The knighted veteran actor John Hurt revealed his diagnosis but remains optimistic about a speedy recovery.
Sir John Hurt the veteran 75-year-old actor who was knighted earlier this year has been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. The news was revealed by Hurt himself who gave out a statement detailing he has always been open about his life and has news to share.
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Hurt then made a statement in which he revealed his cancer diagnosis stating he is currently receiving treatment for early stage pancreatic cancer. However Hurt did specify he is optimistic about a positive recovery and believes in the expertise of his medical team.
"I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement. I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team," he told the Press Association.
Hurt also revealed he will continue to work despite his treatment and health issue as he believes in focusing on professional commitments. Hurt will soon start recording a show for BBC Radio 4 entitled ‘Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell’.
"I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (one of life's small ironies!) for BBC Radio 4," he said.
The veteran actor was knighted at the Queen Elizabeth II's 2015 New Year Honours ceremony a few months back for his long standing and prolific services to British drama industry. Hurt has appeared in a multitude of films and TV roles throughout his five decades long career.
Most recently Hurt appeared as a supporting actor in the Dwayne Johnson film Hercules. Hurt was also part of the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary special episode in 2013. currently Hurt is filming a movie called ‘The History of Love’ and has five more films in the post-production stage.
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Hurt was nominated twice for the Academy Award, once in 1978 as a supporting actor for his role in the film ‘Midnight Express’ and again in 1980’s for the category of Best Actor for his role in the film ‘The Elephant Man’. Hurt also received the CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British) medal in 2004.