Acclaimed American actor William Hurt passed away Sunday at the age of 71.
In a statement, the actor’s son Will announced: “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, one week before his 72nd birthday,”.
“He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time.” the statement concluded.
Hurt began acting on stage in the 1970s before making his big-screen breakthrough as an obsessed scientist in the Altered States, which earned him a best newcomer nomination at the Golden Globes in 1981.
The late actor won the best actor Oscar in 1986 for his role in “Kiss of the Spider Woman”. He was nominated two more times in the next two years, for Children of a Lesser God and Broadcast News.
In the past years, he became famous for his roles as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.
Hurt also received Emmy nominations for playing Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in 2011’s “Too Big to Fail”, and for the legal TV drama “Damages”.
He returned to the stage in productions including “Henry V”, “A Midsummer Night Dream”, and “Hurlyburly”, the latter of which saw him recognized with a nomination at Broadway’s Tony Awards.
The actor revealed in 2018 that he had been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.