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Summary Article: Hurt, John Vincent
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ English actor

Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, he trained as a painter at St Martin's School of Art and won a scholarship to study at RADA. He made his film debut in The Wild and the Willing (1962) and his stage debut in Infanticide in the House of Fred Ginger (1962). An incisive character actor, drawn to roles on the fringes of mainstream society, his notable film work includes A Man for All Seasons (1966), Midnight Express (1978, BAFTA award), Alien (1979), The Elephant Man (1980, BAFTA award), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Scandal (1989) and Rob Roy (1995). His stage performances include The Dwarfs (1963), Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1966) and Travesties (1974). He portrayed Quentin Crisp in the television play The Naked Civil Servant (1974) and again in the television film An Englishman in New York (2009). He also played Caligula in the television series I, Claudius (1977). He was awarded a CBE in 2004.

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