My Best Actor Winners

This list details those lead actor performances that I felt were the best. Sometimes these choices stray from those of the Academy Awards and those of other people as these are purely based on opinion. I have tried my best to look at all actors in the same light and not trying to compensate someone for not giving them one the previous year. The years covered are 1927/28 through the present. I have also included whether or not my winner was nominated and/or won the Academy Award for that particular direction as well as the other films/actors/directors I would have nominated alongside my winner. The nominees are listed in PREFERENTIAL ORDER. If you have a comment, disagreement, question about justification of one of my choices, recommendations, and etc. please leave a polite comment and I'll try to respond to the best of my ability. I hope you enjoy.
Note: For Nominees, * denotes category winner, ** denotes category winner, ^ denotes supporting category nominee, and ^^ denotes supporting category winner for actual Academy Awards.
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1.
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...
“ Year: 1927/28
Film: The Last Command
Role: General Dolgorucki/Grand Duke Sergius Alexander
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Alfred Abel (Metropolis); George O'Brien (Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans); James Murray (The Crowd); Lon Chaney, Sr. (The Unknown) ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
Maurice Chevalier
Soundtrack, EuroTrip
Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by the Germans...
“ Year: 1928/29
Film: The Love Parade
Role: Count Alfred Renard
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Warner Baxter (In Old Arizona); Buster Keaton (Steamboat Bill, Jr.); Emil Jannings (The Patriot); Conrad Nagel (The Kiss) ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in San Diego, California. A college dropout, he was found by a talent scout in the Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles and entered Hollywood as a bit player. He was leading man to Greta Garbo in The Kiss, but it was the role of Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front that was his big break...
“ Year: 1929/30
Film: All Quiet on the Western Front
Role: Paul Baumer
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Ronald Colman (Bulldog Drummond); **George Arliss (Disraeli); Herbert Marshall (Murder!); Groucho Marx (Animal Crackers) ” - jmpatison003
 
4.
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ Year: 1930/31
Film: City Lights
Role: A Tramp
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: Peter Lorre (M); James Cagney (The Public Enemy); Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar); *Jackie Cooper (Skippy) ” - jmpatison003
 
5.
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...
“ Year: 1931/32
Film: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Role: Dr. Henry L. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes (tied with Wallace Beery)
Nominees: Paul Muni (Scarface: The Shame of a Nation); Herbert Marshall (Trouble in Paradise); **Wallace Beery (The Champ); Ronald Colman (Arrowsmith) ” - jmpatison003
 
6.
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...
“ Year: 1932/33
Film: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Role: James Allen
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII); Groucho Marx (Duck Soup); Warner Baxter (42nd Street); Claude Rains (The Invisible Man) ” - jmpatison003
 
7.
Clark Gable
Clark Gable was an American film actor, often referred to as "The King of Hollywood" or just simply as "The King." The 1930s saw him at the peak of his acting ability and his popular appeal, as he often portrayed down-to-earth, bravado characters with a carefree attitude. He was known as the epitome of masculinity with his unmatched charm and knowing smile...
“ Year: 1934
Film: It Happened One Night
Role: Peter Warne
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *William Powell (The Thin Man); John Barrymore (Twentieth Century); *Frank Morgan (The Affairs of Cellini); Victor McLaglen (The Lost Patrol) ” - jmpatison003
 
8.
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...
“ Year: 1935
Film: The Informer
Role: Gypo Nolan
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Robert Donat (The 39 Steps); Leslie Howard (The Scarlet Pimpernel); Groucho Marx (A Night at the Opera); Fred Astaire (Top Hat) ” - jmpatison003
 
9.
Walter Huston
Walter Huston, who was born Toronto, Ontario, established himself as one of the great actors of the English-speaking stage and cinema. He established himself as a well-respected and much-sought-after character lead beginning with the early talkies and continuing through the 1930s & '40s. Huston originally studied engineering before seeking a life in the theater...
“ Year: 1936
Film: Dodsworth
Role: Samuel "Sam" Dodsworth
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *William Powell (My Man Godfrey); *Gary Cooper (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town); Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times); Spencer Tracy (Fury) ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
Cary Grant
Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood...
“ Year: 1937
Film: The Awful Truth
Role: Jerry Warriner
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Robert Montgomery (Night Must Fall); Victor Moore (Make Way for Tomorrow); *Fredric March (A Star Is Born); *Paul Muni (The Life of Emile Zola) ” - jmpatison003
 
