Foundation Award-winning entertainer William Hurt has passed on at 71 years old, simply seven days short of his 72nd birthday, at his home in Portland, Oregon, as indicated by Deadline. Albeit the entertainer’s family didn’t uncover a particular reason for death, other than regular causes, in May 2018, news came that Hurt had a terminal prostate disease that had spread deep down.
The “Kiss of the Spider Woman” entertainer’s child, Will, reported the miserable news. “It is with extraordinary pity that the Hurt family grieves the death of William Hurt, dearest father, and Oscar-winning entertainer, on March 13, 2022, multi-week before his 72nd birthday. He passed on calmly, among family, of regular causes. The family demands protection as of now.”
William Hurt dominated the 1980s film scene with movies like “Body Heat,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Children of a Lesser God,” and “Broadcast News.”
Deadline reported that Hurt received Best Actor Academy Award nominations for three years in a row for the latter three films. He ended up winning the Oscar for his work as gay prisoner Luis Molina in 1985’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
“We had to say something about not just gay rights, but about feminine and masculine relationships and the nature of courage and what it means to speak truth to a power so much greater than you are,” Hurt said in 2015 of his work on the film (via The Hollywood Reporter).
“We didn’t make any money while we were shooting, so there was no angling for gratuitous reward. This was just a glorious opportunity to do the right thing.”
Hurt also received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2005 movie “A History of Violence.” He also received a Tony nomination in 1984 for his work on Broadway and off-Broadway in “Hurlyburly.” 2009 brought Hurt an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Daniel Purcell in the FX series “Damages.”