John Hurt passed away last week at age 77. He died from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Hurt won a Golden Globe for his work in Alan Parker’s “Midnight Express” in 1978. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his work in David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man” in 1980. He received a Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of John
Merrick, the disfigured man in the title.
Interesting is the fact that he played opposing sides of the government in George Orwell’s “1984” in 1984 and “V for Vendetta” in 2005. In the latter film he was the person in power, not the one being oppressed.
Listed below is a selected filmography of this multi-faceted actor who gave dynamic characterizations to all his roles no matter how big or small. The grades are for the movie itself, not necessarily Hurt’s performance.