11.
Leslie Howard
Leslie Howard Stainer was born in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His father was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and his English mother was of German Jewish, and mostly English, descent. Leslie went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the outbreak of World War I...
“ Year: 1938
Film: Pygmalion
Role: Professor Henry Higgins
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Cary Grant (Bringing Up Baby); *Robert Donat (The Citadel); Errol Flynn (The Adventures of Robin Hood); *James Cagney (Angels with Dirty Faces) ” - jmpatison003
 
12.
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...
“ Year: 1939
Film: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Role: Jefferson Smith
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Clark Gable (Gone with the Wind); *Laurence Olivier (Wuthering Heights); **Robert Donat (Goodbye, Mr. Chips); Basil Rathbone (The Hound of the Baskervilles) ” - jmpatison003
 
13.
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...
“ Year: 1940
Film: Rebecca
Role: Maximilian "Maxim" de Winter
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Henry Fonda (The Grapes of Wrath); Cary Grant (His Girl Friday); *Charlie Chaplin (The Great Dictator); James Stewart (The Shop Around the Corner) ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
Orson Welles
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein...
“ Year: 1941
Film: Citizen Kane
Role: Charles Foster Kane
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Walter Huston (The Devil and Daniel Webster); Humphrey Bogart (The Maltese Falcon); Joel McCrea (Sullivan's Travels); Gary Cooper (Meet John Doe) ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
Gary Cooper
Actor, High Noon
Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a two reeler by Hans Tissler (an independent producer)...
“ Year: 1942
Film: The Pride of the Yankees
Role: Lou Gehrig
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy); Tim Holt (The Magnificent Ambersons); *Monty Woolley (The Pied Piper); Alan Ladd (This Gun for Hire) ” - jmpatison003
 
16.
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...
“ Year: 1943
Film: Casablanca
Role: Rick Blaine
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Joseph Cotten (Shadow of a Doubt); *Mickey Rooney (The Human Comedy); *Paul Lukas (Watch on the Rhine); Henry Fonda (The Ox-Bow Incident) ” - jmpatison003
 
17.
Charles Boyer
Actor, Gaslight
Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations all over Europe...
“ Year: 1944
Film: Gaslight
Role: Gregory Anton
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Fred MacMurray (Double Indemnity); Humphrey Bogart (To Have and Have Not); Eddie Bracken (The Miracle of Morgan's Creek); **Bing Crosby (Going My Way) ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
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...
“ Year: 1945
Film: The Lost Weekend
Role: Don Birnam
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Cornel Wilde (Leave Her to Heaven); Robert Walker (The Clock); *Gregory Peck (The Keys of the Kingdom); John Wayne (They Were Expendable) ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
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...
“ Year: 1946
Film: It's a Wonderful Life
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Fredric March (The Best Years of Our Lives); Humphrey Bogart (The Big Sleep); Henry Fonda (My Darling Clementine); Burt Lancaster (The Killers) ” - jmpatison003
 
20.
Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a train accident when he was two...
“ Year: 1947
Film: Out of the Past
Role: Jeff Bailey
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: Richard Attenborough (Brighton Rock); **Ronald Colman (A Double Life); Charlie Chaplin (Monsieur Verdoux); Rex Harrison (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
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...
“ Year: 1948
Film: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Role: Fred C. Dobbs
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: **Laurence Olivier (Hamlet); *Montgomery Clift (The Search); *Lew Ayres (Johnny Belinda); John Wayne (Red River) ” - jmpatison003
 
22.
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...
“ Year: 1949
Film: White Heat
Role: Arthur "Cody" Jarrett
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: Joseph Cotten (The Third Man); Lamberto Maggiorani (Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette)); Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets); *Kirk Douglas (Champion) ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
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...
“ Year: 1950
Film: Sunset Boulevard
Role: Joe Gillis
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *James Stewart (Harvey); **Jose Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac); *Spencer Tracy (Father of the Bride); Sterling Hayden (The Asphalt Jungle) ” - jmpatison003
 
24.
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...
“ Year: 1951
Film: A Streetcar Named Desire
Role: Stanley Kowalski
Nominated for Best Actor,and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Montgomery Clift (A Place in the Sun); Robert Walker (Strangers on a Train); Farley Granger (Strangers on a Train); **Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen) ” - jmpatison003
 
