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Sir
Sir
Reginald Carey "Rex" Harrison (5 March 1908 – 2 June 1990) was an English actor of stage and screen. Harrison began his career on the stage in 1924. He served in the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
during World War II, reaching the rank of flight lieutenant. He won his first Tony Award for his performance as Henry VIII
Henry VIII
in the play Anne of the Thousand Days in 1949. He won his second Tony for the role of Professor Henry Higgins in the stage production of My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
in 1957. He reprised the role for the 1964 film version, which earned him both a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Actor. In addition to his stage career, Harrison also appeared in numerous films, including Anna and the King of Siam (1946), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Cleopatra (1963), and played the title role of the English doctor who talks to animals, Doctor Dolittle
Doctor Dolittle
(1967). In July 1989, Harrison was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1975, Harrison released his first autobiography. His second, A Damned Serious Business: My Life in Comedy, was published posthumously in 1991. Harrison was married six times and had two sons: Noel and Carey Harrison. He continued working in stage productions until shortly before his death from pancreatic cancer in June 1990 at the age of 82.

Contents

1 Youth and stage career 2 In film 3 Personal life 4 Later career and death 5 Honours and legacy 6 Filmography 7 Stage roles 8 Radio appearances 9 References 10 Sources 11 Further reading 12 External links

Youth and stage career[edit] Harrison was born at Derry House in Huyton, Lancashire,[1] the son of Edith Mary (née Carey) and William Reginald Harrison, a cotton broker.[2] He was educated at Liverpool
Liverpool
College.[3] After a bout of childhood measles, Harrison lost most of the sight in his left eye, which on one occasion caused some on-stage difficulty.[4] He first appeared on the stage in 1924 in Liverpool. Harrison's acting career was interrupted during World War II
World War II
while serving in the Royal Air Force, reaching the rank of Flight Lieutenant.[5] He acted in various stage productions until 11 May 1990. He acted in the West End of London when he was young, appearing in the Terence Rattigan
Terence Rattigan
play French Without Tears, which proved to be his breakthrough role. He alternated appearances in London and New York in such plays as Bell, Book and Candle
Bell, Book and Candle
(1950), Venus Observed, The Cocktail Party, The Kingfisher and The Love of Four Colonels, which he also directed.[6] He won his first Tony Award
Tony Award
for his appearance at the Shubert Theatre as Henry VIII
Henry VIII
in Maxwell Anderson's play Anne of the Thousand Days and international superstardom (and a second Tony) for his portrayal of Henry Higgins in the musical My Fair Lady, where he appeared opposite Julie Andrews. Later appearances included Pirandello's Henry IV, a 1984 appearance at the Haymarket Theatre
Haymarket Theatre
with Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
in Frederick Lonsdale's Aren't We All?, and one on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre presented by Douglas Urbanski, at the Haymarket in J. M. Barrie's The Admirable Crichton with Edward Fox. He returned as Henry Higgins in the revival of My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
directed by Patrick Garland
Patrick Garland
in 1981, cementing his association with the plays of George Bernard Shaw, which included a Tony nominated performance as Shotover in Heartbreak House, Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
in Caesar and Cleopatra, and General Burgoyne in a Los Angeles production of The Devil's Disciple. In film[edit] Harrison's film debut was in The Great Game (1930), other notable early films include The Citadel (1938), Night Train to Munich
Night Train to Munich
(1940), Major Barbara (1941), Blithe Spirit (1945), Anna and the King of Siam (1946), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
(1947), and The Foxes of Harrow (1947). He was best known for his portrayal of Professor Henry Higgins in the 1964 film version of My Fair Lady, based on the eponymous Broadway production (which in turn was based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion), for which Harrison won a Best Actor Oscar. He also starred in 1967's Doctor Dolittle. At the height of his box office clout after the success of My Fair Lady, Harrison proved a domineering and demanding force during production, demanding auditions for prospective composers after musical playwright Leslie Bricusse was contracted[7] and demanding to have his singing recorded live during shooting, only to agree to have it rerecorded in post-production.[8] He also disrupted production with incidents with his wife, Rachel Roberts and deliberate misbehaviour, such as when he deliberately moved his yacht in front of cameras during shooting in St. Lucia and refused to move it out of sight due to contract disputes.[9] Harrison was at one point temporarily replaced by Christopher Plummer, until he agreed to be more cooperative.[10] He starred in the 1968 comedy The Honey Pot, a modern adaptation of Ben Jonson's play Volpone. Two of his co-stars, Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
and Cliff Robertson, were to become lifelong friends. Both spoke at his New York City memorial at the Little Church Around the Corner
Little Church Around the Corner
when Harrison died in 1990. Harrison was not by any objective standards a singer (his talking on pitch style he used in My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
would be adopted by many other classically trained actors with limited vocal ranges); the music was usually written to allow for long periods of recitative, or "speaking to the music". Nevertheless, " Talk
Talk
to the Animals", which Harrison performed in Doctor Dolittle, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1967. Despite excelling in comedy ( Noël Coward
Noël Coward
described him as "The best light comedy actor in the world—except for me."),[11] he attracted favourable notices in dramatic roles such as his portrayal of Julius Caesar in Cleopatra (1963) and as Pope Julius II
Pope Julius II
in The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), opposite Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
as Michelangelo. He also acted in a Hindi
Hindi
film Shalimar alongside Indian Bollywood
Bollywood
star Dharmendra
Dharmendra
as well as appearing as an ageing homosexual man opposite Richard Burton
Richard Burton
as his lover in Staircase (1969).[12]

