William Hurt, actor best known for ‘Body Heat’ and ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’, dies 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 years old. Hurt’s friend Gerry Byrne confirmed the news of the actor’s death to CNN. that,” the family said in a statement obtained by Variety. “He passed away peacefully, in his family, of natural causes. The family has not shared the cause of death.
CNN has reached out to Hurt’s manager and journalist for comment. Hurt played many roles in classic 1980s films including “Body Heat,” “Children of a Lesser God,” “Broadcast News,” and “The Big Chill.” His most recent on-screen roles include General Thaddeus Ross in the Marvel films “The Incredible Hulk”, “Captain America: Civil War”, “Avengers: Infinity War“, “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black” Widows“. His role as a gay prisoner in South America in the 1985 film “Kiss of the Spider Woman” earned him an Academy Award as well as a BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor. Along with three additional Oscar nominations, Hurt – who made his feature film debut in 1980 with Ken Russell’s “Altered States” – has been nominated for two Emmy Awards , according to IMDb.
Hurt began his career in theater productions, then only acted in films. From 1977 to 1989, he was a member of the band at the Circle Repertory Company. He won an Obie Award for his first appearance there in Corinne Jacker’s My Life, and won the 1978 Theatrical World Award for his performances in July 5, Ulysses. in Traction and Lulu. In 1979, Hurt played Hamlet under Marshall W. Mason opposite Lindsay Crouse and Beatrice Straight. His first major role was in the science fiction film Altered States, where his performance as an obsessed scientist earned him widespread recognition. His performance with Richard Crenna, Ted Danson and newcomer Kathleen Turner in Lawrence Kasdan’s neoclassical Body Heat elevated Hurt to stardom, and he later also starred in Kasdan’s The Big Chill (1983) ). Hurt will again star opposite Turner in Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist (1988).
He appeared in the horror film Gorky Park opposite Lee Marvin. He received the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1985. He received three more Oscar nominations: Best Actor for Children. of a Lesser God (1986) and Broadcast News (1987; for which he was nominated for Best Actor for three consecutive years) and Best Supporting Actor for A History Of Violence (2005)
Often cast as an intellectual, Hurt has starred in films such as Lost in Space, but is also effective in other types of roles, such as in I Love You to Death and the psychological drama A History of Violence ( 2005) by David Cronenberg, less than 10 Minutes On Screen, he plays the fearsome drug lord, Richie Cusack. Also in 2005, Hurt played a mysterious government agent in Stephen Gaghan’s syndicated drama about the politics of big oil, Syriana. Hurt was featured in the miniseries adaptations of Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes, in a part called Battleground (also notable for its complete lack of dialogue). He plays Renshaw, an assassin who receives a package from the widow of a baker he killed, unaware of what awaits him inside. He appeared in the cast of Vanya, an adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, at the Artists Theater in Portland, Oregon. In June 2007, Marvel Studios announced that Hurt would play General Thaddeus Ross in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk alongside Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, and Tim Roth.  Hurt reprized his role in Captain America: Civil War (2016),  Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Black Widow (2021).  He appeared in Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, the true story of Christopher McCandless. He appeared as President Henry Ashton in the 2008 action thriller Vantage Point. Hurt also starred as Mr. Brooks’s alter ego in Mr. Brooks, which featured starring Kevin Costner. In 2009, Hurt became a series regular on the FX Damages series playing a corporate accuser opposite Glenn Close and Marcia Gay Harden. For his role in this series, he earned a nomination for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award in the category “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”.
He was cast in the 2011 Thai horror film Hellgate alongside Cary Elwes and Paula Taylor, directed by John Penney. In September 2010, Hurt played US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in the HBO series Too Big to Fail, an adaptation of the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin. He also played Captain Ahab in the television adaptation of Herman Melville’s 2011 novel Moby-Dick.  In 2018, Hurt was cast in the lead role in The Coldest Game (2019), but later When he was injured in an unexpected accident, he was replaced by Bill Pullman. Hurt appeared in the Pantheon series and the films The Fence, Men of Granite, and Edward Enderby before his death in March 2022. It is unclear if he completed or filmed these roles.