Legends are never forgotten, and Sir John Hurt was a legend. The star of classic films like Alien, The Elephant Man and Harry Potter was one of the hardest working actors in show business, amassing over 200 credits on IMDb during the course of his 55 year career, including several films that have yet to be released, which he starred in after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005.
And now, sadly, Sir John Hurt has passed on. The actor died earlier today at the age of 77, leaving behind a legacy of some of the finest performances, in some of the finest films and television shows. It will be hard for future generations to look back on cinema from the last few decades and not become intimately familiar with John Hurt’s work. And although we mourn a great actor’s passing we cannot help but also admire him for making the sort of impact that many of us could only dream of having upon the world, and within our chosen professions.
Picking only a few of Sir John Hurt’s performances to highlight is a fool’s errand, but we have put together a short retrospective of our personal favorite roles, as our way of paying tribute to the man, the legend.
Rest in peace, sir. Oh, how you will be missed.
11 Unforgettable Performances By John Hurt:
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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon, and watch him on the weekly YouTube series Most Craved, Rapid Reviews and What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.