Harrison as Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
in the film Cleopatra for which he was nominated for an Academy Award

Personal life[edit] Harrison was married six times. In 1942, he divorced his first wife, Colette Thomas, and married actress Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer
the next year; they later appeared together in numerous plays and films, including The Four Poster.[13] In 1947, while married to Palmer, Harrison began an affair with actress Carole Landis. Landis committed suicide in 1948 after spending the evening with Harrison.[14] Harrison's involvement in the scandal by waiting several hours before calling a doctor and police[15] briefly damaged his career and his contract with Fox was ended by mutual consent.[16] Harrison and Palmer divorced in 1957. In 1957, Harrison married the actress Kay Kendall. Kendall died of myeloid leukaemia in 1959.[17] Terence Rattigan's 1973 play In Praise of Love was written about the end of this marriage, and Harrison appeared in the New York production playing the character based on himself. Rattigan was said to be "intensely disappointed and frustrated" by Harrison's performance, as "Harrison refused to play the outwardly boorish parts of the character and instead played him as charming throughout, signalling to the audience from the start that he knew the truth about [the] illness."[18] Critics however were quite pleased with the performance and although it did not have a long run, it was yet another of Harrison's well-plotted naturalistic performances. He was subsequently married to Welsh-born actress Rachel Roberts from 1962 to 1971. In 1980, despite his having married twice since their divorce, Roberts made a final attempt to win Harrison back, which proved to be futile; she committed suicide that same year.[19] Harrison then married Elizabeth Rees-Williams, divorcing in 1975, and finally in 1978, Mercia Tinker, who would become his sixth and final wife.[20] Harrison's eldest son Noel Harrison
Noel Harrison
became an olympic skier, singer and occasional actor; he toured in several productions including My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
in his father's award-winning role. Noel died suddenly of a heart attack on 19 October 2013 at age 79. Rex's younger son Carey Harrison
Carey Harrison
is a playwright and social activist. Harrison's sister Sylvia was married to David Maxwell Fyfe, a lawyer, Conservative politician and judge who was successively the lead British prosecutor at Nuremberg, Home Secretary
Home Secretary
and Lord Chancellor (head of the English judiciary); after his death she married another Cabinet minister, Lord de la Warr. Chronology of Harrison's six marriages:

Colette Thomas, 1934–1942 (divorced); one son, the actor/singer Noel Harrison, (29 January 1934 – 19 October 2013) Lilli Palmer, 1943–1957 (divorced); one son, the novelist/playwright Carey Harrison Kay Kendall, 1957–1959 (her death) Rachel Roberts, 1962–1971 (divorced) Elizabeth Harris, 1971–1975 (divorced); three stepsons, Damian Harris, Jared Harris, and Jamie Harris Mercia Tinker, 1978–1990 (his death)

Grandchildren:

Granddaughters: Cathryn, Harriott, Chloe, Chiara, Rosie, Faith Grandsons: Will, Simon, Sam

