Marvel Actor William Hurt Sadly Passes Away At Age 71


Sad news for fans of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Oscar winning actor William Hurt, who played General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, has sadly passed away at age 71. He passed away in his home in Portland, Oregon after a long battle with prostate cancer.

The family made the following statement to Deadline:

It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar winning actor, on March 13, 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday. He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time.

Hurt was known for playing in film, television and stage. He is perhaps best known for his Oscar winning performance in 1985’s Kiss of the Spider Woman. He is also known for 1986’s Children of a Lesser God, 1987’s Broadcast News, 1991’s The Doctor and 2005’s A History of Violence

He became well known amongst Marvel fans when he played the stubborn General and Father of Betty Ross in the 2008 Edward Norton reboot of The Incredible Hulk at the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Once Edward Norton quit the role some fans thought that we would never see his character again, but he returned eight years later in Captain America: Civil War.

Once news of his passing broke out “Red Hulk” began to trend on twitter. The reason being that “Thunderbolt” Ross at one point in the comics became a hulking monster like Bruce Banner, but he was bright red instead of green, hence the name “Red Hulk”. Fans shared their sadness of his passing and also expressed their disappointment that they will never get to see Red Hulk in this iteration of the MCU.

Our prayers and well wishes go out to him and his family in their time of need.


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