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Biography #2 (for Hellboy)

John Hurt is one of Britain's best known, critically acclaimed and most versatile actors. He made his West End debut in 1962 and went on to take the 1963 Critics' Award for Most Promising Actor in Harold Pinter's The Dwarfs. For the stage, Hurt has also appeared in Pinter's ?The Caretaker, Sean O' Casey's Shadow of a Gunman, Tom Stoppard's Travesties for the RSC and Turgenev's A Month in the Country." More recently he received acclaim for his performance in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, which was made into a movie directed by Atom Egoyan.

Hurt?s impressive body of television work commenced in 1961 and has included such notable roles as Caligula in I, Claudius, Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment and, most memorably, as Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, for which he received a Best Actor Emmy and a BAFTA Best Television Actor Award. His performance led the real Quentin Crisp to quip that, John Hurt is my representative here on Earth.

It was his defining film roles as Max in Midnight Express (1978) and as John Merrick in The Elephant Man (1980) that thrust him into the international spotlight with Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, respectively. His other film work includes a trio of roles, 1984, The Hit and Champions, which earned him the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for 1984. His many film credits include A Man For All Seasons, Alien, Heaven?s Gate, White Mischief, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer?s Stone, The Field, Scandal, Dogville, Rob Roy, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and a critically acclaimed performance in Richard Kwietniowski's Love and Death on Long Island. Hurt also starred in Kwietniowski's Owning Mahowny opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Born in 1940, Hurt attended schools in Kent and Lincoln. He was a stagehand with the Lincoln Repertory and studied Art at St. Martin's School in London before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Hurt currently resides in Wicklow Mountains, Ireland.

Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment for "Hellboy" (26-Jun-2004)


Biography #3

John Hurt was born in 1940, the son of Arnold Herbert (an Anglican vicar) and Phyllis Massey (an engineer and amateur actress). He attended schools in Kent and Lincoln, and was a stagehand with the Lincoln Repertory and studied Art at St. Martin's School before winning a scholarship to RADA.

Hurt is one of Britain's best known, critically acclaimed and most versatile actors. He made his West End debut in 1962 and went on to take the 1963 Critic's Award for Most Promising Actor in Harold Pinter's The Dwarfs. For the stage, Hurt has also appeared in Pinter's The Caretaker, O'Casey's Shadow of a Gunman, Stoppard's Travesties for the RSC and Turgenev's A Month in The Country. The year 2000 saw his greatly acclaimed performance in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape in London's West End.

Hurt's impressive body of television work commenced in 1961 and has included such notable roles as Caligula in I, Claudius, Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment and, most memorably, as Quentin Crisp in the autobiographical The Naked Civil Servant (for which he received a Best Actor Emmy and a BAFTA Best Television Actor Award) which led Crisp to opine that John Hurt is my representative here on Earth.

It was his defining film roles as Max in Midnight Express (1978) and as John Merrick in The Elephant Man (1980) that thrust him into the international spotlight with Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, respectively. His other film work includes a trio of roles in 1984 which rewarded him with the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for that year for: 1984; The Hit and Champions. His many films include: A Man For All Seasons; The Field; Scandal; Rob Roy and John Boorman's Two Nudes Bathing (the latter for which he received a Cable Ace Award in 1995), and an acclaimed performance in Richard Kwietiowski's Love and Death on Long Island. Hurt can most recently be seen as Dr. Iannis in Captain Corelli's Mandolin directed by John Madden.

He recently finished filming Beckett's Krappe's Last Tape directed by Atom Egoyan and Tabloid TV directed by David Blair. Hurt is currently filming Carbon Miranda directed by Mark Munden.

John Hurt lives in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland, a country which he has considered his home since 1967 when playing his first leading role in John Huston's Sinful Davey.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema (01-Jan-2000)