Harrison owned properties in London, New York City and Portofino, Italy. His villa in Portofino
Portofino
was named San Genesio after the patron saint of actors.[citation needed] Later career and death[edit] Having retired from films after A Time to Die, Harrison continued to act on Broadway and the West End until the end of his life, despite suffering from glaucoma, painful teeth, and a failing memory.[21] He was nominated for a third Tony Award
Tony Award
in 1984 for his performance as Captain Shotover in the revival of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House. He followed with two successful pairings with Claudette Colbert, The Kingfisher in 1985 and Aren't We All?
Aren't We All?
in 1986. In 1989, he appeared with Edward Fox in The Admirable Crichton
The Admirable Crichton
in London. In 1989/90, he appeared on Broadway in The Circle by W. Somerset Maugham, opposite Glynis Johns, Stewart Granger, and Roma Downey.[22] The production opened at Duke University
Duke University
for a three-week run followed by performances in Baltimore and Boston before opening 14 November 1989 on Broadway.[23][24] Harrison died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Manhattan
Manhattan
on 2 June 1990 at the age of 82. He had only been diagnosed with the disease a short time before. The stage production in which he was appearing at the time, The Circle, came to an end upon his death.[25] He was cremated and some of his ashes were scattered in Portofino
Portofino
and the rest were scattered at his second wife Lilli Palmer's grave at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, in the Commemoration section, Map 1, Lot 4066, Space 2.[citation needed] Harrison's second autobiography, A Damned Serious Business: My Life in Comedy (ISBN 0553073419), was published posthumously in 1991. Honours and legacy[edit] On 25 July 1989, Harrison was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
as an orchestra played the music of songs from My Fair Lady.[citation needed] Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one at 6906 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard
for his contribution to films, and the other at 6380 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard
for his contribution to television. Harrison is also a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 1979.[26] Due to his association with the checked wool hat, which he wore both in the Broadway and film versions of My Fair Lady, that the style of headware was often named "The Rex Harrison."[citation needed] Seth MacFarlane, creator of the animated series Family Guy, modelled the voice of the character Stewie Griffin
Stewie Griffin
after Harrison, after seeing him in the film adaptation of My Fair Lady.[27][28] Filmography[edit]

Film

Year Title Role Notes

1930 The Great Game George

The School for Scandal Bit Part Uncredited

1934 Get Your Man Tom Jakes

Leave It to Blanche Ronnie

1935 All at Sea Aubrey Bellingham

1936 Men Are Not Gods Tommy Stapleton

1937 Storm in a Teacup Frank Burdon

School for Husbands Leonard Drummond

1938 Sidewalks of London, also known as St. Martin's Lane Harley Prentiss

The Citadel Dr. Frederick Lawford

1939 Over the Moon Dr. Freddie Jarvis

The Silent Battle Jacques Sauvin

1940 Ten Days in Paris Bob Stevens

Night Train to Munich Gus Bennett

1941 Major Barbara Adolphus Cusins

1945 Blithe Spirit Charles Condomine

I Live in Grosvenor Square Major David Bruce

Journey Together Guest Uncredited

The Rake's Progress Vivian Kenway

1946 Anna and the King of Siam King Mongkut Nominated – New York Film
Film
Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Captain Daniel Gregg

The Foxes of Harrow Stephen Fox

1948 Escape Matt Denant

Unfaithfully Yours Sir
Sir
Alfred De Carter

1951 The Long Dark Hall Arthur Groome

1952 The Four Poster John Edwards

1953 Main Street to Broadway Himself

1954 King Richard and the Crusaders Emir
Emir
Hderim Sultan
Sultan
Saladin

1955 The Constant Husband William Egerton

1958 The Reluctant Debutante Jimmy Broadbent

1960 Midnight Lace Anthony "Tony" Preston

1961 The Happy Thieves Jimmy Bourne

1963 Cleopatra Julius Caesar National Board of Review Award for Best Actor Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor Nominated – Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated – Laurel Award for Top Male Dramatic Performance

1964 My Fair Lady Professor Henry Higgins Academy Award for Best Actor David di Donatello
David di Donatello
Award for Best Foreign Actor Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Laurel Award for Top Male Musical Performance New York Film
Film
Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

The Yellow Rolls-Royce Lord Charles Frinton – The Marquess of Frinton

1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy Pope Julius II Nominated – Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated – Laurel Award for Top Male Dramatic Performance

1967 The Honey Pot Cecil Sheridan Fox

Doctor Dolittle Dr. John Dolittle Nominated – Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

1968 A Flea in Her Ear Victor Chandebisse / Poche

1969 Staircase Charles Dyer

1977 Crossed Swords The Duke of Norfolk

1978 Shalimar Sir
Sir
John Locksley

1979 Ashanti Brian Walker

The Fifth Musketeer Colbert

1982 A Time to Die Van Osten

Television

Year Title Role Notes

1952 Omnibus Henry VIII episode: The Trial of Anne Boleyn

1953 The United States Steel Hour Raymond Dabney episode: The Man in Possession

1957 DuPont Show of the Month Mr. Sir episode: Crescendo

1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries Cyril Paxton episode: The Dachet Diamonds

