RIP John Hurt

John Hurt was one of my favorite actors, and in my childhood view, the best storyteller ever.

“The Soldier and Death” directed by Jim Henson is probably still the coolest thing I’ve ever seen on television. But I love every episode. I could watch them every day. And a huge part of the appeal is John Hurts performance as The Storyteller. His narration is so engaging and comforting like a warm fire.

“If death needs a new friend, I cannot fight him.”
“But howsoever life smiles on us, the last laugh is reserved for death.”
-The Storyteller

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About Dave

Dave Roman is the author of several graphic novels including Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, Teen Boat! and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and is the co-author of two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story. Roman is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and worked as a comics editor for the groundbreaking Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009. He lives in NYC with his wife, and fellow comic artist, Raina Telgemeier.
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2 Responses to RIP John Hurt

  1. Ron L says:

    He’s a rare boy, my friend the storyteller, he’s somewhere about his business.

    Fully agree about that episode being the greatest thing ever filmed.

    The genius of Henson, the magic of old tales, the lyrical script by Minghella and the unequaled performances of John Hurt and the cast.

    • Dave says:

      Hey, Ron. Great to hear from a fellow fan! Rewatching this today knowing that Hurt had passed away got me pretty choked up! And yes, a huge part of the reachability of The Storyteller series is how lyrical those scripts are! Pitch perfect.