Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play

The Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play is an honor presented at the Tony Awards, a ceremony established in 1947 as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, to actors for quality leading roles in a Broadway play. The awards are named after Antoinette Perry, an American actress who died in 1946. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, to "honor the best performances and stage productions of the previous year."[1] Despite the award first being presented in 1947, there were no nominees announced until 1956.

Tony Award for
Best Actor in a Play
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
LocationNew York City
Presented byAmerican Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held byAndrew Garfield for Angels in America (2018)

Winners and nominees


Year Actor Play Character
1st Tony Awards
José Ferrer Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac
Fredric March Years Ago Clinton Jones
2nd Tony Awards
Henry Fonda Mister Roberts Lieutenant Roberts
Paul Kelly Command Decision Brigadier General K.C. Dennis
Basil Rathbone The Heiress Dr. Austin Sloper
3rd Tony Awards
Rex Harrison Anne of the Thousand Days Henry VIII


Year Actor Play Character
4th Tony Awards
Sidney Blackmer Come Back, Little Sheba Doc
5th Tony Awards
Claude Rains Darkness at Noon Rubashov
6th Tony Awards
José Ferrer The Shrike Jim Downs
7th Tony Awards
Tom Ewell The Seven Year Itch Richard Sherman
8th Tony Awards
David Wayne The Teahouse of the August Moon Sakini
9th Tony Awards
Alfred Lunt Quadrille Diensen
10th Tony Awards
Paul Muni Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond
Ben Gazzara A Hatful of Rain Johnny Pope
Boris Karloff The Lark Pierre Cauchon
Michael Redgrave Tiger at the Gates Hector
Edward G. Robinson Middle of the Night The Manufacturer
11th Tony Awards
Fredric March Long Day's Journey into Night James Tyrone, Sr.
Maurice Evans The Apple Cart King Magnus
Wilfrid Hyde-White The Reluctant Debutante Jimmy Broadbent
Eric Portman Separate Tables Mr. Malcolm / Major Pollock
Ralph Richardson The Waltz of the Toreadors General St. Pé
Cyril Ritchard Visit to a Small Planet Kreton
12th Tony Awards
Ralph Bellamy Sunrise at Campobello Franklin D. Roosevelt
Richard Burton Time Remembered Prince Albert
Hugh Griffith Look Homeward, Angel W.O. Gant
Laurence Olivier The Entertainer Archie
Anthony Perkins Look Homeward, Angel Eugene Gant
Peter Ustinov Romanoff and Juliet The General
Emlyn Williams A Boy Growing Up Himself
13th Tony Awards
Jason Robards The Disenchanted Manley Halliday
Cedric Hardwicke A Majority of One Koichi Asano
Alfred Lunt The Visit Anton Schill
Christopher Plummer J.B. Nickles
Cyril Ritchard The Pleasure of His Company Biddeford Poole
Robert Stephens Epitaph for George Dillon George Dillon


Year Actor Play Character
14th Tony Awards
Melvyn Douglas The Best Man William Russell
Sidney Poitier A Raisin in the Sun Walter Lee Younger
Jason Robards Toys in the Attic Julian Berniers
George C. Scott The Andersonville Trial Lt. Col. N. P. Chipman
Lee Tracy The Best Man Arthur Hockstader
15th Tony Awards
Zero Mostel Rhinocéros John
Hume Cronyn Big Fish, Little Fish Jimmie Luton
Anthony Quinn Becket Henry II
Sam Levene The Devil's Advocate Dr. Aldo Meyer
16th Tony Awards
Paul Scofield A Man for All Seasons Sir Thomas More
Fredric March Gideon Angel
John Mills Ross Aircraftman Ross
Donald Pleasence The Caretaker Davies
17th Tony Awards
Arthur Hill Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George
Charles Boyer Lord Pengo Lord Pengo
Paul Ford Never Too Late Harry Lambert
Bert Lahr The Beauty Part Various Characters
18th Tony Awards
Alec Guinness Dylan Dylan Thomas
Richard Burton Hamlet Hamlet
Albert Finney Luther Martin
Jason Robards After the Fall Quentin
19th Tony Awards
Walter Matthau The Odd Couple Oscar Madison
John Gielgud Tiny Alice Julian
Donald Pleasence Poor Bitos Bitos (Robespieere)
Jason Robards Hughie "Erie" Smith
20th Tony Awards
Hal Holbrook Mark Twain Tonight Mark Twain
Patrick Bedford & Donal Donnelly Philadelphia, Here I Come! Gareth O'Donnell
Roland Culver Ivanov Pavel Lebedev
Nicol Williamson Inadmissible Evidence Bill Maitland
21st Tony Awards
Paul Rogers The Homecoming Max
Hume Cronyn A Delicate Balance Tobias
Donald Madden Black Comedy Harold Gorringe
Donald Moffat Right You Are (If You Think You Are) Laudisi
The Wild Duck Hjalmar Ekdal
22nd Tony Awards
Martin Balsam You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running Various Characters
Albert Finney A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri
Milo O'Shea Staircase Harry C. Leeds
Alan Webb I Never Sang for My Father Tom Garrison
23rd Tony Awards
James Earl Jones The Great White Hope Jack Jefferson
Art Carney Lovers Andy Tracey
Alec McCowen Hadrian the Seventh Fr. William Rolfe
Donald Pleasence The Man in the Glass Booth Arthur Goldman


