William Hurt has had a long and successful career in Hollywood, with roles in both major blockbusters and smaller independent films. While he has played a wide variety of characters, there are a few that stand out as particularly memorable. Hurt is perhaps best known and famous for his willingness to take on challenging and complex roles. Here are seven of his most memorable performances.
“Body Heat” (1981)
In this classic film noir, Hurt plays a shady lawyer who becomes involved with a married woman (Kathleen Turner). The two plot to kill her husband, but things quickly spiral out of control. Hurt’s performance is both sexy and dangerous, making him the perfect leading man for this steamy thriller.
“The Accidental Tourist” (1988)
Hurt won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a grieving husband in this drama. He gives a moving performance as a man who must learn to cope with the death of his son and the end of his marriage. Hurt’s character is complex and deeply human, making this one of his most unforgettable roles.
“Broadcast News” (1987)
In this comedy-drama, Hurt plays a talented but arrogant news producer. His character is constantly butting heads with his more idealistic colleagues (played by Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks). Hurt’s performance is both funny and frustrating, making him the perfect foil for the film’s other characters.
“Children of a Lesser God” (1986)
Hurt earned another Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a speech therapist who falls in love with one of his deaf students (Marlee Matlin). The two must overcome communication barriers and societal prejudices in order to find happiness together. Hurt’s moving performance helps make this film an unforgettable love story.
“Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1985)
In this unique drama, Hurt plays a gay man who is imprisoned for his political beliefs. He forms a close bond with his cellmate (Raul Julia), who tells him stories about a glamorous movie star (played by Sonia Braga). Hurt’s performance is both touching and humorous, making this one of his most memorable roles.
“Altered States” (1980)
In this science fiction film, Hurt plays a scientist who experiments with mind-altering drugs. The experience causes him to regress to a primitive state and he begins to behave like an animal. Hurt’s convincing performance helped make this film one of the most talked-about films of its time.
“Body Shots” (1999)
Hurt gave a chilling performance in this erotic thriller. He plays a photographer who becomes obsessed with one of his models (played by Charlize Theron). The two embark on a dangerous affair that quickly spirals out of control. Hurt’s dark and dangerous performance is unforgettable.
These are just a few of the many great performances that William Hurt has given over the years. He is truly one of Hollywood’s most versatile and talented actors. No matter what role he takes on, Hurt always manages to give a memorably powerful performance.