William Hurt

William Hurt

Highest Rated: 100% Second Best (1994)

Lowest Rated: 0% Days and Nights (2013)

Birthday: Mar 20, 1950

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

The textbook model of the sensitive leading man, Oscar-winning actor William Hurt was a major player in 1980s cinema who was typically cast as a detached intellectual type and easily at his best playing characters who were physically or emotionally damaged. Hurt first came to attention opposite Kathleen Turner in the steamy "Body Heat" (1981), before standing out in the ensemble cast of Lawrence Kasdan's classic drama "The Big Chill" (1983). Following his breakthrough role as a gay window dresser in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985), Hurt was vaulted to the upper tier of Hollywood leading men. He earned more critical acclaim for "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) and "Broadcast News" (1987) before falling off the radar for a time with supporting roles inprojects like "I Love You to Death" (1990), "Mr. Wonderful" (1993) and "Michael" (1996). Hurt also had a brief, but Oscar-nominated, performance in "A History of Violence" (2005). With his wounded portrayal of a scientist grieving the murder of his wife on the second season of "Damages" (FX, 2007-2010) and his portrayal of Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson in "Too Big to Fail" (HBO, 2011), Hurt cemented his reputation as a passionate artist more concerned with creating great roles than with straightforward leading-man roles.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
59% 96% The Last Full Measure Tulley (Character) $2.9M 2020
51% 83% The Miracle Season Ernie Found (Character) $10.2M 2018
85% 91% Avengers: Infinity War Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (Character) $678.8M 2018
No Score Yet 100% The Moon and the Sun Pere La Chaise (Character) - 2017
91% 89% Captain America: Civil War General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (Character) $408.1M 2016
62% 77% Race Jeremiah Mahoney (Character) $19.1M 2016
No Score Yet 44% A New York Winter's Tale Unknown (Character) - 2014
13% 43% Winter's Tale Isaac Penn (Character) $12.6M 2014
0% 36% Days and Nights Herb (Character) $6K 2013
92% 82% The Challenger Disaster Richard Feynman (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 60% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her Eleanor's Father (Character) $585.6K 2013
9% 49% The Host Uncle Jeb (Character) $26.6M 2013
66% 52% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Eleanor's Father (Character) $511.7K 2013
No Score Yet 60% J'enrage de son absence Jacques (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hellgate Warren Mills (Character) - 2012
77% 76% Too Big to Fail Henry Paulson (Character) - 2011
44% 35% Late Bloomers Adam (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 38% The River Why H2O (Character) - 2010
43% 58% Robin Hood Sir William Marshal (Character) $105.2M 2010
71% 57% Endgame Prof. Will Esterhuyse (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 41% The Countess Gyorgy Thurzo (Character) - 2009
34% 57% Vantage Point President Ashton (Character) $72.3M 2008
67% 70% The Incredible Hulk Gen. Thunderbolt Ross (Character) $134.5M 2008
66% 59% The Yellow Handkerchief Brett Hanson (Character) $317K 2008
58% 60% Noise Mayor Schneer (Character) $16.2K 2008
83% 89% Into the Wild Walt McCandless (Character) $18.4M 2007
55% 76% Mr. Brooks Marshall (Character) $28.5M 2007
No Score Yet 28% Beautiful Ohio Simon Messerman (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 11% The Legend of Sasquatch John Davis (Voice) - 2006
