Prominent British actor John Hurt, famous as the face of The Elephant Man and wandmaker Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter movies, has died at 77.
His agent, Charles McDonald, told the Associated Press he died Friday in London.
It was learnt that the two-time Oscar nominee (for Midnight Express and The Elephant Man), whose career spanned over six decades, had battled with both cancer and an intestinal complaint in recent years.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth the same year for his contributions to drama.
Survived by his wife of 12 years, Anwen Rees-Myers, he recently starred as a priest in the Oscar nominated biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s widow, Jackie, currently showing in cinemas.
Meanwhile, tributes have started to flood in for the screen legend with David Walliams, J.K Rowling and Jamie Curtis paying their respects.
Also paying tribute to Sir John was Mel Brooks, executive producer of “The Elephant Man”.
He tweeted that he was a “truly magnificent talent.”
“No one could have played The Elephant Man more memorably. He carried that film into cinematic immortality. He will be sorely missed,” he added.
Stephen Fry added: “Oh no. What terrible news. We’ve lost JohnHurt as great on the stage, small screen and big.
“A great man & great friend of Norfolk & NCFC”
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose wrote: “RIP John Hurt “Archibald u speak! One must never underestimate the healing power of hatred!” Montrose in Rob Roy”
Actor Chris Evans added: “John Hurt was one of the most powerful, giving, and effortlessly real actors I’ve ever worked with. Remarkable human being. U will be missed”