1. He received his acting training at the Juilliard School and began acting on stage in the 1970s.
2. Hurt made his film debut as a troubled scientist in the science-fiction feature Altered States , for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year.
3. He subsequently played a leading role, as a lawyer who succumbs to the temptations of Kathleen Turner, in the neo-noir Body Heat .
4. In 1985, Hurt garnered critical acclaim and multiple acting awards, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, for portraying a gay man in Kiss of the Spider Woman.
5. He received another two Academy Award nominations for his lead performances in Children of a Lesser God .
6. Hurt received his first Tony Award nomination in 1985 for the Broadway production of Hurlyburly.
7. Other notable films in recent years have included A.I. Artificial Intelligence .
8. Hurt graduated from Middlesex School in 1968 where he was vice president of the Dramatics Club and had the lead role in several school plays.
9. His high school yearbook predicted: “With characteristics such as these, you might even see him on Broadway.”
10. Hurt attended Tufts University and studied theology, Two of his classmates there were the late actors Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams.
11. From 1977 to 1989, he was a member of the acting company at Circle Repertory Company.
12. In 1979, Hurt played Hamlet under the direction of Marshall W. Mason opposite Lindsay Crouse and Beatrice Straight.
13. His first major film role was in the science-fiction film Altered States where his performance as an obsessed scientist gained him wide recognition.
14. He received the Best Male Performance Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1985.
15. He has received three additional Oscar nominations: Best Actor for Children of a Lesser God .
16. He plays Renshaw, a hitman who receives a package from the widow of a toymaker he had killed, unaware of what is waiting inside for him.
17. He appeared as President Henry Ashton in the 2008 action-thriller Vantage Point.
18. In 2009, Hurt became a series regular on the FX series Damages playing a corporate whistleblower opposite Glenn Close and Marcia Gay Harden.
19. For his role in the series, Hurt earned a 2009 Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” category.