Oscar-Winning Actor Dead At 71

Superstar William Hurt died on Sunday of natural causes one week before his 72nd birthday.

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“It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar winning actor, on March 13, 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday,” read a message shared by the actor’s son, Will, reported Deadline.

“He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes,” the son’s message added, the outlet noted. “The family requests privacy at this time.

In May 2018, the “Kiss of the Spider Woman” star talked about being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer that spread to the bone.

“It’s a moment you only know when it happens to you,” Hurt shared at the time, reported CBS. “I didn’t want to hear the word chemo out of your mouth. I had fought tooth and nail for five years to change my life so that word didn’t happen to me. Here it was and I was really upset.”

The legendary star was nominated a total of four times for an Academy Award for his roles in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” in 1985, “Children of a Lesser God” in 1986, “Broadcast News” in 1987, and years later in “A History of Violence” in 2005. He would end up taking home the Best Actor award for “Kiss of the Spider Woman” in 1985.

Despite all the accolades, the late actor didn’t seem interested in being an A-list celebrity, reported Variety.

“It’s not right that my privacy is invaded to the extent that it is,” Hurt told The New York Times in 1989. “I’m a very private man, and I have the right to be. I never said that because I was an actor you can have my privacy, you can steal my soul. You can’t.”

A whole new generation learned of Hurt’s work in Marvel films as General Thaddeus Ross in the 2008 hit “The Incredible Hulk,” reported Variety. He would later reprise the role of General Ross in superhero titles such as “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Black Widow.”

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The “Body Heat” star was married to actress Mary Beth Hurt from 1971 to 1982. He later tied the knot with Heidi Henderson from 1989 to 1991.

Hurt is survived by four children. No memorial plans have been announced as of this publication.