List of John Hurt performances

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Sir John Hurt, CBE (1940–2017) was an English actor and voice actor whose career spanned six decades. He had roles in over 130 films with dozens of television roles.[1] He holds the record of having played the most characters, 43, that have died on screen.[2]


Year Title Role Director Notes
1962 The Wild and the Willing Phil Corbett Ralph Thomas
1963 The Contact Max Philip Wrestler Short film
1964 This Is My Street Charlie Sidney Hayers
1966 A Man for All Seasons Richard Rich[3] Fred Zinnemann
1967 The Sailor from Gibraltar John[3] Tony Richardson
1969 Sinful Davey Davey Haggart[3] John Huston
Before Winter Comes Lieutenant Pilkington[3] J. Lee Thompson
In Search of Gregory Daniel[3] Peter Wood
1971 10 Rillington Place Timothy John Evans[3] Richard Fleischer Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mr. Forbush and the Penguins Richard Forbush[3] Roy Boulting, Arne Sucksdorff, & Alfred Viola
1972 The Pied Piper Franz[3] Jacques Demy
1974 Little Malcolm Malcolm Scrawdyke[3] Stuart Cooper
1975 The Ghoul Tom Rawlings[3] Freddie Francis
1975 La Linea del fiume Chandler[3] Aldo Scavarda
1977 The Disappearance Atkinson[3] Stuart Cooper
Three Dangerous Ladies Lt. Simmonds Robert Fuest Segment: "The Island"
Paperback David Bailey
East of Elephant Rock Nash[3] Don Boyd
1978 Midnight Express Max[3] Alan Parker Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Shout Anthony Fielding[3] Jerzy Skolimowski
Watership Down Hazel[3] Martin Rosen Voice
The Lord of the Rings Aragorn[3] Ralph Bakshi Voice
1979 Alien Kane[3] Ridley Scott Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1980 The Elephant Man John Merrick[3] David Lynch BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Heaven's Gate William C. Irvine[3] Michael Cimino
1981 History of the World, Part I Jesus Christ[3] Mel Brooks
Night Crossing Peter Strelzyk[3] Delbert Mann
1982 Partners Kerwin[3] James Burrows
The Plague Dogs Snitter[3] Martin Rosen Voice
1983 The Osterman Weekend Lawrence Fassett[3] Sam Peckinpah
1984 Champions Bob Champion[3] John Irvin Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
Success Is the Best Revenge Dino Montecurva[3] Jerzy Skolimowski
The Hit Mitchell Braddock[3] Stephen Frears Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
Nineteen Eighty-Four Winston Smith[3] Michael Radford Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
Fantasporto for Best Actor (tied with Eddy Mitchell)
Valladolid International Film Festival for Best Actor (tied with Richard Burton)
1985 After Darkness Peter Hunningford[3] Dominique Othenin-Girard & Sergio Guerraz
The Black Cauldron The Horned King[3] Ted Berman & Richard Rich (director) Voice
1986 Jake Speed Sid[3] Andrew Lane
1987 The Hunting of the Snark Narrator Mike Batt Voice
Rocinante Bill[3] Ann Guedes, Eduardo Guedes
White Mischief Gilbert Colvile[3] Michael Radford
From the Hip Douglas Benoit[3] Bob Clark
Aria The Actor[3] Bill Bryden Segment: "Pagliacci"
Spaceballs Kane[3] Mel Brooks Cameo
Vincent Narrator[3] Paul Cox Voice
1988 The Bengali Night Lucien Metz[3] Nicolas Klotz
1989 Scandal Stephen Ward[3] Michael Caton-Jones
Little Sweetheart Robert Burger[3] Anthony Simmons
1990 Windprints Charles Rutherford[3] David Wicht
Romeo-Juliet La Dame aux Chats
Armondo Linus Acosta
The Field Bird O'Donnell[3] Jim Sheridan Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Frankenstein Unbound Dr. Joe Buchanan
Roger Corman
1991 King Ralph Lord Percival Graves[3] David S. Ward
I Dreamt I Woke Up John Boorman's Alter Ego[3] John Boorman
1992 Lapse of Memory Conrad Farmer[3] Patrick Dewolf
1993 L'Oeil qui ment Anthony / Le Marquis[3] Raúl Ruiz
Kölcsönkapott idő Sean István Poór
Monolith Villano[3] John Eyres
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues The Countess[3] Gus Van Sant
1994 Rabbit Ears: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp Storyteller C.W. Rogers Voice
Thumbelina Mr. Mole[3] Don Bluth & Gary Goldman Voice
Great Moments in Aviation Rex Goodyear Beeban Kidron
Second Best Uncle Turpin[3] Chris Menges
1995 Rob Roy John Graham, Marquis of Montrose[3] Michael Caton-Jones
Dead Man John Scholfield[3] Jim Jarmusch
Wild Bill Charley Prince[3] Walter Hill
Two Nudes Bathing Marquis de Prey[3] John Boorman Short film
1997 Love and Death on Long Island Giles De'Ath[3] Richard Kwietniowski FIPRESCI Prize – Special Mention of Chicago International Film Festival (shared with: Richard Kwietniowski)
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by a British Actor in an Independent Film
Contact S.R. Hadden[3] Robert Zemeckis
The Climb Chuck Langer[3] Bob Swaim
Bandyta Babits Maciej Dejczer
Tender Loving Care Dr. Turner David Wheeler Direct-to-video
1998 The Commissioner James Morton George Sluizer
Night Train Michael Poole[3] John Lynch
All the Little Animals Mr. Summers[3] Jeremy Thomas
1999 A Monkey's Tale Sebastian[3] Jean-François Laguionie English dub
If... Dog... Rabbit... Sean Cooper Matthew Modine
You're Dead... Maitland[3] Andy Hurst
2000 The Tigger Movie Mr. Narrator[3] Jun Falkenstein Voice
New Blood Alan White Michael Hurst
Lost Souls Father Lareaux[3] Janusz Kamiński
2001 Tabloid Vince David Blair
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Dr. Iannis[3] John Madden
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Garrick Ollivander[3] Chris Columbus
2002 Miranda Christian[3] Marc Munden
Crime and Punishment Porfiry Menahem Golan
2003 Owning Mahowny Victor Foss[3] Richard Kwietniowski
Meeting Che Guevara & the Man from Maybury Hill Man from Maybury Hill Anthony Byrne Short film
Dogville Narrator[3] Lars von Trier Voice
2004 Hellboy Professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm[3] Guillermo del Toro
Pride Harry John Downer Voice
2005 Short Order Felix Anthony Byrne
Valiant Felix[3] Gary Chapman Voice
Manderlay Narrator[3] Lars von Trier Voice
The Skeleton Key Ben Devereaux[3] Iain Softley
Shooting Dogs Christopher Michael Caton-Jones
The Proposition Jellon Lamb[3] John Hillcoat Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
V for Vendetta Adam Sutler[3] James McTeigue
2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Narrator[3] Tom Tykwer Voice
2007 Boxes Le père de Fanny[3] Jane Birkin
Hellboy: Blood and Iron Professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm Victor Cook & Tad Stones Voice
2008 The Oxford Murders Arthur Seldom[3] Álex de la Iglesia
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Dr. Harold Oxley[3] Steven Spielberg
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm[3] Guillermo del Toro Cameo
Outlander Hrothgar[3] Howard McCain
Lecture 21 Mondrian Kilroy[3] Alessandro Baricco
New York, I Love You Bellhop Shekhar Kapur Segment "Shekhar Kapur"
2009 An Englishman in New York Quentin Crisp Richard Laxton
The Limits of Control Guitar[3] Jim Jarmusch
44 Inch Chest Old Man Peanut[3] Malcolm Venville Nominated – London Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year
2010 Lou Doyle[3] Belinda Chayko
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Grandpa Sammy Ben Stassen Voice
Brighton Rock Phil Corkery[3] Rowan Joffé
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Garrick Ollivander[3] David Yates
Ultramarines: The Movie Carnak Martyn Pick Voice
2011 Regret Not Speaking Richard Kwietniowski
Melancholia Dexter[3] Lars von Trier
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Garrick Ollivander[3] David Yates
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Control Tomas Alfredson
Immortals Old Man / Narrator[3] Tarsem Singh
2012 Jayne Mansfield's Car Kingsley Bedford[3] Billy Bob Thornton
In Love with Alma Cogan Master of Ceremonies Tony Britten
Sightseers Narrator – Blake's "Jerusalem" Ben Wheatley Uncredited voice
2013 Charlie Countryman Narrator Fredrik Bond Voice
Deleted scenes[4][5][6]
Only Lovers Left Alive Christopher Marlowe[3] Jim Jarmusch
Swan Lake 3D – Live from the Mariinsky Theatre Winter Palace / Himself Ross MacGibbon Voice
Snowpiercer Gilliam[3] Bong Joon-ho
More Than Honey Narrator Markus Imhoof Voice
Benjamin Britten – Peace and Conflict Narrator Tony Britten
2014 Hercules Cotys[3] Brett Ratner
2015 A.K.A Nadia 347 Tova Ascher
The Absinthe Drinkers Antonio Argenti John Jopson
Break Jack[7] Nicholas Moss Short film
Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure Sailor John David Stoten Voice
2016 ChickLit Francis Bonar Tony Britten
The Journey Harry Patterson[3] Nick Hamm
Jackie The Priest[3] Pablo Larraín
Back to Utopia Peter Panludic Fabio Wuytack Voice; posthumous international release
2017 My Name Is Lenny Leslie Salmon Ron Scalpello Posthumous release
That Good Night Ralph Eric Styles Posthumous release
2018 Damascus Cover Miki Daniel Zelik Berk Completed; posthumous release


