Oscar-winning actor William Hurt, known not only as a mainstay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but for his roles in a number of beloved films during career died on Sunday at the age of 71, just one week before his 72nd birthday. Hurt's passing was confirmed by his son, Will, who shared the sad news and now, Hollywood is mourning the loss of the acting legend. Soon after news broke of Hurt's passing, numerous actors and other celebrities took to social media to remember Hurt for his many notable acting roles and his personal impact on their lives.
A Juilliard graduate, Hurt made his acting debut in 1980 and, just five years later, won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Luis Alberto Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman. He would go on to be nominated for Best Actor Oscars twice more, once for Children of a Lesser God in 1986 and for Broadcast News in 1987 and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005's A History of Violence. In 2008, Hurt joined the MCU as Thaddeus Ross in The Incredible Hulk, reprising the role in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Black Widow. His final film role in Sean McNamara's The King's Daughter was released earlier this year.
Read on for just a few of Hollywood's tributes to Hurt.
Rest In Peace to an amazing talent William Hurt, beloved Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in our Marvel Cinematic Universe. pic.twitter.com/ituAUTRbsq— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 13, 2022
Grateful that I had the opportunity to work with William Hurt. I admired his acting so much and watching his commitment in person was remarkable. My thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/faDLANuq2E— Topher Grace (@TopherGrace) March 13, 2022
Wow, another Major loss to the acting community. Great actor. Great mind. RIP https://t.co/aKu8NWLgaz— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 13, 2022
William Hurt was a beyond brilliant film & stage actor, and then he went and guested on @TheKOQ and was so deadpan, low-key hilarious. “This is good cake. And I’m not a cake guy.” RIP pic.twitter.com/3CnnjZDmYz— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 13, 2022
William Hurt has passed. On Robin Hood, I was aware of his reputation for asking character based questions, so I had compiled a file on the life of William Marshall. He sought me out when he arrived on set. I handed him the stack. Not sure if I’ve ever seen a bigger smile. RIP.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 13, 2022
So shocked and sad to hear of the passing of this extraordinary talent. I recently worked briefly with Bill on “Goliath”. It was a wonderful afternoon filled with great stories. R.I.P. William Hurt. @ Hollywood Hills https://t.co/zlqw10hdLa— Robert Patrick 🇺🇸 (@robertpatrickT2) March 13, 2022
RIP William Hurt. A very fine actor.— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) March 13, 2022
God Bless William Hurt.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) March 13, 2022
There's no way to overstate how he dominated film acting in the 1980s. I had pics of him all over my wall as a teenager.
He got an Oscar nom in "A History of Violence" for 8 minutes of screen time.
He used to call me "Birdsong" in emails.
Thank you, Bill. pic.twitter.com/psMRUo499E