Update: Tributes hit social media Friday night and Saturday morning European time for John Hurt, the prolific two-time Oscar nominee who played so many memorable characters in so many memorable films. Along with Academy Awards noms for The Elephant Man and Midnight Express, he appeared in Best Picture winner A Man for All Seasons, the first and last two Harry Potter films and such popular pics as Alien, V for Vendetta, Rob Roy, 1984, The Osterman Weekend and Mel Brooks’ History of the World – Part I and Spaceballs. He also played a priest in last year’s Jackie.
Here is a sampling of tweets and statements from friends, colleagues and admirers.
Helen Mirren, actress: “John Hurt, kind, non judgmental, fragile, like an alpine flower that trembles in the freezing wind, but tenaciously holds on and survives. He wore his humanity on his sleeve, and this was one of the qualities that made him into the great actor he was. He also had a core of great strength and humour that made him able to face the world and achieve so much. We will miss you, dear colleague.”