A Man for All Seasons

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He first grabbed our attention as Baron Richard Rich

Next a leading role as John Merrick (The Elephant Man)

In Nineteen Eighty - Four Winston Smith was his pitch

A drama unfolded as Mr. Braddock in The Hit

Stephen Ward in the Profumo affair what a Scandal

Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil servant in 1975

Caligula in I, Claudius he definitely could handle  

Out of his Tardis the time lord emerged The War Doctor

A myriad of diverse roles he enthusiastically embraced

In Midnight Express, Rob Roy, Alien to name but a few

A humble star of stage and screen our lives he graced

His time has come to finally bid us all adieu

We have yet to see him in his final performance Darkest Hour

To quote the great man himself a prophesy self fulfilling

“We’re all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly”

The world was your stage and you played top billing

Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE - A Man for All Seasons


◄ Goodbye - 'Allo 'Allo

Last Chance Dance ►


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Tommy Carroll

Mon 16th May 2022 19:13

Tom his final words (as I recall them) in "The Naked Civil Servant" while out walking he was approached by a group of sailors who joked with him; gently mocking and responding to his smiling defences, with his fading voice-over of "it was the happiest moment of his life".

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Tom Doolan

Sun 29th Jan 2017 18:06

Hi M.C. & Ray

He was one of the last hellraisers, one of a kind.
A hugely talented and versatile actor. And above all a man of great humility.

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Sun 29th Jan 2017 14:11

Lovely eulogy Tom. I first saw him in Rillington Place, and what a part that was holding his own against Richard Attenborough. A sensational underscored actor. A few years ago he did a TV drama : Whistle and I'll come to you- that was incredible too.


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M.C. Newberry

Sun 29th Jan 2017 13:50

A welcome epitaph to one of the less self-obsessed of his
profession whose vocal tones were as distinctive as those
of the late lamented Katherine Hepburn, and his range of
roles - stage and screen - just as challenging and

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