Oscar winner acting legend and most recently Marvel star William Hurt died at the age of 71 – cinema news – FILMSTARTS.de

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Like so many of his colleagues , William Hurt , born on March 20, 1950, began his career in the theater and was then a permanent member of the legendary New York group Circle Repertory Company for over a decade from 1977, which has produced numerous stars. At the same time, however, he pushed himself in front of the camera, where, after small TV supporting roles, his first feature film immediately attracted a great deal of attention.

Ken Russell’s thriller » Trip into Hell «, about a scientist who turns into a monster during experiments, earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best young actor. The film may also have played a major role in Hurt becoming a Marvel star almost 30 years later: he played for the first time in » The Incredible Hulk «, the story of a scientist who turns into a monster during experiments Thaddeus Ross. He then reprized the role four more times: in The First Avenger: Civil War , Avengers: Infinity War , Avengers: Endgame , and most recently , Black Widow“. Again and again there were rumors about a separate movie or a Disney+ series with the character and her well-known «Thunderbolt» team from the comics.

Marvel Studios William Hurt as Thunderbolt Ross in the MCU.

While a younger audience probably knows him mainly in this role, our cinephile readers will of course remember William Hurt from the 80s. Here he caused a stir with almost every role. His third film, the erotic thriller » Body Heat » aka «Hot Blood — Cold Blood» made him a star in 1981, the subsequent » The Great Frustration » and » Gorky Park » earned him a reputation as an actor who only selects good projects.

In 1986 he won all sorts of prizes, most notably the Oscar, for his portrayal of a homosexual prison inmate in The Kiss of the Spider Woman . Hurt was considered one of the best actors of the time, which culminated in further Oscar nominations for Best Actor in the following years in 1987 and 1988 for » God’s Forgotten Children » and » Broadcast News «.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Hurt worked with a wide variety of renowned directors such as Wim Wenders (» Until the End of the World «), Wayne Wang (» Smoke «), Chantal Akerman (» A Couch in New York «), Nora Ephron (» Michael «), Alex Proyas (» Dark City «), Steven Spielberg (» AI «), M. Night Shyamalan (» The Village «), Sean Penn (» Into The Wild «), and Ridley Scott (» Robin Hood «). In 2006, he received another Oscar nomination for his role in David Cronenberg’s A History Of Violence .

New Line Cinema William Hurt in «A History of Violence».

In this millennium he also caused a stir on the small screen again and again. After his first starring role in a 2000 Dune mini-series, he later starred in the second season of the hit series Damages and the Amazon Prime Video series Goliath » With.

As much as William Hurt thrilled us in front of the camera, a look back at his life should not be without a look at a darker side. While film and Oscar fans have fond memories of the historic moment when he met his then partner Marlee Matlin at the 1986 Oscarspresented the award for best actress with a kiss, thus becoming the first deaf actress with one of the coveted golden boys, it was revealed through a later book of hers what probably happened behind the scenes. After the ceremony, Hurt is said to have made it clear to her that she didn’t deserve the Oscar and continued to psychologically terrorize her. Several physical assaults, including at least one rape, are said to have occurred during the short relationship. Without going into specific allegations, Hurt later apologized for any pain he caused at the time.

William Hurt died on March 13, 2022 at the age of 71 after making it public in 2018 that he had advanced prostate cancer. He leaves four children.


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