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Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(/ˈmæθaʊ/;[1] born Walter John Matthow; October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Oscar Madison
Oscar Madison
in The Odd Couple and its sequel 30 years later, The Odd Couple II, and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple co-star Jack Lemmon, particularly in the '90s with Grumpy Old Men and its sequel Grumpier Old Men. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Actor
for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie. Besides the Oscar, he was the winner of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony awards.

Contents

1 Early life 2 World War 2 3 Acting career 4 Personal life

4.1 Marriages 4.2 Health problems 4.3 Death

5 Tribute 6 Awards and nominations

6.1 Tony Award 6.2 Academy Award 6.3 Golden Globe Award 6.4 Kansas City Film
Film
Critics Circle Award 6.5 Laurel Awards 6.6 British Academy Film
Film
Awards 6.7 David di Donatello
David di Donatello
Awards

7 Work

7.1 Filmography 7.2 Stage 7.3 Television

8 References 9 Links 10 Further reading 11 External links

Early life[edit] Matthau was born Walter John Matthow[2][3] on October 1, 1920, in New York City's Lower East Side. His mother, Rose (née Berolsky), was a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant who worked in a garment sweatshop, and his father, Milton Matthow, was a Russian Jewish peddler and electrician, from Kiev, Ukraine.[4][5][6] As part of a lifelong love of practical jokes, Matthau himself created the rumors that his middle name was Foghorn and his last name was originally Matuschanskayasky (under which he is credited for a cameo role in the film Earthquake).[7] As a young boy, Matthau attended a Jewish non-profit sleepaway camp, Tranquillity Camp, where he first began acting in the shows the camp would stage on Saturday nights. He also attended Surprise Lake Camp. His high school was Seward Park High School.[8] He worked for a short time as a concession stand cashier in the Yiddish Theatre
Theatre
District.[9] World War 2[edit] During World War II
World War II
Matthau saw active service as a radioman-gunner in the U.S. Army Air Forces with the Eighth Air Force
Eighth Air Force
in Great Britain, crewing a Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
bomber. He was with the same 453rd Bombardment Group as James Stewart. Whilst based in England
England
at RAF Old Buckenham, in Norfolk
Norfolk
he flew missions across to continental Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. He ended the war with the rank of Staff Sergeant, and returned home to America for demobilization at the war's end intent on pursuing a career as an actor.[10] Acting career[edit] Matthau was trained in acting at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School with German director Erwin Piscator. He often joked that his best early review came in a play where he posed as a derelict. One reviewer said, "The others just looked like actors in make-up, Walter Matthau really looks like a skid row bum!" Matthau was a respected stage actor for years in such fare as Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and A Shot in the Dark. He won the 1962 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actor
Actor
in a play.[11]

Matthau in Charade, 1963

Matthau appeared in the pilot of Mister Peepers
Mister Peepers
(1952) with Wally Cox. For reasons unknown he used the name Leonard Elliot. His role was of the gym teacher Mr. Wall. He made his motion picture debut as a whip-wielding bad guy in The Kentuckian
The Kentuckian
(1955) opposite Burt Lancaster. He played a villain in King Creole
King Creole
(1958), in which he gets beaten up by Elvis Presley. Around the same time, he made Ride a Crooked Trail with Audie Murphy, and Onionhead (both 1958) starring Andy Griffith; the latter was a flop. Matthau had a featured role opposite Griffith in the well received drama A Face in the Crowd (1957), directed by Elia Kazan. Matthau also directed a low-budget movie called The Gangster Story
Gangster Story
(1960) and was a sympathetic sheriff in Lonely Are the Brave
Lonely Are the Brave
(1962), which starred Kirk Douglas. He appeared opposite Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
in Charade (1963).[12] Appearances on television were common too, including two on Naked City, as well as an episode of The Eleventh Hour ("A Tumble from a Tall White House", 1963) . He appeared eight times between 1962 and 1964 on The DuPont Show of the Week
The DuPont Show of the Week
and as Franklin Gaer in an episode of Dr. Kildare ("Man Is a Rock", 1964). Additionally he featured in the syndicated crime drama Tallahassee 7000, as a Florida-based state police investigator (1961–62).[12]

