Thursday, May 30, 2024

Helen Mirren on The Great Actor John Hurt: “He wore his humanity on his sleeve”


He was nominated for two Oscars, and countless other awards. John Hurt was 77 when he died yesterday. He was one of the finest actors of our time, with a resume that was varied but always with the highest quality work. And so much of it! He still has four films in the can.

Helen Mirren, who worked with Hurt in the West End, said in a statement: “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.”

Two of Hurt’s many performances that I always think came from “Scandal” and “Contact.” But he has so many credits and was so integral to so many films, there is plenty to choose from. Another great loss at a time when we need every good person we can find.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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