55% 51% The Good Shepherd Philip Allen (Character) $59.9M 2006
14% 65% Neverwas Dr. Peter Reed (Character) - 2005
87% 76% A History of Violence Richie Cusack (Character) $31.5M 2005
57% 66% The King Pastor David Sandow (Character) $281.3K 2005
No Score Yet 55% Hunt for Justice: The Louise Arbour Story General Mortimer (Character) - 2005
44% 64% The Blue Butterfly Alan Osborne (Character) - 2004
43% 57% The Village Edward Walker (Character) $114.2M 2004
No Score Yet 20% Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Unknown (Character) - 2002
60% 70% Tuck Everlasting Angus Tuck (Character) $19.2M 2002
No Score Yet 18% Nearest to Heaven Matt (Character) - 2002
77% 53% Changing Lanes Doyle's Sponsor (Character) $66.8M 2002
No Score Yet 50% Varian's War Varian Fry (Character) - 2001
74% 64% A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Professor Hobby (Character) $78.6M 2001
No Score Yet 33% The Flamingo Rising Turner Knight (Character) - 2001
54% 69% Rare Birds Dave Purcell (Character) $17.8K 2001
22% 70% The Simian Line Edward (Character) $18.6K 2000
No Score Yet 86% The Miracle Maker Jairus (Voice) - 2000
No Score Yet 75% Dune Unknown (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 17% Contaminated Man David R. Whitman (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 43% The 4th Floor Greg Harrison (Character) - 1999
74% 81% Sunshine Andor Knorr (Character) $6.1M 1999
57% 17% The Big Brass Ring Blake (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 38% Do Not Disturb Walter Richmond (Character) - 1999
89% 71% One True Thing George Gulden (Character) $23.3M 1998
76% 85% Dark City Inspector Frank Bumstead (Character) $14.3M 1998
28% 24% Lost in Space Mission Commander Professor John Robinson, Ph. D. (Character) $69.1M 1998
11% 51% The Proposition Arthur Barret (Character) $121.9K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Loved K.D. Dietrickson (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Eyre Rochester (Character) $5.2M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Speak About the Unspeakable: The Message of Elie Wiesel Narrator - 1996
74% 68% Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 32% A Couch in New York Henry Harriston (Character) - 1996
34% 45% Michael Frank Quinlan (Character) $95.3M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Secrets Shared With a Stranger The stranger (Character) - 1995
93% 89% Smoke Paul Benjamin (Character) $8.3M 1995
8% 27% Trial by Jury Tommy Vesey (Character) $6.8M 1994
100% 79% Second Best Graham Holt (Character) $68.5K 1994
52% 43% Mr. Wonderful Tom (Character) $2.1M 1993
No Score Yet 30% The Plague Dr. Bernard Rieux (Character) - 1992
82% 72% The Doctor Dr. Jack MacKee (Character) $38.1M 1991
88% 89% Until the End of the World Sam Farber (Character) $662.2K 1991
56% 63% I Love You to Death Harlan James (Character) $14.9M 1990
75% 57% Alice Doug (Character) $6.8M 1990
81% 60% The Accidental Tourist Macon Leary (Character) $30.3M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time of Destiny Martin Larraneta (Character) $886.6K 1988
98% 79% Broadcast News Tom Grunick (Character) $49.2M 1987
82% 79% Children of a Lesser God James Leeds (Character) $26.8M 1986
87% 81% Kiss of the Spider Woman Luis Molina (Character) $13.2M 1985
75% 60% Gorky Park Arkady Renko (Character) - 1983
68% 77% The Big Chill Nick (Character) $57K 1983
75% 38% Eyewitness Daryll Deever (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet All the Way Home Unknown (Character) - 1981
98% 81% Body Heat Ned Racine (Character) - 1981
84% 71% Altered States Professor Eddie Jessup (Character) - 1980

