John Hurt Biography

Birthday: 1940-01-22
Place of Birth: Shirebrook, Derbyshire
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki 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.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Wessex Tales Joshua Harlborough 1973 Drama
I, Claudius Caligula 1976 Drama
Watership Down Hazel 1978 Animation
Jim Henson's The Storyteller The Storyteller 1988 - 1988
Picture Windows 1994
The Alan Clark Diaries Alan Clark 2004 Comedy
Recount Warren Christopher 2008 Drama
Merlin (UK) The Dragon 2008 -
Merlin The Dragon 2008 - 2012 Adventure
Redemption Inc. Narrator 2011 Drama
Planet Dinosaur 2011 Documentary
Deadly 360 Ollivander 2011
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Control 2011 Drama
Outlander Hrothgar 2013 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
A Man for All Seasons Rich 1966 0
Sinful Davey Davey Haggart 1968
10 Rillington Place Timothy John Evans 1971 Comedy, 0
I, Claudius Caligula 1977 Drama, History
Watership Down Hazel 1978 Drama
The Lord of the Rings Aragorn 1978 0, 0, Drama, 0
Midnight Express Max 1978 Crime, Drama
Alien Kane 1979 Sport
The Alien Kane 1979 Horror, Sci Fi
The Elephant Man John Merrick 1980 Drama, History
Heaven's Gate Billy Irvine 1980
The Plague Dogs Snitter 1982
Night Crossing 1982 0, 0, 0
The Osterman Weekend Lawrence Fassett 1983 Action, Crime, Drama
The Hit Braddock 1984
King Lear The Fool 1984 Drama
Nineteen Eighty-Four Winston Smith 1984 Drama, Romance
Miranda Christian 1985 0
Jake Speed Sid 1986 0, 0
White Mischief 1987
From the Hip Douglas Benoit 1987 0
Rocinante Bill 1987 Drama
The Bengali Night Lucien Metz 1988
Three Dangerous Ladies Lt. Simmonds 1988 Horror
Scandal Stephen Ward 1989
Little Sweetheart Robert Burger 1989 Thriller
Windprints Charles Rutherford 1990 Action, Drama, Thriller
Frankenstein Unbound Dr. Joe Buchanan 1990 Drama, Horror, Sci Fi
The Field 1990
The Shout 1991
King Ralph Lord Percival Graves 1991 Comedy, Romance
Lapse of Memory Conrad Farmer 1992 Romance, Thriller
Romeo.Juliet La Dame aux Chats / Mercutio 1992
Kölcsönkapott idö Sean 1993 Crime, Drama
L'oeil qui ment Anthony / Le Marquis 1993 Comedy, Fantasy
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues The Countess 1994 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Dead Man John Scholfield 1995 Fantasy, 0
Monolith Villano 1995 Action
Rob Roy 1995 Action, Drama
Wild Bill Charley Prince 1995 Action, Biography
Saigon Baby Jack Lee 1997 Drama
The Contact S.R. Hadden 1997
Bandyta Babits 1997 Drama
The Commissioner James Morton 1998 Drama, Thriller
Love and Death on Long Island 1998 Comedy, Drama
Merlin The Dragon 1998
Night Train Michael Poole 1998 Drama, Romance, Thriller
The Climb 1999 Drama
Le château des singes Sebastian 1999 Animation, Adventure, Family
All the Little Animals 1999 Adventure, Drama, Thriller
You're Dead... Maitland 1999 Thriller
The Tigger Movie 2000 Drama, 0, 0
If... Dog... Rabbit Sean Cooper 2000 Crime, Drama, Thriller
New Blood Alan White 2000 Action, Thriller
Lost Souls 2000 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Two Nudes Bathing Marquis de Prey 2001
Crime and Punishment Porfiry, chief investigator 2002 Drama
Dogville 2003 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Owning Mahowny Victor Foss 2003 Crime, Thriller, Drama
Hellboy Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm 2004 0
Tabloid Vince 2004 Comedy, Drama, Thriller
The Skeleton Key 2005 Reality Tv, Game Show
Valiant 2005 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
V for Vendetta Adam Sutler 2006 0, 0, Game Show
Beyond the Gates Christopher 2006 Drama, History
Boxes Le père de Fanny 2007
Whaledreamers 2008
The Oxford Murders 2008 Comedy
Oxford Murder 2008 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Short Order Felix 2008 Drama, Adventure
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Professor Oxley 2008 Action, Adventure
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Professor Broom 2008 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Outlander Hrothgar 2008 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
Lezione 21 Mondrian Kilroy 2008 Drama
The Limits of Control 2009 Game Show, Comedy
An Englishman in New York Quentin Crisp 2009 Drama
44 Inch Chest Old Man Peanut 2010
Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie Brother Carnak 2010 Animation
Brighton Rock Phil Corkery 2011 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation Owl 2011 Animation
The Confession Priest 2011 Action, Crime, Drama
Love at First Sight 2012 0, 0
Snowpiercer Gilliam 2013 0, Sport, 0, 0, 0
Jayne Mansfield's Car Kingsley Bedford 2013
Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict Narrated by 2013 Biography, Drama, Music
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman Narrator 2013 Action, Comedy, Romance
Only Lovers Left Alive Marlowe 2013 Drama, Horror, Romance
Hercules: The Thracian Wars King of Thrace 2014 Action, Adventure
A.K.A Nadia 347 2015 0
The History of Love Leo 2016 Drama, Fantasy, Romance
ChickLit Francis Bonar 2016
Lou Doyle 2017 0, Drama
Damascus Cover Miki 2018 Game Show, 0
After Darkness Peter Hunningford 2019 Sport, 0