In sad news today, legendary actor, Sir John Hurt, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
The 79-year-old Academy Award nominee from The Elephant Man
and, more recently, The War Doctor in Doctor Who,
has vowed to continue working through his illness and fighting against the disease.
In a statement released, he said
“I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will be shortly recording Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
(one of life’s little ironies!) for BBC Radio 4.”
The actor has been noted as saying
that he wished to be open and honest with the press about his illness, as he had always been open in the way in which he conducts his life and wanted to make the statement due to that spirit.
The actor is a cult favourite and Icon, appearing in the aforementioned The Elephant Man
and Ridley Scott’s Alien
—where an alien burst out of his stomach and made him a living legend.
He recently finished filming on the set of Tarzan,
and will grace the screen with Gemma Arterton and Derek Jacobi in upcoming The History of Love.
He was knighted earlier this year due to his services in the dramatic arts.
John Hurt is an icon—an actor of such esteem and talent that his very name rings with a sense of recognition and esteem for his work onstage and onscreen. The fact that he will continue to work through his illness shows his dedication to his art and following through on his passion and joie de vivre.
He remains optimistic about his prognosis.
We at Popwrapped wish Sir John Hurt a quick recovery and wish him and his loved ones luck and support during this time.