Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt - Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor (c) BBC
Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt – Doctor Who – The Day of the Doctor (c) BBC

Sir John Hurt, best known for his role in “The Elephant Man” has passed away, he was 77.

Hurt had recently battled pancreatic cancer but was given the all clear in 2015. The cause of death was not released. He had just celebrated his 77th birthday on January 22nd.

In recent years, John Hurt quickly became popular among Whovians when he joined the Doctor Who Universe as the War Doctor. He, alongside David Tennant (Tenth Doctor) and Matt Smith (Eleventh Doctor), was in the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in 2013. His performance was well received and became the favourite by many.

Jon Hurt was the two-time Oscar nominees, one of which was for best actor in The Elephant Man (1980) Hurt had over six decades of acting career and was starred in memorable roles including Midnight Express, Alien, and three Harry Potter films.

In 2012, Hurt was honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, then was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July 2015.

Sir John Hurt survived by his fourth wife Anwen Rees-Myers, whom he married in 2005, and sons Alexander and Nicholas.

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