1971–1973 Play of the Month Mikhail Platonov, schoolmaster Don Quixote 2 episodes

1983 The Kingfisher Cecil TV film

1985 Heartbreak House Captain Shotover TV film

1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Grand Duke
Grand Duke
Cyril Romanov TV film, (final film role)

Radio

Year Title Role Notes

1952 Philip Morris Playhouse

episode: The Gioconda Smile[29]

1952 Theatre Guild on the Air

episode: An Ideal Husband[30]

Stage roles[edit]

Date[31] Production Role Notes

4–25 March 1936 Sweet Aloes Tubbs Barrow

8 December 1948 – 8 October 1949 Anne of the Thousand Days Henry Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play

14 November 1950 – 2 June 1951 Bell, Book and Candle Shepherd Henderson

13 February – 26 April 1952 Venus Observed Hereward

15 January – 16 May 1953 The Love of Four Colonels The Man

15 March 1956 – 29 September 1962 My Fair Lady Henry Higgins Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Musical

8 December 1959 – 20 February 1960 The Fighting Cock The General

28 March – 28 April 1973 The Living Mask Henry IV

10 December 1974 – 31 May 1975 In Praise of Love Sebastian Cruttwell

1976 Monsieur Perichon's Travels Eugène Labiche & Edouard Martin

24 February – 5 March 1977 Caesar and Cleopatra Julius Caesar

6 December 1978 – 13 May 1979 The Kingfisher Cecil

18 August – 29 November 1981 My Fair Lady Henry Higgins

7 December 1983 – 5 February 1984 Heartbreak House Captain Shotover Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated – Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play

29 April – 21 July 1985 Aren't We All? Lord Grenham Drama Desk Special
Special
Award

20 November 1989 – 20 May 1990 The Circle Lord Porteous

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1951 The Private Files of Rex Saunders Main Role

1953 Star Playhouse No Time for Comedy[32]

1953 Star Playhouse Twentieth Century[33]

References[edit]

^ Derry House, Huyton: Aaronson, Charles S, ed. 1969 International Television Almanac, Quigley Publications, New York City ^ "Rex Harrison, a Leading Man With Urbane Wit, Dies at 82". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 February 2014.  ^ "(Sir) Rex Harrison". filmreference.com.  ^ (Harrison 1975, pp. 16, 122) ^ " Sir
Sir
Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
Biography at". Biography.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2014.  ^ "The Love of Four Colonels". ibdb.com. Retrieved 1 October 2009.  ^ Harris, Mark (2008). Pictures at a Revolution. The Penguin Press. p. 131.  ^ (Harrison 1975, p. 155) ^ (Harrison 1975, pp. 242–243) ^ (Harrison 1975, pp. 133–134) ^ Smith, J. Y. (3 June 1990). "Rex Harrison, 82, Dies; Star of 'My Fair Lady'". The Washington Post. pp. c. 07.  ^ (Hadleigh 2001, p. 91) ^ (Golden 2002, p. 74) ^ (Fleming 2004, p. 223) ^ Mosby, Aline (6 July 1948). " Carole Landis
Carole Landis
Mystery Death Clues Hunted". Oakland Tribune. p. 1.  ^ (Donnelley 2003, p. 445) ^ (Parish 2007, p. 34) ^ [1] Archived 18 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine. ^ (Golden 2002, p. 155) ^ Pace, Eric (3 June 1990). "Rex Harrison, a Leading Man With Urbane Wit, Dies at 82". The New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved 12 May 2009.  ^ Wapshott, Nicholas (1991). Rex Harrison: A Biography. Chatto & Windus. p. 327.  ^ Rich, Frank (21 November 1989). "Review/Theater; Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
Back on Broadway". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 May 2009.  ^ York, New (29 June 1989). "Coming Full 'Circle'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 17 June 2012.  ^ Treadwell, David (15 December 1989). "Column One : Culture in the South Rises Again". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 June 2012.  ^ Pace, Eric (3 June 1990). "Rex Harrison, a Leading Man With Urbane Wit, Dies at 82". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 12 May 2009.  ^ Johnston, Laurie (19 November 1979). "Theater Hall of Fame Enshrines 51 Artists". The New York Times.  ^ Dean, John (1 November 2008). "Seth MacFarlane's $2 Billion Family Guy Empire". Fox Business. Retrieved 24 August 2009.  ^ Franklin, Nancy (16 January 2006). "American Idiots". The New Yorker.  ^ Kirby, Walter (13 April 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved 11 May 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Kirby, Walter (30 March 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 46. Retrieved 18 May 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Rex Harrison". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 21 November 2013.  ^ Kirby, Walter (18 October 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved 6 July 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Kirby, Walter (22 November 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 46. Retrieved 8 July 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

