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Goodbye Sir John Hurt

Goodbye Sir John Hurt 

by Jess Ragni

John Hurt had one hell of a career, he got his first major role in 1966 as Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons, but his most noted roles came long after that.  Many people remember John Hurt as his portrayal of John Merrick, The Elephant Man in which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award; he was the first person to die at the hand of the Alien in Aliens in 1979.  But those were just the beginning for his long time career, George Orwell’s novel 1984 were adapted for film in 1984 and he played Winston Smith, he was largely known by the Harry Potter community for his role as Mr. Olivander the wand maker, and then went on to do V for Vendetta, and did numerous voiceovers in the films of The Black Cauldron by Disney and the film Watership Down.

At the 65 British Academy Awards he won an award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema which was a prestigious honor.  He appeared in Doctor Who as the War Doctor in which his character appeared in the series seven finale.  Only to resurrect the character again during the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who called “The Day of the Doctor.”

His career and life was not destined to end as at the time of his death there are two films yet to be released and one is called That Good Night where he will portray a terminally ill author and the other film is called the Darkest Hour slated for release late 2017.

Sir John Hurt battled pancreatic cancer since he announced it on June 16th, 2015 but obviously was fighting an uphill battle to not give up his career or let his fans down in roles that he had already signed his name to.

His prestigious honor of becoming Commander of the Order of the British Empire came in 2004 and then was knighted on July 17th, 2015 at Windsor Castle by Queen Elizabeth.

Sir John Hurt died at his home in Cromer, Norfolk on January 25th, 2017 miraculously three days after his 77th birthday.  Rest in peace and your legendary work will live on.

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