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WILLIAM HURT was most recently seen in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller, The Village, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver. In October, 2004, he was seen in The Hallmark Channel's miniseries, Frankenstein, opposite Donald Sutherland. Also in 2004, Hurt was seen in the independent film, Blue Butterfly. He starred as a famous entomologist who takes a terminally ill boy into the rainforest to grant his dying wish. The film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and released in Canada and Japan.

In 2002, Hurt appeared in Disney's Tuck Everlasting, directed by Jay Russell, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also starred in the title role of the CBS mini-series Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story, and made a cameo appearance in Paramount's Changing Lanes, starring Samuel L. Jackson.

In 2001, Hurt starred in the independent film Rare Birds co-starring Molly Parker, which was nominated for Best Film at the Genie Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Academy Awards. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He was also seen in a supporting role in Steven Spielberg's A.I. In the same year, he starred in The Flamingo Rising for CBS. Based on the novel by Larry Baker and directed by Martha Coolidge, Hurt starred opposite Brian Bonbon and Elizabeth McGovern in the story of an eccentric dreamer who builds the world's largest drive-in movie theater across the street from a funeral parlor. In April of 2003, Hurt starred in Varian's War for Showtime. Directed by Lionel Chetwynd and produced by Barbra Streisand's Barwood Films, the film co-starred Alan Arkin, Julia Ormond and Lynn Redgrave, and followed the story of Varian Fry (Hurt) who rescued prominent European artists and more than 2,000 others from the Nazi persecution during World War II.

In 2000, Hurt delivered a memorable performance in Sunshine, opposite Ralph Fiennes. Directed by Istvan Szabo, Sunshine received three Genie Awards, including one for Best Motion Picture. In addition, Hurt also appeared in The Simian Line with Lynn Redgrave and Eric Stoltz, and in Dune for the Sci-Fi Channel.

In 1980, Hurt made his film debut in Altered States. He received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Broadcast News and Children of a Lesser God. For Kiss of  the Spider Woman, he was honored with an Academy Award as well as Best Actor Awards from the British Academy and the Cannes Film Festival.

Among his other film credits 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.

For radio, Hurt read Paul Theroux's "The Great Railway Bazaar,” for BBC Radio Four, and "Shipping News” by E. Annie Proulx. He has recorded "The Polar Express,” "The Boy Who Drew Cats” and narrated the documentaries Searching for America: The Odyssey of John Dos Pass, Einstein—How I See the World, and the English narration of Elie Weisel's To Speak the Unspeakable, a documentary directed by produced by Pierre Marmiesse.

Hurt trained at Tufts University and New York's Juilliard School of Music and Drama. He spent the early years of his career on the stage between drama school, summer stock, regional repertory and Off Broadway, appearing in more than 50 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's Night's Dream” and "Good.”

In 1988, he was awarded the first Spencer Tracy Award from UCLA.

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