Academy Award winner and MCU star William Hurt dead at 71

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It’s a sad day in the entertainment industry…

William Hurt, the Oscar-winning actor known for Kiss of the Spider Woman and his appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, passed away on Sunday. He was 71 years old. His son, Will Hurt, announced the tragic news in a statement to Deadline, revealing that the star died of natural causes:

“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, a week before his 72nd birthday. He died peacefully, surrounded by family, of natural causes. The family is asking for privacy at this time.”

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Such a pity…

When the news broke, Hurt was mourned by several friends and fans on social media, including his Broadcast News co-star Albert Brooks, who wrote:

“RIP William Hurt. So sad to hear this news. Working with him on Broadcast News was great. He will be greatly missed.”

Topher Grace of That 70’s Show, who worked with Hurt in the 2011 film Too Big to Fail, expressed his condolences to his family:

“Grateful to have had the opportunity to work with William Hurt. I admired his acting immensely and it was remarkable to see his commitment in person. My thoughts are with his family.”

Avengers: Endgame co-cast member Mark Ruffalo said:

“Wow, another great loss to the acting community. Great actor. Brilliant brain. REST IN PEACE.”

In case you didn’t know, Hurt began his career in the entertainment industry in 1977 and landed a recurring role on the television series Kojak. He then made his big screen debut in the psychological horror film Altered States in 1980. Throughout his career, Hurt acquired over 100 acting credits — playing a wide variety of characters in everything from comedy to drama to science fiction and more. However, he may be best known for his Academy Award-winning role in the 1985 film Kiss of the Spider Woman. Hurt was later nominated again for an Oscar for Children of a Lesser God, Broadcast News, and A History of Violence.

Recently, he was part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hurt played Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross in The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and End Game, plus Black Widow.

Hurt is survived by his four children. We keep his family in our thoughts at this difficult time.

Rest in peace William…

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