John Hurt in Snowpiercer

The Many Deaths of John Hurt

The Many Deaths of John Hurt

John Hurt (1940 - 2017) 

Film DeathsEdit

  • The Wild and the Willing (1962) [Phil]: Loses his footing while descending from a tower and falls to his death.
  • Sinful Davey (1969) [Davey Haggart]: Executed by hanging.
  • East of Elephant Rock (1977) [Nash]: Dies (though​ I don't know the details).
  • Watership Down (1978; animated) [Hazel]: Providing the voice of a rabbit, he dies of old age; his spirit is shown leaving his body at the end. (Thanks to ND)
  • The Elephant Man (1980) [John Merrick]: Suffocates in his sleep when he decides to sleep lying down like other people, and his airway closes due to the weight of his deformities.
  • The Hit (1984) [Braddock]: Shot to death by police while attempting to cross the Spanish-French border, after Laura de Sol identifies him to the authorities. (Thanks to ND)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) [Winston Smith]: Although John is last seen alive after being tortured and brainwashed in Oceania's "Ministry of Love" by Richard Burton, it's strongly implied that he and the other prisoners were only released and briefly kept alive to publically confess their crimes before being executed.
  • After Darkness (1985) [Peter Hunningford]: Stabbed to death. (Thanks to ND)
  • The Black Cauldron (1985, animated) [The Horned King]: Providing the voice of an undead being, he is destroyed by the power of the cauldron, after that supernatural forces carries him to the cauldron. (Thanks to ND)
  • Jake Speed (1986) [Sid]: Fatally wounded in a gunfight with Wayne Crawford, after John sneaks onto the plane.
  • Spaceballs (1987) [Kane]: Killed when an alien bursts out of his chest (then does a song-and-dance number) in a parody of his death scene from Alien. (Played for comic effect)
  • Aria (1987) [The Actor]: Dies (though I don't know the details).
  • Little Sweetheart (1989) [Roger Burger]: Shot to death.
  • Scandal (1989) [Stephen Ward]: Commits suicide by taking an overdose of pills.
  • L'Œil qui ment (1992) [Anthony/Le Marquis] Dies (though I don't know the details).
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) [The Countess]: Slapped to death by Uma Thurman's giant thumb.
  • Monolith (1993) [Villano]: Killed (though I don't know the details). (Thanks to ND)
  • Contact (1997) [S.R. Hadden]: Dies (off-screen) of cancer; his body is shown afterwards being covered by a sheet.
  • The Climb (1998) [Chuck Langer]: Killed (though I don't know the details).
  • You're Dead... (1999) [Maitland]: Killed during the siege at the bank (though it's later revealed he faked his death so he could be smuggled out in a body bag and is later revived in the morgue by his daughter). (Thanks to ND)
  • Lost Souls (2000) [Father Lareaux]: Dies after the evil spirit is exorcised from his body. (Thanks to ND)
  • Tabloid (2001) [Vince]: Beaten to death by a unknown actor at night.
  • Hellboy (2004) [Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm]: Stabbed through the neck by Ladislav Beran. His body is later seen as Ron Perlman kneels by his side. (John was wearing make-up making him look older than he actually was at the time). (Note: John reprised the role as a young version of the character in a flashback scene in Hellboy II: The Golden Army) (Thanks to Robert)
  • Outlander (2008) [King Hrothgar]: Slashed and mauled to death in a fight by the Moorwen's recently born offspring. He dies whilst talking to his daughter (Sophia Myles) and his body is later seen on a funeral pyre as it is set on fire to be cremated.
  • 44 Inch Chest (2009) [Old Man Peanut]: In his characters epilogue (narrated by Hurt) it is revealed that he dies of old age in a nursing home several years after the events of the film.
  • Sailcloth (2011; film short) [The Man]: Commits suicide by drowning himself in the sea.
  • Hercules (2014) [Lord Cotys]: Presumably crushed after getting knocked off a cliff when the head of a statue of Hera hits him after being pushed over by Dwayne Johnson.

TV DeathsEdit

  • Gideon's Way (Gideon C.I.D.): The Tin God (1964) [Freddy Tisdale]: Shot in the back by fellow escaped prisoner Derren Nesbitt when he goes to surrender to the police. (Thanks to Brian)
  • Spectre (1977 TV) [Mitri Cyon]: Burned to death; his form is later assumed by Asmodeus and ultimately destroyed at the end of the movie.
  • Deadline (1988 TV) [Granville Jones]: Dies (though I don't know the details.)
  • Masters of Science Fiction: The Discarded (2007) [Samswope]: Commits suicide by repeatedly bashing his head against a reinforced window. His body is later seen as the other mutants begin to remove him/it.
  • Whistle and I'll Come To You (2010 TV) [James Parkin]: Killed (off-screen) by an apparation (who makes it look like he died of shock); we last see John attempting in vain to escape the room as the spirit (disguised as his wife) sits on the edge of his bed. The scene cuts to the next morning to reveal John lying dead slumped over his bed (when Gemma Jones discovers him) with his wife no longer shown at the rest home.