Celebrities React: John Hurt Dead At 77
Celebrities are reacting to the death of John Hurt. See stars’ reaction tweets and tributes below.
Hurt died on Thursday, just days after turning 77 years old. Though no cause of death has been officially announced, the actor had been suffering from pancreatic cancer since 2015. That same year, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Hurt had a number of memorable projects over the years, but perhaps none more so than The Elephant Man, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He also scored an Academy Award nomination for Midnight Express, for which he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Other noteworthy credits include Alien, V For Vendetta, Hellboy, “Doctor Who,” and, most recently, Jackie. Hurt was also part of the Harry Potter franchise, making wand-maker Ollivander.
Now many stars are honoring Hurt on Twitter and expressing sadness over his death. Elijah Wood tweeted, for instance, “Very sad to hear of John Hurt’s passing. It was such an honor to have watched you work, sir.” Sharon Stone said, “God speed to John Hurt, a legendary actor and good human being.”
“Dance until your feet hurt. laugh until your face hurts. Act until your John Hurt. #RIPJohnHurt,” posted Dominic Monaghan. Kumail Nanjiani expressed, “Oh no. RIP John Hurt. He made everything he was in better. I was looking forward to seeing many more performances.” And, sharing a film still, Avan Jogia offered, “On the passing of John Hurt, a wonderful actor, and the recent seismic shift in our geo-political landscape, I give you V for Vendetta.”
Kiefer Sutherland posted, “My deepest sympathies to John Hurt’s family, friends and fans. He was a dear friend.” And in two tweets, Mel Brooks wrote, “It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt’s passing. He was a truly magnificent talent. No one could have played The Elephant Man more memorably. He carried that film into cinematic immortality. He will be sorely missed.”
“What a magnificent actor. A true artist,” commented Debra Messing. Mia Farrow remarked, “John Hurt, one of the finest actors of our time, and the loveliest person. This is terrible news. So, so sad.” Kevin Smith tweeted, “Rest in Peace to the actor genius #JohnHurt. Most folks know him from ALIEN but I loved him as Sir Richard Rich from A Man for All Seasons.”
Bonnie Wright, who starred as Ginny in Harry Potter, expressed, “John Hurt. What an acting legend. Rest in peace dear Sir. Wand shopping won’t be the same without you.” Stephen Fry exclaimed, “Oh no. What terrible news. We’ve lost #JohnHurt as great on the stage, small screen and big. A great man & great friend of Norfolk & #NCFC.”
Vincent D’Onofrio stated, “JOHN HURT. Simply an inspiration to all of us artists. Hopefully he will influence many actors in the future for a long long time.” Jamie Bell tweeted, “I will forever cherish the memories I have of the incomparable John Hurt. A brilliant actor & a beautiful soul.” Jason Priestley, who worked with Hurt in Love And Death On Long Island, posted,” “RIP my dear friend John Hurt. You were an awesome talent, an amazing co-star, and a better friend…you will be missed by all who knew you.”
David Alan Grier offered, “Rest n Peace John Hurt, I had the honor to get to work with and know this wonderful man, and incredible actor. Your spirit will b missed.” Chris Evans shared, “John Hurt was one of the most powerful, giving, and effortlessly real actors I’ve ever worked with. Remarkable human being. U will be missed.”
“RIP, sir, one of the greats,” wrote Kate Walsh. Darren Criss admitted, “John Hurt was always on my actors-I-wish-I-could-be-more-like list. And he will continue to always be. Wonderful work & a phenomenal career.” And Brett Ratner said, “You will be missed #JohnHurt #RestInPeace #Hercules.” Gossip Cop also extends condolences to all of Hurt’s friends, family and fans.