John Vincent Hurt, is an actor who was born on 22nd January 1940 as the son of a mathematician, Arnould Herbert Hurt and Phyllis, who was an amateur actor. His father became a Church of England clergyman and served as vicar of Shirebrook and also of St John’s parish, Sunderland. His birth place was Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Hurt became the Perpetual Curate of Trinity Church in 1937.
During his childhood, Even though his house was opposite to cinemas, Hurt was denied from watching films and also from playing with other children of his age because they were common for his parents. It was in his eighth year of age; he developed his acting passion at St Michael’s Preparatory School in Oxford, Kent. John Hurt, as his first acting character, played the role of a girl in a school production that was of Maurice Maeterlinck’s The Bluebird. Hurt has said how his school’s senior master and later headmaster abused him and that experience affected him deeply.
He used to go to the Cleethorpes Repertory Theatre, anyway, his parents did not like his ambition of becoming an actor, and they wanted him to be an Arts teacher. Mr.franklin, his headmaster, laughed at him when he told that he wanted to become an actor by saying that “he would not stand a chance in the profession.” Saint Martin’s School of Art provided him with the Scholarship since that was not enough for his expenses he asked some of his friends to pose nude and sold the portraits. He won the Scholarship of RADA and trained there for a couple of years.
Then he was cast in less important roles on television Initially John Hurt was noted for his supporting role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966). He is known for his television roles such as Caligula in I,Claudius . His first film was Midnight Express (1978), followed by the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), Rob Roy (1995) was an adventurous film and the political thriller V for Vendetta (2006).
He is recognized only as Dumbledore by some of the children after he has succeeded in playing his role of Hogwarts headmaster in the film series Harry Potter (2001-11).The most memorable cinematic history of him is his portrayal of Kane in Alien. He has also succeeded in voice acting career in films such as Watership Down (1978), The Lord of the Rings (1978) which is an animated film, The Black Caldron, and Dogville, as well as the BBC television series Merlin. He has received a Golden Globe Award, Four BAFTA Awards, and some Academy Award Nominations, with the fourth being a Lifetime Achievement that is the recognition for his outstanding contribution to British cinema.