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Drama 61–67 Private Briggs Episode: "Drama '61: Local Incident"
1962 Z-Cars James Hogan Episode: "Assault"
1963 First Night Garry Episode: "Menace"
1964 Armchair Theatre Unknown Episode: "A Jug of Bread"
Thursday Theatre Orpheus Episode: "Point of Departure"
Gideon's Way Freddy Tinsdale Episode: "The Tin God"
1964–65 ITV Play of the Week Various characters 3 episodes
1973 Wessex Tales Joshua Harlborough Episode: "A Tragedy of Two Ambitions"
1974 The Playboy of the Western World Christopher "Christy" Mahon Television film
1975 The Naked Civil Servant Quentin Crisp Television film
British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
1976 Shades of Greene Fred Episode: "A Drive in the Country"
Play for Today Alec Cassell Episode: "The Peddler"
The Sweeney Tony Grey Episode: "Tomorrow Man"
I, Claudius Caligula 5 episodes
1977 Spectre Mitri Cyon Television film
1979 Crime and Punishment Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov 3 episodes
1983 King Lear The Fool Television film
1988 Deadline Granville Jones Television film
1987–88 The Storyteller The Storyteller 9 episodes
1990 The Investigation: Inside a Terrorist Bombing Chris Mullin Television film
1991 Journey to Knock Alfred Television film
Red Fox Archie Carpenter 2 episodes
1992 Six Characters in Search of an Author The Father Television film
1993 Great Moments in Aviation Rex Goodyear Television film
1994 Picture Windows Le Compte Episode: "Two Nudes Bathing"
1995 Prisoners in Time Eric Lomax Episode: "Everyman"
Screen Two Jack Lee Episode: "Saigon Baby"
1999–2000 Watership Down General Woundwort Voice
7 episodes
2001 Beckett on FilmKrapp's Last Tape Krapp Television film
2002 Bait Jack Blake Television film
2004 The Alan Clark Diaries Alan Clark 6 episodes
Pride Harry Voice
Television film
2005 Hiroshima Narrator Voice
2007 Masters of Science Fiction Samswope Episode: "The Discarded"
2008 Recount Warren Christopher Television film
2008–2012 Merlin The Great Dragon Voice
64 episodes
2009 The Gruffalo The Owl Voice
Television film
An Englishman in New York Quentin Crisp Television film
Berlin International Film FestivalTeddy Award
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
2010 Whistle and I'll Come to You James Parkin Television film
Human Planet Narrator Voice
2011 Harry's Arctic Heroes Narrator Voice
Planet Dinosaur Narrator Voice
The Gruffalo's Child[8] The Owl Voice
Television film
2012 Labyrinth Audric Baillard 2 episodes
The Hollow Crown: Henry V The Chorus Television film
Playhouse Presents The Ministry Voice
Episode: "The Snipist"
2013 Doctor Who War Doctor 3 episodes
2014 The Strain Professor Abraham Setrakian Unaired pilot
2015 The Last Panthers Tom Kendle 6 episodes
2016 The Pity of War: The Loves and Lives of the War Poets Siegfried Sassoon TV movie [9]

