Hert’s son, Will, said in a statement that Hert died Sunday of natural causes. He said Hurt died peacefully, among the family. Deadline first announced Hert’s death.
During his long career, Hurt was nominated for three Oscars, winning in 1985 for the film “Kiss of Spider-Woman”. After his debut on the screen in the 1980s in the film “Changed States” by Paddy Chaefsky as a psychopathologist who studies schizophrenia and experiments with emotional deprivation, Hurt quickly became one of the main drivers of the 1980s.
In Lawrence Cassdan’s solid 1981 neo-noir film Body Warm, Hurt co-starred with Kathleen Turner. In the 1983 film “The Big Chill,” again with Cassdan, Hurt played Vietnam War veteran Nick Carlton, one of his college friends who is going to his friend’s funeral.
Starting at the New York Theater, Hurt returned to the stage to star on Broadway in David Reib’s film “Hurleyberry”, for which he was nominated for “Tony”. Shortly afterwards, “Spider-Woman Kiss” appeared, which won an Oscar for Best Actor for its role as a gay prisoner in a repressive South American dictatorship.
“Acting is a very intimate and private thing,” Hurt told The New York Times in 1983. “Acting requires as much solitude as the art of writing. Yes, you face other people, but you have to learn the craft, the technique.” It’s a job. There’s such a strange thing that my acting is considered this requirement of attention to my person, as if I need so much love or so much attention that I would give up my right to be a private person. “
Albert Brooks, his director and colleague on Broadcast News, was among those who reacted to Hert’s death. “It’s so sad to hear this news,” Brooks wrote. “Working with him on Broadcast News was amazing. He will be very sad. ”
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