Sad news. William Hurt has passed away this weekend after battling prostate cancer. He was diagnosed in 2018. His death was announced by his son, Will, in an official statement:
“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.
He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time.”
Hurt started acting in high school where he was the president of the Dramatics Club and starred in several of the school productions. His yearbook from that school had the comment:
“You might even see him on Broadway.”
He started professionally acting on the stage. He gained starring roles and won several awards, appearing in plays like My Life, Fifth of July, Ulysses in Traction, and Lulu.
He did some smaller roles in things like Kojak and other TV shows, but then found fame in Ken Russell’s cult classic Altered States.
Ever since then, he has never been out of work. To name just some of the movies he has worked on, Body Heat, The Big Chill, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Children of the Lesser God, Broadcast News, I love You To Death, Smoke, Lost in Space, A.I., Changing Lanes, The Village, The Good Shepherd, Into the Wild, Mr. Brooks, and Robin Hood.
In 2008 he was cast as General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross in The Incredible Hulk, replacing Sam Elliot in the role. He reprised the role for Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and then Black Widow.
He won an Academy Awards for his role in Kiss of the Spider Woman and had nominations for his roles in Children of the Lesser God and Broadcast News.
His screen time in A History of Violence was only brief, but left a lasting impression and gave him another Oscar nomination.
It is a sad loss to the cinema, but a good time to revisit some of his movies. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP William Hurt 1950 – 2022. To finish with a personal quote:
“I am not a star, I am an actor.”