Sources[edit]

Donnelley, Paul (2003). Fade To Black: A Book Of Movie Obituaries (2 ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-9512-5 Fleming, E. J. (2004). The Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling, and The MGM Publicity Machine. McFarland. pp. 223. ISBN 0-7864-2027-8 Golden, Eve; Kendall, Kim Elizabeth (2002). The Brief, Badcap Life of Kay Kendall. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-2251-1 Hadleigh, Boze (2001). The Lavender Screen: The Gay and Lesbian Films – Their Stars, Directors, and Critics (3 ed.) Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-2199-6 Harris, Mark (2008). Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood. The Penguin Press. ISBN 0-143-11503-0 Harrison, Rex (1975). Rex: An Autobiography. William Morrow. ISBN 0-688-02881-0.  Parish, James Robert (2007). The Hollywood Book of Extravagance: The Totally Infamous, Mostly Disastrous, and Always Compelling Excesses of America's Film
Film
and TV Idols. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 0-470-05205-8 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5 Wapshott, Nicholas (1991). Rex Harrison: A Biography (1st ed.) Chatto & Windus. ISBN 0-701-13764-9

Further reading[edit]

Harrison, Rex (1991). A Damned Serious Business: My Life in Comedy. ISBN 0-553-07341-9 Garland, Patrick (1998). The Incomparable Rex. (1998) ISBN 0-333-71796-1 Thomas, Nick (2011). Raised by the Stars: Interviews with 29 Children of Hollywood Actors. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-6403-6.  (Includes an interview with Harrison's son, Carey)

External links[edit]

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at Find a Grave

Awards for Rex Harrison

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Academy Award for Best Actor

1928–1950

Emil Jannings
Emil Jannings
(1928) Warner Baxter
Warner Baxter
(1929) George Arliss
George Arliss
(1930) Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
(1931) Fredric March
Fredric March
/ Wallace Beery
Wallace Beery
(1932) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1933) Clark Gable
Clark Gable
(1934) Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
(1935) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1936) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1937) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1938) Robert Donat
Robert Donat
(1939) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1940) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1941) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1942) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1943) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1944) Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1946) Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
(1947) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1948) Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford
(1949) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1950)

1951–1975

Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
(1951) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1952) William Holden
William Holden
(1953) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) David Niven
David Niven
(1958) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1959) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1960) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1961) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1962) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1963) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1968) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1969) George C. Scott1 (1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Marlon Brando1 (1972) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1973) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975)

1976–2000

Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1976) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1983) F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1992) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2000)

2001–present

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2001) Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(2017)

1 refused award that year

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David di Donatello
David di Donatello
Award for Best Foreign Actor

Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1957) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
/ Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1958) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1959) Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(1960) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1961) Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins
/ Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1962) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1963) Fredric March
Fredric March
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1964) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1965) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1966) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1967) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
/ Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1968) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1969) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1970) Ryan O'Neal
Ryan O'Neal
(1971) Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
(1972) Yves Montand
Yves Montand
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
/ Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1974) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
/ Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
/ Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1975) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
/ Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1976) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(1977) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1978) Richard Gere
Richard Gere
/ Michel Serrault
Michel Serrault
(1979) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1982) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1983) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) Tom Hulce
Tom Hulce
(1985) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1986) Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
(1987) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1988) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1989) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1990) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1991) John Turturro
John Turturro
(1992) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1993) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1994) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1995) Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel
(1996)

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

1950–1975

Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1950) Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1951) Donald O'Connor
Donald O'Connor
(1952) David Niven
David Niven
(1953) James Mason
James Mason
(1954) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1955) Mario Moreno (1956) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1957) Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1958) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1959) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1960) Glenn Ford
Glenn Ford
(1961) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1962) Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1963) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1966) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(1967) Ron Moody
Ron Moody
(1968) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1969) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1970) Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
(1971) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1972) George Segal
George Segal
(1973) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1974) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
/ George Burns
George Burns
(1975)