Year Actor Play Character
24th Tony Awards
Fritz Weaver Child's Play Jerome Malley
James Coco The Last of the Red Hot Lovers Barney Cashman
Frank Grimes Borstal Boy Young Behan
Stacy Keach Indians Buffalo Bill
25th Tony Awards
Brian Bedford The School for Wives Arnolphe
John Gielgud Home Harry
Ralph Richardson Jack
Alec McCowen The Philanthropist Philip
26th Tony Awards
Cliff Gorman Lenny Lenny Bruce
Tom Aldredge Sticks and Bones Ozzie
Donald Pleasence Wise Child Mrs. Artminster
Jason Robards The Country Girl Frank Elgin
27th Tony Awards
Alan Bates Butley Ben Butley
Jack Albertson The Sunshine Boys Willie Clark
Wilfrid Hyde-White The Jockey Club Stakes Marquis of Candover
Paul Sorvino That Championship Season Phil Romano
28th Tony Awards
Michael Moriarty Find Your Way Home Julian Weston
Zero Mostel Ulysses in Nighttown Leopold Bloom
Jason Robards A Moon for the Misbegotten James Tyrone, Jr.
George C. Scott Uncle Vanya Mikhail lvovich Astrov
Nicol Williamson Ivan Petrovich Voinitsky
29th Tony Awards
John Kani & Winston Ntshona Sizwe Banzi is Dead / The Island Various Characters
Jim Dale Scapino! Scapino
Peter Firth Equus Alan Strang
Henry Fonda Clarence Darrow Clarence Darrow
Ben Gazzara Hughie and Duet "Erie" Smith
John Wood Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes
30th Tony Awards
John Wood Travesties Henry Carr
Moses Gunn The Poison Tree Benjamin Hurspool
George C. Scott Death of a Salesman Willy Loman
Donald Sinden Habeas Corpus Arthur Wicksteed
31st Tony Awards
Al Pacino The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel Pavlo Hummel
Tom Courtenay Otherwise Engaged Simon
Ben Gazzara Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George
Ralph Richardson No Man's Land Hirst
32nd Tony Awards
Barnard Hughes Da Da
Hume Cronyn The Gin Game Weller Martin
Frank Langella Dracula Dracula
Jason Robards A Touch of the Poet Cornelius Melody
33rd Tony Awards
Tom Conti Whose Life Is It Anyway? Ken Harrison
Philip Anglim The Elephant Man John Merrick
Jack Lemmon Tribute Scottie Templeton
Alec McCowen St. Mark's Gospel Mark


