Bray People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

THE LATE English ac­tor John Hurt’s love af­fair with Wick­low re­sulted in the Academy Award nom­i­nee liv­ing close to Lough Dan in Round­wood for over five years. The es­teemed 77-year-old passed away in Lon­don last week. In 2015, he an­nounced that he had been di­ag­nosed withth pan­cre­atic cancer. He is sur­vived by his wife, An­wen Rees-My­ers, and two sons. He re­lo­cated to the Gar­den County in the 1990s, where hee lived with his then part­ner Sarah Owens.

He was heav­ily in­volved in lo­cal char­i­ta­ble events and also en­gaged him­self with lo­cal com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties.

In 1992 he took part in a pub­lic protest out­side the Wick-klow County Coun­cil build­ings against OPW plans for Djouce Woods. He could also be found shar­ing a pint with lo­cals inn Round­wood vil­lage.

He was al­ready a highly re­garded young ac­tor when he won the Bri­tish Academy Tele­vi­sion Award for Best Ac­tor for his por­trayal of Quentin Crisp in the 1975 TV play ‘ Thee Naked Civil Ser­vant.’

He ap­peared in Mid­night Ex­press (1978), for which he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA and was nom­i­nated for an Academy Award for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor

Per­haps his most fa­mous per­for­mance was in Ri­d­ley Scott’s ‘Alien’ re­leased in 1979. The scene where one of the aliens bursts through his chest is con­sid­ered one of the scari­est mo­ments in cin­ema his­tory. In 1980 he starred in David Lynch’s ‘Ele­phant Man’, for which he won a BAFTA and was nom­i­nated for an Os­car and Golden Globe.

Other no­table movies he ap­peared in in­cluded Jim Sheri-dan’s ‘ The Field’, ‘Heaven’s Gate’, ‘Rob Roy’, ‘Hell Boy’, ‘Cap­tain Corelli’s Man­dolin’, ‘V for Ven­detta’, ‘In­di­ana Jones and thehe King­dom of the Crys­tal Skull’ and the ‘Harry Pot­ter’ series.


The late John Hurt out­side Wick­low County Build­ings in 1992 at a protest against plans for Djouce Wood.

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