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William Hurt

Highest Rated:   100% Second Best (1994)
Lowest Rated:   0% Days and Nights (2014)
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Birthplace:   Washington, District of Columbia, USA
One of the top leading men of the '80s, William Hurt, born March 20th, 1950, is notable for his intensity and effective portrayals of complex characters. Although born in Washington, D.C., Hurt had already seen much of the world by the time he was grown, as his father worked for the State Department. His early years spent in the South Pacific near Guam, Hurt moved to Manhattan with his mother after his parents divorced when he was six years old. He spent the summers with his father, vacationing in a variety of international locales, including Sudan. At the age of ten, Hurt's life again changed dramatically when he became a stepson to Henry Luce III, the heir to the Time-Life empire. His mother's second marriage indirectly led to Hurt's initial involvement with the theater: sent away to a boarding school in Massachusetts, he found comfort in acting.After going on to Tufts University to study theology for three years at his stepfather's urging, Hurt married aspiring actress Mary Beth Supinger and followed her to London to study drama. Upon their return to the U.S., Hurt studied drama at Juilliard. By this time, under the realization that his marriage was failing, Hurt divorced his wife, got a motorcycle, and headed cross country for the Shakespeare festival in Ashland, OR, where he made his professional debut in a production of Hamlet. He later joined New York's Circle Repertory Company, and went on to receive critical acclaim for his work on the New York stage.Hurt made his feature film debut in Ken Russell's Altered States in 1980, but it was not until he appeared opposite Kathleen Turner in Body Heat (1981) that he became a star and sex symbol. Four years later, he won Best Actor Oscar and British Academy awards as well as a similar honor at Cannes for his sensitive portrayal of a gay prisoner in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985). He was again nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his two subsequent films, Children of a Lesser God (1986) and Broadcast News (1987). Further success followed in 1988 when he starred in The Accidental Tourist.As bright as his star shone on stage and screen, by the end of the '80s, a darker side of Hurt was exposed when he was sued by his former live-in love and mother of his daughter Alex, ballet dancer Sandra Jennings, who claimed to be his common-law wife. Despite his personal problems, Hurt continued to stay relatively busy, beginning the new decade with a fine turn in Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World (1991). He subsequently appeared in such acclaimed films as Smoke (1995), Jane Eyre (1996), One True Thing (1998), and Dark City (1998). In 1998, Hurt appeared as the patriarch of one of televisions most beloved sci-fi families in the big-budgeted remake of Lost in Space, and as a gubernatorial candidate with a shadowy past in George Hickenlooper's political drama The Big Brass Ring (1999).Still alternating between stage and screen into the new millennium, Hurt stuck mainly to the small screen in the next few years. After lending his voice to the animated portrayal of the life of Jesus Christ in The Miracle Maker, appearing in the mini-series Dune, and taking the title role of The Contaminated Man in 2000, Hurt returned to features with his role in director Steven Spielberg's long anticipated (post-mortem) collaboration with the late Stanley Kubrick, A.I. As the well-intending scientist who sets the story of an artificial boy capable of learning and love into motion, Hurt's character seemed to provide the antithesis of the regressive experiments his previous character had flirted with in Altered States.Hurt played a supporting role in Changing Lanes (2002), an thought-provoking thriller following two very different New York City residents whose lives fatefully intersect following a car accident, and again in the political thriller Syriana, which would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2005. The actor was praised the same year for his work as a supporting character in David Cro

