Rest in peace, John Hurt.
The British actor — who was known for his roles in the 1980 film The Elephant Man and the Harry Potter movie franchise — has sadly died at 77 years old.
John passed away on Friday in London, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The two-time Oscar nominee announced in June 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but his cause of death has yet to be revealed.
John Hurt in Elephant Man.
“I can’t say I worry about mortality, but it’s impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it,” he told The Mirror shortly after revealing his diagnosis. “We’re all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly.”
His acting career spanned 60 years. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for John Merrick in The Elephant Man, a film about a man who suffered from a severe facial deformity. More recently, he starred in the superhero films Hellboy and Hellboy II, the thriller V for Vendetta, and the Harry Potter franchise as wand maker Mr. Ollivander. He also starred in a few episodes of the British hit TV series Doctor Who.
Fellow actors and celebrities have taken to social media to post touching tributes to John after his passing.
“So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends,” Harry Potter author JK Rowling wrote on Twitter.
“John Hurt was one of the most powerful, giving, and effortlessly real actors I’ve ever worked with. Remarkable human being. [You] will be missed,” Captain America star Chris Evans tweeted.
“It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt’s passing,” comedian Mel Brooks wrote on Twitter. “He was a truly magnificent talent.”