Veteran British actor John Hurt, who was Oscar-nominated for his character in ‘The Elephant Man’ and for his supporting role in ‘Midnight Express’, died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 77, the BBC reported on Saturday.
Hurt, who starred in more than 200 films and television series over a career spanning six decades, revealed in 2015 that he was suffering from the early stages of pancreatic cancer and that he was receiving treatment.
The actor who shot to fame for his role as Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter films, and has also starred in Hellboy and Doctor Who, told Radio Times in August 2015, “I’m can’t say I worry about mortality, but it’s impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it.”
“We’re all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly. But my treatment is going terrifically well, so I’m optimistic.”
The actor is survived by his wife of 12 years, Anwen Rees-Myers. Hurt recently starred as a priest in the Oscar-nominated biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s widow, Jackie.