William Hurt Dies at 71 - How to Stream His Best Movies
William Hurt was a one-of-a-kind actor. His towering presence lent menace when necessary and sex appeal when appropriate. In the 1980s, he had one of the hottest streaks of any actor, starring in popular hits and critical favorites, winning an Academy Award for his role in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” He also played one-third of the love triangle in the brilliant and hilarious “Broadcast News.”
As he aged out of “leading man” roles, he started taking on stranger projects like the very bad 1998 “Lost in Space” reboot. He returned to form with an Oscar-nominated role as a sinister mob boss in David Cronenberg’s thrilling 2005 film, “A History of Violence.” Modern audiences might know him best as his recurring Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
William Hurt was 71 years old.
The Best of William Hurt
June 29, 2001
David, a robotic boy—the first of his kind programmed to love—is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final acceptance by humans or machines, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both vast and profoundly thin.
December 23, 1988
After the death of his son, travel writer Macon Leary seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon’s wife is having similar problems. They separate, and Macon meets a strange, outgoing woman who brings him ‘back down to earth’, but his wife soon thinks their marriage is still worth another try.
December 16, 1987
Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain correspondent, carries an unrequited torch for Jane. Sparks fly between the three as the network prepares for big changes, and both the news and Jane must decide between style and substance.
September 13, 1986
Starting his new job as an instructor at a New England school for the deaf, James Leeds meets Sarah Norman, a young deaf woman who works at the school as a member of the custodial staff. In spite of Sarah’s withdrawn emotional state, a romance slowly develops between the pair.
July 26, 1985
The story of two radically different men thrown together in a Latin American prison cell. One is Valentin, a journalist being tortured for his political beliefs. The other is Molina, a gay window-dresser who fills their lonely nights by spinning romantic fantasies drawn from memories of old movies.
December 25, 1980
A research scientist explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, time, and perhaps reality itself are states of mind.
Friends and costars eulogized the actor on social media.
R.I.P. William Hurt. So sad to hear this news. Working with him on Broadcast News was amazing. He will be greatly missed.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) March 13, 2022
William Hurt has passed. On Robin Hood, I was aware of his reputation for asking character based questions, so I had compiled a file on the life of William Marshall. He sought me out when he arrived on set. I handed him the stack. Not sure if I’ve ever seen a bigger smile. RIP.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 13, 2022
Grateful that I had the opportunity to work with William Hurt. I admired his acting so much and watching his commitment in person was remarkable. My thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/faDLANuq2E— Topher Grace (@TopherGrace) March 13, 2022
Saddened to hear of the passing of actor William Hurt. He broke the mold in his Oscar-winning role in Kiss of the Spider Woman, broke smiles in Broadcast News, and broke our hearts in The Accidental Tourist. A great loss to the world. Rest among the stars now, good sir.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 13, 2022
Very sorry to hear about the passing of William Hurt. He was a fine actor, an Academy Award winner. He also did a classic reading of my story “Low Men in Yellow Coats,” from HEARTS IN ATLANTIS. I loved hitchhiking on his immense talent.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 13, 2022
Jesus.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 13, 2022
This man, who I did not know but whose work I always admired, grabbed me at the Emmys the year after my father died and talked to me for 15 minutes about him and the importance of recognizing fatherhood in this life. I am still moved. #RIP https://t.co/EaHWHj2rxO
Rest In Peace to an amazing talent William Hurt, beloved Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in our Marvel Cinematic Universe. pic.twitter.com/ituAUTRbsq— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 13, 2022