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John Hurt, Oscar nominated for "The Elephant Man" dies at 77

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/28/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
File - This Sep. 13, 2011, shows British actor and cast member John Hurt arriving for the UK film premiere of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" at the BFI Southbank in London. The great and versatile actor Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File) © The Associated Press File - This Sep. 13, 2011, shows British actor and cast member John Hurt arriving for the UK film premiere of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" at the BFI Southbank in London. The great and versatile actor Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscar-nominated actor Sir John Hurt has died. He was 77.

File - This Feb. 12, 2012, file photo shows actor Sir John Hurt posing with his award for "Outstanding Contribution to Cinema" backstage at the BAFTA Film Awards 2012, at The Royal Opera House in London. The great and versatile actor Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) © The Associated Press File - This Feb. 12, 2012, file photo shows actor Sir John Hurt posing with his award for "Outstanding Contribution to Cinema" backstage at the BAFTA Film Awards 2012, at The Royal Opera House in London. The great and versatile actor Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

Hurt's agent Charles McDonald says the actor, who battled pancreatic cancer, died Friday in London.

File- This Sept. 6, 2011, file photo shows British actor John Hurt posing for portraits at the Venice Film Festival Movie Star Lounge after interviews for the film "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," during the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. The great and versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) © The Associated Press File- This Sept. 6, 2011, file photo shows British actor John Hurt posing for portraits at the Venice Film Festival Movie Star Lounge after interviews for the film "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," during the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. The great and versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

The actor received Academy Award nominations for playing a heroin addict in "Midnight Express" and the tortured John Merrick in David Lynch's "The Elephant Man." Hurt had a career that spanned over 50 years in television, film and voice work. He terrified audiences in "Alien," and spoofed that very same scene in "Spaceballs."

File - This Oct. 6, 2015, file photo shows John Hurt posing for photographers upon arrival at the BFI Luminous Gala Dinner in London. The great and versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press File - This Oct. 6, 2015, file photo shows John Hurt posing for photographers upon arrival at the BFI Luminous Gala Dinner in London. The great and versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

As prolific as ever, Hurt recently appeared alongside Natalie Portman in the Oscar-nominated film "Jackie" as a priest who consoles the recently widowed first lady. Hurt leaves behind a few production credits, including Joe Wright's "Darkest Hour, where Hurt plays Neville Chamberlain.

File- This Nov. 8, 2013, file photo shows actor John Hurt walking on the red carpet at the 8th edition of the Rome International Film Festival in Rome. The great and versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File) © The Associated Press File- This Nov. 8, 2013, file photo shows actor John Hurt walking on the red carpet at the 8th edition of the Rome International Film Festival in Rome. The great and versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
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