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Gender: Male

Birth Place: Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England

John Vincent Hurt is a 5' 9" (1.75 m) English actor that was born on January 22, 1940. He was born in coal mining village Shirebrook, which is near Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. His mother Phyllis is a one-time actress and an engineer. His father Arnould Herbert Hurt is a mathematician and Anglican clergyman. Arnould served as vicar of Shirebrook, a vicar at St John's Church in Sunderland, Perpetual Curate of Holy Trinity Church and vicar of St. Stephen's Church in Woodville, Derbyshire. John is the youngest of three children and spent much of his childhood by himself. John’s father is the founder for 1st Woodville (St. Stephen's) Scout Group that still exist today. His parents were so strict that he could not go to the movie theater although he lived right across from it. His parents found the neighborhood children to be “too common” so John was not allowed to play with them. His older brother Br. Anselm (birth name Michael) converted to Roman Catholic and became a monk and writer at Glenstal Abbey.

John Hurt began to love acting while attending Anglican St Michael's Preparatory School in Otford, Kent at eight years old. He played a girl in his first acting role at the school show of The Bluebird by Maurice Maeterlinck. Donald Cormack was the Head Teacher and previously the Senior Headmaster at the school, Cormack sexually abused John. Donald would remove his false teeth and stick his tongue in John’s mouth amongst other things. John’s family moved to Old Clee Church in Grimsby, Lincolnshire when John was 12 years old. John failed the entrance exam to the school that his brother was attending and was sent to boarding school, Christ's Hospital School in Lincoln. He studied art at Grimsby Art School (renamed: East Coast School of Art & Design) at the age of 17. He won a scholarship at Saint Martin's School of Art in London in 1959 for an Art Teacher's Diploma (ATD). He did not have enough money although he had a scholarship, so he took nude pictures of his friends and sold them with this friend's approval. He trained at RADA in 1960 after winning another scholarship.

John Hurt has acted in over 192 movies and television shows. He is known for his distinctive rich voice and adaptive personality to whatever roles he is playing. Some of his voice acting are in Watership Down (1978), The Lord of the Rings (1978), Dogville (2003) and BBC television 2008 series Merlin. John has a versatile movie career over the last six decades. He is a famous well known actor in Britain that is sought after for his Shakespearean roles. John's first movie to act in was The Wild and the Willing (1962), and his first big role was in A Man for All Seasons (1966) where he played Richard Rich. John won an award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the 65th British Academy Film Awards. He is the oldest actor, first CBE and first Oscar-nominated actor to play The Doctor in Doctor Who on TV.

John Hurt received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award, and four BAFTA Awards. His fourth BAFTA Awards was a Lifetime Achievement recognition.

John is recognized/known for his roles in various movies.

1975 - The Naked Civil Servant - role as Quentin Crisp
1976 - I, Claudius - role as Caligula
1980 - The Elephant Man - roles as John Merrick
1984 - Nineteen Eighty-Four - role as Winston Smith
1984 - The Hit - role as , Mr. Braddock
1989 - Scandal - role as Stephen Ward
2009 - An Englishman in New York, - role as Quentin Crisp

Interesting events in John Hurt Life:

