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John Hurt stars in "Immortals," opposite Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke and Luke Evans, as Old Zeus. On television, Hurt can be heard as the voice of the Great Dragon in Syfy's fantasy adventure series "Merlin."

Hurt recently starred in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2" as Mr. Ollivander, a role he originated in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." He also recently starred in "Late Bloomers," opposite Isabella Rossellini, Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia," Jim Jarmusch's "The Limits of Control," Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Skull" and Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army."

John Hurt was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England,and lived until the age of 12 in the industrial countryside of the Midlands, in a small village named Woodville. The son of a Church of England clergyman, he first went to Grimsby Art School and St. Martin's School of Art in London before winning a scholarship to RADA.

Hurt made both his professional stage debut (as Knocker White in "Infanticide in the House of Fred Ginger" and his film debut ("The Wild and The Willing") in 1962, going on to take the Critics' Award for Most Promising Actor in Harold Pinter's "The Dwarfs" the following year. It was his work in a 1966 London production of "Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs" that secured his role as Richard Rich in the Academy Award-winning film version of Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons" the same year.

Hurt's stage appearances include Pinter's" The Caretaker," Sean O'Casey's "Shadow of a Gunman," Tom Stoppard's "Travesties" (for the RSC in which he originated the role of Tristan Tzara) 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. Later that year, Atom Egoyan made a film adaptation of this "definitive" stage performance, and he reprised the role as part of the 2006 Becket Festival at The Barbican.

His impressive body of television work commenced in 1961 and has included such notable roles as Caligula in "I, Claudius," Raskolnikov in "Crime and Punishment," the title role in Jim Henson's "The Storyteller" and, most memorably, Quentin Crisp in the autobiographical "The Naked Civil Servant," for which he received a Best Actor Emmy and a BAFTA Best Television Actor Award.

It was his defining film roles as Max in "Midnight Express" (1978) and as John Merrick in "The Elephant Man" (1980) that thrust Hurt into the international spotlight with BAFTA awards and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor respectively. His other film work includes a trio of roles in 1984 for which he received the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for that year – "1984," "The Hit" and "Champions." His many other films include "10 Rillington Place," "Alien," Sam Peckinpah's last film, "The Ostermann Weekend," "Scandal," "The Field," "Rob Roy," John Boorman's "Two Nudes Bathing," for which he received a Cable Ace Award in 1995, and an acclaimed performance in Richard Kwietniowski's "Love and Death on Long Island." He was also seen as Dr. Iannis in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" directed by John Madden, and "Owning Mahowny" directed by Richard Kwietniowski.

Hurt has always been well-known for his very individual voice which has been used to great effect in documentaries, animated films (such as Ralph Bakshi's "Lord of The Rings," "The Tigger Movie," "Watership Down" and "Valiant"), radio (including Tom Stoppard's "Albert's Bridge," which won The Italia Prize, "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and "Madame Bovary"), and in the hugely acclaimed public awareness campaign for AIDS. In 2002, he recorded the narration for Lars von Trier's "Dogville" and, in 2004, his "Manderlay." In 2006, he was the narrator for the long-awaited screen version of "Perfume" directed by Ton Tykwer.

In 2003, Hurt won the Variety Club Award for Outstanding Performance in a Stage Play, along with his co-star Penelope Wilton for Brian Friel's "Afterplay." This was followed by the film "Hellboy" directed by Guillermo del Toro for Revolution Studios, and "The Alan Clark Diaries" for the BBC. The same year, he was awarded the inaugural Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards.

The year 2004 saw Hurt film "The Skeleton Key" for Universal, "Shooting Dogs," directed by Michael Caton-Jones for BBC Films, and "The Proposition" directed by John Hillcoat. He was also awarded a C.B.E.

In 2005, he filmed "V for Vendetta" for Warner Bros., appeared in Tom Stoppard's adaptation of "Heroes" by Gerald Sibleyras, at Wyndham's Theatre. The play was directed by Thea Sharrock and won the 2006 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. That year, he filmed "Boxes," written and directed by Jane Birkin, and "Outlander."

In 2007, Hurt filmed "Oxford Murders" directed by Alex de la Iglesia, "Lecture 21" directed by Alessandro Baricco, "Recount" directed by Jay Roach, in which he played Secretary of State, Warren Christopher.

Hurt also recently starred in "44 Inch Chest," directed by Malcolm Venville, and written by Louis Mellis and David Scinto ("Sexy Best").


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Age: 76 years old
Birthday: January 22, 1940
Height: 5' 9"
Full Name / Real Name: John Vincent Hurt
Birthplace: Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England, UK
Wife: Anwen Rees-Myers
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