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William Hurt

Hurt signing autographs at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival
Born William McChord Hurt
(1950-03-20) March 20, 1950 (age 66)
Washington, D.C., United States
Nationality American
Education Tufts University
Juilliard School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Spouse(s) Mary Beth Hurt (m. 1971; div. 1982)
Heidi Henderson (m. 1989; div. 1992)
Partner(s) Sandra Jennings (1981–1984)
Marlee Matlin (1985–1986)
Sandrine Bonnaire (1992–1997)

I think acting can bring you closer to yourself and help you understand other people.
William Hurt
Being a father, being a friend, those are the things that make me feel successful.
William Hurt
All I know is that my best work has come out of being committed and happy.
I just looked at him because I want to be looking in someone’s eyes when I die.
William Hurt
I’ve been delighted by Cannes and Toronto but I keep saying I don’t know how good we’re going to be received in America because that’s where it’s most challenging.
William Hurt
The thing is David is also aware of everything and it’s not like you’re going somewhere the director is not.
William Hurt
Great risks come in long term, tremendously assiduous, very courageous study.
William Hurt
I listen to XM radio because I can get so many overseas news stations.
All I know is that my best work has come out of being committed and happy.
William Hurt
I was a science fiction junkie for a long time.
The thing is, I don’t believe in most of what’s done. The amount of financial and imaginative energy that’s put into mediocrity is just amazing which I find to be fundamentally offensive as a human being.
William Hurt
Not to be offensive, not to be capricious, not to be arbitrary, not to be neurotic, not to be an actor outer, you’re just trying to get in and you’re given so little time to get in gently, but it’s always hard.
William Hurt
Sometimes people call me a success for all the reasons that make me think I’m a failure.
William Hurt
It was the moment I learned acting is not acting out. After that light went on, I spent the rest of my life trying to figure out how to make other people realize it.
William Hurt
I need six weeks of rehearsal and women need nine months and it took me 15 years to figure that out.
William Hurt
I want to prove a point. That point is, actors are artists, not narcissists necessarily.
William Hurt
People who have expertise or the luck to have rehearsal time with cameras have it over people who don’t.
William Hurt
The simple fact of existence, of being aware that you are aware; this to me is the most astounding fact.
William Hurt
David Cronenberg knows what we actors do as artists.
I demand minimal for paid rehearsal and not always six weeks either.
What's really frustrating with movies is the lack of improvement.
You have to create a track record of breaking your own mold, or at least other people’s idea of that mold.
William Hurt
If you’re lucky, and not a lot of actors are these days, you get the chance to create a character.
William Hurt
Being famous is not something that would make me feel successful – unless one was striving for mediocrity.
William Hurt
I am so thrilled by the privilege of life, and yet at the same time I know that I have to let it go.
William Hurt
The perfection in theater is that it's over the second it's done.
I very much prefer the balance in a scene to standing out and so you have to make a decision.
William Hurt
I know what I love about acting - and it's the creative process.
But I am not going to live for ever. And the more I know it, the more amazed I am by being here at all.
William Hurt
I was held hostage and almost executed by a man who was robbing us in the middle of the night.
William Hurt
I have a film I want to direct. Gena Rowlands was going to do it with me a long time ago. It’s about an older woman who’s running a ranch in the west the old fashioned way.
William Hurt
Heroes to me are guys that sit in libraries. They absorb knowledge and then the risks they take are calculated on the basis of the courage it took to become replete with knowledge.
William Hurt
It just seems like that because I do a lot of independent films that don’t get to the mainstream.
William Hurt