William Hurt, Oscar-winning actor dies at 71

William Hurt, the Oscar-winning star of “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “The Big Chill,” and “Broadcast News,” has died.

He died at his home in Portland, Ore., on Sunday. He was 71.

 Hurt’s friend, Gerry Byrne confirmed the news of the actor’s death to reporters.

“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,” the family said in a statement obtained by Variety. “He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time,” Byrne said.

William Hurt, who became a hot Hollywood commodity with his performance as a hopeless lawyer “Body Heat” in 1981 and within a few years had won the best-actor Oscar for the 1985 film ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman” in which he portrayed a gay man sharing a Brazilian prison cell with a revolutionary.

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

His portrayal as a gay prisoner in South America in the 1985 movie “Kiss of the Spider Woman” earned him an Oscar as well as a BAFTA Film Award for best actor.


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