonymously creating club music with the assistance of Ian (Yelchin), who finds things like antique guitars for him to play. He gets his supply of clean O-negative blood from a helpful doctor (Wright). Meanwhile in Tangiers, Adam's wife Eve (Swinton) relies on her old pal Marlowe (Hurt) for the blood she sips at sunrise like a cocktail before lapsing into a deep sleep. Bored, Eve decides to visit Adam, so books nighttime flights and arrives to a blissful reunion. But their solace is interrupted when her wild-child sister Eva (Wasikowska) turns up.

These may be creatures of the night, but over thousands of years they have discovered exactly what kind of art soothes their souls. And Eva's boisterous presence disrupts their languorous peace even more than the fact that the blood supply is becoming increasingly contaminated. Adam and Eve call humans "zombies" dismissively and joke about their influence on key events and inventions throughout history. Hiddleston and Swinton are utterly perfect for these roles, bringing out details that are hilarious as well as emotionally moving. They also let us see the years of boredom mixed with a glimmer of childish curiosity that would be required to survive for so long.

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Date of birth

22nd January, 1940