Year Actor Play Character
34th Tony Awards
John Rubinstein Children of a Lesser God James Leeds
Charles Brown Home Cephus Miles
Gerald Hiken Strider Strider
Judd Hirsch Talley's Folly Matt Friedman
35th Tony Awards
Ian McKellen Amadeus Antonio Salieri
Tim Curry Amadeus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Roy Dotrice A Life Drumm
Jack Weston The Floating Light Bulb Jerry Wexler
36th Tony Awards
Roger Rees The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Nicholas Nickleby
Tom Courtenay The Dresser Norman
Milo O'Shea Mass Appeal Father Tim Farley
Christopher Plummer Othello Iago
37th Tony Awards
Harvey Fierstein Torch Song Trilogy Arnold Beckoff
Jeffrey DeMunn K2 Taylor
Edward Herrmann Plenty Raymond Brock
Tony Lo Bianco A View from the Bridge Eddie
38th Tony Awards
Jeremy Irons The Real Thing Henry
Rex Harrison Heartbreak House Captain Shotover
Calvin Levels Open Admissions Calvin Jefferson
Ian McKellen Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare Himself
39th Tony Awards
Derek Jacobi Much Ado About Nothing Benedick
Jim Dale A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri
Jonathan Hogan As Is Rich
John Lithgow Requiem for a Heavyweight Harlan "Mountain" McClintock
40th Tony Awards
Judd Hirsch I'm Not Rappaport Nat
Hume Cronyn The Petition General Sir Edmund Milne
Ed Harris Precious Sons Fred
Jack Lemmon Long Day's Journey into Night James Tyrone, Sr.
41st Tony Awards
James Earl Jones Fences Troy Maxson
Philip Bosco You Never Can Tell Waiter
Richard Kiley All My Sons Joe Keller
Alan Rickman Les Liaisons Dangereuses Le Vicomte de Valmont
42nd Tony Awards
Ron Silver Speed-the-Plow Charlie Fox
Derek Jacobi Breaking the Code Alan Turing
John Lithgow M. Butterfly Rene Gallimard
Robert Prosky A Walk in the Woods Andrey Botvinnik
43rd Tony Awards
Philip Bosco Lend Me a Tenor Saunders
Mikhail Baryshnikov Metamorphosis Gregor Samsa
Victor Garber Lend Me a Tenor Max
Bill Irwin Largely New York The Post-Modern Hoofer


Year Actor Play Character
44th Tony Awards
Robert Morse Tru Truman Capote
Charles S. Dutton The Piano Lesson Boy Willie
Dustin Hoffman The Merchant of Venice Shylock
Tom Hulce A Few Good Men Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, USN, JAG Corps
45th Tony Awards
Nigel Hawthorne Shadowlands C.S. Lewis
Peter Frechette Our Country's Good 2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark
Tom McGowan La Bête Valere
Courtney B. Vance Six Degrees of Separation Paul
46th Tony Awards
Judd Hirsch Conversations with My Father Eddie
Alan Alda Jake's Women Jake
Alec Baldwin A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski
Brian Bedford Two Shakespearean Actors William Charles Macready
47th Tony Awards
Ron Leibman Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Roy Cohn, et al.
K. Todd Freeman The Song of Jacob Zulu Jacob Zulu
Liam Neeson Anna Christie Mat Burke
Stephen Rea Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Edward
48th Tony Awards
Stephen Spinella Angels in America: Perestroika Prior Walter
Brian Bedford Timon of Athens Timon
Christopher Plummer No Man's Land Spooner
Sam Waterston Abe Lincoln in Illinois Abraham Lincoln
49th Tony Awards
Ralph Fiennes Hamlet Prince Hamlet
Brian Bedford The Molière Comedies Sganarelle
Roger Rees Indiscretions George
Joe Sears A Tuna Christmas Various Characters
50th Tony Awards
George Grizzard A Delicate Balance Tobias
Philip Bosco Moon Over Buffalo George Hay
George C. Scott Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond
Martin Shaw An Ideal Husband Lord Goring
51st Tony Awards
Christopher Plummer Barrymore John Barrymore
Brian Bedford London Assurance Sir Harcourt Courtly
Michael Gambon Skylight Tom Sergeant
Antony Sher Stanley Stanley
52nd Tony Awards
Anthony LaPaglia A View from the Bridge Eddie Carbone
Richard Briers The Chairs Old Man
John Leguizamo Freak Himself
Alfred Molina Art Yvan
53rd Tony Awards
Brian Dennehy Death of a Salesman Willy Loman
Brian F. O'Byrne The Lonesome West Valene Connor
Corin Redgrave Not About Nightingales Bert "Boss" Whalen
Kevin Spacey The Iceman Cometh Theodore "Hickey" Hickman