1976–2000

Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson
(1976) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1977) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1978) Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
(1979) Ray Sharkey
Ray Sharkey
(1980) Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
(1981) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1982) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1983) Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
(1984) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1985) Paul Hogan
Paul Hogan
(1986) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1987) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1988) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1989) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1990) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1991) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(1992) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1993) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(1994) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1995) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1998) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
(1999) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2000)

2001–present

Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(2001) Richard Gere
Richard Gere
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2005) Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
(2006) Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
(2007) Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
(2008) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2009) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2012) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2013) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
(2014) Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(2015) Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
(2016) James Franco
James Franco
(2017)

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National Board of Review Award for Best Actor

Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1946) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
(1949) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1950) Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
(1951) Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
(1952) James Mason
James Mason
(1953) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1958) Victor Sjöström
Victor Sjöström
(1959) Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
(1960) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1961) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1962) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1963) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1967) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1968) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1969) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1972) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
/ Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
(1973) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975) David Carradine
David Carradine
(1976) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1978) Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1983) Victor Banerjee
Victor Banerjee
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
/ Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1985) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1988) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1989) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
/ Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1990) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1991) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1992) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1998) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(1999) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2000) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2001) Campbell Scott
Campbell Scott
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2007) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2008) George Clooney
George Clooney
/ Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2009) Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg
(2010) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2011) Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
(2012) Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
(2013) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
/ Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac
(2014) Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2017)

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New York Film
Film
Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1935) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1936) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1937) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1938) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1939) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1940) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1941) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1942) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1946) William Powell
William Powell
(1947) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1948) Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford
(1949) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1950) Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1951) Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
(1952) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1953) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) David Niven
David Niven
(1958) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1959) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1960) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1961) No award (1962) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1963) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1964) Oskar Werner
Oskar Werner
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1968) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1969) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1972) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1976) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1983) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(1984) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1987) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1992) David Thewlis
David Thewlis
(1993) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Peter Fonda
Peter Fonda
(1997) Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
(1998) Richard Farnsworth
Richard Farnsworth
(1999) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2000) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(2001) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2004) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(2013) Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(2014) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Timothée Chalamet
Timothée Chalamet
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
/ Fredric March
Fredric March
(1947) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
/ Paul Kelly / Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
(1948) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1949) Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1953) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1954) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1955) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1956) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Jason Robards, Jr. (1959) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1960) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Arthur Hill (1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1965) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1966) Paul Rogers (1967) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1968) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1969) Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
(1970) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1971) Cliff Gorman (1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Michael Moriarty (1974) John Kani
John Kani
and Winston Ntshona (1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Nigel Hawthorne (1991) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Stephen Spinella (1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1996) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin
(2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

1948–1975

Paul Hartman
Paul Hartman
(1948) Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger
(1949) Ezio Pinza
Ezio Pinza
(1950) Robert Alda
Robert Alda
(1951) Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
(1952) Thomas Mitchell (1953) Alfred Drake
Alfred Drake
(1954) Walter Slezak
Walter Slezak
(1955) Ray Walston
Ray Walston
(1956) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1957) Robert Preston (1958) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1959) Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
(1960) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1961) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1962) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1963) Bert Lahr
Bert Lahr
(1964) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1965) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1966) Robert Preston (1967) Robert Goulet
Robert Goulet
(1968) Jerry Orbach
Jerry Orbach
(1969) Cleavon Little
Cleavon Little
(1970) Hal Linden
Hal Linden
(1971) Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
(1972) Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen
(1973) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1974) John Cullum (1975)

1976–2000

George Rose (1976) Barry Bostwick
Barry Bostwick
(1977) John Cullum (1978) Len Cariou
Len Cariou
(1979) Jim Dale (1980) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1981) Ben Harney (1982) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1983) George Hearn (1984) No award (1985) George Rose (1986) Robert Lindsay (1987) Michael Crawford
Michael Crawford
(1988) Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander
(1989) James Naughton
James Naughton
(1990) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1991) Gregory Hines (1992) Brent Carver (1993) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1994) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1995) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1996) James Naughton
James Naughton
(1997) Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming
(1998) Martin Short
Martin Short
(1999) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(2000)

2001–present

Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2001) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(2002) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) John Lloyd Young
John Lloyd Young
(2006) David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
(2007) Paulo Szot
Paulo Szot
(2008) David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik
Trent Kowalik
and Kiril Kulish (2009) Douglas Hodge (2010) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2011) Steve Kazee
Steve Kazee
(2012) Billy Porter (2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2014) Michael Cerveris
Michael Cerveris
(2015) Leslie Odom Jr. (2016) Ben Platt (2017)

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