John Hurt

John Hurt

  • Highest Rated: 100% Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day Of The Doctor (2013)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Short Order (2008)
  • Birthday: Jan 22, 1940
  • Birthplace: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
  • Considered one of Great Britain's most consistently brilliant players, John Hurt was at his best when playing victims forced to suffer mental, physical, or spiritual anguish. A small man with a slightly sinister countenance and a tenor voice that never completed the transition between early adolescence and manhood, Hurt was generally cast in supporting or leading roles as eccentric characters in offbeat films. The son of a clergyman, Hurt was training to be a painter at St. Martin's School of the Arts when he became enamored with acting and enrolled in London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art instead. He made his theatrical and film debuts in 1962 (The Wild and the Willing). Though he frequently appeared on-stage, Hurt, unlike his many colleagues, was primarily a film and television actor. He gave one of his strongest early performances playing Richard Rich in Fred Zinnemann's A Man for All Seasons (1966). His subsequent work remained high quality through the '70s. On television, Hurt made his name in the telemovie The Naked Civil Servant and furthered his growing reputation as the twisted Caligula on the internationally acclaimed BBC miniseries I, Claudius (1976). He received his first Oscar nomination for playing a supporting role in the harrowing Midnight Express and a second nomination for his sensitive portrayal of the horribly deformed John Merrick -- but for his voice, Hurt was unrecognizable beneath pounds of latex and makeup. In 1984, Hurt was the definitive Winston Smith in Michael Radford's version of Orwell's 1984. Other memorable roles include a man who finds himself hosting a terrifying critter in Alien (1979), his parody of that role in Mel Brooks' Spaceballs (1987), an Irish idiot in The Field (1990), and in Rob Roy (1995).In 1997, Hurt played the lead role of Giles De'ath (pronounced day-ath) for the comedy drama Love and Death on Long Island. The film, which follows a widower (Hurt) who forms an unlikely obsession with a teen heartthrob who lives in Long Island and occasionally stars in low-brow films. Love and Death was praised for its unlikely, yet poignant portrait of unrequited love. The same year, Hurt took on the role of a multi-millionaire willing to fund a scientist's (Jodie Foster) efforts to communicate with alien life in Contact. Hurt took a voice role in the animated series Journey to Watership Down and its sequel, Escape to Watership Down in 1999, and again for The Tigger Story in 2000. In 2001, Hurt joined the cast of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone to play the small but vital role of wand merchant Mr. Ollivander, and narrated Lars von Trier's experimental drama Dogville. Later, Hurt played an American professor in Hellboy (2004), and won praise for his portrayal of a bounty hunter in The Proposition, a gritty Western from director John Hillcoat. Hurt continued to work in small but meaty supporting roles throughout the next several years, most notably in the drama Beyond the Gates (2005), for which he played a missionary who arrived in Rwanda just before genocide erupted, and as the tyrannical Chancellor Sutler in director James McTiegue's adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel V for Vendetta (2006). In 2010, Hurt reprised his role of Mr. Ollivander for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, and for its sequel in 2011. The actor co-starred with Charlotte Rampling in Melancholia (2011), Lars von Trier's meditation on depression, and played the Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service in the multi-Academy Award nominated spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy the same year. In 2013, Hurt appeared in the futuristic sci-fi movie Snowpiercer and later played the War Doctor in the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who. The following year, Hurt played the King of Thrace in Hercules. Hurt died in 2017, just days after his 77th birthday.

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Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

