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Real Name: John Vincent Hurt
Birth Place: Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England, UK
Birth Date: January 22, 1940
Occupation: Actor, Soundtrack

John Hurt Biography

This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England, to a parish vicar and a one-time actress. The youngest of three children, he spent much of his childhood in solitude. Demonstrating little initiative, he was guided into art as a possible direction. The family moved to Grimsby when he turned twelve and, despite an active early passion in acting, his parents thought less of it and enrolled him at the Grimsby Art School and St. Martin's School of Art where he showed some flourish. When he couldn't manage to get another scholarship to art school, his focus invariably turned to acting.Accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, John made his stage debut in 1962 and remained there in typically offbeat form such plays as "Infanticide in the House of Fred Ginger". An odd, somber, pasty-looking fellow with an aquiline nose (injured while playing sports) and a mass of Irish freckles, he was hardly leading man material. His earlier focus as a painter, however, triggered a keen skill in the art of observation and it certainly advanced his talent for getting into the skin of his characters. His movie debut occurred that same year with a supporting role in the ill-received British "angry young man" drama Young and Willing (1962).Appearing in various mediums, John increased his profile (and respect) appearing in such theatre plays as "Inadmissible Evidence" (1965), "Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs" (1966), a role he later took to film as Little Malcolm (1974), "Macbeth" (as Malcolm) (1967) and "Man and Superman" (1969), while finding prime parts in such films as A Man for All Seasons (1966), a role he was given after director Fred Zinnemann saw his stellar work in "Little Malcolm." He continued on the stage as an unlikely Romeo in 1973, and went on to garner great applause in Pinter's "The Caretaker" and "The Dumb Waiter", as well as "Travesties" (1974).It was TV, however, that displayed the full magnitude and fearless range of his acting instrument. In the mid-70s he gained widespread acclaim for his embodiment of the tormented gay writer and raconteur Quentin Crisp in the landmark TV play The Naked Civil Servant (1975) (TV), adapted from Crisp's autobiography. Way, way ahead of its time, Hurt's bold and unabashed take on the flamboyant and controversial gent who dared to be different was rewarded with the Emmy and the British TV Awards. Far and away one of the most marvelous creations ever captured on the small screen, he was altogether unsettling, unappetizing and unforgettable. Audiences cringed but were mesmerized at the same time -- like a car wreck. He WAS Quentin Crisp.Doors immediately opened for John. He was handed the best parts film and TV had to offer. Once again he was strikingly disturbing as the cruel and crazed Roman emperor Caligula in the epic TV masterpiece "I, Claudius" (1976). The chameleon in him then displayed a polar side as the gentle, pathetically disfigured title role in The Elephant Man (1980), and when he morphed into the role of a tortured Turkish prison inmate who befriends Brad Davis in the intense drama Midnight Express (1978), he was barely recognizable. The last two films earned Hurt Oscar nominations. Mainstream box-office films were offered as well as art films. He made the most of his role as a crew member whose body becomes host to an unearthly predator in Alien (1979). Who can forget the film's most notorious scene as the creature explodes from Hurt's stomach and scurries away into the bowels of the spaceship?Along with fame, of course, came a few misguided ventures generally unworthy of his talent. Such brilliant work as his steeple chase jockey in Champions (1984) or kidnapper in The Hit (1984) was occasionally offset by such drivel as the comedy misfire Partners (1982) with 'Ryan O'Neal (I)' in which Hurt looked enervated and embarrassed. But those were very few and far between.As for the past couple of decades, the craggy-faced actor continues to draw extraordinary notices. Tops on the list includes his prurient governmental gadfly who triggers the Christine Keeler political sex scandal in the aptly-titled Scandal (1989); the cultivated gay writer aroused and obsessed with struggling "pretty-boy" actor Jason Priestley in Love and Death on Long Island (1997); and the Catholic priest embroiled in the Rwanda atrocities in Beyond the Gates (2005).His rich tones have also been tapped into frequently with a number of animated features and documentaries, often serving as narrator. Presently married to his fourth wife, genius is often accompanied by a darker, more self-destructive side and Hurt was no exception with alcohol being his choice of poison. He has since recovered. He has two children from his third wife.

