Obituary: John Hurt

Actor John Hurt (b.1940) died on January 27. Hurt’s first role in 1962 was on an episode of Z Cars. He went on to appear in Alien as Kane, having the alien burst from his chest, a role he spoofed in Mel Brooks’ comedy Spaceballs. He provided the voice of Hazel in the original animated Watership Down and the voice of General Woundwort in the more recent television verison. Other voice work includes Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings and the Horned King in The Black Cauldron. In 1984, he played Winston in a version of 1984 filmed in London during the time the novel was set. More recently, he played Oxley in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Ollivander in the Harry Potter series, and the War Doctor in the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who.

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