John Hurt, star of Harry Potter and Elephant Man, passes away at 77

He had received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe and four BAFTA awards

John Hurt, star of Harry Potter and Elephant Man, passes away at 77

Legendary British actor John Hurt has passed away on Friday night after his prolonged fight with cancer. The "Harry Potter" and "Alien" star was 77.

Though the cause of death is unknown, the stunning actor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and at the time he said he was optimistic that he’d have “a satisfactory outcome”. He has more than 200 films to his credit, makes it very difficult to number his outstanding performances. Movie buffs will remember him from the Harry Potter franchise, Alien, V for Vendetta, The Elephant Man, the adaptation of George Orwell‘s dystopian drama 1984, the Hellboy films, Snowpiercer, and, most recently, alongside Natalie Portman in Jackie.


He had received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe and four BAFTA awards. London's Mirror first reported the death of the actor. Hurt is survived by his wife, Anwen Rees- Myers who has been with him for 12 years and two children.

The actor had a peculiar sense of humour about death like his colleague Carrie Fisher who had passed away last December. In 2015 he said about his afterlife, “I hope I shall have the courage to say, ‘Vroom! Here we go! Let’s become different molecules!”

“I can’t say I worry about mortality,” Hurt elaborated, “but it’s impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it. We’re all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly.” The news of the actor's death comes in the wake of both Mary Tyler Moore‘s and Mike Connors‘.

"It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent," Spaceballs director Mel Brooks tweeted.

Hurt had a distinct voice which also graced many characters on screen in animated films like Watership Down and 1978's Lord of the Rings. He appeared in 2013 on Doctor Who series, which was well received by both audiences and critics.

"John Hurt. Simply an inspiration to all of us artists. Hopefully he will influence many actors in the future for a long long time," Vincent D'Onofrio tweeted.