Award-winning British actor and knight John Hurt died at 77 Friday, roughly a year and half after announcing he had pancreatic cancer, Mashable has confirmed.
The actor of stage and screen had hundreds of credits dating back into the 1960s, but he was most known for his roles in Alien, 1984, Doctor Who and The Elephant Man. For a younger generation, he was known for playing the wandmaker Garrick Ollivander who appeared in three of the Harry Potter films.
1984, V/VENDETTA, MAN/ALL SEASONS, TINKER TAILOR, HELLBOY, KING RALPH… The films you need to see to make sense of today, John Hurt was in.
— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) January 28, 2017
In 2015 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. That same year he was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions to film.
Following his death, Harry Potter fans honored the fallen wandmaker who told Harry, “The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter.”
Wands up. We’ve lost Mr. Ollivander.
Thank you for all your roles. From Alien to Snowpiercer, you were wonderful. R.I.P., John Hurt. pic.twitter.com/zEscHmCl3L
— Krewe Du Saint (@IfIWereMagneto) January 28, 2017
RIP John Hurt ❤😭/* Thanks for the magic, Mr. Ollivander!!
— Brittany Sims (@brittsims97) January 28, 2017