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.