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WILLIAM HURT (President Ashton) trained at Tufts University and New York's Juilliard School of Music and Drama. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards®, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. The film screened at the both the Cannes International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Hurt received Best Supporting Actor accolades for the role from the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle and the New York Film Critics Circle.

Hurt can currently be seen in Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn and starring Marcia Gay Harden, Catherine Keener and Vince Vaughn. The cast was nominated for Best Ensemble by the Screen Actors Guild.

Hurt recently wrapped production on Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk. Hurt stars as the villain, General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, opposite Edward Norton and Liv Tyler. The film is directed by Louis Leterrier and will be released by Universal on June 13, 2008.

Hurt has also wrapped the remake of Yoji Yamada's 1977 film Yellow Handkerchief opposite Maria Bello, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film stars Hurt as an ex-convict recently released from prison for the accidental murder of another man. Udayan Prasad (My Son the Fanatic) is directing the project.

In 2007, Hurt was seen in The Good Shepherd, written by Eric Roth and directed by Robert DeNiro. The film starred Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro and Angelina Jolie, and followed the history of over 40 years in the CIA, told through the eyes of Edward Wilson, one of its founding officers. Hurt also appeared in MGM's Mr. Brooks, a psychological thriller opposite Kevin Costner which was directed by Bruce Evans.

In 2006, Hurt starred in James Marsh's film The King with Gael Garcia Bernal. The film follows a troubled man (Bernal), recently discharged from the Navy, who returns to his childhood home in Texas to reunite with his father (Hurt). The King was screened at the Cannes International Film Festival. Also in 2006, Hurt appeared in Beautiful Ohio, directed by Chad Lowe, and in Noise, an independent comedy opposite Tim Robbins and Bridget Moynahan. Beautiful Ohio was screened at the 2006 AFI Film Festival.

In 2005, Hurt was seen in Syriana, directed by Stephen Gaghan and starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Amanda Peet. The same year he also completed production on the ensemble independent film Neverwas opposite Sir Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming and Aaron Eckhardt.

In 2004, Hurt was seen in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller The Village opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver as well as in the independent film Blue Butterfly. Hurt starred in the film as a famous entomologist who takes a terminally ill boy into the rainforest to grant his dying wish. The film was screened at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in Canada and Japan.

In 2002, Hurt appeared in Disney's Tuck Everlasting, directed by Jay Russell, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and had a cameo appearance in Paramount's Changing Lanes, starring Samuel L. Jackson.

In 2001, Hurt starred in the independent film Rare Birds, which screened at the Toronto Film Festival. He was also seen in a supporting role in Steven Spielberg's A.I.

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 1980, Hurt appeared in his first film, 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 Festival. Among his other film credits are Body Heat, The Big Chill, Eyewitness, Gorky Park, Alice, I Love You to Death, The A

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