The world-famous and legendary actor Sir John Hurt has died, aged 77.
He starred in films such as The Elephant Man and Alien in a career that spanned over six decades and had battled with pancreatic cancer in 2015.
More recently the BAFTA-winning star played the wandmaker Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter series and an incarnation of Doctor Who in a 50th anniversary special of the series in 2013.
The unlikely-Evertonian also plays Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s wife, which is in cinemas now.
Tributes came flooding in for the on-screen legend and Merseysiders have been paying their respects on social media.
Frank Cottrell-Boyce , screenwriter born in Rainhill, said: “Has any actor ever pushed the boundaries of our empathy so hard and so effectively as #JohnHurt”
Sarah O’ Hara wrote: “John Hurt – an artist whose performances were iconic and captured your imagination. One of the all-time greats. RIP John Hurt.”
Tom Power said: “Sad news to hear that Sir John Hurt has passed away. A true giant of the stage, whether it be small or big screen, or on stage itself. RIP.”
Sir John is survived by his wife of 12 years, Anwen Rees-Myers.
The star lead a colourful life, partying for many years with the likes of Peter O’Toole, Oliver Reed and Lucian Freud.
He once boasted he drank seven bottles of wine every day, though later reduced his estimate to three.
Notorious for his wild lifestyle, he was reportedly fond of saying his career track record “isn’t bad for an old drunk”.
While battling pancreatic cancer in 2015, Sir John – the son of a clergyman – said he did not wish for an afterlife, saying: “I hope I shall have the courage to say, ‘Vroom! Here we go! Let’s become different molecules!
“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’re all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly.”
During his career, Sir John picked up two Academy Award nominations – for The Elephant Man and Midnight Express.
He won four Baftas for films including An Englishman in New York and The Naked Civil Servant.
Some of the greatest films Sir John starred in:
1966 – A Man For All Seasons
1978 – The Midnight Express
1978 – The Lord of the Rings
1979 – Alien
1980 – The Elephant Man
1984 – Nineteen Eighty-Four
1989 – Scandal
1991 – King Ralph
1998 – Night Train
2001 – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
2001 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
2002 – Miranda
2002 – Crime And Punishment
2003 – Dogville
2004 – Hellboy
2004 – Pride
2005 – Valiant
2006 – V For Vendetta
2008 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2009 – New York, I Love You
2009 – 44 Inch Chest
2010 – Brighton Rock
2010 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
2011 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
2011 – Melancholia
2011 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
2014 – Hercules