Saturday, January 28, 2017
Remembering John Hurt (1940-2017)
2017 seems to be off in a sprint to catch up or outdo 2016 with celebrity deaths. Just two days after we lose Mary Tyler Moore, outstanding actor John Hurt passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer. I was first introduced to John Hurt in the movie Alien, in which he starred with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerrit, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and Ian Holm, a stellar cast.
He played a gay policeman in Partners with Ryan O'Neal. It's interesting to watch this trailer after 35 years, seeing the gay stereotypes all in one 2 1/2 minute clip. Hurt played his role with a touching vulnerability that was probably alien to most audiences at that time.