William Hurt

  • Birth Name: William McChord Hurt
  • Birth Place: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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  • His father was a U.S. State Department employee; the family lived for a time in Guam and Hurt would visit his father in places like Somalia and the Sudan.
  • Made his New York stage debut in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Henry V.
  • Won an Obie Award for Best Actor and a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance for his role in the 1977 production of My Life.
  • Made his big-screen acting debut in 1980 in the cult sci-fi drama Altered States.
  • Ex-girlfriend Sandra Jennings, the mother of his son Alexander Devon, tried unsuccessfully in the late '80s to have their relationship declared a common-law marriage so that she could sue for a share of the actor's assets.
  • Received the inaugural Spencer Tracy Award for outstanding screen performances and professional achievement from the UCLA Campus Events Commission in 1988.
  • Awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from his alma mater, Tufts University.

Awards

  • 1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 1985, Cannes Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1999, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1985, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1987, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Heidi Henderson — Ex-wife
  • Jeanne Hurt — Daughter
  • Sandrine Bonnaire — Ex-significant Other
  • Glenn Close — Ex-significant Other
  • Mary Beth Hurt — Ex-wife
  • Sam Hurt — Son
  • Willam Hurt Jr. — Son
  • Alexander Devon Hurt — Son
  • Henry Luce III — Stepfather
  • Marlee Matlin — Ex-significant Other
  • Claire McGill — Mother
  • Sandra Jennings — Ex-significant Other
  • Alfred McChord Hurt — Father

College

  • Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, United States (BA in Theology, 1972); attended the Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States

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