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The Many Deaths of John Hurt

The Many Deaths of John Hurt

John Hurt (1940 - 2017) 

Film DeathsEdit

  • The Wild and the Willing (1962) [Phil]: Loses his footing while descending from a tower and falls to his death.
  • Sinful Davey (1969) [Davey Haggart]: Executed by hanging.
  • East of Elephant Rock (1977) [Nash]: Dies (though​ I don't know the details).
  • Watership Down (1978; animated) [Hazel]: Providing the voice of a rabbit, he dies of old age; his spirit is shown leaving his body at the end. (Thanks to ND)
  • The Elephant Man (1980) [John Merrick]: Suffocates in his sleep when he decides to sleep lying down like other people, and his airway closes due to the weight of his deformities.
  • The Plague Dogs (1982, animated) [Snitter]: Providing the voice of a dog, he and Christopher Benjamin are last seen swimming out to sea, attempting to reach a distant island to escape an armed posse of men. Their death by drowning vs. survival at the end is left ambiguous.
  • The Hit (1984) [Braddock]: Shot to death by police while attempting to cross the Spanish-French border, after Laura de Sol identifies him to the authorities. (Thanks to ND)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) [Winston Smith]: Although John is last seen alive after being tortured and brainwashed in Oceania's "Ministry of Love" by Richard Burton, it's strongly implied that he and the other prisoners were only released and briefly kept alive to publically confess their crimes before being executed.
  • The Black Cauldron (1985, animated) [The Horned King]: Providing the voice of an undead being, he is destroyed by the power of the cauldron, after that supernatural forces carries him to the cauldron. (Thanks to ND)
  • Jake Speed (1986) [Sid]: Fatally wounded in a gunfight with Wayne Crawford, after John sneaks onto the plane.
  • Spaceballs (1987) [Kane]: Killed when an alien bursts out of his chest (then does a song-and-dance number) in a parody of his death scene from Alien. (Played for comic effect.)
  • Aria (1987) [The Actor]: Dies (though I don't know the details).
  • Little Sweetheart (1989) [Roger Burger]: Shot in the stomach with a shotgun by a unknown actor in station.
  • Scandal (1989) [Stephen Ward]: Commits suicide by taking an overdose of pills.
  • L'Œil qui ment (1992) [Anthony/Le Marquis] Dies (though I don't know the details).
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) [The Countess]: Slapped to death by Uma Thurman's giant thumb.
  • Monolith (1993) [Villano]: Killed by Bill Paxton (though I don't know the details). (Thanks to ND)
  • Contact (1997) [S.R. Hadden]: Dies (off-screen) of cancer; his body is shown afterwards being covered by a sheet.
  • The Climb (1998) [Chuck Langer]: Killed (though I don't know the details).
  • You're Dead... (1999) [Maitland]: Killed during the siege at the bank (though it's later revealed he faked his death so he could be smuggled out in a body bag and is later revived in the morgue by his daughter). (Thanks to ND)
  • Lost Souls (2000) [Father Lareaux]: Dies after the evil spirit is exorcised from his body. (Thanks to ND)
  • Tabloid (2001) [Vince]: Beaten to death by a unknown actor at night.
  • Pride (2004) [Harry} Pushed off of the edge by Sean Bean.
  • Hellboy (2004) [Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm]: Stabbed through the neck by Ladislav Beran. His body is later seen as Ron Perlman kneels by his side. (John was wearing make-up making him look older than he actually was at the time). (Note: John reprised the role as a young version of the character in a flashback scene in Hellboy II: The Golden Army) (Thanks to Robert)
  • Outlander (2008) [King Hrothgar]: Slashed and mauled to death in a fight by the Moorwen's recently born offspring. He dies whilst talking to his daughter (Sophia Myles) and his body is later seen on a funeral pyre as it is set on fire to be cremated.
  • 44 Inch Chest (2009) [Old Man Peanut]: In his character's epilogue (narrated in character by Hurt) it is revealed that he dies of old age in a nursing home several years after the events of the film.
  • Sailcloth (2011; film short) [The Man]: Commits suicide by drowning himself in the sea.

TV DeathsEdit

  • Gideon's Way (Gideon C.I.D.): The Tin God (1964) [Freddy Tisdale]: Shot in the back by fellow escaped prisoner Derren Nesbitt when he goes to surrender to the police. (Thanks to Brian)
  • Spectre (1977 TV) [Mitri Cyon]: Burned to death; his form is later assumed by Asmodeus and ultimately destroyed at the end of the movie.
  • King Lear (1984 TV) [Fool]:  Possibly executed by hanging (off-screen) by Robert Lindsay's men. Laurence Olivier states "...and my poor fool is hanged", but he's not of sound mind, and may actually be speaking of his dead daughter Anna Calder-Marshall. We don't actually see John after the storm scene, so it's unclear whether he in fact killed or not.
  • Deadline (1988 TV) [Granville Jones]: Dies (though I don't know the details.)
  • Whistle and I'll Come To You (2010 TV) [James Parkin]: Killed (off-screen) by an apparation (who makes it look like he died of shock); we last see John attempting in vain to escape the room as the spirit (disguised as his wife) sits on the edge of his bed. The scene cuts to the next morning to reveal John lying dead slumped over his bed (when Gemma Jones discovers him) with his wife no longer shown at the rest home.

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