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WILLIAM HURT (Doyle's Sponsor) trained at Tufts University and New York's Julliard School of Music and Drama. He spent the early years of his career between schooling, summer stock, regional repertory and Off Broadway, appearing in more than fifty productions including "Henry V," "5th of July," "Hamlet," "Richard II," "Hurlyburly" (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award), "My Life" (winning an Obie Award for Best Actor), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Good."

Hurt most recently completed production on the independent film "Rare Birds," co starring Molly Parker and directed by Sturla Gunnarson; and also was recently seen in Steven Spielberg's "A.I." and will soon be seen in Disney's "Tuck Everlasting," directed by Jay Russell.

Hurt also starred in the prestigious TV film "The Flamingo Rising," for CBS, based on the novel by Larry Baker and directed by Martha Coolidge.

In 2000, Hurt delivered memorable performances in "Sunshine," directed by Istvan Szabo; "The Simian Line," with Lynn Redgrave; and "Dune," for the Sci-Fi Channel.

"Altered States" marked Hurt's film debut in 1980. He was nominated for Best Actor Oscars® for "Broadcast News" and "Children of a Lesser God." His performance in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" received a Best Actor Oscar®, plus the BAFTA and Cannes acting awards.

Among his other films are "Body Heat," "The Big Chill," "Eyewitness," "Gorky Park," "Alice," "I Love You to Death," "The Accidental Tourist," "The Doctor," "The Plague," "Trial by Jury," "Second Best," "Smoke," "Confidences a un Inconnu" "Jane Eyre," "Michael," "Dark City," "The Proposition" "The Big Brass Ring" and "One True Thing."

In 1988, Hurt was awarded the first Spencer Tracy Award from U.C.L.A.

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