John Hurt

John Hurt on film: A voice of wit, mischief and wily humanity

John Hurt on film: A voice of wit, mischief and wily humanity

John Hurt possessed one of the greatest voices in cinema — a voice that could tremble with terror and fragility in “The Elephant Man” (1980), or drive its very owner mad with torment in “Krapp’s Last Tape” (2000). But so often it was the voice of sage mischief, of someone so knowing, observant and sharp-witted that he could afford to puncture every pretension.

It was no surprise that this splendidly versatile English actor was called on to play so many narrators over his career, dispensing his dry storybook wisdom in pictures as...

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