Year Actor Play Character
54th Tony Awards
Stephen Dillane The Real Thing Henry
Gabriel Byrne A Moon for the Misbegotten James Tyrone, Jr.
Philip Seymour Hoffman True West Austin
John C. Reilly Lee
David Suchet Amadeus Antonio Salieri
55th Tony Awards
Richard Easton The Invention of Love A. E. Housman, aged 77
Sean Campion Stones in His Pockets Jake Quinn
Conleth Hill Charlie Conlon
Gary Sinise One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle P. McMurphy
Brian Stokes Mitchell King Hedley II King
56th Tony Awards
Alan Bates Fortune's Fool Vassily Semyonitch Kuzovkin
Billy Crudup The Elephant Man John Merrick
Liam Neeson The Crucible John Proctor
Alan Rickman Private Lives Elyot Chase
Jeffrey Wright Topdog/Underdog Lincoln
57th Tony Awards
Brian Dennehy Long Day's Journey into Night James Tyrone, Sr.
Brian Bedford Tartuffe Orgon
Eddie Izzard A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri
Paul Newman Our Town Stage Manager
Stanley Tucci Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Johnny
58th Tony Awards
Jefferson Mays I Am My Own Wife Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, et al.
Simon Russell Beale Jumpers George
Kevin Kline Henry IV Sir John Falstaff
Frank Langella Match Tobi
Christopher Plummer King Lear King Lear
59th Tony Awards
Bill Irwin Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George
Philip Bosco Twelve Angry Men Juror #3
Billy Crudup The Pillowman Katurian
James Earl Jones On Golden Pond Norman Thayer, Jr.
Brían F. O'Byrne Doubt Father Flynn
60th Tony Awards
Richard Griffiths The History Boys Douglas Hector
Ralph Fiennes Faith Healer Francis Hardy
Željko Ivanek The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Lt. Com. Phillip Francis Queeg
Oliver Platt Shining City John
David Wilmot The Lieutenant of Inishmore Padraic
61st Tony Awards
Frank Langella Frost/Nixon Richard Nixon
Boyd Gaines Journey's End Lieut. Osborne
Brían F. O'Byrne The Coast of Utopia Alexander Herzen
Christopher Plummer Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond
Liev Schreiber Talk Radio Barry Champlain
62nd Tony Awards
Mark Rylance Boeing Boeing Robert Lambert
Ben Daniels Les Liaisons Dangereuses Le Vicomte de Valmont
Laurence Fishburne Thurgood Thurgood Marshall
Rufus Sewell Rock 'n' Roll Jan
Patrick Stewart Macbeth Lord Macbeth
63rd Tony Awards
Geoffrey Rush Exit the King King Berenger
Jeff Daniels God of Carnage Alan
Raúl Esparza Speed-the-Plow Charlie Fox
James Gandolfini God of Carnage Michael
Thomas Sadoski reasons to be pretty Greg


Year Actor Play Character
64th Tony Awards
Denzel Washington Fences Troy Maxson
Jude Law Hamlet Hamlet
Alfred Molina Red Mark Rothko
Liev Schreiber A View from the Bridge Eddie Carbone
Christopher Walken A Behanding in Spokane Carmichael
65th Tony Awards
Mark Rylance Jerusalem Johnny "Rooster" Byron
Brian Bedford The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Bracknell
Bobby Cannavale The Motherfucker with the Hat Jackie
Joe Mantello The Normal Heart Ned Weeks
Al Pacino The Merchant of Venice Shylock
66th Tony Awards
James Corden One Man, Two Guvnors Francis Henshall
James Earl Jones The Best Man President Art Hockstader
Philip Seymour Hoffman Death of a Salesman Willy Loman
Frank Langella Man and Boy Gregor Antonescu
John Lithgow The Columnist Joseph Alsop
67th Tony Awards
Tracy Letts Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George
Tom Hanks Lucky Guy Mike McAlary
Nathan Lane The Nance Chauncey Miles
David Hyde Pierce Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Vanya
Tom Sturridge Orphans Phillip
68th Tony Awards
Bryan Cranston All the Way President Lyndon B. Johnson
Samuel Barnett Twelfth Night Viola
Chris O'Dowd Of Mice and Men Lennie Small
Mark Rylance Richard III Richard III
Tony Shalhoub Act One Moss Hart / Barnett Hart / George S. Kaufman
69th Tony Awards
Alex Sharp The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Christopher Boone
Steven Boyer Hand to God Jason / Tyrone
Bradley Cooper The Elephant Man John Merrick
Ben Miles Wolf Hall Parts One & Two Thomas Cromwell
Bill Nighy Skylight Tom Sergeant
70th Tony Awards
Frank Langella The Father Andre
Gabriel Byrne Long Day's Journey into Night James Tyrone, Sr.
Jeff Daniels Blackbird Ray Brooks
Tim Pigott-Smith King Charles III King Charles III
Mark Strong A View from the Bridge Eddie Carbone
71st Tony Awards
Kevin Kline Present Laughter Garry Essendine
Denis Arndt Heisenberg Alex Priest
Chris Cooper A Doll's House, Part 2 Torvald Helmer
Corey Hawkins Six Degrees of Separation Paul
Jefferson Mays Oslo Terje Rød-Larsen
72nd Tony Awards
Andrew Garfield Angels in America Prior Walter, et al.
Tom Hollander Travesties Henry Carr
Jamie Parker Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter
Mark Rylance Farinelli and the King Philip V of Spain
Denzel Washington The Iceman Cometh Theodore "Hickey" Hickman