25.
Gary Cooper
Actor, High Noon
Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a two reeler by Hans Tissler (an independent producer)...
“ Year: 1952
Note: Tied for Win with Kirk Douglas in The Bad and the Beautiful
Film: High Noon
Role: Marshal Will Kane
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Gene Kelly (Singin' in the Rain); *Alec Guinness (The Lavender Hill Mob); John Wayne (The Quiet Man) ” - jmpatison003
 
26.
Kirk Douglas
Actor, Spartacus
Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. His parents...
“ Year: 1952
Note: Tied for Win with Gary Cooper in High Noon
Film: The Bad and the Beautiful
Role: Jonathan Shields
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Gene Kelly (Singin' in the Rain); *Alec Guinness (The Lavender Hill Mob); John Wayne (The Quiet Man) ” - jmpatison003
 
27.
Montgomery Clift
Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg) and William Brooks Clift. His father made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression...
“ Year: 1953
Film: From Here to Eternity
Role: Private Robert E. Lee "Prew" Prewitt
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **William Holden (Stalag 17); *Burt Lancaster (From Here to Eternity); Alan Ladd (Shane); Glenn Ford (The Big Heat) ” - jmpatison003
 
28.
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...
“ Year: 1954
Film: On the Waterfront
Role: Terry Malloy
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: James Stewart (Rear Window); *Bing Crosby (The Country Girl); *James Mason (A Star Is Born); Ray Milland (Dial M for Murder) ” - jmpatison003
 
29.
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...
“ Year: 1955
Film: Marty
Role: Marty Piletti
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Spencer Tracy (Bad Day at Black Rock); Robert Mitchum (The Night of the Hunter); *James Dean (East of Eden); *Frank Sinatra (The Man with the Golden Arm) ” - jmpatison003
 
30.
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...
“ Year: 1956
Film: The Searchers
Role: Ethan Edwards
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)); *Kirk Douglas (Lust for Life); *Rock Hudson (Giant); Gregory Peck (Moby Dick) ” - jmpatison003
 
31.
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)...
“ Year: 1957
Film: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Role: Colonel Nicholson
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Charles Laughton (Witness for the Prosecution); Henry Fonda (12 Angry Men); Kirk Douglas (Paths of Glory); Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success) ” - jmpatison003
 
32.
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...
“ Year: 1958
Film: Vertigo
Role: John "Scottie" Ferguson
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Sidney Poitier (The Defiant Ones); *Tony Curtis (The Defiant Ones); Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet)); *Paul Newman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) ” - jmpatison003
 
33.
Cary Grant
Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood...
“ Year: 1959
Film: North by Northwest
Role: Roger Thornhill
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *James Stewart (Anatomy of a Murder); Jean-Pierre Leaud (The 400 Blows (Le Quatre Cents Coups)); Victor Sjostrom (Wild Strawberries (Smultronstallet)); *Jack Lemmon (Some Like It Hot) ” - jmpatison003
 
34.
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...
“ Year: 1960
Film: Elmer Gantry
Role: Elmer Gantry
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Anthony Perkins (Psycho); *Jack Lemmon (The Apartment); Soumitra Chatterjee (The World of Apu (Apur Sansar)); Robert Mitchum (The Sundowners) ” - jmpatison003
 
35.
Paul Newman
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...
“ Year: 1961
Film: The Hustler
Role: "Fast" Eddie Felson
Nominated for Best Picture, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Clark Gable (The Misfits); *Stuart Whitman (The Mark); **Maximilian Schell (Judgment at Nuremberg); Marcello Mastroianni (La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life)) ” - jmpatison003
 
36.
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...
“ Year: 1962
Film: To Kill a Mockingbird
Role: Atticus Finch
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia); *Jack Lemmon (Days of Wine and Roses); Sean Connery (Dr. No); Tom Courtenay (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner) ” - jmpatison003
 
37.
Richard Harris
A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen, Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family. He was the son of Mildred Josephine (Harty) and Ivan John Harris, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature...
“ Year: 1963
Film: This Sporting Life
Role: Frank Machin
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Paul Newman (Hud); **Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field); Marcello Mastroianni (8 1/2); Steve McQueen (The Great Escape) ” - jmpatison003
 
38.
Peter Sellers
Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. As a child, Sellers was spoiled, as his parents' first child had died at birth. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served during World War II...
“ Year: 1964
Film: Dr. Strangelove
Role: Group Captain Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr. Strangelove
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady); *Anthony Quinn (Zorba the Greek); *Peter O'Toole (Becket); Michael Caine (Zulu) ” - jmpatison003
 
