I dont know if it was mentioned elsewhere on the site but the sad passing of such a wonderful actor also has its added sadness that Sir John was a passionate Evertonian.

Spotted outside Wembley alone in 1986 after the final with his blue scarf on and was absolutely gutted when spoke to once recognised.

RIP John Hurt.


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Lyndon Lloyd
1 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:11:51
We posted a message to our official Twitter account at time, Chris, at which point we learned that, having moved to Norfolk in his later years, he had come a big Norwich City fan.

It seems as though he might have begun following the Blues after he acted in Z-Cars in 1962 and you're not the first to recount the story of him at Wembley in 1986 (he might also have been there the year before).

He's been listed unchallenged on our Celebrity Blues page for as long as it's existed but he clearly switched his allegiance to the Canaries as there are photos of him at Carrow Road.

Regardless, a fine actor and a great man by all accounts.

Dermot Byrne
2 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:16:15
Lyndon, fact and perspective. Thanks.
David Ellis
3 Posted 31/01/2017 at 01:51:17
Great actor. Didn't know he had been a blue. The Osterman Weekend (1984) great film opposite Bert Lancaster.
John Daley
4 Posted 31/01/2017 at 09:19:21
Got to spend some time with the man on The Last Panthers and had absolutely no idea of any Everton connection at all.

As a lover of Lynch's The Elephant Man, I must have bugged the arse off him with questions about playing Merrick and how it felt to share screen time with that tubby bloke who played TV's 'Boon'.

A true gent, great actor, and a gregarious raconteur with a fantastic cough/cackle laugh that made you feel like you had just scored a goal and given the V's to the Kop every time you got him going.

Dan Egerton
5 Posted 31/01/2017 at 12:23:29
RIP great actor. Vale John.
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 31/01/2017 at 12:54:53
John (4) was the actor who played Boon, Michael Elphick, if so he wasn't a bad actor either, although not to be compared with John Hurt.
Eugene Ruane
7 Posted 31/01/2017 at 13:09:05
Dave # 6, during the 80s I was in a few radio sessions with both Hurt and Elphick (Hurt did a lot of voice work for narrative tapes and commercials, Elphick less so).

Hurt was pleasant, courteous and professional and it was usually one-take and offski.

Elphick was an entirely different kettle of fish.

I think he could best be described as...bevvied.

And narked.

And dyslexic

And a bit scary.

In fact on reflection, it's possible that his (great) performance in Withnail And I was just him being...him.

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 31/01/2017 at 13:14:59
Eugene, he played that sort of character, you just described in 'Auf Weidersein, Pet' and no doubt drink played a big part in his early demise.
Chris Williams
9 Posted 31/01/2017 at 13:22:48
I flew back from Heathrow to Manchester one Friday night sat with Michael Elphick and he was great company. He was great with a young lad sitting over from us and full of stories.

This was late 90s though and he'd cleaned his act up by then, though I read he fell off the wagon later, after the death of his partner, and it finally saw him off.

Withnail and I - you need working on boy!

Paul Burns
10 Posted 06/02/2017 at 18:11:06
Had you been on holiday by mistake, Chris?
Chris Williams
11 Posted 06/02/2017 at 18:24:48
What fucker said that?
Derek Thomas
12 Posted 07/02/2017 at 10:53:24
Liked his footy at any level it seems, he turned up an Old Cath's game at Yewtree Lane one spring evening in the mid-80s, stayed the whole game. He stood over on the far touchline away from the coaches, subs and the few other spectators just watching the action.

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