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Oscar-Winning Actor William Hurt Dies at 71

The actor also had a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Jennifer Bisset
Jennifer Bisset
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Jennifer Bisset was a senior editor for CNET. She covered film and TV news and reviews. The movie that inspired her to want a career in film is Lost in Translation. She won Best New Journalist in 2019 at the Australian IT Journalism Awards.
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William Hurt attends the premiere of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War on April 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

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Actor William Hurt, who won an Oscar for 1985's drama Kiss of the Spider Woman, has died aged 71.

"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. He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes," reads the statement from his son Will (via Variety).

Along with multiple Oscar-nominated performances (Broadcast News, Children of a Lesser God, A History of Violence), Hurt scored Emmy nominations for his TV work in Damages and Too Big to Fail.

More recently, Hurt featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thaddeus Ross, a US Army general who first appears in 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Later, he appears in 2021's Black Widow as the US Secretary of State.

Hurt won the best actor Oscar for Kiss of the Spider Woman early in his career. He played Luis Molina, a man imprisoned in a cell in Brazil during the Brazilian military dictatorship in the mid-'70s.

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