Actor William Hurt, star of Broadcast News and Body Heat, dies at 71

Monday, March 14, 2022
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Bill Hurt studied at the Juilliard School and began his acting career on stage in the 1970s. In 1980‚ he made his film debut in the science-fiction film Altered States‚ a role that garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. In 2011‚ he died at age 71 of natural causes. In the days before his death‚ he had been making music and appeared in many independent films. Born in Washington‚ D.C.‚ Hurt struggled with drug addiction and spent time in rehabilitation clinics. Despite the difficulties‚ he married Heidi Henderson‚ a fellow actor from Julliard‚ in 1989. After his divorce‚ the couple had two daughters. In 1969‚ he met Sandrine Bonnaire‚ a fellow actress‚ and they married. They have three children. In 1988‚ Hurt was cast in the Oscar-winning drama Broadcast News and the award-winning comedy Body Heat. The 61-year-old actor is best known for his roles in the movies Broadcast News and Body Heat‚ and he had a long history of addiction issues. His death was not unexpected - his son‚ Timothy Hurt‚ has issued a statement saying the actor passed away of natural causes.

actor william hurt star of broadcast news and body heat dies at 71
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During his lifetime‚ William Hurt was nominated for three Academy Awards. In 1992‚ he won one for Kiss of the Spider Woman‚ his breakthrough role. During the production of Altered States‚ he played a psychopathologist studying schizophrenia. In later years‚ he worked with psychologists‚ conducting sensory deprivation experiments and presenting a patient's condition to a psychiatrist.