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Stage and Screen

Oscar Winners for Best Actor

The Oscars have been awarded annually since 1927 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • Charles Laughton (born 1899, died 1962)

    English actor, writer, director and producer.

    • 1933 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Private Life of Henry VIII
  • Clark Gable (born 1901, died 1960)

    American actor. Best known for the role of Rhett Butler in the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind.

    • 1934 Academy Award winner for his performance in It Happened One Night
  • Fredric March (born 1897, died 1975)

    American actor. Original name: Frederick Bickel.

    • 1946 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Best Years of Our Lives
  • (Eldred) Gregory Peck (born 1916)

    American actor and producer.

    • 1962 Academy Award winner for his performance in To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Humphrey Bogart (born 1899, died 1957)

    American actor.

    • 1951 Academy Award winner for his performance in The African Queen
  • Rex Harrison (born 1908, died 1990)

    British actor. Original name: Reginald Carey.

    • 1964 Academy Award winner for his performance in My Fair Lady
  • Tom Hanks (born 1956)

    American actor, director and comedian.

    • Two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actor: 1993, for Philadelphia; 1994, for Forrest Gump
  • Victor McLaglen (born 1886, died 1959)

    British-born American athlete and actor.

    • 1935 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Informer
  • Henry Fonda (born 1905, died 1982)

    American actor. Father of actors Jane and Peter Fonda.

    • 1981 Academy Award winner for his performance in On Golden Pond
  • James Cagney (born 1899, died 1986)

    American actor.

    • 1942 Academy Award winner for his performance in Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • James Stewart (born 1908, died 1997)

    American actor and WWII bomber pilot.

    • 1940 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Philadelphia Story
  • Art Carney (born 1918)

    American actor.

    • 1974 Academy Award winner for his performance in Harry and Tonto
  • Ronald Colman (born 1891, died 1958)

    English actor.

    • 1947 Academy Award winner for his performance in A Double Life
  • Ray Milland (born 1908, died 1986)

    British-American actor and director. Original name: Reginald Truscott-Jones.

    • 1945 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Lost Weekend
  • David Niven (born 1910, died 1983)

    Scottish actor.

    • 1958 Academy Award winner for his performance in Separate Tables
  • George Arliss (born 1868, died 1946)

    English actor and writer.

    • 1930 Academy Award winner for his performance in Disraeli
  • Warner Baxter (born 1889, died 1951)

    American actor.

    • 1929 Academy Award winner for his performance in In Old Arizona
  • Wallace Beery (born 1885, died 1949)

    American actor.

    • 1932 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Champ
  • Yul Brynner (born 1920, died 1985)

    Russian-born American actor best known for the role of the King of Siam in The King and I.

    • 1956 Academy Award winner for his performance in The King and I
  • Gary Cooper (born 1901, died 1961)

    American actor.

    • Two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actor: 1941, for Sergeant York; 1952, for High Noon
  • Broderick Crawford (born 1911, died 1986)

    American actor.

    • 1949 Academy Award winner for his performance in All the King''s Men
  • Bing Crosby (born 1904, died 1977)

    American singer and actor.

    • 1944 Academy Award winner for his performance in Going My Way
  • Robert Donat (born 1905, died 1958)

    English actor, writer, director and producer.

    • 1939 Academy Award winner for his performance in Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • José Ferrer (born 1912, died 1992)

    American actor.

    • 1950 Academy Award winner for his performance in Cyrano de Bergerac
  • William Holden (born 1918, died 1981)

    American actor.

    • 1953 Academy Award winner for his performance in Stalag 17
  • Burt Lancaster (born 1913, died 1994)

    American actor, writer, director and producer.

    • 1960 Academy Award winner for his performance in Elmer Gantry
  • Paul Lukas (born 1895, died 1971)

    Hungarian actor.

    • 1943 Academy Award winner for his performance in Watch on the Rhine
  • Paul Muni (born 1895, died 1967)

    American actor. Original name: Muni Weisenfreund.

    • 1936 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Story of Louis Pasteur
  • Cliff Robertson (born 1925)

    American actor, writer, director and producer.

    • 1968 Academy Award winner for his performance in Charly
  • John Wayne (born 1907, died 1979)

    American actor and director, known as ''The Duke.'' Original name: Marion Morrison.

    • 1969 Academy Award winner for his performance in True Grit
  • Emil Jannings (born 1884, died 1950)

    Swedish actor.

    • 1928 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Way of All Flesh
  • Paul Newman (born 1925)

    American actor, director, producer and race-car driver.

    • 1986 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Color of Money
  • Jack Nicholson (born 1937)

    American actor.

