R.I.P. John Hurt, Actor

John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 77 (Report)

Once upon a time, television was very different.

And that difference allowed England’s Thames TV to buy a week of prime airtime on NYC’s then-independent local station, WOR 9.

For a week we had what was called “Thames on 9.” It was glorious.

One of many high points was a drama called The Naked Civil Servant, about the life of Quentin Crisp.

It starred John Hurt.

He was one of the finest actors I’d ever seen.

When it was announced he was cast for the title role in The Elephant Man, I knew it was a movie not to be missed. Only he could have done it. And he did.

Many other roles followed, some just as memorable (you must catch him as Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four).

And now his time has ended.

Rest in peace. You did magnificent work.

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