- Father was an Anglican vicar and his brother was a monk.
- While at art school, one of the models he painted was Quentin Crisp, whom he would go on to portray in The Naked Civil Servant (1975). Hurt didn't realize the connection until the middle of filming.
- Breakthrough film role was as Richard Rich in Fred Zinnemann's A Man for All Seasons (1966).
BAFTA Film Awards
Australian Film Institute Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
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