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  • John Hurt

    Born on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England

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The Elephant Man (1980)

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 Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980) Won Actor
Golden Globe (1980) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

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