William Hurt, the Oscar-winning famous star of “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Broadcast News,” and “The Big Chill,” dies at the age of 71. His son Will announced the news of his death. Hurt’s friend, Gerry Byrne, also confirmed the news of his death.
According to a statement given by his family, William passed away on 13th March 2023 just one week before his 72nd birthday. The cause of his death has not been shared by the family yet.
Hurt was born on March 20th, 1950 in Washington, D.C. to mother Claire Isabel and father Alfred Hurt. His mother worked at Time Inc., and his father worked as a career bureaucrat, for the United States Agency for International Development and the State Department.
His parents got separated when he was just 6 years old. After the divorce, his mother remarried Henry Luce III, who was the son of Time Magazine publisher Henry Luce.
Hurt studied theology at Tufts University, and then he moved to Juilliard to study acting. He also played various roles as a stage artist.
Hurt made his film debut in 1980 with Ken Russell’s movie “Altered States”. He played vital roles in 1980s classic movies. His most recent roles on-screen were General Thaddeus Ross in the Marvel films namely, “The Incredible Hulk,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Black Widow.”
He played the role of a gay prisoner in South America in the 1985 movie “Kiss of the Spider Woman”. This role earned him an Oscar as well as a BAFTA Film Award in the best actor category.
Apart from earning three additional Oscar nominations, he was also nominated for two Emmys and six Golden Globes during his acting career.
In 2018, Hurt was diagnosed with prostate cancer.