William Hurt To Join FX’s ‘Damages’

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FX Monday confirmed that Academy Award-winning actor William Hurt will join the cast of the network’s legal thriller Damages for its second season scheduled for broadcast sometime in early 2009.

Network officials said production on the new series starts on June 24in New York. Damages is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.

Hurt joins Damages for a season-long arc as a new client of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close). Details of Hurt's character are being kept under wraps, but insiders have intimated that Hurt's character will not only share a professional past with Hewes, but a personal one as well. It will be Hurt's first appearance as a regular character in a television series.

“We believe Damages has one of the finest ensemble casts anywhere on television and the fact that an actor the caliber of William Hurt has joined the cast speaks to the quality of series,” Nick Grad, FX’s executive vice president of original programming, said in a statement. “It will be great watching him and Glenn Close work together again.”

Hurt is a four-time Academy Award nominee, and he won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading role for Kiss of The Spiderwoman. He received Oscar nominations for his performances in A History of Violence, Broadcast News and Children of a Lesser God. He is a five-time Golden Globe nominee.

Damages received the most Golden Globe nominations of any series on television and Glenn Close earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – TV Series Drama. The series recently received three nominations from the Television Critics Association.