Birth Date: March 20, 1950
Birth Place: Washington, District of Columbia
Notable Films: Into the Wild, Dark City, A History of Violence, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Captain America: Civil War
Awards: Academy Award (Best Actor in a Leading Role | Kiss of the Spider Woman)
William Hurt Biography:
Born in Washington D.C., Hurt’s parents divorced when he was a child. He attended Middlesex School where he was an avid performer and Vice President of the drama society. He played the lead in a lot of the school plays and was tipped for a career on Broadway. After graduating high school, Hurt studied theology at Tufts University, but dropped out and joined Juilliard instead. He began, as most actors do, on stage, and won a Theatre World Award in 1978 for his role in Fifth of July.
His first film role came in the sci-fi movie Altered States (1980), for which he received critical acclaim. He then appeared in back to back Lawrence Kasdan pictures, Body Heat (1981), and The Big Chill (1983). A couple of years later, just 5 years after his film debut, Hurt scooped an Academy Award for his performance in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985). He had a second Oscar nomination for Children of a Lesser God (1986) and scooped a third the following year in Broadcast News (1987).
Showing his range as a performer, Hurt also appeared in movies such as Lost In Space (1998), A History of Violence (2005), and The Incredible Hulk (2008). But Hurt has not just enjoyed success on the big screen. In fact, he received widespread acclaim for his role in TV legal drama Damages and sci-fi series Humans. Hurt has been married twice, and once dated actress Marlee Matlin, whom he met while filming Children of a Lesser God.