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John Hurt Biography

Birth Name:
John Vincent Hurt
Birth Place:
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Father was an Anglican vicar and his brother was 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; was elevated to a knight in 2015

Awards

  • 2012Bodil Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2005Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 1991BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1981BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 1981Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1980BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 1980BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 1980Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1979BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1978Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1972BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated

Relationships

  • Michael Hurt -- Brother
  • Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot -- Ex-significant Other
  • Donna Peacock -- Ex-wife
  • Jo Dalton -- Ex-wife
  • Arnould Herbert Hurt -- Father
  • Phyllis Hurt -- Mother
  • Monica -- Sister
  • Alexander John Vincent Hurt -- Son
  • Nicholas Hurt -- Son
  • Anwen Rees Meyers -- Wife