The Elephant Man

'A truly magnificent talent:' actor John Hurt dies at 77

As a self-described "old drunk," the actor John Hurt nonetheless had a half-century career highlighted with memorable performances, two Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe and four British BAFTA awards. Success and failure were taken in stride.

When the film "Divine Rapture" shut down in 1995 after two weeks of shooting in Ireland, Debra Winger didn't want to talk and Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp had cleared out. The sole customer at the village pub was Hurt, a pint of Guinness in hand, chatting with the bartender about "I, Claudius" and life as a tax exile in County Wicklow.

"Nobody's getting paid except Marlon. I really don't see the point...

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