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John Hurt

John Hurt [15]


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Born:January 22, 1940
Died:January 25, 2017 (77)
Filmography Rating:7.77 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.36 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.03 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78.76%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Alien [1979](39) => Kane
Alien: Director's Cut [1979](39) => Kane
The Black Cauldron [1985](45) => The Horned King (voice)
Spaceballs [1987](47) => Kane
King Ralph [1991](51) => Lord Percival Graves
Thumbelina [1994](54) => Mr. Mole (voice)
Contact [1997](57) => S.R. Hadden
The Storyteller [1998](58) => The Storyteller
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [2001](61) => Mr. Ollivander
Hellboy [2004](64) => Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron [2007](67) => Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008](68) => Professor Oxley
Hellboy II: The Golden Army [2008](68) => Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [2010](70) => Ollivander
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [2011](71) => Ollivander

Trivia that mentions this person:
Alien [1979]
  • The shriek that the alien baby makes when it first bursts out of John Hurt's chest was a combination of a viper, a pig's squeal and a baby's cry.
    Alien: Director's Cut [1979]
  • The rumor that the cast, except for John Hurt, did not know what would happen during the 'chestburster' scene is partly true. The scene had been explained for them, but they did not know specifics. For example, Veronica Cartwright did not expect to be sprayed with blood.
  • [?] Jon Finch was originally cast as Kane but on the first day of shooting, he looked extremely ill. Medics were called and [?] Jon Finch was immediately taken to hospital where it was discovered that he had an extreme case of diabetes. Ridley Scott knew that John Hurt was in town, so he approached him that night about playing Kane. John Hurt was on set the following day.
  • For the chestburster sequence, John Hurt stuck his head, shoulders and arms through a hole in the mess table, linking up with a mechanical torso that was packed with compressed air (to create the forceful exit of the alien) and lots of animal guts. The rest of the cast were not told that real guts were being used so as to provoke genuine reactions of shock and disgust.
    Alien: Collector's Edition [1979]
  • The rumor that the cast, except for John Hurt, did not know what would happen during the 'chestburster' scene is partly true. The scene had been explained for them, but they did not know specifics. For example, Veronica Cartwright did not expect to be sprayed with blood.
  • For the chestburster sequence, John Hurt stuck his head, shoulders and arms through a hole in the mess table, linking up with a mechanical torso that was packed with compressed air (to create the forceful exit of the alien) and lots of animal guts. The rest of the cast were not told that real guts were being used so as to provoke genuine reactions of shock and disgust.
    Batman Returns [1992]
  • The Penguin's line: "I am an animal. I am *not* a human being," is a work on John Hurt's line: "I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!" as John Merrick in The Elephant Man.
    Dune [1984]
  • John Hurt was offered the part of Dr Yueh.
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [2010]
  • John Hurt's reprisal as Ollivander marks the longest gap - 9 years - since his previous appearance of the series. Toby Jones reprisal as Dobby was second longest, as 8 years.
  • Despite individual billing in end titles and poster billing, John Hurt has fewer than 5 lines.
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [2011]
  • John Hurt's reprisal as Ollivander was the longest gap in the series - 9 years while [?] Miriam Margoyles' brief reprise appearance was second - 8 years.
  • John Hurt and Jim Broadbent previously appeared together in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. George Harris appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Michael Byrne, who briefly appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, co-starred in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
    Spaceballs [1987]
  • The "chestburster" scene in the interstellar diner features John Hurt, whose character suffered the same fate in Alien. In an obscure joke, the creature emulates the singing frog in the classic Warner Brothers cartoon One Froggy Evening. One of the ships parked outside is the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars.
    Watchmen [2009]
  • Casting rumors over the years included Sigourney Weaver (Sally Jupiter); John Hurt, Robin Williams, [?] Doug Hutchison, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, [?] Glen Hansard (Rorschach); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren (Dr. Manhattan); Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane (Comedian); Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, John Cusack, [?] Joaquin Phoenix (Nite Owl); Nathan Fillion (either Comedian or Nite Owl); Jamie Lee Curtis, [?] Hilary Swank, Jessica Biel, Hilary Duff (Silk Spectre); Tom Cruise, Jude Law (Ozymandias). In the finished film, Jackie Earle Haley is the only one of the seven primary cast members who was even in the film industry when the movie was first attempted.
    Alien: Covenant [2017]
  • Katherine Waterston also appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the beginning of a prequel series to the [Harry Potter] films. The [Harry Potter] film franchise also featured John Hurt, who appeared in Alien, and Timothy Spall, whose son Rafe Spall appeared in Prometheus. Fantastic Beasts also featured Samantha Morton, whose father-in-law is Alien cast member Ian Holm.