1985 Oscar Winner, William Hurt, star of ‘Broadcast news,’ dies at 71

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    Will Hurt, Hurt's only son, stated in a statement, “Hurt died Sunday from natural causes.” He said Hurt died peacefully, among family. Deadline first reported Hurt's death.

    Hurt won the 1985 Academy Award for “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and was nominated three times for it during a long career. Hurt was quickly recognized as one of 1980's most prominent leading men after his screen debut in the 1980 Paddy Chayefsky-scripted film “Altered States”. He played a psychopathologist who studies schizophrenia and experiments with sensory deprivation.

    Kathleen Turner and Hurt were both featured in Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 steamy noir “Body Heat.” Hurt starred in 1983's “The Big Chill”, again with Kasdan. He played Nick Carlton, a Vietnam War veteran, who is one of a group of college friends who gather to attend their friend's funeral.

    After starting in New York's theater, Hurt returned to Broadway to play the lead role in David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly” on Broadway. He was then nominated for a Tony. Soon after, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” was released. Hurt won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of a gay prisoner under repressive South American dictatorships.

    Hurt stated to The New York Times that acting is an intimate and private activity in 1983. “Acting requires as much solitude to be a good actor as writing. Yes, it's hard to meet people but you must learn a skill, a technique. It's work. It's strange that my acting is interpreted as a clamor for attention, like I need so much love or attention that I will give up my right of privacy.

    Albert Brooks, Hurt's director and co-star on “Broadcast News”, was one of those who responded to Hurt’s passing. Brooks wrote, “So sorry to hear this news.” Brooks said, “It was an amazing experience working with him on Broadcast News.” He will be deeply missed.”

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