Born on January 22, 1940
From Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England
John Hurt as "John Merrick, 'The Elephant Man'"
Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft) before his death at 27.
|Academy Award (1980)||Nominated||Actor in a Leading Role|
|British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)||Won||Actor|
|Golden Globe (1980)||Nominated||Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama|