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Oscar-winning actor dies at 71

William Hurt, the Oscar-winning US actor whose roles ranged from acclaimed 1980s dramas to Marvel films, has died at the age of 71, US media say.

Hurt won the best actor Oscar in 1986 for playing a prisoner in a Brazilian jail in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

He was nominated two more times in the next two years, for Children of a Lesser God and Broadcast News.

In recent years, he has been known as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in five Marvel blockbusters.

William Hurt and Kathleen Turner in Body Heat
Image caption,Hurt made his Hollywood breakthrough at the start of the 1980s in films including Body Heat alongside Kathleen Turner

Hollywood website Deadline quoted a statement from Hurt’s son Will as saying: “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. The family requests privacy at this time.

Variety said the news was confirmed by Hurt’s friend Gerry Byrne.

William Hurt in Broadcast News
Image caption,He received his third Oscar nomination in three years for Broadcast News in 1988

Fellow Marvel actor Mark Ruffalo wrote on Twitter: “Wow, another Major loss to the acting community. Great actor. Great mind. RIP.”

Matthew Modine described him as “a consummate professional” who was “continually searching for greater truth and human understanding”.

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