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Celebrate John Hurt's birthday by watching these five flicks

Today is actor John Hurt's birthday
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Today marks John Hurt's birthday. A diverse actor who has graced both TV and Movie screens. He was born on this day in 1940. Hurt starred in many things like "Alien," in some of the Harry Potter movies, the Australian western, "The Proposition," "Hellboy," etc. Anyway here are just five movies that one can watch:

1. "A Man For All Seasons" (1966)

An early role for Mr. Hurt, he played Richard Rich. The movie is about the relationship between Sir Thomas More and Henry VIII. It's based on a play by Richard Bolt.

2. "The Ghoul" (1975)

"The Ghoul," a horror flick that Hurt and Peter Cushing starred in together. The movie was directed by Freddie Francis, the same director who gave us "Tales from the Crypt."

3. "The Hit" (1984)

Seriously one of my favorite British gangster flicks, Hurt and the rest of the cast (including greats like Terence Stamp and a young Tim Roth) are exceptional. Basically if you haven't seen it yet, watch it today!

4. "The Field" (1990)

"The Field" is another great movie that Hurt starred in. For the movie he had been nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

5. "44 Inch Chest" (2009)

Hurt's performance in this movie is just funny, he played the father of Ian McShane. His character isn't the perfect father, he's kind a jerk, but that's what makes him funny. "44 Inch Chest" is kind of an underrated movie that didn't quite make it with the critics. Either way if you love Hurt, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson, and Stephen Dillane all play friends then you may find this dark film good then.

To see more of his films, check out his filmography: "Hurt Films."

So hope these diverse movies ( or some of you own favorites) will keep any fan occupied.

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