Legendary character actor John Hurt, who garnered Oscar nominations for his roles in “Midnight Express” and “The Elephant Man,” has died at the age of 77, his agent confirmed this morning. He died yesterday Jan. 27th in London just 5 days after his 77th birthday.
Hurt worked more than six decades in television, movies and voice work in England and the United States. He recently played a priest who counsels Jacqueline Kennedy in last year’s biopic “Jackie”.
Mourning him, actor Kiefer Sutherland tweeted: “My deepest sympathies to John Hurt’s family, friends and fans. He was a dear friend.”
On 16 June 2015, Hurt publicly announced that he had been diagnosed with early-stage pancreatic cancer but aid he would continue to work while undergoing treatment.