William Hurt’s Life and Career in Photos

Hurt continued to work in film and television during the last years of his life. Here, he poses for a headshot to promote his role on the AMC series “Humans.”

Hurt in 2016

After beginning his acting career with stage productions and playing Hamlet under the direction of Marshall W.

Beginning With ‘Altered States’

Hurt rose to stardom only a year later with his starring role alongside fellow newcomer Kathleen Turner in Lawrence Kasdan’s steamy neo-noir “Body Heat.”

Becoming a Star With ‘Body Heat’

By 1985, Hurt had secured his position as one of Hollywood’s premiere leading men with his performance in Héctor Babenco’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’

William Hurt triumphed over Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, James Garner and Jon Voight at the 1986 Oscars, winning best actor for his first nomination.

Best Actor Oscar in 1986

Hurt scored a best actor Oscar nomination in each of the two years following “Kiss of the Spider Woman”

‘Broadcast News’ and ‘Children of a Lesser God’

Hurt continued to work with major artistic forces throughout the 20th century, starring in German director Wim Wenders’ sprawling epic “Until the End of the World.”

Forage Into Arthouse Cinema

Hurt would occasionally be called on to serve as an American anchor for European directors who, like Wenders, were making films away from home.

An American for Europeans

At the turn of the century, Hurt began to shift from a leading man into more of a character actor, providing color and depth on the peripheries of movies.

Moving Into the 2000’s

Hurt continued to work with major directors throughout the 2000s, often playing elder statesman roles as in “The Village.”

An Elder Statesman

Hurt earned a fourth Academy Award nomination for his supporting performance as a crime boss in David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence”

“How Do You F— That Up?”

Like many actors, Hurt set up shop in the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past few years. The actor first appeared as “Thunderbolt” Ross in 2008’s.

Entering the MCU

Hurt also worked in television. The actor earned a supporting actor Emmy nomination for his performance opposite Glenn Close in the FX series “Damages.”

An Emmy Nomination

Hurt continued to work through the final years of his life. Last year, he appeared in a guest role on the Apple TV Plus series “Mythic Quest,” acting opposite his peer F. Murray Abraham.

‘Mythic Quest’


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