William Hurt, Oscar-Winning actor for ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman,’ dies at 71
William Hurt, an acclaimed actor best known for his Oscar-winning performance in 1985’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
and his work in “The Big Chill” and “Body Heat,” died Sunday of natural causes. He was 71 years old. Hurt’s death was
confirmed to Variety by his friend, Gerry Byrne.
Hurt was nominated for four Oscars over the course of his long career, scoring two best actor nominations for “Broadcast
News” and “Children of a Lesser God” and a supporting actor nod for less than 10 minutes of screen time in “A History of
Violence.” He was one of the most heralded performers of the 1980s, becoming something of a cerebral sex symbol and a
reluctant, albeit bankable, movie star. Hurt later transitioned into character roles in the 1990s and successfully alternated
between big screen projects and television roles, such as his Emmy nominated turn as a whistleblower in “Damages.”
William Hurt’s son, Will, posted today that his father has died. It was announced in
May 2018 that the elder Hurt had terminal prostate cancer that had spread to the bone.