London: British actor Sir John Hurt popular for his roles in The Elephant Man and Alien has died at the age of 77 on saturday, according to his publicist Charles McDonald.
Sir John Hurt was known for portraying tormented characters, his death scene in the popular horror movie franchise “Alien” was ranked in the Top 10 favorite movie deaths by the CNN’s “The Screening Room” in 2007.
His most recent movie was the biopic of former US president John F. Kennedy’s wife “Jackie” he starred as Father Richard McSorley. He was suffering from poor health since 2015 when he had to pull out of the play “The Entertainer”.
Sir John Hurt was born in Chesterfield Derbyshire on January 22, 1940, his acting career spanned over six decades including numerous stage and television roles and 120 films.
In 2015 the Queen of England knighted Sir John Hurt for his services to drama.
During an interview with Radio Times in 2015 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer he said:
“I can’t say I worry about mortality, but it’s impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it. We are all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly.”
He was married to former actress and classical pianist Anwen Rees Meyers for 12 years.
His fellow actors have shared their condolences and paid their tributes on social media.
Mel Brooks, the US director posted on twitter saying: “No one could have played The Elephant Man more memorably. He carried that film into cinematic immortality. He will be sorely missed.”
Kiefer Sutherland tweeted:
My deepest sympathies to John Hurt’s family, friends and fans. He was a dear friend.
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) January 28, 2017
Elijah Woods also share his feeling through twitter:
Very sad to hear of John Hurt’s passing. It was such an honor to have watched you work, sir.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) January 28, 2017
Sir John Hurt was a hard worker and always kept himself busy with different projects, according to his bio on IMDB he said: “I’m very much of the opinion that to work is better than not to work. There are others who’d say, ‘No, wait around for the right thing’ – and they will finish up a purer animal than me…. Of course, I don’t do everything by any means: I do turn lots of stuff down, because it’s absolute crap. But I usually find something interesting enough to do.”