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Year

14% Damascus Cover Miki 2018
69% The Journey Harry Patterson $0.2M 2017
53% That Good Night Actor 2017
No Score Yet My Name Is Lenny Leslie Salmon 2017
87% Jackie The Priest $14M 2016
No Score Yet The Twilight Hour: Visions of Ireland's Haunted Past Actor 2016
13% ChickLit Francis Bonar 2016
No Score Yet A.K.A Nadia Actor 2015
80% Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure Actor $0.2M 2015
57% Hercules Lord Cotys $59.5M 2014
95% Snowpiercer Gilliam $2.8M 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive Marlowe 2014
100% Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day Of The Doctor Actor $1.6M 2013
27% Charlie Countryman Narrator 2013
35% Jayne Mansfield's Car Kingsley Bedford $14.8K 2013
100% More Than Honey Narrator $31.6K 2013
43% Benjamin Britten: Peace And Conflict Narrator 2013
No Score Yet The Gruffalo's Child Owl 2012
No Score Yet Kidtoons: The Gruffalo, Pocoyo & The Wiggles Actor 2012
No Score Yet Shadows (Hellgate) Actor 2012
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Control $20.3M 2011
79% Melancholia Dexter $3M 2011
39% Immortals Old Man $83.5M 2011
51% Brighton Rock Phil Corkery $0.3M 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Mr. Ollivander $381.1M 2011
No Score Yet Lou Doyle 2011
No Score Yet Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie Actor 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Mr. Ollivander $295M 2010
9% The Oxford Murders Arthur Seldom $4.1K 2010
41% 44 Inch Chest Old Man Peanut 2010
No Score Yet The Gruffalo Owl 2009
37% New York, I Love You Bellhop (Shekhar Kapur segment) $1.7M 2009
43% The Limits of Control Guitar $0.4M 2009
67% An Englishman in New York Quentin Crisp 2009
37% Outlander Rothgar $60.1K 2009
50% Whaledreamers Actor 2008
No Score Yet Lezione 21 (Lecture 21) (Lesson 21) Actor 2008
77% Recount Warren Christopher 2008
78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Prof. Oxley $317M 2008
0% Short Order Felix 2008
No Score Yet The Dolphin's Gift Actor 2008
No Score Yet Hellboy: Blood and Iron Actor 2007
No Score Yet Shooting Dogs (Beyond the Gates) Christopher 2007
No Score Yet Masters of Science Fiction Samswope 2007
No Score Yet Joel Files Actor 2007
59% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Narrator $2.2M 2006
72% V for Vendetta Chancellor Adam Sutler $70.6M 2006
50% Manderlay Narrator 2006
84% Beyond the Gates Christopher 2005
32% Valiant Felix $19.4M 2005
37% The Skeleton Key Ben Devereaux $47.8M 2005
86% The Proposition Jellon Lamb $1.8M 2005
No Score Yet Pride Harry 2004
81% Hellboy Prof. Trevor Bruttenholm $59.1M 2004
No Score Yet Tabloid Actor 2004
79% Owning Mahowny Victor Foss $0.8M 2003
70% Dogville Narrator $1.5M 2003
No Score Yet D-Day In Color Narrator 2003
94% Alien: The Director's Cut Kane Narrator 2003
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment Porfiry 2002
No Score Yet Bait Jack Blake 2002
44% Miranda Christian 2002
No Score Yet The 'Alien' Saga Narrator 2002
81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Mr. Ollivander $317.6M 2001
28% Captain Corelli's Mandolin Dr. Iannis $25.3M 2001
No Score Yet Hidden Wars of Desert Storm Narrator 2001
No Score Yet Monkey's Tale Sebastian 2001
8% Lost Souls Father Lareaux 2000
No Score Yet New Blood Alan White 2000
62% The Tigger Movie Narrator 2000
No Score Yet Winter In Watership Down Actor 1999
