John Hurt cause of death: ‘Elephant Man’ actor died of pancreatic cancer

John Hurt cause of death: ‘Elephant Man’ actor died of pancreatic cancer

NVONews Desk,

Los Angeles: This is certainly very tough moment for Hollywood fans. In the past seven days we have seen at least three big Hollywood names leaving this world one after the other.

First it was Mary Tyler Moore who left for her final journey. Then merely two days later another formidable actor Mike Connors departed and when the people were yet to fully grieve their death, here comes the news of John Hurt death.

It is simply not just unbelievable but also unnerving. People are still trying to figure out as to how to mourn the loss of so many top Hollywood guns in such a short period.


John Hurt’s agent, Charles McDonald, while confirming his death said, “Sadly the story is indeed true…A statement will be forthcoming in due course.”

A BBC report said that the actor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the year 2015. Hurt had millions of fans across the world who admired his roles in many films that did well at the box office. He 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.”

John Hurt was a prolific actor who starred in dozens of memorable films. He initially came to prominence for his supporting role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966). People still remember him for his leading roles as John Merrick in David Lynch’s biopic The Elephant Man (1980), Winston Smith in a version of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Mr. Braddock in the Stephen Frears drama The Hit (1984) and Stephen Ward in the drama depicting the Profumo affair, Scandal (1989).

He had a great voice and it is no secret that Hurt also enjoyed a successful voice acting career in films such as Watership Down (1978), the animated The Lord of the Rings (1978), The Black Cauldron (1985) and Dogville (2003), as well as the BBC television series Merlin.

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