39.
Richard Burton
Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, Richard Burton was nonetheless regarded as one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins...
“ Year: 1965
Film: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Role: Alec Leamas
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Rod Steiger (The Pawnbroker); Terence Stamp (The Collector); Sean Connery (The Hill); Omar Sharif (Doctor Zhivago) ” - jmpatison003
 
40.
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...
“ Year: 1966
Film: A Man for All Seasons
Role: Sir Thomas More
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Richard Burton (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?); *Michael Caine (Alfie); Clint Eastwood (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly); Eli Wallach (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) ” - jmpatison003
 
41.
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...
“ Year: 1967
Film: In the Heat of the Night
Role: Detective Virgil Tibbs
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: **Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night); *Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke); *Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate); Robert Blake (In Cold Blood) ” - jmpatison003
 
42.
Peter O'Toole
A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish metal plater, football player and racecourse bookmaker. Upon leaving school, he decided to become a journalist...
“ Year: 1968
Film: The Lion in Winter
Role: King Henry II of England
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey); Henry Fonda (Once Upon a Time in the West); Gary Lockwood (2001: A Space Odyssey); Steve McQueen (Bullitt) ” - jmpatison003
 
43.
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...
“ Year: 1969
Film: Midnight Cowboy
Role: Enrico Salvatore "Ratso" Rizzo
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy); William Holden (The Wild Bunch); *Richard Burton (Anne of the Thousand Days); Paul Newman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) ” - jmpatison003
 
44.
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...
“ Year: 1970
Film: Patton
Role: General George S. Patton, Jr.
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Jack Nicholson (Five Easy Pieces); *James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope); Albert Finney (Scrooge); *Ryan O'Neal (Love Story) ” - jmpatison003
 
45.
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...
“ Year: 1971
Film: The French Connection
Role: Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange); Michael Caine (Get Carter); Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry); Warren Beatty (McCabe & Mrs. Miller) ” - jmpatison003
 
46.
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...
“ Year: 1972
Film: The Godfather
Role: Michael Corleone
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No (nominated for Best Supporting Actor)
Nominees: **Marlon Brando (The Godfather); *Michael Caine (Sleuth); *Laurence Olivier (Sleuth); *Peter O'Toole (The Ruling Class) ” - jmpatison003
 
47.
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...
“ Year: 1973
Film: Save the Tiger
Role: Harry Stoner
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Martin Sheen (Badlands); *Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail); Robert De Niro (Mean Streets); *Robert Redford (The Sting) ” - jmpatison003
 
48.
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...
“ Year: 1974
Film: Chinatown
Role: Jake "J.J." Gittes
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Al Pacino (The Godfather Part II); **Art Carney (Harry and Tonto); Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein); Gene Hackman (The Conversation) ” - jmpatison003
 
49.
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...
“ Year: 1975
Film: Dog Day Afternoon
Role: Sonny Wortzik
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest); Michael Caine (The Man Who Would Be King); Sean Connery (The Man Who Would Be King); *Walter Matthau (The Sunshine Boys) ” - jmpatison003
 
50.
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...
“ Year: 1976
Film: Network
Role: Howard Beale
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver); *William Holden (Network); Robert Redford (All the President's Men); *Giancarlo Giannini (Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze)) ” - jmpatison003
 
51.
John Travolta
John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, NJ...
“ Year: 1977
Film: Saturday Night Fever
Role: Tony Manero
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Art Carney (The Late Show); **Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl); *Woody Allen (Annie Hall); *Richard Burton (Equus) ” - jmpatison003
 
52.
“ Year: 1978
Film: Coming Home
Role: Luke Martin
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Robert De Niro (The Deer Hunter); *Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait); *Laurence Olivier (The Boys from Brazil); John Travolta (Grease) ” - jmpatison003
 
53.
Martin Sheen
Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen is one of America's most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen's acting range is striking. Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerard Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, to Mary-Ann (Phelan), an Irish immigrant (from Borrisokane...
“ Year: 1979
Film: Apocalypse Now
Role: Captain Benjamin L. Willard
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Peter Sellers (Being There); **Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer); *Roy Scheider (All That Jazz); Nick Nolte (North Dallas Forty) ” - jmpatison003
 
