John Hurt, a British actor best known for lead roles in The Elephant Man and Nineteen Eighty-Four and a shockingly gory death in Alien, has died at 77, his publicist confirmed to NPR late Friday.

No details of his death were immediately available. He had announced in 2015 that he'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Variety reports.

In more recent years Hurt used his weathered looks and voice in a variety of supporting roles in movies such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, V For Vendetta, Snowpiercer and last year's Jackie. He also portrayed a recent incarnation of the titular character in the beloved British TV show Doctor Who.

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