Oscar-Winning Actor William Hurt Dies At 71

William Hurt, the Oscar-winning star of “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “The Big Chill,” and “Broadcast News,” died of natural causes on Sunday. He was 71.

“It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar winning actor, on March 13, 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday,” said the actor’s son Will in a statement obtained by Deadline.

“He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time.”

In 2018, Hurt was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer that had spread to the bone.

Hurt’s portrayal of a gay prisoner in Brazil in the 1985 movie “Kiss of the Spider Woman” earned him an Oscar for best actor. He received three more Academy Award nominations in the following years, with his fourth and last nomination for Best Supporting Actor being for his role in the 2005 crime thriller “A History of Violence”.

More recently, Hurt became part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as General Thaddeus Ross in “The Incredible Hulk”, a role which he later reprised in “Captain America: Civil War”, “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Widow.”

Hurt was born March 20, 1950 in Washington, D.C. to mother Claire Isabel and father Alfred Hurt.


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