William Hurt

William Hurt

  • Highest Rated: 100% Second Best (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Days and Nights (2014)
  • Birthday: Mar 20, 1950
  • 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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Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

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No Score Yet The Last Full Measure Actor 2019
85% Avengers: Infinity War Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross $665M 2018
52% The Miracle Season Ernie Found 2018
No Score Yet The King's Daughter Père La Chaise 2016
91% 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
66% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them Julian Rigby $0.5M 2014
13% Winter's Tale Isaac Penn $10.7M 2014
No Score Yet A New York Winter's Tale Actor 2014
90% Fire In The Blood Narrator $29.4K 2013
9% The Host Jeb $26.7M 2013
92% The Challenger Disaster Actor 2013
40% 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
74% 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
34% Vantage Point President Ashton $72.3M 2008
No Score Yet Dark City (Director's Cut) Actor 2008
58% Noise Mayor Schneer 2007
83% 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 Producer Bill Davis 2006
No Score Yet Beautiful Ohio Simon Messerman 2006
73% Syriana Stan Goff $50.9M 2005
87% A History of Violence Richie Cusack $31.6M 2005
14% Neverwas Dr. Peter Reed 2005
44% 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
54% 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
74% Sunshine Andor Knorr 2000
22% The Simian Line Edward 2000
No Score Yet Dune Duke Leto 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
57% 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
28% Lost in Space Dr. Robinson 1998
11% The Proposition Arthur Barret 1998
76% Dark City Frank Bumstead 1998
No Score Yet Loved K. D. Dietrickson 1997
38% 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
8% Trial by Jury Tommy Vesey 1994
100% Second Best Graham 1994
52% Mr. Wonderful Tom 1993
88% 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
88% The Doctor Dr. Jack MacKee 1991
No Score Yet The Secrets of Dick Smith Actor 1991
75% Alice Doug 1990
61% I Love You to Death Harlan James 1990
81% 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
85% Kiss of the Spider Woman Lois Molina 1985
78% Gorky Park Arkady Renko 1983
67% The Big Chill Nick 1983
98% Body Heat Ned Racine 1981
75% Eyewitness Daryll Deever 1981
84% Altered States Eddie Jessup 1980
No Score Yet Verna: USO Girl Actor 1978

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83% Goliath
2016
Donald Cooper
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
86% Condor
2018
  • 2018
94% HUMANS
2015-2018
Dr. George Millican George Millican
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
71% Frank Herbert's 'Dune'
2000
Duke Leto
  • 2018
  • 2000
58% Beowulf
2016
Hrothgar
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
91% Damages
2007-2012
Daniel Purcell
  • 2012
  • 2009
No Score Yet Moby Dick
2011
Capt. Ahab
  • 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Prof. Will Esterhuyse
  • 2009
No Score Yet Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
2006
Jason Renshaw
  • 2006
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Dr. Taber
  • 2002
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Jake
  • 1977
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Narrator

QUOTES FROM William Hurt CHARACTERS

General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross
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
Only stupid hearing people think deaf people are stupid.
Ned Racine
You look like Pine Haven.
Matty Walker
And how does Pine Haven look?
Ned Racine
Well tended.
Matty Walker
Oh, I'm well tended all right. Well tended.
Jack McKee
Every doctor becomes a patient somewhere down the line.
Jack McKee
Yes, it talks. Amazing!
Jack McKee
There's a danger with feeling too strongly about your patients, a danger with becoming too involved.
Alan Osborne
(on the airplane to Costa Rica while talking to Pete) You get some sleep until we land.
Alan Osborne
You get some sleep until we land.
Eddie Jessup
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
Arthur was right. You are a fascinating bastard.
Eddie Jessup
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
What question was that?
Eddie Jessup
You asked me why I was getting divorced.
Arthur Rosenberg
Oh, listen, it's your life. I'm sorry I even asked.
Eddie Jessup
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
Why don't you just come back to us?
Eddie Jessup
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
You're a whacko!
Eddie Jessup
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
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
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
What the hell is not religious about that? You've simply replaced God with the Original Self.
Eddie Jessup
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
The purpose of our suffering is only more suffering.
Jeb
I always liked Science-Fiction stories; never dreamed I'd be living in one.
Wanderer
Be happy Mel that after living so many lives, I've finally found something to die for.
Professor Hobby
You are a real boy. At least as real as I've ever made one.
Professor Hobby
The greatest single human gift - the ability to chase down our dreams.
Philip Allen
Intelligence is their mother's milk and they don't like sharing the royal tit with people that don't have titles.
Ned Racine
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
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.
Angus Tuck
Don't be afraid of death Winnie, be afraid of the un-lived life
Angus Tuck
Don't be afraid of death Winnie, be afraid of the un-lived life.
Meg
I feel terrible. The last time I spoke with Alex we had a fight. I yelled at him.
Nick
That's probably why he killed himself.
Edward Walker
The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe.
Marshall
Why do you fight it so hard, Earl?
Richie Cusack
How do you fuck that up? How do you FUCK THAT UP?!?!
Richie Cusack
How do you fuck that up? How do you FUCK THAT UP?!