John Hurt dead at 77

The venerable star of the stage and screen John Hurt has died at the age of 77. Hurt had recently battled pancreatic cancer but he was given the all-clear in 2015.

His film work included “Alien,” “1984,” “Midnight Express,” “Spaceballs,” “The Elephant Man,” “Heaven’s Gate,”“The Black Cauldron,” “King Ralph,” “Scandal,” “Rob Roy,” “Contact,” “Night Train,” “Crime and Punishment,” “Dogville,” “Outlander,” “The Proposition,” “V for Vendetta,” “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” “Manderlay,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Melancholia,” “Brighton Rock,” “Snowpiercer,” “Hercules,” “Jackie,” “Hellboy” and “Harry Potter” films.

On television he played The War Doctor on “Doctor Who,” the voice of the dragon in “Merlin,” the voice of General Woundwort in “Watership Down,” and the titular character of “The Alan Clark Diaries” and “The Storyteller”.

His last on-screen work will be as Neville Chamberlain in the upcoming Winston Churchill film “Darkest Hour”.

The geeks would like to send their thoughts and love to Hurt’s friends and family, especially his wife Anwen Rees-Myers.

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