While millennials might know Hurt best from his Potter appearances, the actor lives in film history for enduring the stomach-bursting scene in Alien and playing the representative of the dystopian proletariat in the Orwell adaptation, 1984.
One of Sir John's most recent performances was in the Oscar-nominated film Jackie, which was released in the United Kingdom just eight days ago.
The supremely talented actor has been recognised as "cinematic immortality" by USA director Mel Brooks, and various celebrities have been pouring in their tributes. His wife Anwen Rees-Myers, who was married to the actor for 12 years, told the BBC: "John was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts and the most generosity of spirit".
"And I am saying to all of you, indirectly and directly, thank you", continued Hurt.
In his diverse career, Hurt has played numerous characters in blockbusters including Harry Potter where he played the role of Mr Ollivander.
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Award-winning actor John Hurt has died at the age of 77. It was such an honour to have watched you work, sir.
- Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) January 28, 2017So sorry to hear of Sir John Hurt's passing. "He was a truly magnificent talent", tweeted Mel Brooks.
In a career spanning more than 50 years, Hurt also starred in popular television shows including I, Claudius and Merlin, and was an accomplished theatre and voice actor.
Hurt was nominated for another BAFTA for Best Actor in 2010 for An Englishman in NY and Best Supporting Actor in 10 Rillington Place in 1972.
His parents didn't allow him to go to the movies as a child, though he did attend the theatre and act in plays early on his life, according to Biography.com. We've lost #JohnHurt as great on the stage, small screen and big.