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WILLIAM HURT (Sir William Marshal) was trained at Tufts University and Juilliard and has been nominated for four Academy Awards®. He recently received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his recurring role on FX's award-winning series Damages.

Hurt was recently seen in the four-part miniseries Moby Dick, based on Herman Melville's 1851 novel. He was also recently seen opposite Maria Bellow in The Yellow Handkerchief, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and was released in March 2010. In 2008, Hurt appeared opposite Edward Norton in Universal Pictures/Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk, and portrayed the President of the United States in the dramatic thriller Vantage Point, opposite Dennis Quaid and Forest Whitaker.

In 2007, Hurt appeared in Into the Wild, opposite Sean Penn. The cast, which included Emile Hirsch and Marcia Gay Harden, was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture by the Screen Actors Guild. He was also seen opposite Kevin Costner in the psychological thriller Mr. Brooks, directed by Bruce Evans.

In 2006, Hurt was seen in The Good Shepherd, written by Eric Roth and directed by Robert DeNiro. The film starred Matt Damon, DeNiro and Angelina Jolie and followed the history of the CIA over a span of 40 years, told through the eyes of Edward Wilson, one of the CIA's founding officers.

In 2005, Hurt appeared in A History of Violence, directed by David Cronenberg. Hurt received an Oscar® nomination and Best Supporting Actor accolades from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle. The film screened at both the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Hurt also starred in James Marsh's film The King, with Gael García Bernal; Beautiful Ohio, directed by Chad Lowe; and the independent comedy Noise, opposite Tim Robbins and Bridget Moynahan. The same year, he was seen in Syriana, directed by Stephen Gaghan and starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Amanda Peet.

In 2004, Hurt was seen in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller The Village, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver, as well as the independent film The Blue Butterfly, in which 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, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and had a cameo appearance in Changing Lanes, starring Samuel L. Jackson.

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

In 2000, Hurt delivered a memorable performance in Sunshine, opposite Ralph Fiennes. Directed by István Szabó, 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 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, The Simian Line, Trial By Jury, Second Best, Smoke, Confidences à un inconnu, Jane Eyre, Michael, Dark City, The Proposition, Neverwas, The Big Brass Ring and One True Thing.

Hurt's other television credits include the TNT special event series Nightmares and Dreamscapes, based on the stories of Stephen King; the Hallmark Channel's miniseries Frankenstein, opposite Donald Sutherland; CBS's The Flamingo Rising; the title role in the CBS miniseries Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story; SyFy's Dune and Showtime's Varian's War.

Hurt 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, Fifth of July, Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, 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.

For radio, Hurt read Paul Theroux's "The Great Railway Bazaar” for BBC's Radio 4 and "The Shipping News” by Annie Proulx. He has recorded "The Polar Express” and "The Boy Who Drew Cats,” and narrated the documentaries Searching for America: The Odyssey of John Dos Passos, A. Einstein—How I See the World and the English version of Elie Wiesel's To Speak the Unspeakable. In 1988, Hurt was awarded the first Spencer Tracy Award from UCLA.


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