Winners of the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

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Adrien Brody
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
“ 2003 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Pianist (2002) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Al Pacino
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family...
“ 1993 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Scent of a Woman (1992) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)...
“ 1958 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ 1992 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Silence of the Lambs (1991) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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“ 1975 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Harry and Tonto (1974) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s...
“ 1983 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Gandhi (1982) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children of Catherine Helen "Kate" (Harrigan) and Harry Lowe Crosby, a brewery bookkeeper. He was of English and Irish descent. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in playing the drums and singing with a local band...
“ 1945 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Going My Way (1944) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford is best remembered for two roles: his Oscar-winning turn as Willie Stark in All the King's Men, and as Chief Dan Matthews on the syndicated TV series Highway Patrol. He was also memorable as Judy Holliday's boisterous boyfriend in Born Yesterday. He was born William Broderick Crawford on December 9...
“ 1950 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for All the King's Men (1949) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and worked there until he was injured...
“ 1961 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Elmer Gantry (1960) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Casey Affleck
An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple upcoming projects. Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher...
“ 2017 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Manchester by the Sea (2016) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Charles Laughton
Actor, Spartacus
Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton formed own film company...
“ 1934 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Charlton Heston
Actor, Ben-Hur
With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As a Hollywood star...
“ 1960 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ben-Hur (1959) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Clark Gable
William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania...
“ 1935 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for It Happened One Night (1934) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Cliff Robertson
Actor, Spider-Man
A serious and talented actor, at his best playing somewhat troubled characters, Cliff Robertson has been a fairly successful leading man through most of his career without ever becoming a major star. Following strong stage and television experience, he made an interesting film debut in a supporting role in Picnic...
“ 1969 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Charly (1968) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Colin Firth
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
“ 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The King's Speech (2010) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln, making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars...
“ 1990 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for My Left Foot (1989) and 2008 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for There Will Be Blood (2007) and 2013 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Lincoln (2012) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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David Niven
David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the army (Rifle Brigade)...
“ 1959 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Separate Tables (1958) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day. Denzel Hayes Washington...
“ 2002 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Training Day (2001) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, and went to Santa Monica City College...
“ 1980 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and 1989 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Rain Man (1988) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Eddie Redmayne
British actor Eddie Redmayne is the first, and thus far only, millennial male to have won an acting Oscar (for The Theory of Everything). Edward John David Redmayne was born and raised in London, England, the son of Patricia (Burke) and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessman. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne...
“ 2015 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Theory of Everything (2014) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Emil Jannings
His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Madame DuBarry and Quo Vadis?, followed by The Last Laugh(aka The Last Laugh) in 1924 and Variety (aka Variety) in 1925...
“ 1929 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Last Command (1928) and The Way of All Flesh (1927) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting...
“ 1956 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Marty (1955) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham was born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in El Paso, Texas. Primarily a stage actor, Abraham made his screen debut as an usher in the George C. Scott comedy They Might Be Giants. By the mid-1970s, Murray had steady employment as an actor, doing commercials and voice-over work...
“ 1985 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Amadeus (1984) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Forest Whitaker
Actor, Arrival
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
“ 2007 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Last King of Scotland (2006) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Fredric March
Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of John Barrymore in The Royal Family of Broadway...
“ 1932 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) and 1947 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Gary Cooper
Actor, High Noon
"Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him", Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine...
“ 1942 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Sergeant York (1941) and 1953 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for High Noon (1952) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
“ 1972 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The French Connection (1971) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Brisbane, Queensland, after his parents split up...
“ 1997 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Shine (1996) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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George Arliss
Actor, Disraeli
One of the oldest actors on the screen in the 1920s and 1930s, George Arliss starred on the London stage from an early age. He came to the United States and starred in several films, but it was his role as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli that brought him his greatest success.
“ 1930 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Disraeli (1929) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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George C. Scott
George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945, he joined the United States Marines and spent four years with them...
“ 1971 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Patton (1970) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Gregory Peck
Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only child...
“ 1963 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Henry Fonda
Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando...
“ 1982 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for On Golden Pond (1981) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Humphrey Bogart
Actor, Casablanca
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover...
“ 1952 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The African Queen (1951) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He initially acted on TV before moving to Hollywood for the big screen, cultivating a career that would span decades. An eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins, Lemmon starred in over 60 films including Some Like It Hot...
“ 1974 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Save the Tiger (1973) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the early 2000s...
“ 1976 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and 1998 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for As Good as It Gets (1997) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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James Cagney
Actor, White Heat
One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time (eclipsed, perhaps, only by "King" Clark Gable and arguably by Gary Cooper or Spencer Tracy), and the cinema's quintessential "tough guy", James Cagney was also an accomplished--if rather stiff--hoofer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City...
“ 1943 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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James Stewart
James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he was a keen athlete (football and track), musician (singing and accordion playing), and sometime actor...
“ 1941 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Philadelphia Story (1940) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
“ 2005 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Ray (2004) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Jean Dujardin
Actor, The Artist
In 1995 he began his first one man show, the same year he met Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot with whom he created the "Nous C nous". In 1999, he became "Loulou" in Un gars, une fille. This part permitted him to show his talent to a larger public. Since the end of "Un gars, une fille" in 2003, he has appeared in many films.
“ 2012 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Artist (2011) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Jeff Bridges
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without billing...
“ 2010 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Crazy Heart (2009) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Jeremy Irons
British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up being grounded when his family settled down in Hertfordshire...
“ 1991 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Reversal of Fortune (1990) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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John Wayne
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert...
“ 1970 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for True Grit (1969) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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“ 1979 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Coming Home (1978) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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“ 1951 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey Fowler better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the...
