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William McChord Hurt

Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Alfred McChord Hurt and Claire McGill
Ex-husband of Mary Beth Hurt and Private
Ex-partner of Private; Marlee Matlin and Sandrine Bonnaire
Father of Private; Private; Private and Private
Brother of Private
Half brother of Private

Occupation: Actor, Voice Actor
Managed by: Carol Wleklinski
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About William Hurt

William McGill Hurt (born March 20, 1950) is an American stage and film actor. He received his acting training at the Juilliard School, and began acting on stage in the 1970s. Hurt made his film debut as a troubled scientist in the science-fiction feature Altered States (1980), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. He subsequently played a leading role, as a lawyer who succumbs to the temptations of Kathleen Turner, in the well-received film noir Body Heat (1981).

In 1985 Hurt garnered substantial critical acclaim and multiple acting awards, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, for portraying an effeminate homosexual in Kiss of the Spider Woman. He received another two Academy Award nominations for his lead performances in Children of a Lesser God (1986) and Broadcast News (1987). Hurt remained an active stage actor throughout the 1980s, appearing in Off-Broadway productions including Henry V, Fifth of July, Richard II, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hurt received his first Tony Award nomination in 1985 for the Broadway production of Hurlyburly.

After playing a diversity of character roles in the following decade, Hurt earned his fourth Academy Award nomination for his supporting performance in David Cronenberg's crime thriller A History of Violence (2005). Other notable films in recent years have included A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Syriana (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006), Mr. Brooks (2007), Into the Wild (2007), The Incredible Hulk (2008), and Robin Hood (2010).

  • Ethnicity: White people
  • Residence: Washington, D.C.
  • Residence: South Carolina
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March 20, 1950
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States