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Productions with multiple nominations



  1. ^ Kirkley, Donald (April 21, 1968). "Operation Frenzy Before the Tony Awards". The Baltimore Sun. p. T2. Retrieved December 24, 2011. (subscription required)

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  1. ^ Kirkley, Donald (April 21, 1968). "Operation Frenzy Before the Tony Awards". The Baltimore Sun. p. T2. Retrieved December 24, 2011. (subscription required)
Alex Sharp

Alexander Ian Sharp (born 2 February 1989) is an English/American actor best known for originating the role of Christopher Boone in the Broadway Production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.After graduating from the Juilliard School in the summer of 2014, he made his Broadway and acting debut in the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the autumn. For his role as the autistic teenager Christopher Boone, he was awarded the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, and the Outer Critics Circle Award.

All the Way (play)

All the Way is a play by Robert Schenkkan, depicting President Lyndon B. Johnson's efforts to maneuver members of the 88th United States Congress to enact, and civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr. to support, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The play takes its name from Johnson's 1964 campaign slogan, "All the Way with LBJ."The play was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and premiered there in 2012, in a production directed by Bill Rauch, with Jack Willis originating the role of LBJ. It premiered on Broadway in March 2014, in a production also directed by Rauch, which won the 2014 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Bryan Cranston won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance. The play was published in 2014.

Bobby Cannavale

Robert Michael Cannavale (; born May 3, 1970) is an American actor known for various stage, film and television roles, including regular or recurring roles in Third Watch, Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl, Will & Grace and Mr. Robot.

Cannavale had a recurring role on the NBC comedy series Will & Grace as Will Truman's long-term boyfriend Officer Vincent "Vince" D'Angelo, for which he won the 2005 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series and portrayed Gyp Rosetti during the third season of the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, for which he won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In 2016, he starred in the HBO drama series Vinyl, produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. In 2017, he joined the cast of the USA Network drama series Mr. Robot during its third season.

For his roles in Mauritius and The Motherfucker with the Hat, Cannavale was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, respectively. He has appeared in The Station Agent (2003), Shall We Dance? (2004), Snakes on a Plane (2006), The Other Guys (2010), Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (2013), Chef (2014), the remake of Annie (2014), Paul Feig's Spy (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and I, Tonya (2017).

Corey Hawkins

Corey Antonio Hawkins (born October 22, 1988) is an American actor and singer. He is known for his roles in the TV series The Walking Dead and 24: Legacy, as well as his portrayal of Dr. Dre in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton. In 2017, he starred in the Broadway production Six Degrees of Separation, for which he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

Fredric March

Fredric March (born Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel; August 31, 1897 – April 14, 1975) was an American actor, regarded as "one of Hollywood's most celebrated, versatile stars of the 1930s and '40s." He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), as well as the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for Years Ago (1947) and Long Day's Journey into Night (1956).

March is one of only two actors, the other being Helen Hayes, to have won both the Academy Award and the Tony Award twice.