    • 1975 Academy Award winner for his performance in One Flew Over the Cuckoo''s Nest; 1997 winner for As Good as It Gets
  • Jon Voight (born 1938)

    American actor, writer and director.

    • 1978 Academy Award winner for his performance in Coming Home
  • William Hurt (born 1950)

    American actor.

    • 1985 Academy Award winner for his performance in Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • Robert Duvall (born 1930)

    American actor, writer, director and producer.

    • 1983 Academy Award winner for his performance in Tender Mercies
  • Nicolas Cage (born 1964)

    American actor. Original name: Nicholas Coppola.

    • 1995 Academy Award winner for his performance in Leaving Las Vegas
  • Ernest Borgnine (born 1917)

    American actor.

    • 1955 Academy Award winner for his performance in Marty
  • Jack Lemmon (born 1925)

    American actor and comedian.

    • 1973 Academy Award winner for his performance in Save the Tiger
  • Sidney Poitier (born 1924)

    American actor and director. First African American to win an Oscar for Best Actor.

    • 1963 Academy Award winner for his performance in Lilies of the Field
  • Marlon Brando (born 1924)

    American actor.

    • Two-time Academy Award winner: 1954, for On the Waterfront; in 1972 he refused the award for The Godfather
  • Alec Guinness (born 1914)

    British actor.

    • 1957 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Spencer Tracy (born 1900, died 1967)

    American actor.

    • Two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actor: 1937, for Captains Courageous; 1938, for Boys Town
  • Al Pacino (born 1940)

    American actor, writer, director and producer.

    • 1992 Academy Award winner for his performance in Scent of a Woman
  • Lionel Blythe Barrymore (born 1878, died 1954)

    American actor.

    • 1931 Academy Award winner for his performance in Free Soul
  • Michael Douglas (born 1944)

    American actor and producer.

    • 1987 Academy Award winner for his performance in Wall Street
  • Charlton Heston (born 1923)

    American actor, writer, director and producer.

    • 1959 Academy Award winner for his performance in Ben-Hur
  • George C. Scott (born 1927, died 1999)

    American actor, and the first person to refuse an Academy Award.

    • 1970 Academy Award winner for his performance in Patton (refused)
  • Maximilian Schell (born 1930)

    Austrian actor, writer, director and producer.

    • 1961 Academy Award winner for his performance in Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Anthony Hopkins (born 1937)

    Welsh actor.

    • 1991 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Silence of the Lambs
  • Ben Kingsley (born 1943)

    English actor. Original name: Krishna Bhanji.

    • 1982 Academy Award winner for his performance in Gandhi
  • F. Murray Abraham (born 1939)

    American actor.

    • 1984 Academy Award winner for his performance in Amadeus
  • Laurence Olivier (Baron Olivier of Brighton) (born 1907, died 1989)

    One of the English-speaking world's most revered actors; also a director and co-founder of the British National Theatre Company.

    • 1948 Academy Award winner for his performance in Hamlet
  • Lee Marvin (born 1924, died 1987)

    American actor.

    • 1965 Academy Award winner for his performance in Cat Ballou
  • Paul Scofield (born 1922)

    English actor and writer.

    • 1966 Academy Award winner for his performance in A Man for All Seasons
  • Rod Steiger (born 1925)

    American actor.

    • 1967 Academy Award winner for his performance in In the Heat of the Night
  • Gene Hackman (born 1930)

    American actor.

    • 1971 Academy Award winner for his performance in The French Connection
  • Robert De Niro (born 1943)

    American actor, director and producer.

    • 1980 Academy Award winner for his performance in Raging Bull
  • Peter Finch (born 1916, died 1977)

    English actor. Original name: William Mitchell.

    • 1976 Academy Award winner for his performance in Network
  • Richard Dreyfuss (born 1947)

    American actor and producer.

    • 1977 Academy Award winner for his performance in The Goodbye Girl
  • Dustin Hoffman (born 1937)

    American actor and producer.

    • Two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actor: 1979, for Kramer vs. Kramer; 1988, for Rain Main
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (born 1957)

    English actor.

    • 1989 Academy Award winner for his performance in My Left Foot
  • Jeremy Irons (born 1948)

    English actor.

    • 1990 Academy Award winner for his performance in Reversal of Fortune
  • Kevin Spacey (born 1959)

    American actor, director and producer.

    • 1999 Academy Award winner for American Beauty
  • Geoffrey Rush (born 1951)

    Australian actor.

    • 1996 Academy Award winner for his performance in Shine
  • Roberto Benigni (born 1952)

    Italian actor, writer, director and producer

    • 1998 Academy Award winner for Life is Beautiful [Vita è bella, La (1997)]

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