It seems like this year will resume the task 2016 has set: to take away more of our favorites. Now John Hurt, who played Ollivander in the Harry Potter series and also gave his voice to the dragon in Merlin, has sadly passed away because of cancer at 77.
John Hurt has had a career for over six decades, and has been twice nominated for an Academy Award for The Elephant Man and Midnight Express. He played Ollivander in the Harry Potter films and appeared in three Doctor Who episodes as The Doctor, and had many other important roles.
The actor had battled with both cancer and an intestinal complaint in recent years and passed away on January 27th, at the age 77.
John Hurt is survived by his wife of 12 years, Anwen Rees-Myers. He recently starred as a priest in the Oscar-nominated biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s widow, Jackie, with Natalie Portman.
Obviously, the news affected a lot of other stars who either admired him or had the opportunity to star along him and took the time to share their grief on Facebook, like Stephen Fry, Mel Brooks and Chris Evans.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 28, 2017
It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017
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
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 28, 2017
Sir John Hurt had also received his knighthood in July 2015.
We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts go out to his family. Rest in peace.1 of 1