- Father was an Anglican vicar and his brother is a monk.
- While at art school, one of the models he painted was Quentin Crisp, whom he would go on to portray in The Naked Civil Servant (1975). Hurt didn't realize the connection until the middle of filming.
- Breakthrough film role was as Richard Rich in Fred Zinnemann's A Man for All Seasons (1966).
- In 1984, announced the death of Richard Burton, at whose Switzerland home he had spent the weekend. They had worked together in 1984 (1984), Burton's final feature.
- Was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004.
- 1980, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 2012, Bodil Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1972, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
- 1978, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2005, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
- 1991, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1981, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Winner
- 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
- 1979, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
- 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Winner
- Annette Robertson — Ex-wife
- Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot — Ex-significant Other
- Nicholas Hurt — Son
- Michael Hurt — Brother
- Monica — Sister
- Phyllis Hurt — Mother
- Donna Peacock — Ex-wife
- Anwen Rees Meyers — Wife
- Alexander John Vincent Hurt — Son
- Arnould Herbert Hurt — Father
- Jo Dalton — Ex-wife
- Attended Grimsby College, Grimsby, England; attended St. Martin's School of Art, London, England; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England
- Birth Name: John Vincent Hurt
- Birth Place: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
- Died: January 27, 2017
- Profession: Actor
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