(UDHAYAM, CALIFORNIA) – Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77, his agent has said.
The Bafta-winning star, known for his roles in Alien and The Elephant Man, continued working despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.
He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s wife.
US director Mel Brooks described Sir John as “cinematic immortality”, as tributes poured in for the star.
He was given the all-clear in October 2015 but last year pulled out of play The Entertainer due to ill-health.
Sir John decided not to perform as Billy Rice in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s production on the advice of his doctors.