1962 - Performed for the first time on London stage
1962 - Married his first wife, actress Annette Robertson.
1962 - John’s father became headmaster for St. Michael's College in the Central American country of British Honduras.
1964 - John and Annette divorced.
1967 - John began a long distance relationship with French model Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot but soon start living together.
1967 - 1983 - Lived with Marie-Lise in Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire.
1975 - His mother died
1983, January 23 - Marie-Lise was thrown off of her horse and died sometime after.
1984, September 6 - Married his second wife, actress Donna Peacock.
1990 January - John and Donna divorced.
1990, January 24 - John married his third wife Joan Dalton.
1990, February 6 - Son Sasha John Vincent Hurt with Joan Dalton was born.
1993, February 5 - Son Nick Hurt with Joan Dalton was born.
1996 - John and Joan divorced - they had 2 children together - Nicolas and Alexander.
1996 - John began a relation with writer Sarah Owens who was born in Dublin.
1999 - His father died at age 95.
2002 January - Received honorary degree from the University of Derby.
2002 July - John and Sarah Owens separated after a seven year relationship.
2004 - Awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
2005 March - He married his fourth wife, Anwen Rees Meyers who is an advertising film producer and quit drinking - he is not an alcoholic anymore.
2006 January -Received honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Hull.
2006 - Patron of Project Harar - UK charity for children with facial disfigurements.
2009, September 26 - Guest of honour at Derby County vs. Bristol City - pitch at Pride Park at half-time.
2012 - Appointed the first Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts.
2013, January 23 - Made an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the University of Lincoln, England at Lincoln Cathedral
2013, March - Announced as patron of Norwich Cinema City.

John lives with is wife, Anwen near Cromer, Norfolk.

Actor John Hurt Movies / Films:

Snowpiercer (2013) Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) Sightseers (2012) Immortals (2011) aka Immortals 3D, War of Gods (2011) Melancholia (2011) Outlander (2008) The Skeleton Key (2005) V for Vendetta (2005) aka V for Vendetta: The IMAX Experience (2005) Hellboy (2004) Lost Souls (2000) Contact (1997) Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (1990) Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) Alien (1979) aka Alien: The Director's Cut, Star Beast (1979)

Reviewed Movies Starring John Hurt

  • Snowpiercer (2013)

    Snowpiercer 2013

    Snowpiercer (2013) is an incredible movie to watch that will give you a few things about life to think about. I will definitely watch this movie again, and it is appropriate for teenagers and above. Snowpiercer…

  • Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

    Only Lovers Left Alive 2013

    Director and writer Jim Jarmusch shines with this remarkable British-German movie. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) has it all from romance, vampires, wolves, drama, nudity, sexual matters, bad language,…

  • Sightseers (2012)

    Sightseers 2012

    Director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England, High Rise) executed this movie to the worst of his abilities. Writer Alice Lowe (Out of Water, Stiffy) and Steve Oram (The Lincoln Tiger, The Wingnut…

  • Outlander (2008)

    Outlander 2008

    Outlander (2008) is a German-American science-fiction action adventure movie that was loosely based on Beowulf (2007). The movie was filmed in Mardalsfossen, Norway and several locations in Canada. Director…

  • The Skeleton Key (2005)

    The Skeleton Key 2005

    Kate Hudson stars in The Skeleton Key - a supernatural thriller that weaves a tale of terror and suspense! When Caroline Ellis (Hudson) takes a job in Louisiana's bayous, she unlocks a deadly secret…

  • V for Vendetta (2005)

    V for Vendetta 2005

    Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation…

  • Hellboy (2004)

    Hellboy 2004

    Hellboy, born in the flames of hell 60 years ago during World War II, Hellboy (Ron Perlman) was brought to Earth by evil madman Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden) to perpetrate evil. Hellboy destined to be…

  • Lost Souls (2000)

    Lost Souls 2000


  • Contact (1997)

    Contact 1997

    I was in for a bad surprise when I saw this movie. I though this movie was all about interaction with aliens or something like this. The movie was so slow and boring that it was just like A.I. The whole…

  • Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

    Frankenstein Unbound 1990

    Joseph Buchanan is a brilliant scientist conducting implosion experiments in the year 2031. His humanitarian goal is to develop a weapons system that will not destroy all life on Earth, but the results…

  • 1984 - Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

    1984 - Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984

    Michael Radford's adaption of George Orwell's foreboding literary premonition casts John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton as lovers who must keep their courtship secret. Aside from criminalizing sex…

  • Alien (1979)

    Alien 1979

    Alien (1979) is a 1h 57-min British-American science-fiction horror film that was shot at Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK and Bray Studios, Down Place, Oakley Green, Berkshire, England,…