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John Hurt, Oscar-nominated actor who starred in 'The Elephant Man,' dies at 77

John Hurt, Oscar-nominated actor who starred in 'The Elephant Man,' dies at 77

The versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrified them in “Alien,” and spoofed that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died. He was 77.

Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, died Friday in London, according to his agent, Charles McDonald.

Twice nominated for an Oscar for playing the tortured John Merrick in David Lynch's “The Elephant Man” and for his role as the heroin addict Max in “Midnight Express,” Hurt's career spanned more than 50 years. After minor television and film appearances, his breakout came in 1966 as Richard Rich in Fred Zinnemann's “A Man For All Seasons,” followed by his portrayal of Caligula in the BBC...

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