Sir John Hurt has died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 77, his agent has confirmed, Agencies report.The renowned British actor’s career on stage and screen spanned six decades.
He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, as well as his performances in The Elephant Man, Alien, and Midnight Express. Sir John, who was born in Derbyshire, found new fans when he starred as wandmaker Ollivander in the Harry Potter films.
He also appeared in two special episodes of Doctor Who to mark the sci-fi show’s 50th anniversary in 2013. One of Sir John’s most recent performances was in the Oscar-nominated film Jackie, which was released in the UK just eight days ago.
The actor was knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle in 2015, when he was midway through a course of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, tweeted: “Very sad to hear of John Hurt’s passing. It was such an honour to have watched you work, sir.”
A tribute from JK Rowling’s Pottermore Twitter account read: “We’re hugely saddened to hear about the passing of John Hurt. Thoughts are with his friends and family.” Sir John had continued to work throughout his treatment for pancreatic cancer.
He is survived by his wife Anwen Rees-Myers, who he married in 2005.