Does anyone here actually know 'William Hurt' the actor?

I would love to know more about his views on religion, science, and life in general. He seems a really interesting, intelligent chap, so I think he would be fasinating to find out about.

Please NO derogatory remarks, if you have nothing nice to say, please don't answer this question, as i prefer to hear about the best in people.

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  • Smokey
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    William Hurt (born March 20, 1950) is an Academy Award-winning American actor.

    Early life

    Born in Washington, D.C., Hurt is the stepson of Henry Luce III (the son of the founder of Time Magazine). Hurt graduated from Middlesex School in 1968 where he was the Vice President of the Dramatics Club and had the lead role in several of the school plays. His high school yearbook predicted, "With characteristics such as these, you might even see him on Broadway." Hurt attended Tufts University and studied theology, but turned instead to acting and joined the Juilliard Drama School.


    Hurt appeared first on stage, only later turning to film. He received the Academy Award for Best Actor for Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1985. He received three additional nominations, one for Children of a Lesser God (1986), one for Broadcast News (1987) and one for A History Of Violence (2005).

    Often cast as intellectuals, Hurt has put this to good use in many films like Lost in Space and The Big Chill, but he's also effective in other kinds of roles like I Love You to Death, and David Cronenberg's psychological drama A History of Violence (2005). With only 15 minutes of screen time as creepy mob boss Richie Cusack in A History of Violence, Hurt gave one of the most memorable performances of his career, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. That same year, Hurt could be seen as a mysterious government operative in Stephen Gaghan's ensemble drama about the politics of "Big Oil," Syriana.

    Hurt will next be seen in the mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes, in Battleground", as a hitman who receives a package from the widow of a toymaker he killed, unaware of what's waiting inside for him.

    Private life

    Fluent in French, Hurt maintains a home outside Paris. He has a daughter with actress Sandrine Bonnaire and a son with Sandra Jennings. He was previously married to Mary Beth Hurt from 1971 to 1982 and lived with Marlee Matlin for a period in 1986. Hurt has two sons from his 1989-92 marriage to Heidi Henderson.

    Select Filmography

    Beautiful Ohio, 2007

    The Legend of Sasquatch, 2006 - John Davis (Voice)

    Syriana, 2005 - Stan Goff

    A History of Violence, 2005 - Richie Cusack

    The King, 2005 - David

    The Village, 2004 - Edward Walker

    Dune (Sci-Fi Channel miniseries), 2003 - Duke Leto Atreides

    Changing Lanes, 2002 - Doyle Gipson's AA Sponsor

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence, 2001 - Professor Allen Hobby

    One True Thing, 1998 - George Guldon

    Dark City, 1998 - Inspector Frank Bumstead

    Lost in Space, 1998 - Professor John Robinson

    Jane Eyre, 1996 - Rochester

    A Couch in New York, 1996 - Henry Harriston

    Smoke, 1995 - Paul Benjamin

    The Doctor, 1991 - Dr. Jack MacKee

    Alice, 1990 - Doug Tate

    I Love You to Death, 1990 - Harlan James

    The Accidental Tourist, 1988 - Macon Leary

    Broadcast News 1987 - Tom Grunick

    Children of a Lesser God, 1986 - James Leeds

    Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1985 - Luis Alberto Molina

    Gorky Park, 1983 - Arkady Renko

    The Big Chill, 1983 - Nick

    Body Heat, 1981 Ned Racine

    Eyewitness, 1981 - Daryll Deever

    Altered States, 1980 - Professor Edward Jessup


    6' 2" (1.88 m)



    Heidi Henderson (5 March 1989 - 1992) (divorced) 2 children

    Mary Beth Hurt (1971 - 1981) (divorced)



    Made his stage debut in "Henry V" in 1977 for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Graduate of Tufts University, 1972. Also studied at Juilliard.

    His ex-wife, Heidi, is the daughter of Skitch Henderson.

    He lived with Sandra Jennings from 1981-84. They had a son.

    Lives in Oregon with his two sons, Willie and Sam from his marriage to Heidi Henderson. [2004]

    Attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

    Turned down a role in Jurassic Park (1993).

    He is the stepson of Henry Luce III, who is the son of Henry Luce who founded "Time".

    Recipient of the first Spencer Tracy Award in 1988 for outstanding screen performances.

    He is an avid private pilot with taildragger experience.

    Turned down lead role in Misery (1990)

    Speaks French quite fluently.

    Has a daughter, Jeanne, with Sandrine Bonnaire.

    Was nominated for Broadway's 1985 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for David Rabe's "Hurlyburly."

    On May 25, 2005, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts by Tufts University.

    Godfather of actress Meghan Glennon.

  • Cathy
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    I Love Watching Movies, I Don't Mind If They Are In Black And White Or If They Are Low Budget I Just Love Watching Them. But Recently There Is One Genre That I Am Getting Pretty Sick Off, And That Is The Romantic Comedies. Almost Every Movie Is The Same: Guy Meets Girl Of His Dreams, Guy Tries To Win Girl Over, And Ends Up With Girl And That's It!

  • 1 decade ago

    nope i have no idea who he is

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