John Hurt 's 70th Birthday

Today John Hurt the actor turns 70.

John Hurt was born on January 22nd, 1940, in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. His father was a Church of England clergyman, called upon to move from parish to parish, so Hurt lived in the countryside of the North, in a small village named Woodville surrounded by coal mines.

Known for his leading roles as Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man, Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant and An Englishman in New York. Hurt initially came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the 1966 film A Man for All Seasons, and has since appeared in such popular motion pictures as: Alien, Midnight Express, Rob Roy, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, V for Vendetta, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the Hellboy film series.

John Hurt has had several marriages and In March 2005, Hurt married his fourth wife, advertising film producer Anwen Rees Meyers.

Hurt has two sons: Sasha John Vincent Hurt (born 6 February 1990) and Nick Hurt (born 5 February 1993), who are currently residing in Waterford, Ireland. His son Nick has gone to acting school in England and wishes to follow in his father's footsteps.

Suggested 70th Birthday Gifts : Gift Boxed Original Newspaper from 22nd January 1940