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John Hurt

Last updated 12 February 2016

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Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE

Born: Mon 22nd January 1940 (age: 76)

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Sir John Hurt, CBE is an English actor.

Hurt has had a career spanning six decades and initially came to prominence for his supporting role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966). Since then he has played leading roles as Quentin Crisp in the TV film The Naked Civil Servant (1975), the deformed man John Merrick in David Lynch's biopic The Elephant Man (1980), Winston Smith in the dystopian drama 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 is also known for his television roles as Caligula in I, Claudius (1976), and the War Doctor in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special (2013).

Hurt's other films include the prison drama Midnight Express (1978), the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), the adventure film Rob Roy (1995), the political thriller V for Vendetta (2006), the sci-fi adventure film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), the Harry Potter film series (2001–11), the Hellboy films (2004 and 2008), and the Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His character's final scene in Alien has been named by a number of publications as one of the most memorable in cinematic history.

He was married to actress Annette Robertson between 1962 and 1964, lived with French model Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot between 1967 and 1983, married to actress Donna Peacock between 1984 and 1990, production assistant Joan Dalton between 1990 and 1996, lived with Sarah Owens between 1996 and 2002, and is now lives near Cromer in Norfolk with his fourth wife Anwen Rees Meyers, who he married in 2005. He has two sons, Alexander "Sasha" John Vincent Hurt and Nicholas "Nick" Hurt, both from his third marriage.