He had starred in

The Incredible Hulk

,

Captain America

,

Avengers

, and most recently

Black Widow

.

American actor William Hurt, also known for his roles in

The Big Chill 

and Oscar winner for

Kiss of the Spider Woman

, died Sunday at the age of 71.

“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, a week before his 72nd birthday,” according to a statement from his son Will published by several. American media.

"He passed away peacefully, with his family, of natural causes."

Quirky character roles

William Hurt has built his reputation on his willingness to embody eccentric and unusual characters, like a Russian policeman in

Gorky Park 

(1983), a wealthy and distant husband in Woody Allen's

Alice

(1990), and a man with plans to build a machine that would benefit the blind in

Until the End of the World 

(1991).

His first film role was as an obsessed scientist in Ken Russell's 1980 film

Altered States 

. His appearance alongside Kathleen Turner in

Body Heat 

in 1981 made him a sex symbol, and he won the 'Best Actor Oscar in 1985 for playing a gay prisoner in

Kiss of the Spider Woman

.

A childhood to travel the world

Born in Washington on March 20, 1950, he traveled the world during his childhood, accompanying his diplomat father.

He studied theology before entering the prestigious Juilliard School of Art in New York.

Despite his growing notoriety, William Hurt did not seem comfortable with the Hollywood lifestyle.

"I'm not comfortable with all of this.

I'm not comfortable walking the red carpet in a tuxedo, and seeing all the women with their breasts up and all the men dressed as penguins,” he said in an interview.

He had married then-newbie actress Mary Beth Supinger and followed her to London, but divorced when they returned to New York.

He had one child with ballet dancer Sandra Jennings, two more from another marriage, and one daughter, Jeanne, with French actress Sandrine Bonnaire.

In May 2018, the actor was diagnosed with prostate cancer at an incurable stage.

His son, however, did not specify whether it was this disease that took him away.

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