Matthau and Art Carney
Art Carney
in The Odd Couple, 1965

Comedies were rare in Matthau's work at that time. He was cast in a number of stark dramas, such as Fail Safe (1964), in which he portrayed Pentagon adviser Dr. Groeteschele, who urges an all-out nuclear attack on the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in response to an accidental transmission of an attack signal to U.S. Air Force bombers. Neil Simon cast him in the play The Odd Couple in 1965, with Matthau playing slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison, opposite Art Carney
Art Carney
as Felix Ungar.[11] Matthau later reprised the role in the film version, with Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
as Felix Ungar. He played detective Ted Casselle in the Hitchcockian thriller Mirage (1965), directed by Edward Dmytryk.[12] He achieved great success in the comedy film, The Fortune Cookie (1966), as a shyster lawyer, William H. "Whiplash Willie" Gingrich, starring opposite Lemmon, and the first of many collaborations with Billy Wilder, and a role that would earn him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.[12] Filming had to be placed on a five-month hiatus after Matthau suffered a serious heart attack. He gave up his three pack a day smoking habit as a result.[13] Matthau appeared during the Oscar telecast shortly after having been injured in a bicycle accident; nonetheless, he scolded actors who had not attended the ceremony, especially the other major award winners that night: Paul Scofield, Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
and Sandy Dennis.[14] Oscar nominations would come Matthau's way again for Kotch
Kotch
(1971), directed by Lemmon, and The Sunshine Boys (1975), another adaptation of a Neil Simon
Neil Simon
stage play, this time about a pair of former vaudeville stars. For the latter role he won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor
Actor
in a Musical or Comedy.[12]

Matthau in Hello, Dolly!, 1969

Broadway hits turned into films continued to cast Matthau in lead roles in Hello, Dolly! and Cactus Flower (both 1969); for the latter film, Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn
received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Matthau played three roles in the film version of Simon's Plaza Suite (1971) and was in the cast of its followup California Suite (1978).[12] Matthau starred in three crime dramas in the mid-1970s, as a detective investigating a mass murder on a bus in The Laughing Policeman (1973), as a bank robber on the run from the Mafia and the law in Charley Varrick (also 1973) and as a New York transit cop in the action-adventure The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). A change of pace about misfits on a Little League
Little League
baseball team turned-out to be a solid hit when Matthau starred as coach Morris Buttermaker in the comedy The Bad News Bears
The Bad News Bears
(1976). Matthau portrayed Herbert Tucker in I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982), with Ann-Margret
Ann-Margret
and Dinah Manoff.[12] During the 1980s and 1990s Matthau served on the advisory board of the National Student Film
Film
Institute.[15][16] In a change of pace, Matthau played Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
in the film I.Q. (1994), starring Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
and Meg Ryan. Matthau narrated the Doctor Seuss Video Classics: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
(1992) and played the role of Mr. Wilson in the film Dennis the Menace (1993).[12] His partnership with Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
became one of the most successful pairings in Hollywood. They became lifelong friends after making The Fortune Cookie and would make a total of 10 movies together—11 counting Kotch, in which Lemmon has a cameo as a sleeping bus passenger. Apart from their many comedies, the two appeared (although they did not share any scenes) in the Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
drama, JFK (1991). Matthau and Lemmon reunited for the comedy Grumpy Old Men (1993), co-starring Ann-Margret, and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men
Grumpier Old Men
(1995), also co-starring Sophia Loren. This led to further pairings late in their careers, Out to Sea
Out to Sea
(1997) and a Simon-scripted sequel to their much earlier success, The Odd Couple II
The Odd Couple II
(1998). Hanging Up
Hanging Up
(2000), directed by Diane Keaton, was Matthau's final appearance onscreen.[12] Personal life[edit] Marriages[edit] Matthau was married twice; first to Grace Geraldine Johnson from 1948 to 1958, and then to Carol Marcus from 1959 until he died in 2000. He had two children, Jenny and David, by his first wife, and a son, Charlie Matthau, with his second wife. David is a radio news reporter, currently at WKXW
WKXW
"New Jersey 101.5" in Trenton, New Jersey. Jenny is president of the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. Matthau also helped raise his stepchildren, Aram Saroyan
Aram Saroyan
and Lucy Saroyan. His grandchildren include William Matthau, an engineer, and Emily Rose Roman, a student at Binghamton University. Charlie Matthau directed his father in The Grass Harp (1995).[12] Health problems[edit] A heavy smoker and drinker, Matthau suffered a heart attack in 1966, the first of at least three in his lifetime. In 1976, ten years after his first heart attack, he underwent heart bypass surgery. After working in freezing Minnesota weather for Grumpy Old Men (1993), he was hospitalized for double pneumonia. In December 1995 he had a colon tumor removed; it tested benign. He was also hospitalized in May 1999 for more than two months, owing again to pneumonia.[13] He was diagnosed with colon cancer in November 1999. Death[edit]

Walter Matthau's gravesite

In addition to colon cancer, Matthau suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease during the last years of his life. In the late evening of June 30, 2000, he suffered a heart attack at his home and was taken by ambulance to the St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica where he died a few hours later at 1:42 a.m. on July 1, 2000. He was 79 years old.[17] His body was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Matthau's wife Carol Marcus died in 2003, and her body was interred in the same grave as her husband. Tribute[edit] Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
along with others of Matthau's friends and relations appeared on Larry King
Larry King
Live in an hour of tribute and remembrance; many of those same people appeared on the show one year later, paying tribute to Lemmon himself who died in the following year (and whose body was also buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park). Awards and nominations[edit] Tony Award[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1959 Once More, with Feeling! Best Featured Actor
Actor
in a Play Nominated

1962 A Shot in the Dark Won

1965 The Odd Couple Best Actor
Actor
in a Play Won

Academy Award[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1966 The Fortune Cookie Best Supporting Actor Won

1971 Kotch Best Actor Nominated

1975 The Sunshine Boys Nominated

Golden Globe Award[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1966 The Fortune Cookie Best Actor
Actor
– Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated

1968 The Odd Couple Nominated

1971 Kotch Nominated

1972 Pete 'n' Tillie Nominated

1974 The Front Page Nominated

1975 The Sunshine Boys Won

1980 Hopscotch Nominated

1981 First Monday in October Nominated

Kansas City Film
Film
Critics Circle Award[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1966 The Fortune Cookie Best Supporting Actor Won

1971 Kotch Best Actor Won

Laurel Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1966 The Fortune Cookie Top Male Supporting Performance Won

British Academy Film
Film
Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1969 The Secret Life of an American Wife Best Actor
Actor
in a Leading Role Nominated

Hello, Dolly! Nominated

1973 Pete 'n' Tillie Won

Charley Varrick Won

1976 The Sunshine Boys Nominated

The Bad News Bears Nominated

David di Donatello
David di Donatello
Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1974 The Front Page Best Foreign Actor Won

Work[edit] Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1955 The Kentuckian Stan Bodine

