John Hurt CBE
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John Vincent Hurt CBE (1940 - 2017)

John Vincent Hurt CBE
Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Husband of [private wife (1940s - unknown)]
Husband of [private wife (1940s - unknown)]
Husband of [private wife (1950s - unknown)]
Husband of [private wife (1960s - unknown)]
Father of [private son (1990s - unknown)] and [private son (1990s - unknown)]
Died in Cromer, Norfolk, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jul 2013
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John Hurt was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England in 1940 to Phyllis Massey and Arnould Herbert Hurt. John's father was an Anglican clergyman and mathematician, his mother was an engineer and one-time actress. John had two older siblings. [1]. The 1939 register, taken a few months before John was born showed the family living at The Vicarage, Blackwell, Derbyshire, where John's father Arnold was described as the Vicar of Shirebrook. [2]

John was first led toward art and painting by his parents, but eventually pursued acting. John began in theater in 1962 after being accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

John then made a move into television in the 1970s earning a BAFTA award for his portrayal of Quentin Crisp in the TV play The Naked Civil Servant in 1975. In 1980, Hurt portrayed John Merrick in the movie The Elephant Man alongside Anthony Hopkins. John was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for that role. He won another BAFTA for that role. Hurt was in the 1979 movie Alien in which he had a creature explode from his stomach. Hurt reprised that role in the Mel Brooks spoof Spaceballs in 1987. According to his IMDB profile, he was credited with 195 acting roles. Hurt played Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter films as well.

One of his most recent roles in British televison was that of the "War Doctor" in the series Doctor Who

Hurt was married four times and had two children from his third marriage.

  • to Annette Robertson in St Pancras, London in 1962 [3]
  • to Donna L Peacock in Ealing, London in 1984 [4]
  • to Joan A Dalton, in Westminster in 1990 [5]
  • to Anwen Rees-Myers in Westminster in 2005 [6]

He died in 2017.[7]


  1. ( GRO index Q1 1940 Chesterfield vol 7b page 1741
  2. Findmypast 1939 Register [1]
  3. ( GRO index Q4 1962 Pancras vol 5d page 815
  4. Findmypast England & Wales Marriages [2]
  5. Findmypast England & Wales Marriages [3]
  6. Findmypast England & Wales Marriages [4]
  7. Find A Grave: Memorial #175768609


Thank you to Keith Taylor for creating WikiTree profile Hurt-330 through the import of TaylorTreeGED.ged on Jun 26, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Keith and others.

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Hurt-330 and Hurt-1696 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. Same birth/death and mother.
posted on Hurt-1696 (merged) by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Could you add please?
posted by Marie Griffiths
Still listed as living, yet has death date entered (error 114) Please fix.
posted by Aaron Gullison
Hurt-466 and Hurt-330 appear to represent the same person because: I made a duplicate as I did not see his birthdate listed when making this profile. Thanks.
posted by Ron Norman

Rejected matches › John William Hurt (1910-1975)