John Hurt has died, at age 77. He played many great SFF roles – Kane in Alien (and Spaceballs), Winston Smith in 1984 and the Big Brother-like Sutler in V for Vendetta, Hadden in Contact, Professor Broom in Hellboy, Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter movies, and many more.

“I hope I shall have the courage to say, 'Vroom! Here we go! Let's become different molecules!'”

Rest in peace, Sir John.


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    He didn't pass away - he regenerated into the next Doctor / Ollivander's Force ghost will be forever guiding us. – Gallifreyan Jan 28 '17 at 8:50
  • Alien is my favorite movie of all time. I recently watched two movies where he also died (he had a habit of dying in his movies, actually), Contact and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (not SFF), and I thought while I watched them that I was happy he was still around. I'll miss him. – tobiasvl Jan 28 '17 at 17:26

I especially enjoyed his portrayal of the elder Dante in the BBC Radio 4 production of Danté's The Divine Comedy, the melancholy War Doctor and his wonderfully over-the-top acting as High Chancellor Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta.

It saddens me that he's passed on.

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    +1 for mentioning V for Vendetta. Great film! – steelersquirrel Jan 28 '17 at 10:16
  • Never noticed it before, even when watching the Who episode, but he really does look a bit like Christopher Eccleston, doesn't he? That gif you have there uses an angle where it's more evident than usual. – Omegacron Feb 10 '17 at 22:01
  • @Omegacron - The easiest way to tell them apart is to see if their acting is absymal. If so, it's Eccleston. – Valorum Feb 10 '17 at 22:10
  • Agreed - not even the same class. But I'm just referring to physical appearance here. – Omegacron Feb 10 '17 at 22:47

John Hurt was one of the better parts of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

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He also showed off his vocal range in Watership Down.

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My favorite sci-fi related John Hurt movies are:

Ben Devereaux

Christopher Marlowe

And of course, we cannot forget


R.I.P. John Hurt. You will be missed by all of your fans.

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    Such a versatile actor. – tobiasvl Jan 28 '17 at 11:05
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    Man, I forgot about Only Lovers Left Alive! Furiously digs through film collection – Gallifreyan Jan 28 '17 at 14:34
  • With regards to that last picture, some backstory about how that scene was filmed: movies.stackexchange.com/a/67777/13595 . – BCdotWEB Feb 6 '17 at 23:19

I've always thought that 1984, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton, is one of the best film adaptations of any book, SFF or otherwise. The same can't be said of the animated Lord of the Rings (or any other film adaptation of that book). Still, John Hurt as the voice of Aragorn was a big plus point.



Let us not forget he was the voice of the Dragon, Kilgharrah, in BBC's Merlin

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  • I've not seen it. Better than Bendlehurst Compostheap as Smaug? – Valorum Feb 3 '17 at 18:38
  • @Valorum - the guy's name is Banderlick Crumblesnatch, silly. – Omegacron Feb 10 '17 at 22:07
  • Beneficient Cucumberhatch. – Möoz Feb 12 '17 at 21:17

Nobody else has mentioned it, so I will. John Hurt was fantastic as Professor Broom in Hellboy.

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Wonderful cast all around, but Hurt was sorely missed for the sequel.

  • One could say he cleaned up in that role. – Möoz Feb 12 '17 at 21:22
  • I did actually mention it in my question, but it deserves its own answer. Great role. – tobiasvl Feb 16 '17 at 19:49

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