Oscar-winning actor William Hurt has died, aged 71.
The actor’s son, Will, announced the news, posting on social media: “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.”
In May 2018, it emerged that Hurt had terminal prostate cancer that had spread to the bone.
Hurt was best known for his Oscar-winning performance as gay prisoner Luis Molina in 1985’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, and his Oscar-nominated work in the hit 1987 comedy Broadcast News, intense 2005 drama A History of Violence and 1986 romance Children of a Lesser God.
The Washington-born actor’s 45-year career began with a lead role as an unravelling scientist in the film Altered States, which he secured after studying at Juilliard. Soon afterwards, parts in Body Heat and Gorky Park followed.
Hurt also portrayed General Thaddeus Ross in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, before reprising his role in the Marvel movies Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Black Widow.
Alongside his roles in cinema, Hurt has also appeared in numerous TV shows. He received award nominations for his role in Damages in 2009 and was also in the casts of Goliath and Condor.
Hurt starred in many plays during the 1980s, and most notably received his first Tony Award nomination in 1985 for the Broadway production of Hurlyburly.
His last performance was in the film The King’s Daughter alongside Pierce Brosnan, and he had numerous projects that were due to go into production soon: the TV series Pantheon and films The Fence, Men of Granite and Edward Enderby.
Hurt is survived by four children.