1955 The Indian Fighter Wes Todd

1956 Bigger Than Life Wally Gibbs

1957 A Face in the Crowd Mel Miller

1957 Slaughter on Tenth Avenue Al Dahlke

1958 King Creole Maxie Fields

1958 Voice in the Mirror Dr. Leon Karnes

1958 Ride a Crooked Trail Judge Kyle

1958 Onionhead Red Wildoe

1960 Gangster Story Jack Martin Also director

1960 Strangers When We Meet Felix Anders

1962 Lonely Are the Brave Sheriff Morey Johnson

1962 Who's Got the Action? Tony Gagouts

1963 Charade Carson Dyle aka Hamilton Bartholomew

1963 Island of Love Tony Dallas

1964 Ensign Pulver Doc

1964 Fail Safe Professor Groeteschele

1964 Goodbye Charlie Sir Leopold Sartori

1965 Mirage Ted Caselle

1966 The Fortune Cookie William H. "Whiplash Willie" Gingrich

1967 A Guide for the Married Man Paul Manning

1968 The Odd Couple Oscar Madison

1968 The Secret Life of an American Wife The Movie Star

1968 Candy General Smight

1969 Cactus Flower Dr. Julian Winston

1969 Hello, Dolly! Horace Vandergelder

1971 A New Leaf Henry Graham

1971 Plaza Suite Sam Nash /Jesse Kiplinger / Roy Hubley

1971 Kotch Joseph P. Kotcher

1972 Pete 'n' Tillie Pete Seltzer

1973 Charley Varrick Charley Varrick

1973 The Laughing Policeman Detective Sergeant Jake Martin

1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Lieutenant Zachary Garber

1974 Earthquake Drunk Credited as Walter Matuschanskayasky[7]

1974 The Front Page Walter Burns

1975 The Lion Roars Again Himself Short subject

1975 The Gentleman Tramp Narrator Documentary

1975 The Sunshine Boys Willy Clark

1976 The Bad News Bears Coach Morris Buttermaker

1978 Casey's Shadow Lloyd Bourdelle

1978 House Calls Dr. Charles "Charley" Nichols

1978 California Suite Marvin Michaels

1980 La polizia ha le mani legate

Documentary

1980 Little Miss Marker Sorrowful Jones

1980 Hopscotch Miles Kendig

1981 First Monday in October Associate Justice Daniel Snow

1981 Buddy Buddy Trabucco

1982 Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures Herbert Tucker

1983 The Survivors Sonny Paluso

1985 Movers & Shakers Joe Mulholland

1986 Pirates Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red

1988 The Couch Trip Donald Becker

1988 The Little Devil Father Maurice

1991 JFK Senator Russell B. Long

1992 Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy

Documentary

1992 Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss
Video Classics: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Narrator

1993 Dennis the Menace George Wilson

1993 Grumpy Old Men Max Goldman

1994 I.Q. Albert Einstein

1995 The Grass Harp Judge Charlie Cool

1995 Grumpier Old Men Max Goldman

1996 I'm Not Rappaport Nat Moyer

1997 Out to Sea Charlie Gordon

1998 The Odd Couple II Oscar Madison

1998 Love After Death Frank Walsh

1998 The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg Himself Documentary

2000 Hanging Up Lou Mozell (final film role)

Stage[edit]

Year Stage Role Notes

1948 Anne of the Thousand Days

1950 The Liar

1951 Twilight Walk Sam Dundee

1952 Fancy Meeting You Again Sinclair Heybore

1952 One Bright Day George Lawrence

1952 In Any Language Charlie Hill

1952 The Grey-Eyed People John Hart

1953 The Ladies of the Corridor Paul Osgood

1953 The Burning Glass Tony Lack

1955 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Michael Freeman

1955 Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit

1958 Once More, with Feeling! Maxwell Archer

1961 Once There Was a Russian Potemkin

1961 A Shot in the Dark Benjamin Beaurevers

1963 My Mother, My Father and Me Herman Halpern

1965 The Odd Couple Oscar Madison

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1954 The Motorola Television
Television
Hour

Episode: "Atomic Attack"

1954 Justice

1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Episode: "The Crooked Road"

1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Episode: "Dry Run"

1960-? "Naked City"

1960 Juno and the Paycock

1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Episode: "Cop for a Day"

1961 Route 66

Episode: "Eleven, the Hard Way"

1961 Tallahassee 7000

Cast member

1961–1962 Target: The Corruptors! Martin 'Books' Kramer, Michael Callahan 1x01 The Million Dollar Dump, 1x16 One for the Road

1965 Profiles in Courage Andrew Johnson Episode: "Andrew Johnson"

1972 Awake and Sing! Moe Axelrod

1978 Actor

1978 Saturday Night Live Host Season 4, Episode 7 (2 December 1978)

1978 The Stingiest Man in Town Ebenezer Scrooge Voice role

1990 The Incident Harmon J. Cobb

1991 Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love

1992 Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore Harmon J. Cobb

1994 Incident in a Small Town Harmon J. Cobb

1998 The Marriage Fool

References[edit]

^ Matthau, Walter - Oxford Dictionaries ^ Edelman, Rob; Audrey E. Kupferberg (2002). Matthau: a life. Lanham, Maryland: Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 4. ISBN 0-87833-274-X.  ^ Wright, Stuart J. (2004). An emotional gauntlet: from life in peacetime America to the war in European skies. Terrace Books. p. 179. ISBN 0-299-20520-7.  ^ Stone, Judy (September 8, 1968). "Matthau – A Sex Symbol Or a Jewish Mother?". The New York Times. NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. subscription required ^ " Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
profile at". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03.  ^ Gussow, Mel (July 2, 2000). "Walter Matthau, 79, Rumpled Star and Comic Icon, Dies". The New York Times. NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03.  ^ a b "Walter Matthau". Snopes.com. October 19, 2005. Retrieved 2014-02-03.  ^ "Famous Alumni". Seward Park High School
Seward Park High School
Alumni Association. Retrieved 2014-02-03.  ^ Cofone, Annie (June 8, 2012). "Strolling Back Into the Golden Age of Yiddish Theater". The Local – East Village. Retrieved 2014-02-03.  ^ "Walterr Matthau". The Telegraph. July 3, 2000. Retrieved September 21, 2017.  ^ a b Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
at the Internet Broadway Database ^ a b c d e f g h i j Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
on IMDb ^ a b Obituary, guardian.com; accessed August 20, 2015. ^ The Fortune Cookie
The Fortune Cookie
Lemmon & Matthau Behind-the-Scenes Archived 2015-11-21 at the Wayback Machine., Hollywood Legacy ^ Editor (June 10, 1994). National Student Film
Film
Institute/L.A: The Sixteenth Annual Los Angeles Student Film
Film
Festival. The Directors Guild Theatre. pp. 10–11.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Editor (June 7, 1991). Los Angeles Student Film
Film
Institute: 13th Annual Student Film
Film
Festival. The Directors Guild Theatre. p. 3.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ " Actor
Actor
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
dies". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 