No Score Yet Escape to Watership Down Woundwort 1999
65% All the Little Animals Mr. Summers 1999
No Score Yet A Hero's Climb Chuck Langer 1999
No Score Yet NOVA: Island of the Spirits Actor 1999
No Score Yet You're Dead... Actor 1999
No Score Yet Journey to Watership Down Actor 1999
No Score Yet Tender Loving Care Dr. Turner 1998
No Score Yet Bandyta (Brute) Actor 1998
87% Love and Death on Long Island Giles De'Ath 1998
No Score Yet The Commissioner James Morton 1998
No Score Yet If... Dog... Rabbit Actor 1998
No Score Yet Shades of Fear Rex Goodyear 1997
63% Contact S.R. Hadden 1997
42% Wild Bill Charley Prince 1995
71% Dead Man John Scholfield 1995
73% Rob Roy Montrose 1995
100% Second Best Uncle Turpin 1994
19% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues The Countess 1994
30% Thumbelina Mr. Mole 1994
No Score Yet Betrayal (Forraderi) Narrator 1994
52% Mr. Wonderful Actor 1993
No Score Yet L'Oeil qui ment (Dark at Noon, or Eyes and Lies) Anthony/The Marquis 1993
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp Narrator 1993
No Score Yet Monolith Villano 1993
No Score Yet Lapse of Memory Conrad Farmer 1992
No Score Yet Resident Alien Actor 1991
20% King Ralph Lord Graves 1991
44% Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound Dr. Joe Buchanan 1990
No Score Yet Little Sweetheart Robert Burger 1990
No Score Yet The Investigation: Inside a Terrorist Bombing Chris Mullin 1990
43% The Field Bird 1990
91% Scandal Stephen Ward 1989
No Score Yet Bengali Night Lucien Metz 1988
No Score Yet Night Train Michael Poole 1988
80% White Mischief Gilbert Colvile 1988
50% Aria The Actor 1988
No Score Yet Deadline Actor 1988
59% Spaceballs John Hurt 1987
22% From the Hip Douglas Benoit 1987
No Score Yet The Hunting Of The Snark Actor 1987
No Score Yet Jake Speed Sid 1986
No Score Yet Success Is The Best Revenge Dino Montecurva 1985
55% The Black Cauldron Horned King 1985
No Score Yet After Darkness Peter Huninger 1985
79% 1984 Winston Smith 1984
85% The Hit Braddock 1984
57% Terror in the Aisles Actor 1984
No Score Yet Champions Bob Champion 1984
60% The Plague Dogs Snitter 1983
44% The Osterman Weekend Lawrence Fassett 1983
No Score Yet King Lear The Fool 1983
No Score Yet Partners Kerwin 1982
No Score Yet Night Crossing Peter Strelzyks 1982
No Score Yet Cry of the Penguins Actor 1981
62% History of the World---Part I Jesus 1981
57% Heaven's Gate Billy Irvine 1980
91% The Elephant Man John Merrick 1980
83% The Shout Anthony Fielding 1979
No Score Yet It's a Steal? Actor 1979
97% Alien Kane 1979
No Score Yet Law Rules OK!? Actor 1979
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment Actor 1979
52% The Lord of the Rings Aragorn 1978
82% Watership Down Hazel 1978
96% Midnight Express Max 1978
No Score Yet East of Elephant Rock Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Naked Civil Servant Quentin Crisp 1975
No Score Yet The Ghoul (The Thing in the Attic) Tom 1975
No Score Yet Little Malcolm (Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs) Malcolm Scrawdyke 1974
50% The Pied Piper Franz 1972
58% 10 Rillington Place Timothy John Evans 1971
No Score Yet Cry of the Penguins Forbush 1971
No Score Yet In Search of Gregory Daniel 1970
43% Sinful Davey Davey Haggart 1969
No Score Yet Before Winter Comes Lt. Francis Pilkington 1969
82% A Man for All Seasons Rich 1966
No Score Yet Krapp's Last Tape Actor