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The King's Daughter
  • Père La Chaise
2016
90% Captain America: Civil War
  • Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross
$408.1M 2016
61% Race
  • Jeremiah Mahoney
$14.4M 2016
No Score Yet The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
  • Actor
2014
0% Days and Nights
  • Herb
$6.5k 2014
63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
  • Julian Rigby
$0.5M 2014
13% Winter's Tale
  • Isaac Penn
$10.7M 2014
No Score Yet Dune
  • Duke Leto
2014
No Score Yet A New York Winter's Tale
  • Actor
2014
88% Fire In The Blood
  • Narrator
$29.4k 2013
8% The Host
  • Jeb
$26.7M 2013
92% The Challenger Disaster
  • Actor
2013
43% Late Bloomers
  • Adam
2012
No Score Yet Shadows (Hellgate)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet J'enrage De Son Absence
  • Jacques
2012
No Score Yet The Countess
  • Count Thurzo
2011
No Score Yet Too Big to Fail
  • Henry Paulson
2011
43% Robin Hood
  • William Marshall
$105.3M 2010
67% The Yellow Handkerchief
  • Brett
$0.3M 2010
No Score Yet The River Why
  • H2O
2010
No Score Yet Hurt
  • Will Esterhuyse
2009
71% Endgame
  • Professor Willie Esterhuyse
2009
67% The Incredible Hulk
  • Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross
$134.6M 2008
35% Vantage Point
  • President Ashton
$72.3M 2008
No Score Yet Dark City (Director's Cut)
  • Actor
2008
57% Noise
  • Mayor Schneer
2007
82% Into the Wild
  • Walt McCandless
$18.2M 2007
55% Mr. Brooks
  • Marshall
$28.5M 2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker
  • Jairus
2007
54% The Good Shepherd
  • Philip Allen
$59.9M 2006
No Score Yet Hunt for Justice
  • General Mortimer
2006
56% The King
  • Pastor David Sandow
2006
No Score Yet The Legend of Sasquatch
  • Bill Davis
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet Beautiful Ohio
  • Simon Messerman
2006
72% Syriana
  • Stan Goff
$50.9M 2005
87% A History of Violence
  • Richie Cusack
$31.6M 2005
14% Neverwas
  • Dr. Peter Reed
2005
43% The Village
  • Edward Walker
$114.2M 2004
44% The Blue Butterfly
  • Alan Osborne
2004
No Score Yet Frankenstein
  • Prof. Waldman
2004
No Score Yet Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story
  • Robert Hanssen
2002
No Score Yet Master Spy: The Life Of Robert P. Hanssen
  • Actor
2002
61% Tuck Everlasting
  • Angus Tuck
$19.1M 2002
77% Changing Lanes
  • Sponsor
$66.7M 2002
No Score Yet Nearest to Heaven
  • Matt
2002
58% Rare Birds
  • Dave
2001
73% A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Prof. Hobby
2001
No Score Yet The Flamingo Rising
  • Turner Knight
2001
No Score Yet Varian's War
  • Varian Fry
2000
73% Sunshine
  • Andor Knorr
2000
22% The Simian Line
  • Edward
2000
No Score Yet The Contaminated Man
  • David R. Whitman
2000
No Score Yet Do Not Disturb (Silent Witness)
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Elie Wiesel Goes Home
  • Actor
1999
67% The Big Brass Ring
  • William Blake Pellarin
1999
No Score Yet The 4th Floor
  • Greg Harrison
1999
No Score Yet Africans in America
  • Actor
1998
89% One True Thing
  • George Gulden
1998
27% Lost in Space
  • Dr. Robinson
1998
11% The Proposition
  • Arthur Barret
1998
74% Dark City
  • Frank Bumstead
1998
No Score Yet Loved
  • K. D. Dietrickson
1997
36% Michael
  • Frank Quinlan
1996
74% Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
  • Rochester
1996
No Score Yet Un divan à New York (A Couch In New York)
  • Henry Harriston
1996
93% Smoke
  • Paul Benjamin
1995
9% Trial by Jury
  • Tommy Vesey
1994
100% Second Best
  • Graham
1994
53% Mr. Wonderful
  • Tom
1993
87% Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt)
  • Trevor Mc Phee
1992
No Score Yet The Plague (La Peste)
  • Dr. Bernard Rieux
1992
86% The Doctor
  • Dr. Jack MacKee
1991
No Score Yet The Secrets of Dick Smith
  • Actor
1991
77% Alice
  • Doug
1990
56% I Love You to Death
  • Harlan James
1990
79% The Accidental Tourist
  • Macon Leary
1988
No Score Yet A Time of Destiny
  • Martin Larraneta
1988
98% Broadcast News
  • Tom Grunick
1987
81% Children of a Lesser God
  • James Leeds
1986
88% Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • Lois Molina
1985
78% Gorky Park
  • Arkady Renko
1983
68% The Big Chill
  • Nick
1983
97% Body Heat
  • Ned Racine
1981
90% Eyewitness
  • Daryll Deever
1981
86% Altered States
  • Eddie Jessup
1980
No Score Yet Verna: USO Girl
  • Actor
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% HUMANS
2015-2016
  • Dr. George Millican George Millican
  • 2017
  • 2015
83% Beowulf
2016
  • Hrothgar
  • 2016
77% Goliath
2016
  • Donald Cooper
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Daniel Purcell
  • 2012
  • 2009
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Prof. Will Esterhuyse
  • 2009
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator

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