Gerald Hiken

Gerald Hiken (born May 27, 1927) is an American actor. A native of Milwaukee, he studied acting at HB Studio in New York City. Hiken was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1980 for his performance in Strider. He has performed in many other Broadway plays and has appeared in supporting and bit roles in various films including The Candidate (1972), Reds (1981), and Fat Man and Little Boy (1989).

In 1988, Hiken appeared in two consecutive Cheers episodes. He played the character Dennis, father of executive Martin Teale in season 7, episodes 3 and 4: "Executive Sweet" and "One Happy Chappy in a Snappy Serape".

Hal Holbrook

Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. (born February 17, 1925) is an American actor, television director and writer. He first received critical acclaim in 1954 for a one-man stage show he developed, Mark Twain Tonight, while studying at Denison University, performing as Mark Twain. He won Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1966 for his portrayal of Twain. Throughout his career, he won five Primetime Emmy Awards.Holbrook made his film debut in Sidney Lumet's The Group (1966). He later gained international fame for his performance as Deep Throat in the 1976 film All the President's Men. He played Abraham Lincoln in the 1976 miniseries Lincoln. He has also appeared in such films as Julia (1977), The Fog (1980), Creepshow (1982), Wall Street (1987), The Firm (1993), Hercules (1997), and Men of Honor (2000).Holbrook's role as Ron Franz in Sean Penn's Into the Wild (2007) earned him both Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Until Robert Duvall was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015, Holbrook was the oldest actor to receive a Best Supporting Actor nomination. In 2009, Holbrook received critical acclaim for his performance as recently retired farmer Abner Meecham in the independent film That Evening Sun.In his later career, Holbrook appeared as Francis Preston Blair in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012), provided his voice as Mayday in the Disney animated film Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) and as Whizzer in Blackway (2015).As a television actor, Holbrook is known for starring in and directing four episodes in Designing Women as Reese Watson, opposite his wife, Dixie Carter. Later in his career, he has starred in minor roles in Sons of Anarchy, The Event, and Rectify. He has guest-starred in many critically acclaimed television series such as NCIS, The West Wing, The Sopranos, ER, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, and Hawaii Five-0.In 2003, Holbrook was honored with the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush.

Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Forbes Fierstein ( FIRE-steen; born June 6, 1954) is an American actor, playwright, and voice actor. Fierstein has won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his own play Torch Song Trilogy (about a gay drag-performer and his quest for true love and family) and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. He also wrote the book for the musical La Cage aux Folles, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2007.

Jason Robards

Jason Nelson Robards Jr. (July 26, 1922 – December 26, 2000) was an American stage, film, and television actor. He was a winner of a Tony Award, two Academy Awards and an Emmy Award. He was also a United States Navy combat veteran of World War II.

He became famous playing works of American playwright Eugene O'Neill and regularly performed in O'Neill's works throughout his career. Robards was cast both in common-man roles and as well-known historical figures.

Judd Hirsch

Judd Seymore Hirsch (born March 15, 1935) is an American actor known for playing Alex Rieger on the television comedy series Taxi (1978–1983), John Lacey on the NBC series Dear John (1988–1992), and Alan Eppes on the CBS series NUMB3RS (2005–2010). He is also well known for his career in theatre and for his roles in films such as Ordinary People (1980), Running on Empty (1988), Independence Day (1996), and A Beautiful Mind (2001).

He has twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, twice won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy and has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred as Arthur Przybyszewski in the CBS situation comedy Superior Donuts.

K. Todd Freeman

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Kevin Kline

Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947) is an American film and stage actor and singer. He has won an Academy Award and three Tony Awards and is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.Kline began his career on stage in 1972 with The Acting Company. He has gone on to win three Tony Awards for his work on Broadway, winning Best Featured Actor in a Musical for the 1978 original production of On the Twentieth Century, Best Actor in a Musical for the 1981 revival of The Pirates of Penzance, and Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for the 2017 revival of Present Laughter.He made his film debut in Sophie's Choice (1982). For his role in the 1988 comedy hit A Fish Called Wanda, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2003, he starred as Falstaff in the Broadway production of Henry IV, for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play.

He has been nominated for 2 Emmy Awards, two BAFTA Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. His other films include The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985), Cry Freedom (1987), Grand Canyon (1991), Dave (1993), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), The Ice Storm (1997), In & Out (1997), Wild Wild West (1999), The Road to El Dorado (2000), De-Lovely (2004), The Conspirator (2010), My Old Lady (2014), and Beauty and the Beast (2017). Since 2011, Kline has had a recurring role on the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers.