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Rating

Title

Credit

Year

88% The Last Panthers
2016
Tom
  • 2016
No Score Yet Human Planet
2014
Narrator
  • 2014
64% Labyrinth
2012
Audric
  • 2014
94% Doctor Who
2006-2018
War Doctor The Doctor
  • 2013
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
The Chorus
  • 2013
85% Merlin
2009-2012
Voice Kilgharrah the Dragon The Dragon
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
98% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Unsolved History
2002-2005
Narrator
  • 2003
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
Narrator
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Jim Henson's Storyteller
1988
Narrator Appearing the Storyteller
  • 1988
100% I, Claudius
1976
Caligula
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Jim Henson Hour
1989
Narrator

QUOTES FROM John Hurt CHARACTERS

John Merrick
My life is full because I know I am loved.
S.R. Hadden
I was one hell of an engineer.
Lord Cotys
Excuse me, that was my moment.
Hercules
You're welcome.
Lord Cotys
Kingdoms are won by armies, but empires are built with alliances.
Bob Champion
I'm gonna win the grand national on this horse
Bob Champion
I'm gonna win the grand national on this horse.
Kingsley Bedford
We all have a crash of some sort awaiting us.
Jim Caldwell
Yeh. I put pieces together all the time, but they all fall apart.
Winston Smith
Does Big Brother exist?
O'Brien
Of course.
Winston Smith
The same way as me?
O'Brien
You do not exist.
Winston Smith
We are the dead.
Winston Smith
Everything fades into mist. The past is erased, the eraser forgotten. The lie becomes truth, and then becomes a lie again.
Winston Smith
I want you.
Julia
I want you, too.
Winston Smith
If there is hope, it lies in the proles. If they could become conscious of their own strength, they would have no need to conspire. History does not matter to them.
Winston Smith
Thoughtcrime is death. Thoughtcrime does not entail death, thoughtcrime is death. I have committed, even before setting pen to paper, the essential crime that contains all others in itself.
Prof. Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
In medieval stories, there is often a young knight who is inexperienced, but pure of heart.
Agent John Myers
Oh, come on. I am not pure of heart.
Abe Sapien
Yes, you are.
Prof. Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
What is it that makes a man a man? Is it his origins — the way things start? Or is it something else, something harder to describe?
Jimmy Booth
The second way out, I need you guy's help, and that's under.
Billy Hayes
You mean tunnel? Are you serious?
Max
This is Shagmahr prison, not Stalag 17.
Jimmy Booth
Well that's where you're wrong fuckface, 'cause it's already built!
Max
The best thing to do is to get your ass out of here. Best way that you can.
Billy Hayes
Yeah, but how?
Max
Catch the midnight express.
Billy Hayes
What's that?
Max
Well, it's not a train. It's a prison word for... escape. But it doesn't stop around here.
Max
Well, it's not a train. It's a prison word for escape. But it doesn't stop around here.
Jellon Lamb
I came to this forsaken land and the God in me just evaporated.
Indiana Jones
Why don't you stick around, Junior?
Mutt Williams
[chuckles] I don't know. Why didn't you, Dad?
Mutt Williams
I don't know. Why didn't you, Dad?
Professor Oxley
Dad! [gives Indy a questioning look] Dad?
Professor Oxley
Dad! Dad?
Indiana Jones
Somewhere your grandpa is laughing.
Erich
Lawyers?
Max
Oh, yeah. There's no straight lawyers in Turkey. They're all bent. Bent as hairpins.
Jellon Lamb
(singing) Oh, Danny boy, the flies, the flies are crawling.
John Merrick
I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I ... am ... a ... man!
Narrator
Grace paused. And while she did, the clouds scattered and let the moonlight through and Dogville underwent another of those little changes of light. It was if the light, previously so merciful and faint, finally refused to cover up for the town any longer.
Mr. Ollivander
He's after you, Mr. Potter. You really don't stand a chance.
Harry Potter
I suppose I'll have to kill him before he finds me, then.
Victor Foss
We are fitting you for a barrel right now, sir.
Prof. Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
In the absence of light, darkness prevails. There are things that go bump in the night, Agent Myers. Make no mistake about that. And we are the ones who bump back.
John Merrick
Doctor, there's something I've been meaning to ask you for some time.
Dr. Frederick Treves
Yes, what is that?
John Merrick
Can you...cure me?
Dr. Frederick Treves
No, I'm afraid not.
John Merrick
I thought as much....
John Merrick
Hello. My name is John Merrick.
Montrose
(To Cunningham)" "One must never underestimate the healing power of hatred."
Montrose
[to Cunningham] One must never underestimate the healing power of hatred.
Mutt Williams
What are they? Spacemen?
Professor Oxley
Inter-dimensional beings as a point of fact.
Indiana Jones
Welcome back, Ox.
John Merrick
It's just that I-I'm not used to being treated so well by a beautiful woman... (said after John cries)
John Merrick
It's just that I-I'm not used to being treated so well by a beautiful woman... [after John cries]
Adam Sutler
To fail is to invite doubt into everything we believe; everything that we have fought for. Doubt will plunge this country back into chaos and I will not let that happen
Adam Sutler
To fail is to invite doubt into everything we believe; everything that we have fought for. Doubt will plunge this country back into chaos and I will not let that happen.
Adam Sutler
