William Hurt is turning 67 today. After studying at Tufts and Juilliard, he spent several years with the Circle Repertory Company. He was a Tony nominee for his Broadway debut in David Rabe’s Hurlyburly. He made his film debut in Altered States in 1980 and received a Golden Globe nomination. His next film roles were in the romantic thriller Eyewitness with Sigourney Weaver, as a classic film noir sap in Body Heat, with yesterday’s headliner Glenn Close, among others, in The Big Chill, and in the lead role in Gorky Park. And then he starred in an adaptation of a novel by Manuel Puig:
It doesn’t happen very often. Less so now than in the past. But every now and then the right actor finds the right role in the right movie at exactly the right time and magic happens. A star is born! In the June 1996 issue of Movieline magazine, Virginia Campbell and Charles Oakley took a look at some star-making roles.