54.
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...
“ Year: 1980
Note: Tied for Win with Timothy Hutton for Ordinary People
Film: Raging Bull
Role: Jake LaMotta
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *John Hurt (The Elephant Man); Jack Thompson (Breaker Morant); *Peter O'Toole (The Stunt Man) ” - jmpatison003
 
55.
Timothy Hutton
Actor, Leverage
Timothy Hutton was born in Malibu, California, to Maryline (Poole), a teacher, and actor Jim Hutton (Dana James Hutton). He set Hollywood ablaze when he burst onto the acting scene in the early 1980s. After only a small number of significant roles in TV movies, he bagged the part of Conrad in the Robert Redford-directed Ordinary People...
“ Year: 1980
Note: Tied for Win with Robert De Niro for Raging Bull
Film: Ordinary People
Role: Conrad Jarrett
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No (WON Best Supporting Actor)
Nominees: *John Hurt (The Elephant Man); Jack Thompson (Breaker Morant); *Peter O'Toole (The Stunt Man) ” - jmpatison003
 
56.
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...
“ Year: 1981
Film: On Golden Pond
Role: Norman Thayer
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Dudley Moore (Arthur); William Hurt (Body Heat); *Warren Beatty (Reds); *Burt Lancaster (Atlantic City) ” - jmpatison003
 
57.
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...
“ Year: 1982
Film: Gandhi
Role: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Paul Newman (The Verdict); *Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie); Jurgen Prochnow (Das Boot (The Boat)); Harrison Ford (Blade Runner) ” - jmpatison003
 
58.
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...
“ Year: 1983
Film: Tender Mercies
Role: Mac Sledge
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Michael Caine (Educating Rita); *Tom Courtenay (The Dresser); *Albert Finney (The Dresser); Tom Cruise (Risky Business) ” - jmpatison003
 
59.
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...
“ Year: 1984
Film: Amadeus
Role: Antonio Salieri
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Tom Hulce (Amadeus); Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas); *Albert Finney (Under the Volcano); Howard Rollins, Jr. (A Soldier's Story) ” - jmpatison003
 
60.
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...
“ Year: 1985
Film: Kiss of the Spider Woman
Role: Luis Molina
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Raul Julia (Kiss of the Spider Woman); Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future); Jonathan Pryce (Brazil); Jeff Daniels (The Purple Rose of Cairo) ” - jmpatison003
 
61.
Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, where his mother was living after being evacuated as a result of the heavy bombings. He is the son of Elsie Lillian (Hopkins), a nursery school teacher and cook, and Robert William Hoskins, Sr., who drove a lorry and worked as a bookkeeper...
“ Year: 1986
Film: Mona Lisa
Role: George
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Paul Newman (The Color of Money); Gary Oldman (Sid and Nancy); *James Woods (Salvador); Jeff Goldblum (The Fly) ” - jmpatison003
 
62.
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...
“ Year: 1987
Film: Wall Street
Role: Gordon Gekko
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *William Hurt (Broadcast News); *Jack Nicholson (Ironweed); Yves Montand (Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring)); Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) ” - jmpatison003
 
63.
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...
“ Year: 1988
Film: Rain Man
Role: Raymond Babbitt
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Jeremy Irons (Dead Ringers); Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit); *Gene Hackman (Mississippi Burning); Kevin Costner (Bull Durham) ” - jmpatison003
 
64.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ Year: 1989
Film: My Left Foot
Role: Christy Brown
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Kenneth Branagh (Henry V); *Morgan Freeman (Driving Miss Daisy); *Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society); Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams) ” - jmpatison003
 
65.
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...
“ Year: 1990
Film: Reversal of Fortune
Role: Claus von Bulow
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Richard Harris (The Field); Gabriel Byrne (Miller's Crossing); Ray Liotta (Goodfellas); James Caan (Misery) ” - jmpatison003
 
66.
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...
“ Year: 1991
Film: The Silence of the Lambs
Role: Hannibal Lecter
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: John Turturro (Barton Fink); Kevin Costner (JFK); Albert Brooks (Defending Your Life); *Robert De Niro (Cape Fear) ” - jmpatison003
 
67.
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Eastwood took interest in music and mechanics...
“ Year: 1992:
Film: Unforgiven
Role: William "Bill" Munny
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Robert Downey, Jr. (Chaplin); *Denzel Washington (Malcolm X); **Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman); Tim Robbins (The Player) ” - jmpatison003
 
