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RIP Sir John Hurt – Merseysiders pay tribute to the Hollywood legend who was an unlikely Blues fan

 

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.

John Hurt appeared in Break which was partly filmed in Waterloo
John Hurt appeared in Break which was partly filmed in Waterloo

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.

Sir John Hurt and his wife 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!

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special - The Day of the Doctor
The Doctor (MATT SMITH), The Doctor (DAVID TENNANT), The Doctor (JOHN HURT)
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special – The Day of the Doctor The Doctor (MATT SMITH), The Doctor (DAVID TENNANT), The Doctor (JOHN HURT)

“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




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