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British actor John Hurt, Oscar nominated for The Elephant Man, dies at 77

Hurt’s agent Charles McDonald says the actor, who battled pancreatic cancer, died Friday in London.

hollywood Updated: Jan 28, 2017 09:40 IST
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This 2011, file photo shows British actor and cast member John Hurt arriving for the UK film premiere of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy at the BFI Southbank in London. Hurt’s agent Charles McDonald says the actor, who battled pancreatic cancer, died Friday in London.(AP)

The Oscar-nominated actor Sir John Hurt has died. He was 77.

Hurt’s agent Charles McDonald says the actor, who battled pancreatic cancer, died Friday in London.

British actor John Hurt holds the Gold Giraldillo Award as a tribute to his career during the Sevilla European film festival in the Andalusian capital of Seville in this 2009 file photo. (REUTERS)

The actor received Academy Award nominations for playing a heroin addict in Midnight Express and the tortured John Merrick in David Lynch’s The Elephant Man. Hurt had a career that spanned over 50 years in television, film and voice work. He terrified audiences in “Alien,” and spoofed that very same scene in Spaceballs.

British actor John Hurt poses with his award after receiving a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle in Windsor in this 2015 file photo. (REUTERS)

As prolific as ever, Hurt recently appeared alongside Natalie Portman in the Oscar-nominated film Jackie as a priest who consoles the recently widowed first lady. Hurt leaves behind a few production credits, including Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, where Hurt plays Neville Chamberlain.

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