68.
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ Year: 1993
Film: Schindler's List
Role: Oskar Schindler
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Daniel Day-Lewis (In the Name of the Father); Bill Murray (Groundhog Day); Michael Douglas (Falling Down); *Anthony Hopkins (The Remains of the Day) ” - jmpatison003
 
69.
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ Year: 1994
Film: The Shawshank Redemption
Role: Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption); **Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump); Terence Stamp (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert); *John Travolta (Pulp Fiction) ” - jmpatison003
 
70.
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...
“ Year: 1995
Film: Leaving Las Vegas
Role: Ben Sanderson
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Morgan Freeman (Se7en); *Sean Penn (Dead Man Walking); Brad Pitt (Se7en); Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise) ” - jmpatison003
 
71.
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. Nonetheless...
“ Year: 1996
Film: Jerry Maguire
Role: Jerry Maguire
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Liam Neeson (Michael Collins); *Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade); Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet); Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) ” - jmpatison003
 
72.
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...
“ Year: 1997
Film: L.A. Confidential
Role: Officer Wendell "Bud" White
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Robert Duvall (The Apostle); Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential); *Peter Fonda (Ulee's Gold); *Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) ” - jmpatison003
 
73.
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer James Rouse...
“ Year: 1998
Film: American History X
Role: Derek Vinyard
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters); Jim Carrey (The Truman Show); *Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan); Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski) ” - jmpatison003
 
74.
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...
“ Year: 1999
Film: American Beauty
Role: Lester Burnham
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Russell Crowe (The Insider); *Richard Farnsworth (The Straight Story); John Cusack (Being John Malkovich); *Denzel Washington (The Hurricane) ” - jmpatison003
 
75.
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ Year: 2000
Film: Cast Away
Role: Chuck Noland
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Christian Bale (American Psycho); **Russell Crowe (Gladiator); *Geoffrey Rush (Quills); Michael Douglas (Wonder Boys) ” - jmpatison003
 
76.
Guy Pearce
Actor, Memento
Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Margaret Anne and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy's mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, after his father was offered the position of Chief test pilot for the Australian Government...
“ Film: Memento
Role: Leonard Shelby
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind); **Denzel Washington (Training Day); *Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom); Billy Bob Thornton (The Man Who Wasn't There) ” - jmpatison003
 
77.
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...
“ Year: 2002
Film: About Schmidt
Role: Warren R. Schmidt
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York); *Nicolas Cage (Adaptation.); **Adrien Brody (The Pianist); Leonardo DiCaprio (Catch Me If You Can) ” - jmpatison003
 
78.
Bill Murray
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray...
“ Year: 2003
Film: Lost in Translation
Role: Bob Harris
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl); Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent); Paul Giamatti (American Splendor); Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) ” - jmpatison003
 
79.
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 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...
“ Year: 2004
Film: Ray
Role: Ray Charles
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator); *Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda); Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind); Bruno Ganz (Downfall (Der Untergang)) ” - jmpatison003
 
80.
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...
“ Year: 2005
Film: Capote
Role: Truman Capote
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain); Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence); Jeff Daniels (The Squid and the Whale); *David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) ” - jmpatison003
 
81.
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...
“ Year: 2006
Film: The Departed
Role: William "Billy" Costigan, Jr.
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: **Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland); *Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson); Matt Damon (The Departed); Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) ” - jmpatison003
 
82.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ Year: 2007
Film: There Will Be Blood
Role: Daniel Plainview
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises); Ulrich Muhe (The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)); Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl); *Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) ” - jmpatison003
 
83.
Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high school play production of "Waiting for Godot"...
“ Year: 2008
Film: In Bruges
Role: Ken
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: Colin Farrell (In Bruges); *Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler); Michael Fassbender (Hunger); Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino) ” - jmpatison003
 
84.
George Clooney
Actor, Gravity
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky...
“ Year: 2009
Film: Up in the Air
Role: Ryan Bingham
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker); *Colin Firth (A Single Man); Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer); Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) ” - jmpatison003
 
85.
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...
“ Year: 2010
Film: The King's Speech
Role: King George VI of the United Kingdom
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network); *James Franco (127 Hours); Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine); Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer) ” - jmpatison003
 
86.
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ Year: 2011
Film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Role: George Smiley
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Michael Fassbender (Shame); Ryan Gosling (Drive); **Jean Dujardin (The Artist); *Brad Pitt (Moneyball) ” - jmpatison003