England prevails
Adam Sutler
England prevails.
Horned King
No! You'll not have me! My power cannot die! Curse you! No! GAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!
Kane
Brett "Jonesy... here Jonesy"
Brett
Jonesy... here Jonesy.
Hazel
Rabbits will always need tricks!
Hazel
Is it dangerous?
Hazel
We help you.
Kehaar
Piss off!
Old Man
[voice over] When this world was still young, long before man or beast roamed these lands, there was a war in the heavens. Immortals, once thoughts incapable of death, discovered they had the power to kill one another. Lost in this war was a weapon of unimaginable power, the Epirus bow. The victors declared themselves Gods, while the vanquished were renamed Titans and forever imprisoned within the bowels of Mount Tartarus. Eons passed, mankind flourished and the great war receded from memory. But the evil that once was has reemerged.
John Merrick
People are frightened by what they don't understand
John Merrick
People are frightened by what they don't understand.
Aragorn
And who are they going to trust? A fat innkeeper who only remembers his name because people shout it at him all day?
S.R. Hadden
[over video feed from Mir space station] I wanna show you something. [shows satellite feed to Ellie] Hokkaido Island.
Ellie Arroway
The systems integration site.
S.R. Hadden
Look closer. [zooms satellite feed to reveal second machine] First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who, also, happen to be, recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries...
Ellie Arroway
[speaks with Hadden] ... of Hadden industries.
S.R. Hadden
They still want an American to go, Doctor. Wanna take a ride?
S.R. Hadden
[to Arroway in the tone of Hannibal Lecter] Clever girl.
Indiana Jones
For God's sake man, go get help!
Professor Oxley
Help.
Indiana Jones
HELP!
Professor Oxley
HELP!
Indiana Jones
HELP! Go!
Old Man Peanut
Absolutely brilliant.Should have got an award!
Old Man Peanut
Absolutely brilliant. Should have got an award!
Control
There's a mole right at the top of British Intelligence. He's been there for years... and all I require from you is one codename...
Professor Oxley
...seems we´ve reached an age when life stops giving you things and started taking them away
Professor Oxley
...seems we've reached an age when life stops giving you things and started taking them away.
Dean Charles Stanforth
...seems we've reached an age when life stops giving you things and started taking them away.
John Merrick
I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!
Harry Potter
What do you know about the Deathly Hallows?
Mr. Ollivander
It is rumored there are three. The elder wand, the cloak of invisibility, to hide you from your enemies, and the resurrection stone, to bring back loved ones from the dead. Togheter, they make one the master of death.
Mr. Ollivander
But few truty believe that such objects exists.
Harry Potter
Do you? Do you believe they exist sir?
Mr. Ollivander
Well... I see no reason to put stock into an old wives' tale.
Harry Potter
You're lying! You know one exists. You told him about it. Yout told him about the elder wand and where he could go looking for it.
Mr. Ollivander
He tortured me. Besides... I only conveyed rumors.
Mr. Ollivander
There's... There's no telling wheter he will find it.
Harry Potter
He has founded it, sir. We'll let you rest.
Mr. Ollivander
He's after you, Mr. Potter. If it's true, what you say, and he has the elder wand, I'm afraid, you really don't stand a chance.
Harry Potter
Well, I suppose I'll have to kill him, before he finds me, then.
Horned King
Get up you fools! Kill!
Professor Oxley
the bad guys still cant shoot straight
Professor Oxley
The bad guys still can't shoot straight.
Pinkie Brown
What's your name?
Rose
[clears throat] Rose.
Phil Corkery
Your like me, old fashioned. You're the kind of girl I like.
Mr. Ollivander
He's after you, Mr. Potter. And you really don't stand a chance.
Arthur Seldom
the butterfly that flutters it's wings and causes a hurricane on the other side of the world..
Arthur Seldom
The butterfly that flutters it's wings and causes a hurricane on the other side of the world.
Professor Oxley
Three times it drops.
Professor Oxley
Henry.... Jones... Jr.
Professor Oxley
Henry Jones Jr.
Quentin Crisp
Persistence is your greatest weapon. It is in the nature of barriers that they fall. Do not seek to become like your opponents. You have the burden and the great joy of being outsiders. Every day you live as a kind of triumph. This you should cling onto. You should make no effort to try and join society. Stay right where you are. Give your name and serial number and wait for society to form itself around you. Because it will most certainly will. Neither look forward where there is doubt nor backward where this is regret. Look inward and ask not if there is anything outside that you want but whether there is anything inside that you have not yet unpacked.
Narrator
He still had enough perfume left to enslave the whole world if he so chose. He could walk to Versailles and have the king kiss his feet. He could write the pope a perfumed letter and reveal himself as the new Messiah. He could do all this, and more, if he wanted to. He possessed a power stronger than the power of money, or terror, or death - the invincible power to command the love of man kind. There was only one thing the perfume could not do. It could not turn him into a person who could love and be loved like everyone else. So, to hell with it he thought. To hell with the world. With the perfume. With himself.
John Merrick
I am not an animal! I am a human being. I am a man.