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John Hurt, the actor who died in ‘so many spectacular ways’

There was, perhaps, no actor as practiced in death as the late British legend John Hurt.

The 77-year-old actor, known for his world-weary face and the economy of his emotional expression, died Wednesday, though it wasn’t for the first time. Over the course of a six-decade career that included roles as a cowboy and an astronaut — and garnered Oscar nominations for playing a man with severe physical deformities in “The Elephant Man” and an imprisoned heroin addict ... read more.


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