Sir John Hurt has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the British actor revealed Tuesday. His condition was caught early, however, and the 75-year-old star says he is “more than optimistic” about the future. “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. Hurt is best known for his roles in The Elephant Man, Alien, and the Harry Potter films.