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Condor Bob Partridge (Character) 2019-2020
94% 86% Humans George Millican (Character) 2018 2015-2016
82% 72% Goliath Donald Cooper (Character) 2016
58% 67% Beowulf Hrothgar (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonnie & Clyde Frank Hamer (Character) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2010
91% 91% Damages Daniel Purcell (Character) 2009-2010 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.com Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Unknown (Character) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frankenstein Unknown (Character) 2004
No Score Yet 80% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dune Unknown (Character) 2000

QUOTES FROM William Hurt CHARACTERS

General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross says: Captain, while a great many people see you as a hero, there are some who prefer the word vigilante. You've operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That's something the world can no longer tolerate.

James Leeds says: Only stupid hearing people think deaf people are stupid.

Ned Racine says: You look like Pine Haven.

Matty Walker says: And how does Pine Haven look?

Ned Racine says: Well tended.

Matty Walker says: Oh, I'm well tended all right. Well tended.

Jack McKee says: Every doctor becomes a patient somewhere down the line.

Jack McKee says: Yes, it talks. Amazing!

Jack McKee says: There's a danger with feeling too strongly about your patients, a danger with becoming too involved.

Alan Osborne says: (on the airplane to Costa Rica while talking to Pete) You get some sleep until we land.

Alan Osborne says: You get some sleep until we land.

Eddie Jessup says: I haven't told anyone this in ten years. I'm telling you now because I think you have a right to know what kind of a nut you might be getting mixed up with here.

Emily Jessup says: Arthur was right. You are a fascinating bastard.

Eddie Jessup says: Emily's quite content to go on with this life. She insists she's in love with me - whatever that is. What she means is she prefers the senseless pain we inflict on each other to the pain we would otherwise inflict on ourselves. But I'm not afraid of that solitary pain. In fact, if I don't strip myself of all this clatter and clutter and ridiculous ritual, I shall go out of my fucking mind. Does that answer your question, Arthur?

Arthur Rosenberg says: What question was that?

Eddie Jessup says: You asked me why I was getting divorced.

Arthur Rosenberg says: Oh, listen, it's your life. I'm sorry I even asked.

Eddie Jessup says: You saved me. You redeemed me from the pit. I was in it, Emily. I was *in* that ultimate moment of terror that is the beginning of life. It is nothing. Simple, hideous nothing. The final truth of all things is that there is no final Truth. Truth is what's transitory. It's human life that is real. I don't want to frighten you, Emily, but what I'm trying to tell you is that moment of terror is a real and living horror, living and growing within me now, and the only thing that keeps it from devouring me is you.

Emily Jessup says: Why don't you just come back to us?

Eddie Jessup says: It's too late. I don't think I can get it out of me anymore. I can't live with it. The pain is too great.

Mason Parrish says: You're a whacko!

Eddie Jessup says: What's whacko about it, Mason? I'm a man in search of his true self. How archetypically American can you get? We're all trying to fulfill ourselves, understand ourselves, get in touch with ourselves, face the reality of ourselves, explore ourselves, expand ourselves. Ever since we dispensed with God we've got nothing but ourselves to explain this meaningless horror of life.

Eddie Jessup says: Memory is energy! It doesn't disappear - it's still in there. There's a physiological pathway to our earlier consciousnesses. There has to be; and I'm telling you it's in the goddamned limbic system.

Eddie Jessup says: Yes, but we've localized it. Now I know where the Self is. It's in our own minds. It's a form of human energy. Our atoms are six billion years old. We've got six billion years of memory in our minds.

Eddie Jessup says: What the hell is not religious about that? You've simply replaced God with the Original Self.

Eddie Jessup says: What dignifies the Yogic practices is that the belief system itself is not truly religious. There is no Buddhist God per se. It is the Self, the individual Mind, that contains immortality and ultimate truth.

Eddie Jessup says: The purpose of our suffering is only more suffering.

Jeb says: I always liked Science-Fiction stories; never dreamed I'd be living in one.

Wanderer says: Be happy Mel that after living so many lives, I've finally found something to die for.

Professor Hobby says: You are a real boy. At least as real as I've ever made one.

Professor Hobby says: The greatest single human gift - the ability to chase down our dreams.

Philip Allen says: Intelligence is their mother's milk and they don't like sharing the royal tit with people that don't have titles.

Ned Racine says: NED RACINE Me? I need tending. I need someone to take care of me. Rub my tired muscles. Smooth out my sheets. MATTY WALKER Get married. NED RACINE I just need it for tonight.

Ned Racine says: Me? I need tending. I need someone to take care of me. Rub my tired muscles. Smooth out my sheets.

Matty Walker says: Get married.

Ned Racine says: I just need it for tonight.

Angus Tuck says: Don't be afraid of death Winnie, be afraid of the un-lived life

Angus Tuck says: Don't be afraid of death Winnie, be afraid of the un-lived life.

Meg says: I feel terrible. The last time I spoke with Alex we had a fight. I yelled at him.

Nick says: That's probably why he killed himself.

Edward Walker says: The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe.

Marshall says: Why do you fight it so hard, Earl?

Richie Cusack says: How do you fuck that up? How do you FUCK THAT UP?!?!

Richie Cusack says: How do you fuck that up? How do you FUCK THAT UP?!