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William Hurt

William Hurt

William McChord Hurt (March 20, 1950 – March 13, 2022) was an American actor. Known for his performances on stage and screen, he received various awards including an Academy Award, BAFTA Award and Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor. He studied at the Juilliard School and began acting on stage in the 1970s. Hurt's film debut was in Ken Russell's science-fiction feature Altered States, released in 1980, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. In 1981, he played a leading role in the neo-noir Body Heat, with Kathleen Turner. He continued leading a series of critically acclaimed films garnering three consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for winning for the first of these, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), Children of a Lesser God (1986), and Broadcast News (1987). During this time he also starred in The Big Chill (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Alice (1990), and One True Thing (1998). Hurt earned his fourth Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in David Cronenberg's crime thriller A History of Violence (2005). His later character roles include A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), The Village (2004), Syriana (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006), Mr. Brooks (2007), Into the Wild (2007), The Yellow Handkerchief (2008), and Robin Hood (2010). In 2008, he portrayed Thaddeus Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film The Incredible Hulk, a role he reprised in other films until his final appearance in Black Widow (2021). Hurt appeared in various television projects such as the FX legal drama Damages for which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nomination. In 2011 he portrayed Henry Paulson in the HBO movie Too Big to Fail receiving a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nomination. Hurt also known for his performances on stage, appeared in off-Broadway productions including Henry V, Fifth of July, Richard II and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hurt made his Broadway debut in David Rabe's dark comedic play Hurlyburly for which he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
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