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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

John Hurt -- best known for his roles in Alien, The Elephant Man, Midnight Express, The Black Cauldron, Harry Potter, V for Vandetta and Snowpiercer -- died January 25. He also once played Doctor Who.

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Legendary actor John Hurt has died from cancer at the age of 77. Of all the roles he played in his career, he will forever be remembered as Kane, the astronaut "impregnated" by an extraterrestrial in Ridley Scott's Alien.

Film fans of a slightly younger age may recall Hurt as the voice of The Horned King in Disney's The Black Cauldron, based on Alexander Lloyd's Chronicles of Prydain books. I still have that movie on VHS. It was Disney's first animated PG.

The actor was nominated for an Academy Award twice; first in Alan Parker's Midnight Express, and then again as John Merrick in The Elephant Man.

His career spanned several films, genres, and characters -- everything from Alien to The Elephant Man, from Harry Potter to Snowpiercer, from V for Vandetta to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (the version that was actually released in 1984).

Most recently, he appeared in Jackie starring Natalie Portman. He was NOT Kevin's father in Home Alone -- That was John Heard.

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