The actor was best known for such movies as 'The Big Chill,' 'Body Heat' and 'Broadcast News.'

PHOTO: TONY SHEK - William Hurt died Sunday at age 71 at his home in Portland.The Associated Press reported Sunday, March 13, that actor William Hurt has died at his home in Portland.

Various media reported that he died as a complication of prostate cancer. He was 71.

Hurt was best known for his roles in "The Big Chill," "Body Heat" and "Broadcast News." He ended his movie career at Marvel, playing General "Thunderbolt" Ross in the "Avengers" franchise, among others.

Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the U.S. State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and was nominated for four Academy Awards during his lifetime. His most recent nomination came for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" in 2005.

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