William Hurt, Oscar winner for 1985's 'Kiss Of The Spider Woman' and known for hits such as 'Broadcast News', 'Body Heat' and 'Children Of A Lesser God' has died aged 71.

The actor passed away from natural causes.

Hurt broke out in 1980 for his role in surreal sci-fi drama 'Altered States' and quickly attained mainstream status thanks to his performance opposite Kathleen Turner in erotic drama 'Body Heat'.

The actor quickly found fame as one of Hollywood's top leading men, winning an Oscar in 1985 for 'Kiss Of The Spider Woman'.

The actor received nominations in subsequent years for 'Children Of A Lesser God' and 'Broadcast News', with a 4th nomination coming in 2006 for a scene-stealing performance in David Cronenberg's 'A History Of Violence'.

Albert Brooks, his co-star in 'Broadcast News', took to Twitter to pay tribute to his co-star, saying "Working with him on 'Broadcast News was amazing. He will be greatly missed."

Hurt became well-known to a new generation of film fans for his role as General Thunderbolt Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Hurt reprising his role in last year's hit 'Black Widow'.

The actor was a regular on television and stage, with the actor appearing in a season of the legal drama 'Damages', appearing in the Amazon series 'Golaith' and recently starred in the spy thriller series 'Condor'.