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WILLIAM HURT (Inspector Bumstead) made his film debut in Ken Russell's science fiction classic Altered States. His other starring roles include some of the best films of the Eighties: Lawrence Kasdan's erotic thriller Body Heat and Zeitgeist ensemble film The Big Chill; James Brooks' newsroom comedy Broadcast News, for which Hurt received both Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations; Children of a Lesser God, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award® as Best Actor, and his Oscar®-winning role as a South American prisoner in Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spiderwoman.

Subsequent roles include Wim Wenders' epic thriller Until the End of the World, The Doctor, Mr. Wonderful, The Plague, Trial by Jury, Franco Zefferelli's Jane Eyre, Second Best and the French film Confidences d'un inconnu. Hurt also starred in Eyewitness, Gorky Park, A Time of Destiny, Lawrence Kasdan's I Love you To Death, Woody Allen's Alice and Chantal Akerman's A Couch in New York opposite Juliette Binoche.

He recently played a troubled novelist in Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's collaboration Smoke and a bitter investigative journalist in Michael, directed by Nora Ephron. This Fall Hurt stars in New Line Cinema's Lost in Space.

On stage he has appeared in more than seventy productions, including a Tony-nominated performance in "Hurlyburly" on Broadway. He previously won the Obie Award and the Theatre World Award for "My Life" at the Circle Repertory Theatre in 1978. His other theatre credits include "Love Letters" off-Broadway, "The Fifth of July," "Lulu," "Ulysses in Traction," "The Runner Stumbles," "Hamlet," "Mary Stuart," "Child Byron," "Richard II" and "Beside Herself" at the Circle Repertory Theatre, and several appearances with the New York Shakespeare Festival. His most recent stage roles were in Chekhov's "Ivanov" and "Good." He went behind the scenes to direct "Those Inconvenient Sisters" at the Circle Repertory Lab in 1989.

Hurt was awarded the first Spencer Tracy Award, for outstanding performances and professional achievement.


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