Beloved British actor Sir John Hurt passed away at the age of 77 after battling pancreatic cancer. The two-time Oscar nominee had over 200 acting credits to his name, including “Alien,” “V for Vendetta,” “The Elephant Man,” the “Harry Potter” franchise, and most recently Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie.”
Following the announcement of his death on Friday, his Hollywood peers and friends paid tribute to him on social media, sending their condolences and remembering the great times they’ve had together, as well as his incredible filmography.
Mel Brooks, who worked with Hurt on “The Elephant Man” and “Spaceballs,” tweeted that he was “a truly magnificent talent” and that “he will sorely be missed.”
It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017
No one could have played The Elephant Man more memorably. He carried that film into cinematic immortality. He will be sorely missed.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017
Guillermo del Toro, who worked with Hurt on both “Hellboy” films, wrote that he was “loyal, loving and incredibly intelligent and kind.”
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
Below, additional tweets and messages from J.K. Rowling, Chris Evans, Edgar Wright and many more.
John Hurt. Too many iconic performances to name. From Timothy Evans to John Merrick, from Midnight Express to Alien, he was inspirational. pic.twitter.com/qOQuj35Xlf
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 28, 2017
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
My deepest sympathies to John Hurt's family, friends and fans. He was a dear friend.
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) January 28, 2017
Very sad to hear of John Hurt's passing. It was such an honor to have watched you work, sir.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) January 28, 2017
So sorry to hear of Sir John Hurt's passing. A gloriously talented actor, one of the best, of this or any era. Rest in peace, sir.
— Alfred Molina (@OfficialMolina) January 28, 2017
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
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
RIP my friend. Legend John Hurt.
For months, we spent very long days and nights together in… https://t.co/4XpRO3VKeM
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 28, 2017
Such sad news to start the day with. Sir John Hurt, r.i.p. An honest, inspirational figure. A man who always stated true to the 'art'. #hero
— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) January 28, 2017
RIP John Hurt. Always great pic.twitter.com/rbPssFNVsy
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) January 28, 2017
Sad re John Hurt. I was in a film with him and he was so mesmerising I kept forgetting to act and just watched him. A genius & a lovely man.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) January 28, 2017
The crumpled grandeur of John Hurt was always a joy to behold. That voice, those eyes – an almost painful sensitivity. So many wonders. RIP.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) January 28, 2017
— Liev Schreiber (@LievSchreiber) January 28, 2017
God speed to John Hurt, a legendary actor and good human being.
— Sharon Stone (@sharonstone) January 28, 2017
John Hurt. Midnight Express. Nothing better. Ever.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) January 28, 2017
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 28, 2017
Dance until your feet hurt. laugh until your face hurts.
Act until your John Hurt. #RIPJohnHurt
— Dominic Monaghan. (@DomsWildThings) January 28, 2017
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 28, 2017
A beautiful actor, never type cast, always complex. "We're all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly." – RIP John Hurt.
— Samuel Barnett (@mrSamuelBarnett) January 28, 2017
RIP John Hurt. With love from all the Mackie clan. ❤️
— Pearl Mackie (@Pearlie_mack) January 28, 2017
A moment to remember the talented John Hurt. pic.twitter.com/nd7ulGPidB
— Harry Potter Film (@HarryPotterFilm) January 28, 2017