Actor John Hurt, who starred in The Elephant Man and appeared in the Harry Potter films, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25. News of the 77-year-old's death spread on Friday and his loss has greatly affected cinephiles, friends, and fans, including many of the celebrities who mourned Hurt on social media. His representative released the following statement to Bustle on behalf of Hurt's wife Anwen:
Hurt's impact on those around him is clear from the numerous posts that his various co-workers and celebrity fans have made following his death. Whether they knew him as Mr. Ollivander from Harry Potter or the ill-fated Kane in Alien, it's clear that the actor was beloved. Here are some of the sweetest celebrity posts about Hurt so far.
So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 28, 2017
Rowling, who wrote the character that many millennials most closely associate with Hurt, honored Mr. Ollivander's legacy in this tweet.
Jamie Lee Curtis
John Hurt. Midnight Express. Nothing better. Ever.— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) January 28, 2017
The actor praised one of Hurt's best-known roles, which earned him an Oscar nom and Golden Globe.
John Hurt was one of the most powerful, giving, and effortlessly real actors I've ever worked with. Remarkable human being. U will be missed— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 28, 2017
Evans and Hurt worked on Snowpiercer together, and it's clear that Hurt made a big impression on the younger actor.
John Hurt. What an acting legend. Rest in peace dear Sir. Wand shopping won't be the same without you ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/jRrRCX8PZv— Bonnie Wright (@thisisbwright) January 28, 2017
Wright, who played Ginny in the Harry Potter movies, paid tribute to Hurt with a sweet Diagon Alley reference.
The supermodel honored her British compatriot.
What sad news to wake up to... John Hurt was one of the greats! RIP sir.— Sam Clemmett (@sam_clemmett) January 28, 2017
One of the new generation of Harry Potter actors was moved by Hurt's loss; Clemmett stars as Albus Potter in the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play.
Guillermo del Toro
John Hurt was nothing if not movingly human. Loyal, loving and incredibly intelligent and kind. He was family.— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 28, 2017
The director posted many times about the late actor, retweeting many of his most memorable roles.
Oh no. RIP John Hurt. He made everything he was in better. I was looking forward to seeing many more performances.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 28, 2017
The Silicon Valley star expressed his sadness that Hurt wouldn't grace any more movies with his presence.
Spencer, who also starred with Hurt in Snowpiercer, shared a great memory of Hurt on Instagram. Here's an excerpt of her post: "#JohnHurt WAS the craft at its finest. It was an honor and a great joy to work with him on Snowpiercer."
Fellow British legend Stephen Fry expressed his sadness on Twitter.
It's clear that Hurt left an impression on all who knew him, both as an artist and a human being. He will be missed.