Hollywood Reacts to ‘Incomparable’ Actor John Hurt’s Death

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The entertainment industry took to social media on Friday into Saturday to mourn the loss of actor “John Hurt” who died Wednesday at his home in Norfolk.

The actor, known for films such as “Midnight Express,” “Alien,” the title character in “The Elephant Man,” was 77.

“It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt’s passing. He was a truly magnificent talent,” Mel Brooks wrote. “No one could have played The Elephant Man more memorably. He carried that film into cinematic immortality. He will be sorely missed.”


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“Simply an inspiration to all of us artists,” Vincent D’Onofrio tweeted. “Hopefully he will influence many actors in the future for a long long time.”

Kiefer Sutherland wrote, “My deepest sympathies to John Hurt’s family, friends and fans. He was a dear friend.”


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“I will forever cherish the memories I have of the incomparable John Hurt. A brilliant actor & a beautiful soul,” Jamie Bell tweeted.

“Very sad to hear of John Hurt’s passing,” Elijah Wood wrote. “It was such an honor to have watched you work, sir.”

The Pottermore account weighed in: “We’re hugely saddened to hear about the passing of John Hurt. Thoughts are with his friends and family.”


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As did the official “Harry Potter” account: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Hurt, who played Mr. Ollivander. Harry Potter fans will miss him very much.”


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Natalie Portman wrote, “I’m so extremely sad to hear of John’s passing. I was lucky enough to make two films with him — both of which were taken to the next level because of his performances. He was the most talented actor, and also a deeply good and funny and poetic and smart and warm human being. I send my love to his family at this terrible time, and join his fans in watching his films that we are lucky enough to have forever.”

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  1. Morris Lafebre says:

    He was never less than exceptional in any movie of his I ever saw. He wore his life on that great face

  2. paul j szucs says:

    I really loved John in Midnight Express. But my favorite was his role as Victor Foss ,the casino manager in Owning Mahony

  3. Jacob denness says:

    The passing of a great there are a lot of John hurts performances that will be drawn attention to but I won’t to call out one that I think will get over looked his role in alien yes he died early on but he was the very first guy to have a chest burster come out of his chest if that place in such an iconic moment in pop culture isn’t a enough considered that he was the very first actor to do something like that were used to it now and actors have ideas how to act but when John hurt walked on to that set with a bunch of stuff suved under his shirt with out letting any of the others know what was going to happen by the way he had no training to fall back on in that moment he did something truly new and made it live forever something that I at least will never forget.

  4. James H. Steiger says:

    A truly great actor. So sad to hear this news. My deepest sympathy to his family.

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