Actor Sir John Hurt passes away at the age of 77

John Hurt
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, actor John Hurt waves as he arrives for the opening of the film festival and the screening of the film The Grand Budapest Hotel during the International Film Festival Berlinale, in Berlin. Veteran British actor John Hurt said in an interview Monday Aug. 10, 2015, that his cancer treatment is going “terrifically well” and he is optimistic. The 75-year-old actor said in June that he had been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer and was undergoing treatment. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, File)

Actor Sir John Hurt has passed away at the age of 77 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.

Hurt, 77, famous for his roles in “The Elephant Man” for which he received an Oscar nomination, as wand-maker, Olivander, in the “Harry Potter” series, and as the gut-busted astronaut in “Alien.”

Hurt announced he was diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer in June of 2015, and was given the all-clear in October of the same year.

Hurt is survived by his wife Anwen Rees-Myers. The couple had been married for 12 years.

Hurt had recently starred in Oscar-nominated biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s widow, Jackie, which is currently showing in cinemas.

 

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