William Hurt

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William Hurt in Toronto (2005)

William Hurt (born March 20, 1950 in Washington, DC ) is an American actor and Oscar winner.


Hurt completed his acting training with Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams at the Juilliard School , then directed by former actor John Houseman . Hurt, Williams and Reeve were the only applicants in 1973 who passed the entrance exam (playing a scene from a classic and a modern play in front of a jury, including Mr. Houseman). Despite all the film successes, the climax of which was in the 1980s (1986 Oscar for the lead role in "Kiss of the Spider Woman"), Hurt always remained loyal to the theater. He also celebrated success in off-Broadway performances, for example in the leading role in My Life with Christopher Reeve in a supporting role. After the attractiveness and importance of the roles offered to him have waned in his eyes, Hurt now focuses mainly on theater productions.


From 1971 to 1982, Hurt was married to Mary Beth Hurt . In the meantime, he lived with the deaf actor Marlee Matlin , who accused him of violence towards her in her 2009 autobiography I'll Scream Later . He has two children with his second wife Heidi Henderson (1989 to 1992); Another child comes from the relationship with Sarah Jennings. After all, Hurt lived from 1992 to 1997 with the French film actress Sandrine Bonnaire , with whom he also has a child.

German dubbing voice

Hurt's German dubbing voice came mainly from Randolf Kronberg , who was replaced by Thomas Fritsch and Jürgen Heinrich after his death .

Filmography (selection)


  • 1980: Golden Globe nomination for Best Newcomer
  • 1986: Oscar for Best Actor for Spider Woman's Kiss
  • 1987: Oscar nomination for Best Actor for God's Forgotten Children
  • 1987: Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for God's Forgotten Children
  • 1988: Oscar nomination for Best Actor for News Fever - Broadcast News
  • 1988: Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for News Fever - Broadcast News
  • 2006: Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for A History of Violence

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