Who is William Hurt?

William Hurt is a well known and successful American actor who has been seen working actively since the year 1977.

Quick Info
Full NameWilliam McChord Hurt
Date of Birth20 March 1950
Birth PlaceWashington,
D.C., U.S.
Parent(s)Alfred McChord Hurt ,Claire Isabel McChord
Birth signPisces
Net Worth$18 million

Personal Life and Relationship

William Hurt, whose real name is William McChord Hurt, was born on 20 March 1950 in Washington, D.C., the U.S., as a son of his father, Alfred McChord Hurt, and mother, Claire Isabel McChord. His father used to work for the State Department where his mother used to work at Time Inc. He has two brothers as siblings.

Before William Hurt married an American actress Mary Beth Hurt in 1971 but they divorced in 1982. in 1981, Hurt started dating Sandra Jennings even if he was married at that time and later, Jennings was pregnant in 1982 which became the main reason for divorce with Mary Beth Hurt. After that, Hurt and Jennings started to live together but the couple separated without being married. Later, he also dated Marlee Matlin. In his relationship history, he had a total of four children where one is with Jennings, two are with Heidi Henderson and the last one is with Sandrine Bonnaire.

William Hurt

Nationality and Physical Stats

William Hurt holds an American nationality and belongs to the mixed ethnicity of English, German, Scottish, and Irish. Currently, he is 70 years old with a height of 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm/1.88 m) and a weight of 72 kg. He had got Blonde hair with blue eyes. As he was born on 20 March, his zodiac sign is Pisces.

William Hurt

Early Life and Education

Before, when William Hurt was a child, he lived with his father after his parents had divorced and his mother married Henry Luce III. For his education, he went to attend Middlesex School and became the vice president of the Dramatics Club and also had played in several school plays into the lead role. In the year 1968, he completed his graduation and went to attend Tufts University where he had studied theology but later, he decided to take acting classes so that he joined the Julliard School where Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve were his batchmates.


Television Career

William Hurt started his television career after, he had been cast as James Lathrop on a miniseries “Best of Families” in 1977. After that, he was cast as Jake on an American action crime drama television series “Kojak” in the same year. In 1978, he was seen appearing on an American television movie “Verna: USO Girl” as Walter. Later, he was seen in a British-American documentary movie “Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman” and then, he was seen playing the role of Duke Leto I Atreides on a science fiction television miniseries “Frank Herbert’s Dune” in 2000.

Further, he was cast as Turner Knight in a dramatic movie “The Flamingo Rising” in the year 2001, and in the same year, he was also seen appearing as Varian Fry on a television movie “Varian’s War” for which he was nominated for Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film. Likewise, he was seen appearing in several series and movies like “The Kings of Queens”, “Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story”, “Frankenstein” and “Nightmares and Dreamscapes”.

Later, in 2009, he was seen appearing on an American legal thriller television series “Damages” as Daniel Purcell. In the same year, he was also cast as Willie Esterhuyse on a British film “Endgame”. In 2011, he was seen playing the role of Captain Ahab on a Canadian-German television miniseries “Moby Dick” and in that year, he was also seen as Henry Paulson on an American biographical drama television movie “Too Big to Fail”.

In addition, he was seen playing several roles in the movies including “Bonnie & Clyde”, “The Challenger”, “Humans”, “Beowulf”, “Goliath”, and “Condor”.

Besides this, he was also seen as the Narrator of the audiobook “The Polar Express” in 1989.

Film Career

William Hurt started his film career after, he had been cast as Professor Edward Jessup on an American science fiction horror movie “Altered States” which was directed by Ken Russell. After that, he was seen appearing in an American neo-noir thriller movie “Eyewitness” as Daryll Deever in 1981. Likewise, he was cast in the movies like “Body Heat”, “The Big Chill” and “Gorky Park”.

In the year 1985, he has cast as Luis Alberto Molina in a drama movie “Kiss of the Spider Woman” for which he had won several awards including Academy Awards for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Cannes Film Festival – Best Actor Award, David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor, London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and National Board of Review Award for Best Actor. 

Likewise, he was cast as Martin Larraneta on an American drama war movie “A Time of Destiny” in 1988, and in the same year, he was seen as Macon Leary on an American drama movie “The Accidental Tourist “  for which he had won Golden Horse Award for Best Foreign Actor.

William Hurt was seen playing the roles in several movies like “I Love You to Death”, “Alice”, “Until the End of the World”, “The Doctor”, “The Plague”, “Mr. Wonderful”, “Second Best”, “Trial by Jury”, “Smoke”, “A Couch in New York”, “Michael”, “Jane Eyre”, “Loved”, “Lost in Space”, “Dark City”, “One True Thing”, “The 4th Floor”, “Sunshine”, “The Big Brass Ring”, “Do Not Disturb”, “Contaminated Man”, “The Miracle Maker” as a voice actor, “Rare Birds”, “A.I Artificial Intelligence”, “The Simian Line”, “Tuck Everlasting”, “Changing Lanes”, “Nearest to Heaven”, “The Blue Butterfly”, “The Village” and “The King”.

William Hurt

In 2005, William Hurt was cast as Richie Cusack on an American action-thriller movie “A History of Violence” for which he had won several awards including the Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, North Texas Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor and Utah Film Critics Association Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

In addition, he was also cast in various movies like “Neverwas”, “Syriana”, “The Good Shepherd”, “The Legend of Sasquatch”, “Mr. Brooks”, “Beautiful Ohio”, “Noise”, “Into the Wild”, “Vantage Point”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “The Countess”, “The Yellow Handkerchief”, “Robin Hood”, “The River Why”, “Late Bloomers”, “Hellgate”, “The Host”, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”, “Fire in the Blood”, “Days and Nights”, “Winter’s Tale”, “Race”, “Captain America” Civil War”, “The Miracle Season”, “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Avengers: Endgame” and “The Last Full Measure”.

Further, he will be seen appearing in upcoming movies like “Black Widow” and “The King’s Daughter”.

Net Worth

The estimated net worth of William Hurt is $18 million.