“ 2000 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for American Beauty (1999) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Laurence Olivier
Actor, Rebecca
Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather who was of French Huguenot origin...
“ 1949 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Hamlet (1948) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Lee Marvin
Actor, M Squad
Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City, the son of Courtenay Washington (Davidge), a fashion writer, and Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive...
“ 1966 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Cat Ballou (1965) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
“ 2016 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Revenant (2015) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Lionel Barrymore
The legendary Lionel Barrymore, one of the great cinema character actors, was the oldest of the three Barrymmore siblings. Along with Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore, he shares a prominent place in American acting in the first half of the 20th Century. In addition to winning a Best Actor Academy Award (for A Free Soul)...
“ 1931 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for A Free Soul (1931) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and Marcello Mastroianni...
“ 1962 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ 1955 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for On the Waterfront (1954) and 1973 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Godfather (1972) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Matthew McConaughey
American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is of Scottish...
“ 2014 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Michael Douglas
Actor, The Game
An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns...
“ 1988 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Wall Street (1987) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ 1996 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Leaving Las Vegas (1995) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Paul Lukas
Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School for Dramatic Arts. In 1916 he went to Kosice (Kassa) to be an actor; in 1918 he became an actor specializing in comedy. For ten years he was the most popular character player and romantic lead of the company. In 1918 he began making in Budapest and in the 1920s he began appearing in films in Austria as well...
“ 1944 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Watch on the Rhine (1943) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Paul Muni
Actor, Scarface
Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and eyes...
“ 1937 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Paul Newman
Actor, Cars
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ 1987 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Color of Money (1986) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Paul Scofield
Though his number of film roles amount to a bit over 30, Paul Scofield has cast a giant shadow in the world of stage and film acting. He grew up in West Sussex, the son of a schoolmaster. He attended the Varndean School for Boys in Brighton. The love of acting came early. While still high school age...
“ 1967 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for A Man for All Seasons (1966) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Peter Finch
Actor, Network
Despite being one of the finest actors of his generation, Peter Finch will be remembered as much for his reputation as a hard-drinking, hell-raising womanizer as for his performances on the screen. He was born in London in 1916 and went to live in Sydney, Australia, at the age of ten. There, he worked in a series of dead-end jobs before taking up acting...
“ 1977 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Network (1976) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor, Capote
Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ancestry...
“ 2006 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Capote (2005) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Ray Milland
Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor. Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred Jones...
“ 1946 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Lost Weekend (1945) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison was born Reginald Carey Harrison in Huyton, Lancashire, England, to Edith Mary (Carey) and William Reginald Harrison, a cotton broker. He changed his name to Rex as a young boy, knowing it was the Latin word for "King". Starting out on his theater career at age 18, his first job at the Liverpool Rep Theatre was nearly his last - dashing across the stage to say his one line...
“ 1965 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for My Fair Lady (1964) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Richard Dreyfuss
Actor, Jaws
Richard Dreyfuss is an American leading man, who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers. He was born Richard Stephen Dreyfus in Brooklyn, New York, to Geraldine (Robbins), an activist, and Norman Dreyfus, a restaurateur and attorney. His paternal grandparents were Austro-Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and his mother's family was Russian Jewish...
“ 1978 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Goodbye Girl (1977) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ 1981 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Raging Bull (1980) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Robert Donat
Robert Donat's pleasant voice and somewhat neutral English accent were carefully honed as a boy because he had a stammer and took elocution lessons starting at age 11 to overcome the impediment. It was not too surprising that freedom from such a vocal embarrassment was encouragement to act. His other handicap...
“ 1940 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Robert Duvall
Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953...
“ 1984 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Tender Mercies (1983) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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“ 1999 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Life Is Beautiful (1997) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
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Rod Steiger
Rodney Stephen Steiger was born in Westhampton, New York, to Augusta Amelia (Driver) and Frederick Jacob Steiger, both vaudevillians. He was of German and Austrian ancestry. After his parents' divorce, Steiger was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey. He dropped out of Westside High school at age 16 and joined the Navy...
“ 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for In the Heat of the Night (1967) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
69.
Ronald Colman
British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he first discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his father's death cost him the financial support necessary...
“ 1948 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for A Double Life (1947) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
70.
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ 2001 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Gladiator (2000) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
71.
Sean Penn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ 2004 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Mystic River (2003) and 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Milk (2008) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
72.
Sidney Poitier
A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother...
“ 1964 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Lilies of the Field (1963) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
73.
Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the end of the war...
“ 1938 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Captains Courageous (1937) and 1939 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Boys Town (1938) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
74.
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an interant cook. His father had English and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ 1994 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Philadelphia (1993) and 1995 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Forrest Gump (1994) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
75.
Victor McLaglen
Rambunctious British leading man (contrary to popular belief, he was of Scottish ancestry, not Irish) and later character actor primarily in American films, Victor McLaglen was a vital presence in a number of great motion pictures, especially those of director John Ford. McLaglen (pronounced Muh-clog-len...
“ 1936 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Informer (1935) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
76.
Wallace Beery
In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on Broadway and in traveling stock companies...
“ 1932 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Champ (1931) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
77.
Warner Baxter
Warner Baxter claimed to have an early pre-disposition toward show business: "I discovered a boy a block away who would eat worms and swallow flies for a penny. For one-third of the profits, I exhibited him in a tent." When he was age 9, his widowed mother moved to San Francisco where, following the earthquake of 1906...
“ 1930 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for In Old Arizona (1928) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
78.
William Holden
William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying chemistry at Pasadena Junior College...
“ 1954 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Stalag 17 (1953) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
79.
William Hurt
William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence...
“ 1986 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
 
80.
Yul Brynner
Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" and "Empire and Odyssey" by his son...
“ 1957 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The King and I (1956) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port