John Hurt, a British actor known for his role as Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter films, and for lead roles in The Elephant Man and Nineteen Eighty-Four and a shockingly gory death in Alien, has died at 77, his publicist confirmed late Friday.
No details of his death were immediately available. He had announced in 2015 that he’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Variety reports.
In more recent years Hurt used his weathered looks and voice in a variety of supporting roles in movies such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, V For Vendetta, Snowpiercer and last year’s Jackie. He also portrayed a recent incarnation of the titular character in the beloved British TV show Doctor Who.
Hurt received Academy Award nominations for his work in Midnight Express in 1978 and David Lynch’s The Elephant Man in 1980, but may be best remembered for his death-by-parasite-birth in Ridley Scott’s Alien, a scene he comedically reprised several years later in Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs.
There were a string of tweets, 198k to be exact. Here are some of them:
Sad at passing away of John Hurt. He’ll be missed. Fans remember him for his role in @HarryPotterFilm as Mr. Ollivander and also other roles
— The Noob Knows (@thenoobknows) January 28, 2017
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
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 28, 2017
Even Harry Potter Films tweeted:
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Hurt, who played Mr. Ollivander. Harry Potter fans will miss him very much. pic.twitter.com/xgSjePd4aV
— Harry Potter Film (@HarryPotterFilm) January 28, 2017