Oscar-winning actor William Hurt dies at 71

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,” has died, his son Will told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 71.

Hurt’s friend Gerry Byrne confirmed the news of the actor’s death to Citizen Free Press.

“With great sadness, the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar-winning actor, on March 13, 2022, one week shy of his 72nd birthday,” the family said in a statement obtained by Variety. “He died peacefully, among relatives, due to natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time.”

The family did not share any cause of death. Hurt was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018.

Citizen Free Press has reached out to Hurt’s rep and publicist for comment.

Hurt played a variety of roles in classic 1980s films such as “Body Heat,” “Children of a Lesser God,” “Broadcast News” and “The Big Chill.”

His most recent screen roles include General Thaddeus Ross in the Marvel films “The Incredible Hulk,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Black Widow.”

His portrayal of a gay prisoner in South America in the 1985 film “Kiss of the Spider Woman” earned him an Oscar and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Along with three other Oscar nominations, Hurt, who made his feature film debut in 1980 with Ken Russell’s “Altered States,” was nominated for two Emmy Awards and six Golden Globes throughout his career, according to IMDb.

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