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William Hurt

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 & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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A History of Violence Richie Cusack
Altered States Eddie Jessup
Dark City Inspector Frank Bumstead
Lost in Space Prof. John Robinson


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  Men of Granite (pre-production)
Coach Bozarth
 2019 The King's Daughter (completed)
Pere La Chaise
 2018 Condor (TV Series)
Bob Partridge
- Mistrust Blossoms (2018) ... Bob Partridge
- Death is the Harvest (2018) ... Bob Partridge
- A Question of Compromise (2018) ... Bob Partridge
- Within a Dark Wood (2018) ... Bob Partridge
- No Such Thing (2018) ... Bob Partridge (credit only)
 2018 Avengers: Infinity War
Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross
 2018 The Miracle Season
Ernie Found
 2016 Goliath (TV Series)
Donald Cooperman
- Citizens United (2016) ... Donald Cooperman
- Beauty and the Beast (2016) ... Donald Cooperman
- Line of Fire (2016) ... Donald Cooperman
- Cover Your Ass (2016) ... Donald Cooperman
- It's Donald (2016) ... Donald Cooperman
 2016 Captain America: Civil War
Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross
 2016 Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.12 (2016) ... Hrothgar
- Episode #1.8 (2016) ... Hrothgar
- Episode #1.3 (2016) ... Hrothgar
- The Gathering (2016) ... Hrothgar
- The Return (2016) ... Hrothgar
 2016/I Race
Jeremiah Mahoney
 2015 Humans (TV Series)
Dr. George Millican
- Episode #1.7 (2015) ... Dr. George Millican
- Episode #1.6 (2015) ... Dr. George Millican
- Episode #1.5 (2015) ... Dr. George Millican
- Episode #1.4 (2015) ... Dr. George Millican
- Episode #1.3 (2015) ... Dr. George Millican
 2014 Winter's Tale
Isaac Penn
 2014 Days and Nights
 2013 Bonnie & Clyde (TV Mini-Series)
Frank Hamer
- Part 2 (2013) ... Frank Hamer
- Part 1 (2013) ... Frank Hamer
 2013 The Host
 2013 The Challenger Disaster (TV Movie)
Richard Feynman
 2012 J'enrage de son absence
 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
 2010 Robin Hood
William Marshal
 2010 The River Why
 2009 Damages (TV Series)
Daniel Purcell
- Trust Me (2009) ... Daniel Purcell
- Look What He Dug Up This Time (2009) ... Daniel Purcell
- London. Of Course (2009) ... Daniel Purcell
- Uh Oh, Out Come the Skeletons (2009) ... Daniel Purcell
- You Got Your Prom Date Pregnant (2009) ... Daniel Purcell (credit only)
 2009 The Countess
Gyorgy Thurzo
 2009/I Endgame
Professor Willie Esterhuyse
 2008 The Incredible Hulk (Video Game)
General 'Thunderbolt' Ross (voice)
 2008 The Incredible Hulk
General 'Thunderbolt' Ross
 2008 Vantage Point
President Ashton
 2007/II Noise
Mayor Schneer
 2007 Into the Wild
Walt McCandless
 2007 Mr. Brooks
 2006 The Legend of Sasquatch
John Davis (voice)
 2006 The Good Shepherd
Philip Allen
 2006 Beautiful Ohio
Mr. Messerman
 2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (TV Mini-Series)
Jason Renshaw
- Battleground (2006) ... Jason Renshaw
 2005 Syriana
 2005 Neverwas
Dr. Peter Reed
 2005 Hunt for Justice (TV Movie)
General Mortimer
 2005 A History of Violence
Richie Cusack
 2005 The King
 2004 Frankenstein (TV Mini-Series)
Professor Waldman
- Episode #1.2 (2004) ... Professor Waldman
- Episode #1.1 (2004) ... Professor Waldman
 2004 The Village
Edward Walker
 2004 The Blue Butterfly
Alan Osborn
 2002 Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (TV Movie)
Robert P. Hanssen
 2002 Tuck Everlasting
Angus Tuck
 2002 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Dr. Taber
- Shrink Wrap (2002) ... Dr. Taber
 2002 Changing Lanes
Doyle's Sponsor
 2001 Rivière-des-Jérémie (TV Series)
G. Adam Davidson aka Gad
 2001 Rare Birds
 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Hobby
 2001 Varian's War (TV Movie)
Varian Fry
 2001 The Flamingo Rising (TV Movie)
Turner Knight
 2000 Dune (TV Mini-Series)
Duke Leto Atreides
- Episode #1.3 (2000) ... Duke Leto Atreides
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Duke Leto Atreides
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Duke Leto Atreides
 2000 Contaminated Man
David R. Whitman
 2000 The Miracle Maker
Jairus (voice)
 2000 The Simian Line
 1999 Do Not Disturb
 1999 Sunshine
Andor Knorr
 1999 The 4th Floor
Greg Harrison
 1999 The Big Brass Ring
 1998 One True Thing
George Gulden
 1998 Lost in Space
Prof. John Robinson
 1998 The Proposition
Arthur Barret
 1998 Dark City
Inspector Frank Bumstead
 1997 Loved
K.D. Dietrickson
 1996 Michael
Frank Quinlan
 1996 Un divan à New York
Henry Harriston
 1996 Jane Eyre
 1995 Ispoved neznakomtsu
The stranger
 1995 Smoke
Paul Benjamin
 1994 Second Best
Graham Holt
 1994 Trial by Jury
Tommy Vesey
 1993 Mr. Wonderful
 1992 The Plague
Doctor Bernard Rieux
 1991 Until the End of the World
Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee
 1991 The Doctor
Dr. Jack MacKee
 1991 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- A. Einstein: How I See the World (1991) ... Narrator
 1990 Alice
 1990 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (Short)
Steve Mills (voice)
 1990 I Love You to Death
 1988 The Accidental Tourist
 1988 A Time of Destiny
Martin Larraneta
 1987 Broadcast News
Tom Grunick
 1985/II A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie)
 1985 Kiss of the Spider Woman
Luis Molina
 1983 Gorky Park
Arkady Renko
 1983 The Big Chill
 1981 All the Way Home (TV Movie)
Jay Follet
 1981 Body Heat
Ned Racine
 1981 Eyewitness
Daryll Deever
 1980 Altered States
Eddie Jessup
 1978 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Verna: USO Girl (1978) ... Walter
 1977 The Best of Families (TV Mini-Series)
James Lathrop
 1977 Kojak (TV Series)
- Kojak's Days: Part 2 (1977) ... Jake
- Kojak's Days: Part 1 (1977) ... Jake
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He acted in Eugene O'Neill's play, "The Long Day's Journey Into Night," in an Oregon Shakespeare Festival production at the Angus Bowmer Theatre in Ashland, Oregon with Jean Smart (Mary Tyrone) and Michael Kevin in the cast. Jerry Turner was director and artistic director. See more »

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[on being taken hostage in Brazil while filming Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)] - We had 36 hours off from filming and me and my date at the time get into a car and we drove south to a village where her parents had a small villa in a very modest town with dirt streets. And as we drove into the driveway at midnight a car pulled up behind us and blocked our exit. The engine of that car was turned ... See more »


Turned down the lead role of Paul Sheldon in Misery (1990). See more »


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