‘A great friend of Norfolk and #NCFC’ Stars pay tribute to acting legend Sir John Hurt

PUBLISHED: 08:19 28 January 2017 | UPDATED: 08:25 28 January 2017

John Hurt at Cinema City in Norwich for a screening of The Elephant Man.
Photo: Bill Smith

John Hurt at Cinema City in Norwich for a screening of The Elephant Man. Photo: Bill Smith

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Stars have paid tribute to “magnificent talent” and “friend of Norfolk’ Sir John Hurt, who has died aged 77 following a battle with cancer.

Fellow Norfolk resident Stephen Fry said: “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”

JK Rowling tweeted of Hurt, who played wand-maker Mr Ollivander in the film adaptations of her Harry Potter books: “So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Hollywood legend Mel Brooks said: “It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt’s passing. 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.”

Richard E Grant wrote: “So so sad to have lost such an extraordinary talent and friend. Sir John Hurt. R. I. P.”

Film-maker Kevin Smith tweeted: “Rest in Peace to the actor genius #JohnHurt. Most folks know him from ALIEN but I loved him as Sir Richard Rich from A Man for All Seasons.”

Sharon Stone said: “God speed to John Hurt, a legendary actor and good human being.”

Elijah Wood tweeted: “Very sad to hear of John Hurt’s passing. It was such an honor to have watched you work, sir.”

Billy Elliot actor Jamie Bell tweeted: “I will forever cherish the memories I have of the incomparable John Hurt. A brilliant actor & a beautiful soul.”

Comic actor David Schneider wrote: “Sad re John Hurt. I was in a film with him and he was so mesmerising I kept forgetting to act and just watched him. A genius & a lovely man.”

Footballer Stan Collymore said: “Rest In Peace John Hurt. What a wonderful actor and gentleman. Thank you for the memories.”

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash tweeted: “RIP John Hurt. One of my all time favorite actors.”

True Blood actor Stephen Moyer wrote: “So so sad to hear the news about #JohnHurt.

“An absurdly gifted, brilliant actor and a very funny beautiful man RIP John x.”

Queen guitarist Brian May said: “What a fabulous actor, splendid voice and venerable human being. How sad to lose him. RIP John Hurt.”

Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin tweeted: “Such sad news to start the day with. Sir John Hurt, r.i.p. An honest, inspirational figure. A man who always stayed true to the ‘art’.

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