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John Hurt

John Hurt (born January 22, 1940) is a British actor.

Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Hurt studied art at the St. Martin's School for Art[?], but turned to the stage in 1962. He performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA).

His first film was 1962's The Wild and the Willing[?], but his first major role was as Richard Rich[?] in 1966's A Man for All Seasons. However, it was his portrayal of the outrageous Quentin Crisp in the 1975 TV play, The Naked Civil Servant[?], that he shot to fame. In the following year, he gave a memorable performance as the emperor Caligula in the major BBC drama serial, I, Claudius. Other films have included Midnight Express (nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Alien, Heaven's Gate, The Elephant Man (nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor), History of the World-Part I[?] (in which he played Jesus), Champions, The Osterman Weekend[?], Spaceballs, Aria[?], White Mischief[?], Scandal[?], The Field, Frankenstein Unbound[?], King Ralph[?], Even Cowgirls Get the Blues[?], and Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001).

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