Hurt had a prominent career spanning six decades and initially came to prominence for his supporting role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966). Hurt's other films include Alien (1979), the adventure film Rob Roy (1995), the political thriller V for Vendetta (2006), the sci-fi adventure film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), the Harry Potter film series (2001–11), the Hellboy films (2004 and 2008), the Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), and the 70th Anniversary Thomas And Friends special, Sodor’s Legend Of the Lost Treasure (2015). His character's final scene in Alien has been named by a number of publications as one of the most memorable in cinematic history. Hurt has also played several roles for TV, most notably in Doctor Who as the War Doctor, a previously-unknown incarnation of the character, alongside David Tennant and Matt Smith as the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors respectively in the series’ 50th Anniversary special, Day Of The Doctor in 2013
Among other honours, he received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award, and four BAFTA Awards, with the fourth being a Lifetime Achievement recognition for his outstanding contribution to British cinema.
Sadly, Hurt passed away on January 25, 2017 at the age of 77, three days after his birthday.