Actor William Hurt, Oscar winner for “Kiss of the Spider-Woman” (1985), died of natural causes today, aged 71. The death was confirmed by his friend Gerry Byrne to Variety.
Among Hurt’s great films, in addition to the one that won him the Oscar for best actor, are “Behind the Scenes”, “Marks of Violence”, “Children of Silence” and “Amazing Journeys”.
Recently, the actor rose to prominence as Thaddeus Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He played the character in “The Incredible Hulk”, “Captain America: Civil War”, “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Widow”.
For “O Beijo da Mulher-Aranha”, directed by Hector Babenco and which had Sônia Braga in the cast, he also won in the main category at the Cannes Film Festival.
William Hurt’s Oscar was the first Oscar awarded by the Academy to an openly gay character.
He was also nominated three more times for the top film award: “Children of Silence”, “Behind the Scenes” and “Marks of Violence”.
Hurt leaves behind recorded projects, such as the movie “The King’s Daughter” and the series “Pantheon”.
Very private in his personal life, he was married three times and had four children. In addition to his film career, Hurt was a pilot and had a Beechcraft Bonanza as a plane. The actor was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018.
“It’s not right that my privacy is invaded insofar as it is,” Hurt told the New York Times during a 1989 interview.
I’m a very private man and I have the right to be […] It’s not because I’m an actor that you can have my privacy, you can steal my soul. You can not.
According to Variety, precisely because of the reserved side, the actor rejected some big roles offered during his career, such as in “Jurassic Park: The Dinosaur Park” and “Crazy Obsession”, in the 1990s.
It was also a time of personal trouble for the actor, who struggled with drugs and alcohol before entering rehab.