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William Hurt: Oscar-winning actor dies aged 71, son says

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Oscar-winning actor William Hurt has died at the age of 71.

Best known for his roles in Broadcast News, Body Heat and The Big Chill, Hurt emerged as one of the leading men of film in the 1980s.

He was nominated for an Academy Award three times in a row during his career, winning for 1985’s Kiss Of The Spider Woman.

In a statement, the actor’s son Will said: “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 disclosed in 2018 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 and that it had spread to the bone. However, he said a new type of chemotherapy treatment had put the disease into remission.

The actor won his Oscar for his role playing a gay man who shared a cell with a political prisoner in Brazil.

He also got best actor nominations for 1987’s news industry satire Broadcast News, and a year before for Children Of A Lesser God, a romantic drama set in a school for the deaf.

Hurt also won acclaim for playing a Vietnam War veteran in 1983’s The Big Chill, directed by Lawrence Kasdan.

The filmmaker teamed up with Hurt again, as well as Kathleen Turner, for 1981’s Body Heat.

A fourth Oscar nomination came in 2005 for his supporting role in A History Of Violence, starring Viggo Mortensen.

Fellow actors have been paying tribute, including Russell Crowe, Antonio Banderas, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Modine.

Ruffalo called it a “major loss to the acting community”, and Modine tweeted that he was a “consummate professional” who was “continually searching for greater truth and human understanding”.

Banderas called him a “great actor” – while Piers Morgan also tweeted, sharing a picture of Hurt in Broadcast News.



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