John Hurt 1940-2017

The great John Hurt has passed away at the age of 77, after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. A longtime character actor who appeared in hundreds of films over the years, there's a good chance you've seen in him in at least a handful of films you may not have even realized. Here's a partial list of all the movies he'd been in since his breakout supporting role in A Man for All Seasons in 1966: Midnight Express, Alien, The Elephant Man, Rob Roy, Contact, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hellboy, The Proposition, V for Vendetta, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer, Jackie, and four films still to be released this year. He was nominated for Oscars for his roles in Midnight Express and The Elephant Man, and of course has one of cinema's all time great death scenes in Alien. I personally think his role as the eccentric billionaire in Contact is one of his most underrated. He was knighted by the Queen in 2015 and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004.