Oscar-winning actor William Hurt has died at the age of 71.
Best known for his roles in Broadcast News, Body Heat and The Big Chill, Hurt emerged as one of the film’s leading men in the 1980s.
He was nominated for an Oscar three times in a row during his career, winning Kiss Of The Spider Woman in 1985.
In a statement, the actor’s son Will said: “With great sadness, Hurt’s family mourns the death of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar winner, on March 13, 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday.
“He died peacefully, among the family, from natural causes. At the moment, the family wants solitude.”
Hurt revealed in 2018 that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 and that it had spread to the bones. However, he said a new type of chemotherapy has brought the disease into remission.
The actor won an Oscar for his role as a gay man who shares a cell with a political prisoner in Brazil.
He also received Best Actor nominations for the news satire of the 1987 Broadcast News, and a year earlier for Children Of A Lesser God, a romantic drama set in a school for the deaf.
Hurt also won recognition for his role as a Vietnam War veteran in The Big Chill in 1983, directed by Lawrence Casdan.
The director is again partnered with Hurt, as well as with Kathleen Turner for Body Heat from 1981.
A fourth Oscar nomination came in 2005 for his supporting role in A History of Violence with Vigo Mortensen.
Fellow actors pay tribute, including Russell Crowe, Antonio Banderas, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Modine.
Ruffalo called it “a great loss to the acting community,” and Modine tweeted that he was a “perfect professional” who was “constantly seeking greater truth and human understanding.”
Banderas called him a “great actor” – while Pierce Morgan also tweeted, sharing a photo of Hurt on Broadcast News.
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