It was only days ago that we were celebrating his 77th birthday, but today we sadly report the terrible news of John Hurt’s passing. Hurt announced in June 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and during his treatment he admitted he’d made his peace with potentially dying:
“I 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.”
With a career spanning six decades, Hurt played a number of famous roles. To some he was Ollivander, the wand maker from Harry Potter; to others he was John Merrick, aka. the Elephant Man; but to Doctor Who fans he will always be remembered as the War Doctor.
Hurt became famous for his many on-screen deaths – perhaps his most famous in Alien when the alien bursts out of his chest – and said himself:
“I think I’ve got the record. It got to a point where my children wouldn’t ask me if I died, but rather how do you die?”
We were so very lucky to have such a distinguished actor play a character that changed everything for the 50th Anniversary special and even luckier that he continued to play the character in audio dramas.
Today is a sad day and our thoughts are with his family at this time.