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William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Into the Wild
Into the Wild Walt McCandless
(2007)
Dark City
Dark City Inspector Frank Bumstead
(1998)
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk General 'Thunderbolt' Ross
(2008)
A History of Violence
A History of Violence Richie Cusack
(2005)

Filmography

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 2018 The Coldest Play (pre-production)
Joshua Mansky
 2017 Live Like Line (post-production)
Ernie Found
  Men of Granite (filming)
Coach Bozarth
 2016 Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (TV Mini-Series)
Hrothgar
- Episode #1.12 (2016) ... Hrothgar
- Episode #1.8 (2016) ... Hrothgar
- Episode #1.3 (2016) ... Hrothgar
- The Gathering (2016) ... Hrothgar
- The Return (2016) ... Hrothgar
 2014 Winter's Tale
Isaac Penn
 2014 Days and Nights
Herb
 2013 Bonnie & Clyde (TV Mini-Series)
Frank Hamer
- Part 2 (2013) ... Frank Hamer
- Part 1 (2013) ... Frank Hamer
 2013 The Host
Jeb
 2012 J'enrage de son absence
Jacques
 2011 Hellgate
Warren Mills
 2011 Too Big to Fail (TV Movie)
Henry Paulson
 2011 Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series)
Captain Ahab
- Part 2 (2011) ... Captain Ahab
- Part 1 (2011) ... Captain Ahab
 2011 Late Bloomers
Adam
 2010 The River Why
H2O
 2009/I Endgame
Professor Willie Esterhuyse
 2008 The Incredible Hulk (Video Game)
General 'Thunderbolt' Ross (voice)
 2007/II Noise
Mayor Schneer
 2006 Beautiful Ohio
Mr. Messerman
 2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (TV Mini-Series)
Jason Renshaw
- Battleground (2006) ... Jason Renshaw
 2006 The Legend of Sasquatch
John Davis (voice)
 2005 Syriana
Stan
 2005 Neverwas
Dr. Peter Reed
 2005 Hunt for Justice (TV Movie)
General Mortimer
 2005 The King
David
 2004 The Blue Butterfly
Alan Osborn
 2002 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Dr. Taber
- Shrink Wrap (2002) ... Dr. Taber
 2001 Rivière-des-Jérémie (TV Series)
G. Adam Davidson aka Gad
 2001 Rare Birds
Dave
 2001 Varian's War (TV Movie)
Varian Fry
 2001 The Flamingo Rising (TV Movie)
Turner Knight
 2000 The Miracle Maker
Jairus (voice)
 2000 The Simian Line
Edward
 1999 Do Not Disturb
Walter
 1999 Sunshine
Andor Knorr
 1999 The 4th Floor
Greg Harrison
 1999 The Big Brass Ring
Blake
 1998 The Proposition
Arthur Barret
 1997 Loved
K.D. Dietrickson
 1996 Un divan à New York
Henry Harriston
 1995 Ispoved neznakomtsu
The stranger
 1994 Trial by Jury
Tommy Vesey
 1993 Mr. Wonderful
Tom
 1992 The Plague
Doctor Bernard Rieux
 1991 Until the End of the World
Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee
 1991 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- A. Einstein: How I See the World (1991) ... Narrator
 1990 Alice
Doug
 1988 A Time of Destiny
Martin Larraneta
 1982 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie)
Oberon
 1981 All the Way Home (TV Movie)
Jay Follet
 1981 Eyewitness
Daryll Deever
 1978 Great Performances (TV Series)
Walter
- Verna: USO Girl (1978) ... Walter
 1977 The Best of Families (TV Mini-Series)
James Lathrop
 1977 Kojak (TV Series)
Jake
- Kojak's Days: Part 2 (1977) ... Jake
- Kojak's Days: Part 1 (1977) ... Jake
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Narrates Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" in the unabridged version (Simon & Schuster Audiobooks). See more »

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4 Interviews | 7 Articles | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

Acting is building the tip of the iceberg, you have to build what isn't seen and then play the tip. Only a little bit of the iceberg is ever seen, but it is massive. That's sometimes hard to do in American movies, where the philosophy is to show the whole iceberg. We're not used to having passive heroes, we're used to the active, go get 'em guy. [...] I oppose this idea that we have to ... See more »

Trivia:

He has English, as well as German, Scottish, and Irish, ancestry. See more »

Trademark:

Slow mannered style of delivery See more »

Nickname:

Bill

Star Sign:

Pisces

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