Video games[edit]

Other projects and contributions[edit]

  • When Love Speaks (2002, EMI Classics) – "Sonnet 145"
    ("Those lips that Love's own hand did make")
  • Hurt performs in drag for the promotional video for Attitude by the music group Suede.
  • Hurt is seen as the 'Brian Epstein' esque mogul in Paul McCartney's 1982 video for his song "Take It Away". McCartney explains in the video commentary section of The McCartney Years DVD (for the song 'Take it Away') that Hurt himself was a friend of the Beatles and Brian Epstein, and that the Beatles had watched Hurt act in the mid-'60s and thought him a fine actor.
  • Hurt is the narrator of the 1995 Discovery Channel documentary On Jupiter.[13][14]
  • Narrator on the album The Seduction of Claude Debussy by the band Art of Noise (1999).
  • Hurt is the narrator of the 4 part series The Universe for Channel 4 International, released in 1999 and available on DVD.
  • Hurt co-starred alongside Kiefer Sutherland in the 10 part web series The Confession.
  • A line from the movie Nineteen Eighty-Four featuring the voice of Hurt can be heard as the introduction to the Manic Street Preachers song "Faster"
  • In two volumes of a documentary called Life in the Animal Kingdom: Untamed Africa, filmed in the Maasai Mara Game Preserve in Kenya (the two volumes being called Hunter and Hunted and Survival on the Serengeti), Hurt served as the narrator.
  • Benjamin Britten – Peace and Conflict, a British feature film written and directed by Tony Britten – narrator.[15]
  • Narrator for the BBC 5 live documentary "The day we won Wimbledon."[16]
  • Narrator of the Mercedes F1 Team video ad based on the poem "If—" by Rudyard Kipling.[17]
  • Hurt voiced an unseen character in the short The Alchemist's Letter by Carlos Andre Stevens.[18]
  • Following Hurt's role of The War Doctor in Doctor Who, he voiced the character in four audio sets from Big Finish Productions beginning in December 2015. The second set was released in February 2016, the third in September 2016 and the fourth posthumously in February 2017.
  • Hurt voiced the character of Griffin in an audio drama of The Invisible Man for Big Finish Productions released posthumously in February 2017.


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  17. ^ IF... 20 November 2014.
  18. ^ IF... 21 April 2015.