Joseph Merrick

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Postmortem cast of the head and neck of John Merrick.

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“I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!” – John Merrick

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amospoe: “ “I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!” – John Merrick ”

The Elephant Man

Joseph Merrick was born in Leicester, England in 1862 as a perfectly healthy baby boy. He died 27 years later in London Hospital having become world-famous as the severely-deformed "Elephant Man."...

Scientists will extract DNA from Merrick's skeleton, which has been kept at the Royal London Hospital at Whitechapel, east London, since his death, aged 27, in 1890. Tests will then be carried out to see if it is possible to sequence Merrick's genome thereby identifying any gene alteration. The already complex technique has been made harder by the fact that Merrick's skeleton has been poorly preserved, and years of bleaching to keep it clean have degraded the remains.

Will DNA unlock the Elephant Man's final secret?

Skeleton could hold key to century-old puzzle of what caused Joseph Merrick's terrible disfigurement

John Hurt dio vida all hombre elefante

Muere John Hurt, el actor que dio vida al hombre elefante

Al público más joven le sonará por ser el actor que diera vida a Garrick Ollivander, el propietario de la tienda de varitas mágicas de la saga Harry Potter; aunque John Hurt ha regalado otros muchos papeles relevantes a la historia del cine.

Joseph Merrick (Elephant Man) by Adam Skutt

Joseph Merrick (Elephant Man) by skutt

Joseph Merrick (Elephant Man) by Adam Skutt

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John Hurt, 'The Elephant Man' One of film's most amazing achievements in makeup, David Lynch's Elephant Man turned British actor John Hurt into Joseph Merrick, the terribly disfigured Englishman who gained notoriety as a human curiosity during the mid-1800s.

John Hurt, 'The Elephant Man'

One of film's most amazing achievements in makeup, David Lynch's Elephant Man turned British actor John Hurt into Joseph Merrick, the terribly disfigured Englishman who gained notoriety as a human curiosity during the mid-1800s.

John Hurt as Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man | 23 Incredible Photos Of Actors Vs. The Historical Figures They Played

23 Incredible Photos Of Actors Vs. The Historical Figures They Played

These A-listers nailed the whole acting thing.

John Merrick - Elephant Man - Thomas Kuebler's sideshow scuptures - Silicone

Thomas Kuebler's Sideshow Sculptures

[I originally posted this December 2011. I thought I would repost because our friend Schlitzie's image has popped up around the internet lately in connection with American Horror Story (thanks Bima!), it wouldn't involve a lot of typing and Mr Kuebler has added to his collection] If you drop by here you might notice I sometimes post pictures of wacky art. I found a whole collection today that lead me on a voyage of nostalgic reflection and adventure. It was a collection of pictures of…

John Hurt as Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man | 23 Incredible Photos Of Actors Vs. The Historical Figures They Played

23 Incredible Photos Of Actors Vs. The Historical Figures They Played

These A-listers nailed the whole acting thing.

John Merrick was a disfigured man who lived in Victorian London. The cause of his deformities was a serious case of Proteus Syndrome. He worked in a freakshow for a while billed as "The Elephant Man" which is the name most people remember him by today.

John Merrick was a disfigured man who lived in Victorian London. The cause of his deformities was a serious case of Proteus Syndrome. He worked in a freakshow for a while billed as "The Elephant Man" which is the name most people remember him by today.

Elephant Man's speech: Meet The Elephant Man: Ruth Epstein and John Rubin attempt to understand how the Elephant Man's speech was formed by studying Joseph Merrick's bone structure and applying the same constraints to an actor.

Elephant Man's speech: Meet The Elephant Man

Ruth Epstein and John Rubin attempt to understand how the Elephant Man's speech was formed by studying Joseph Merrick's bone structure and applying the same ...

Joseph Carey Merrick lived his life in Victorian England as a "human novelty exhibit". As the infamous "Elephant Man" Merrick's grotesque appearance was sufficent to incite public outrage; he made women faint at the sight of him. Beneath his hideous deformities, however, lay the spirit of a sensitive, albeit wounded soul, with intelligence and respect for other living things, including those who'd wronged him.

Elephant Man, Joseph Carey Merrick - InfoBarrel

Joseph Carey Merrick lived his life in Victorian England as a "human novelty exhibit". As the infamous "Elephant Man" Merrick's grotesque appearance was sufficent to incite public outrage; he made women faint at the sight of him. Beneath his hideous deformities, however, lay the spirit of a sensitive, albeit wounded soul, with intelligence and respect for other living things, including those who'd wronged him.