Milo O'Shea

Milo Donal O'Shea (2 June 1926 – 2 April 2013) was an Irish actor. He received two Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nominations for his performances in Staircase (1968) and Mass Appeal (1982).

Mister Roberts (play)

Mister Roberts is a 1948 play based on the 1946 Thomas Heggen novel of the same name.

The novel began as a collection of short stories about Heggen's experiences aboard USS Rotanin and USS Virgo in the South Pacific during World War II. Broadway producer Leland Hayward acquired the rights for the play and hired Heggen and Joshua Logan for the adaptation.

Mister Roberts opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on February 18, 1948, starring Henry Fonda, David Wayne, Robert Keith, and Jocelyn Brando, who replaced Eva Marie Saint before the show opened. Logan's brother-in-law, William Harrigan, played the Captain. The original production also featured Harvey Lembeck, Ralph Meeker, Steven Hill, Lee Van Cleef, and Murray Hamilton. Fonda got out of a Hollywood film contract to star in the Broadway theatre stage production. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. The production ran for 1,157 performances. Fonda later reprised his role of Lieutenant Roberts in the 1955 film of the same name.

Tyrone Power starred in the London company. John Forsythe appeared in a national touring production. Many actors began their careers in various productions and touring companies. Fess Parker began his show-business career in the play, in 1951.

Joshua Logan's account of his collaboration with Thomas Heggen in the writing of the play is in Logan's autobiography, Josh: My Up and Down, In and Out Life.

Ron Leibman

Ronald Leibman (born October 11, 1937) is an American actor. He won both the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play in 1993 for his performance as Roy Cohn in Angels in America. Leibman also won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Martin 'Kaz' Kazinsky in his short-lived crime drama series Kaz. In 1986 Leibman was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Morris Huffner in Christmas Dove. Leibman is most known for providing the voice of Ron Cadillac in Archer and for playing Dr. Leonard Green, Rachel's rich, short-tempered father, on the sitcom Friends.

Tom Conti

Thomas Antonio Conti (born 22 November 1941) is a Scottish actor, theatre director and novelist. He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1979 for his performance in Whose Life Is It Anyway? He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1983 film, Reuben, Reuben.

Tom Hollander

Thomas Anthony Hollander (; born 25 August 1967) is an English actor. He began his career in theatre, winning the Ian Charleson Award in 1992 for his performance as Witwoud in The Way of the World at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. He is known for his role in About Time, and in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and In the Loop and drama films such as Enigma, Pride & Prejudice, Gosford Park, and Hanna. He co-wrote and played the lead role in the sitcom Rev., which won the British Academy Television Award for best sitcom in 2011. He also played the lead in the ITV's Doctor Thorne and won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Major Lance "Corky" Corkoran in the BBC series The Night Manager.

He appeared as Henry Carr in a revival of Tom Stoppard's play Travesties at the Menier Chocolate Factory directed by Patrick Marber, later transferring to the Apollo Theatre in London on the West End and to the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Hollander was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor and Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role in Travesties. Hollander appears as Dr. Sorgh in the film Tulip Fever which was released in September 2017. The screenplay, also by Stoppard, is an adaptation of Deborah Moggach's historical novel. He also appears as Garin in Terry George's historical drama The Promise, his third collaboration with George, who also directed him in Some Mother's Son and Whole Lotta Sole.

In January 2016, he became an Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge (his former college).

Triple Crown of Acting

The Triple Crown of Acting is a term used in the American entertainment industry to describe actors who have won a competitive Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award in the acting categories. As of June 2018, twenty-four people have achieved the triple crown of acting (15 women, 9 men). Helen Hayes's Emmy Award win on February 5, 1953, made her the first person to achieve the triple crown. Thomas Mitchell became the first man to achieve the triple crown with his Tony Award win later the same year on March 29, 1953. Hayes and Rita Moreno are the only triple crown winners in competitive acting categories who have also won a Grammy Award to complete the EGOT.

Winston Ntshona

Winston Ntshona (6 October 1941 – 2 August 2018) was a South African playwright and actor. He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1975.

Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Special (non-competitive)

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