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Who was William Hurt ?
William Hurt, Oscar winner for Kiss of the Spider Woman, who often played a quiet intellectual in his early acting roles but later took more raucous turns in sci-fi and Marvel movies, died today, a week before his death. turning 72 years old.
William Hurt’s son Will posted today that his father has died. In May 2018 it was announced that the elderly Hurt had terminal prostate cancer that had spread to the bone.
William Hurt is remembered as a great talent by his peers in the acting community.
He was 71. A son, Alexander Hurt, said the cause was complications of prostate cancer.
“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,” Hurt’s son wrote. “He died peacefully, among relatives, due to natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time.”
His career continued with movies like A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The People, Syriana, The Good Shepherd, Mr. Brooks, Into the Wild and Robin Hood.
In 2014, Hurt was at the scene of one of the worst on-set accidents in recent history. He was playing Gregg Allman in director Randall Miller’s biopic Midnight Rider when a train crashed into the set at a trestle in rural Georgia, killing camera assistant Sarah Jones and injuring several others. Hurt was on the trestle but escaped unharmed.
The actor later said that he repeatedly expressed concern that the cast and crew members, laden with equipment, would be safe on the trestle in case a train arrived, and AD Hillary Schwartz assured him that it was.
“It’s the pain of my professional life and one of the great pains of my personal life,” Hurt later said of the accident. “It was simply impossible to imagine that something like this could happen. The other thing I could have done was say, ‘This is not good enough for me, I’m leaving the set.’ But it was our first day with a team that had worked together before.”
Shortly after the accident, director/producer Miller attempted to go ahead with the production, but Hurt quit rather than return to the film.
Miller, Jay Sedrish and Schwartz were convicted of breaking and entering and involuntary manslaughter in Jones’s death. Sedrish and Schwartz were granted parole. Miller received two years in jail and eight years of probation.
For younger fans, Hurt was a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in his role as bully Thaddeus Ross, a general who was there on the fateful day Bruce Banner became the Hulk. Ross’s character appeared in five Marvel films, including The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Black Widow, as well as Marvel One-Shot The Consultant and the Disney+ animated series What If. . …?, the latter with the voice of Mike McGill.
Hurt was born on March 20, 1950 in Washington, DC. His father was part of the United States Agency for International Development, a position that caused the family to move to Lahore, Mogadishu and Khartoum. His parents divorced and his mother married Henry Luce III, son of publisher Henry Luce.
He then attended Tufts University, where he studied theology. But he caught the acting bug and joined the theater division of the Juilliard School, where he spent four years immersed among future stars like Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve.
Beginning in 1977, Hurt was a member of the Circle Repertory Company and won an Obie Award for his appearance in Corinne Jacker’s My Life. He had an extensive resume on stage, winning a 1978 Theater World Award for his multiple performances in Fifth of Jul, Ulysses in Traction and Lulu.