John Hurt Movies / TV-Shows

The Oscars (2017)
My Name Is Lenny (2017)
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (2017)
ChickLit (2016)
Jackie (2016)
The Journey (2016)
Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure (2015)
The Last Panthers (2015)
The Alchemist's Letter (2015)
Hercules (2014)
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Charlie Countryman (2013)
Snowpiercer (2013)
Muse of Fire (2013)
Doctor Who The Day of the Doctor (2013)
Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012)
Labyrinth (2012)
The Hollow Crown (2012)
Planet Dinosaur: Ultimate Killers (2012)
Sightseers (2012)
Immortals (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
The Confession (2011)
Melancholia (2011)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
The Gruffalo's Child (2011)
23 Degrees, 5 Minutes (2011)
Planet Dinosaur (2011)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie (2010)
Brighton Rock (2010)
Whistle and I'll Come to You (2010)
Lou (2010)
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (2010)
44 Inch Chest (2009)
The Limits of Control (2009)
An Englishman in New York (2009)
The Gruffalo (2009)
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins (2009)
Merlin: Secrets & Magic (2009)
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters (2009)
Merlin (2008)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
New York, I Love You (2008)
Outlander (2008)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
The Oxford Murders (2008)
Lecture 21 (2008)
Recount (2008)
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2008)
Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (2007)
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2007)
Masters of Science Fiction (2007)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Whaledreamers (2006)
The One Show (2006)
Short Order (2005)
V for Vendetta (2005)
The Skeleton Key (2005)
Manderlay (2005)
Beyond the Gates (2005)
The Proposition (2005)
Valiant (2005)
The Friday Night Project (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Hellboy (2004)
Pride (2004)
'Hellboy': The Seeds of Creation (2004)
Who Do You Think You Are? (2004)
Dogville (2003)
Owning Mahowny (2003)
The Beast Within: The Making of 'Alien' (2003)
Miranda (2002)
Crime and Punishment (2002)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Great Performances Shaolin: Wheel of Life (2001)
The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (2001)
The Tigger Movie (2000)
Lost Souls (2000)
New Blood (1999)
If... Dog... Rabbit (1999)
A Monkey's Tale (1999)
You're Dead... (1999)
All the Little Animals (1998)
Contact (1997)
Bandyta (1997)
Love and Death on Long Island (1997)
The Climb (1997)
Rob Roy (1995)
Dead Man (1995)
Wild Bill (1995)
Thumbelina (1994)
Second Best (1994)
Felidae (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Great Moments in Aviation (1994)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
Paholaisjahti (1993)
King Ralph (1991)
Eurythmics: Greatest Hits (1991)
The Field (1990)
Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (1990)
Scandal (1989)
The Bengali Night (1988)
Spaceballs (1987)
From the Hip (1987)
White Mischief (1987)
The Storyteller (1987)
Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (1987)
Aria (1987)
Jake Speed (1986)
The Black Cauldron (1985)
After Darkness (1985)
Arena The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima (1985)
The Hit (1984)
Champions (1984)
1984 (1984)
The Osterman Weekend (1983)
Natural World (1983)
Partners (1982)
Night Crossing (1982)
The Plague Dogs (1982)
History of the World: Part I (1981)
Heaven's Gate (1980)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Alien (1979)
East of Elephant Rock (1978)
Midnight Express (1978)
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Watership Down (1978)
The Shout (1978)
Spectre (1977)
I, Claudius (1976)
The Ghoul (1975)
The Naked Civil Servant (1975)
Arena (1975)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)
The Sweeney (1974)
10 Rillington Place (1971)
Great Performances (1971)
Play for Today (1970)
In Search of Gregory (1969)
Sinful Davey (1969)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Young and Willing (1962)

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