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John Hurt

Highest Rated:   100% More Than Honey (2013)
Lowest Rated:   0% ChickLit (2016)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
68% The Journey
  • Harry Patterson
$0.2M 2017
No Score Yet My Name Is Lenny
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet That Good Night
  • Actor
2017
88% Jackie
  • The Priest
$14M 2016
No Score Yet The Twilight Hour: Visions of Ireland's Haunted Past
  • Actor
2016
0% 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
60% Hercules
  • Lord Cotys
$59.5M 2014
95% Snowpiercer
  • Gilliam
$2.8M 2014
86% Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Marlowe
2014
No Score Yet Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day Of The Doctor
  • Actor
$1.6M 2013
28% Charlie Countryman
  • Narrator
2013
34% Jayne Mansfield's Car
  • Kingsley Bedford
$14.8k 2013
100% More Than Honey
  • Narrator
$31.6k 2013
33% Benjamin Britten: Peace And Conflict
  • Narrator
2013
No Score Yet The Gruffalo's Child
  • Owl
2012
No Score Yet Shadows (Hellgate)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Kidtoons: The Gruffalo, Pocoyo & The Wiggles
  • Actor
2012
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Control
$20.2M 2011
36% Immortals
  • Old Man
$83.5M 2011
79% Melancholia
  • Dexter
$3M 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
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Mr. Ollivander
$295M 2010
10% The Oxford Murders
  • Arthur Seldom
$4.1k 2010
41% 44 Inch Chest
  • Old Man Peanut
2010
No Score Yet The Gruffalo
  • Owl
2009
36% New York, I Love You
  • Bellhop (Shekhar Kapur segment)
$1.6M 2009
42% The Limits of Control
  • Guitar
$0.4M 2009
71% 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
85% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)
  • Actor
$75.8M 2008
76% Recount
  • Warren Christopher
2008
77% 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 Joel Files
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Masters of Science Fiction
  • Samswope
2007
58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • Narrator
$2.2M 2006
73% V for Vendetta
  • Chancellor Adam Sutler
$70.5M 2006
50% Manderlay
  • Narrator
2006
84% Beyond the Gates
  • Christopher
2005
31% Valiant
  • Felix
$19.4M 2005
38% 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
  • NarratorKane
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
80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Mr. Ollivander
$317.6M 2001
29% 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
7% 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
64% All the Little Animals
  • Mr. Summers
1999
No Score Yet The Climb
  • Chuck Langer
1999
No Score Yet Journey to Watership Down
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet You're Dead...
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Bandyta (Brute)
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Tender Loving Care
  • Dr. Turner
1998
86% 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
62% Contact
  • S.R. Hadden
1997
41% Wild Bill
  • Charley Prince
1995
71% Dead Man
  • John Scholfield
1995
72% Rob Roy
  • Montrose
1995
100% Second Best
  • Uncle Turpin
1994
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • The Countess
1994
25% Thumbelina
  • Mr. Mole
1994
No Score Yet Betrayal (Forraderi)
  • Narrator
1994
53% 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
No Score Yet Witness in the War Zone
  • Actor
1987
57% Spaceballs
  • John Hurt
1987
29% 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
84% 1984
  • Winston Smith
1984
85% The Hit
  • Braddock
1984
57% Terror in the Aisles
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Champions
  • Bob Champion
1984
No Score Yet The Plague Dogs
  • Snitter
1983
43% 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
63% History of the World---Part I
  • Jesus
1981
57% Heaven's Gate
  • Billy Irvine
1980
90% The Elephant Man
  • John Merrick
1980
No Score Yet 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
50% The Lord of the Rings
  • Aragorn
1978
82% Watership Down
  • Hazel
1978
95% 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
70% 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
33% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
87% The Last Panthers
2016
  • Tom
  • 2016
70% Labyrinth
2012
  • Audric
  • 2014
No Score Yet Planet Earth: Human Planet
2014
  • Narrator
  • 2014
89% Doctor Who
2006
  • War Doctor The Doctor
  • 2013
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • The Chorus
  • 2013
No Score Yet Merlin
2009-2012
  • Kilgharrah the Dragon The Dragon
  • Voice
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
100% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Narrator
  • 1999

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