John Hurt
John Hurt
Gender: Male
Medium(s): Film; Television
Roles: Actor
Date of birth: January 2nd, 1940
Place of birth: Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England
Date of death: January 27th, 2017
Notable works: Alien
Doctor Who
1st Sci-Fi: Alien (1979)

John Hurt is a British film actor born in Derbyshire, England on January 22nd, 1940. In sci-fi circles, he is best known for playing the role of Commander Kane in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror film Alien. A decade later, Hurt lampooned the role in Mel Brooks' 1987 farcical comedy Spaceballs. A lesser known role, but no less important, was the character of Winston Smith in the 1984 film Nineteen Eighty-Four, based on the novel by George Orwell. Hurt's roles were not always geared towards serious cinema, and he occasionally found himself in lower grade films such as Roger Corman's 1990 time-traveling movie Frankenstein Unbound in which Hurt's character, Joe Buchanan had the opportunity to meet not only the Frankenstein Monster, but author Mary Shelly as well. In 2013, John Hurt began making recurring appearances on the science fiction television series Doctor Who as an abberant version of The Doctor who has come to be known as the "War Doctor". He first appeared in the series seven episode, "The Name of the Doctor", and also appeared in two TV specials that continued the storyline from that episode, "The Night of the Doctor", and "The Day of the Doctor".

Body of work Edit

Film Edit

Film Year Role
Alien 1979 Kane
Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Winston Smith
Spaceballs 1987 Kane
Frankenstein Unbound 1990 Joe Buchanan
Monolith 1993 Villano
Contact 1997 S.R. Hadden
V for Vendetta 2005 Adam Sutler
Tron Legacy 2010 Unknown

Television Edit

Series Episode Role
Masters of Science Fiction The Discarded Samswope
Doctor Who The Name of the Doctor War Doctor
Doctor Who The Night of the Doctor War Doctor
Doctor Who The Day of the Doctor War Doctor

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • In Alien, the part of Kane was originally to be played by British actor Jon Finch. On the first day of shooting however, Finch had a severe attack of diabetes and had to be taken to the hospital. In a rush to replace him, Ridley Scott sought out actor John Hurt. Hurt was initially unavailable due to a project that he was scheduled to work on in South Africa. As it turned out, Hurt was denied entrance into South Africa because the South African authorities had mistaken him for a political activist named "John Hurd", who had developed a reputation for his outspoken views against Apartheid. Unable to work in South Africa, Hurt then became available to work on Alien. [1]

External Links Edit

References Edit

  1. John Hurt; Alien (Special Edition); Audio Commentary; 2003

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