Links[edit]

Profile, accessed April 8, 2015.

Further reading[edit]

Mel Gussow (July 2, 2000). "Walter Matthau, 79, Rumpled Star and Comic Icon, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved May 11, 2008. 

External links[edit]

Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
on IMDb Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
at the TCM Movie Database

Awards for Walter Matthau

v t e

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

1936–1950

Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1936) Joseph Schildkraut
Joseph Schildkraut
(1937) Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1938) Thomas Mitchell (1939) Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1940) Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp
(1941) Van Heflin
Van Heflin
(1942) Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) James Dunn (1945) Harold Russell
Harold Russell
(1946) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) Dean Jagger
Dean Jagger
(1949) George Sanders
George Sanders
(1950)

1951–1975

Karl Malden
Karl Malden
(1951) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1952) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1953) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1954) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1955) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1956) Red Buttons
Red Buttons
(1957) Burl Ives
Burl Ives
(1958) Hugh Griffith
Hugh Griffith
(1959) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1960) George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(1961) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1962) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1963) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1964) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1965) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1966) George Kennedy
George Kennedy
(1967) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1968) Gig Young
Gig Young
(1969) John Mills
John Mills
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1974) George Burns
George Burns
(1975)

1976–2000

Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1976) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1977) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(1978) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1979) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1980) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Don Ameche
Don Ameche
(1985) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1988) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1989) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1990) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1995) Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
(1996) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1997) James Coburn
James Coburn
(1998) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000)

2001–present

Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2004) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2017)

v t e

BAFTA Award for Best Actor
Actor
in a Leading Role

1952–1967

Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
British, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Foreign (1952) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
British, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Foreign (1953) Kenneth More
Kenneth More
British, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Foreign (1954) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
British, Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
Foreign (1955) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
British, François Périer
François Périer
Foreign (1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
British, Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
Foreign (1957) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
British, Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
Foreign (1958) Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
British, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Foreign (1959) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
British, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Foreign (1960) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
British, Paul Newman
Paul Newman
Foreign (1961) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
British, Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
Foreign (1962) Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde
British, Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
Foreign (1963) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
British, Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
Foreign (1964) Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde
British, Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
Foreign (1965) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
British, Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
Foreign (1966) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
British, Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
Foreign (1967)

1968–present

Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1968) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1969) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1970) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1971) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1972) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1975) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1976) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1977) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1978) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1979) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
/ Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) John Cleese
John Cleese
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(1992) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1993) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(1994) Nigel Hawthorne (1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Robert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle
(1997) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell
(2000) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2001) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(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) Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(2017)

v t e

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

1949–1975

Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1949) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1951) John Cromwell (1952) John Williams (1953) John Kerr (1954) Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
(1955) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1956) Frank Conroy (1957) Henry Jones (1958) Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
(1959) Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
(1960) Martin Gabel
Martin Gabel
(1961) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1962) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1963) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1964) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1965) Patrick Magee (1966) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1967) James Patterson (1968) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1969) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(1970) Paul Sand (1971) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1972) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1973) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1974) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1975)

1976–2000

Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1976) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1977) Lester Rawlins (1978) Michael Gough (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Zakes Mokae (1982) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1983) Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1984) Barry Miller (1985) John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) John Glover (1995) Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
(1996) Owen Teale
Owen Teale
(1997) Tom Murphy (1998) Frank Wood (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(2000)

2001–present

Robert Sean Leonard
Robert Sean Leonard
(2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Brían F. O'Byrne (2004) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2005) Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid
(2006) Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
(2007) Jim Norton (2008) Roger Robinson (2009) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2010) John Benjamin Hickey
John Benjamin Hickey
(2011) Christian Borle
Christian Borle
(2012) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2013) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2014) Richard McCabe (2015) Reed Birney (2016) Michael Aronov (2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor
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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