My Best Supporting Actor Winners

This list details those supporting 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 1928 through the present, though the category has only existed since 1936. 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 nominee, ** denotes category winner, ^ denotes leading category nominee, and ^^ denotes leading category winner for actual Academy Awards.
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1.
“ Year: 1927/28
Film: Metropolis
Role: Freder Fredersen
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Charles Farrell (Seventh Heaven); Buddy Rogers (My Best Girl); Victor Varconi (Chicago); Edmond van Daele (Napoléon) ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
Clive Brook
Born in London, England to Charlotte Mary (opera singer) and George Alfred Brook. He was educated privately. Stage experience included: "Oliver Twist", "Voysey Inheritence", "If I were King", "Importance of Being Ernest", Fair and Warmer", "Over Sunday", "Clothes and the WOman", and many others. Screen experience with Graham-Cutts Company in London...
“ Year: 1928/29
Film: The Four Feathers
Role: Lieutenant Jack Durrance
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Lars Hanson (The Wind); Montagu Love (The Wind); Cyril Ritchard (Blackmail); Carl Brisson (The Manxman) ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
Louis Wolheim
It was Lionel Barrymore who gave Louis Wolheim (Cornell '07) his start as an actor. Wolheim had had his face more or less smashed in and his nose nicely fractured while playing on a scrub Cornell football team. Later as a Cornell Instructor he found life none too easy. He had worked off and on as an extra in the Wharton studio but never received much attention...
“ Year: 1929/30
Film: All Quiet on the Western Front
Role: Stanislaus "Kat" Katczinsky
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Tyrone Power, Sr. (The Big Trail); Neil Hamilton (The Dawn Patrol); Robert Greig (Animal Crackers); Robert Montgomery (The Big House) ” - jmpatison003
 
4.
Lionel Barrymore
Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon"...
“ Year: 1930/31
Film: A Free Soul
Role: Stephen Ashe
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Clark Gable (A Free Soul); Reginald Denny (Private Lives); Harry Myers (City Lights); Zeppo Marx (Monkey Business) ” - jmpatison003
 
5.
John Barrymore
American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical family in America, he was also its most acclaimed star. His father was Maurice Blyth (or Blythe; family spellings vary)...
“ Year: 1931/32
Film: Grand Hotel
Role: Baron Felix von Gaigern
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Lionel Barrymore (Grand Hotel); Lowell Sherman (What Price Hollywood?); Clive Brook (Shanghai Express); Wallace Beery (Grand Hotel) ” - jmpatison003
 
6.
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...
“ Year: 1932/33
Film: The Private Life of Henry VIII
Role: Thomas Culpeper
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Fred Astaire (Flying Down to Rio); Chico Marx (Duck Soup); Guy Kibbee (42nd Street); Cary Grant (She Done Him Wrong) ” - jmpatison003
 
7.
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...
“ Year: 1934
Film: The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Role: Edward Moulton-Barrett
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: category did not exist
Nominees: Boris Karloff (The Lost Patrol); Henry Brandon (Babes in Toyland); Sam Jaffe (The Scarlet Empress); Raymond Massey (The Scarlet Pimpernel) ” - jmpatison003
 
8.
Peter Lorre
Actor, Casablanca
As a youth Peter Lorre ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for several years and acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang cast him as the psychopathic child killer in M...
“ Year: 1935
Film: The Man Who Knew Too Much
Role: Abbott
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: category did not exist
Nominees: James Cagney (A Midsummer Night's Dream); Ernest Thesiger (Bride of Frankenstein); Ralph Bellamy (Hands Across the Table); Fredric March (Anna Karenina) ” - jmpatison003
 
9.
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...
“ Year: 1936
Film: San Francisco
Role: Father Tim Mullen
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No (nominated for Best Actor)
Nominees: Humphrey Bogart (The Petrified Forest); **Walter Brennan (Come and Get It); Peter Lorre (Secret Agent); Robert Young (Secret Agent) ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
“ Year: 1937
Film: They Won't Forget
Role: Tump Redwine
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Ralph Bellamy (The Awful Truth); *Thomas Mitchell (The Hurricane); Jean Hersholt (Heidi); **Joseph Schildkraut (The Life of Emile Zola) ” - jmpatison003
 
11.
Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1892, but three years later his family was forced to flee the country because his father was accused by the Boers of being a British spy at a time when Dutch-British conflicts were leading to the Boer War. The Rathbones escaped to England, where Basil and his two younger siblings...
“ Year: 1938
Film: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Role: Sir Guy of Gisbourne
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: Erich von Stroheim (Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion)); Pat O'Brien (Angels with Dirty Faces); *Robert Morley (Marie Antoinette); Edward Arnold (You Can't Take It with You) ” - jmpatison003
 
12.
Thomas Mitchell
Thomas Mitchell was one of the great American character actors, whose credits read like a list of the greatest films of the 20th century: Lost Horizon; Stagecoach; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Gone with the Wind; It's a Wonderful Life and High Noon. His portrayals are so diverse and convincing that most people don't even realize that one actor could have played them all...
“ Year: 1939
Film: Stagecoach
Role: Dr. Josiah Boone
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Claude Rains (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington); Ray Bolger (The Wizard of Oz); *Brian Aherne (Juarez); Nigel Bruce (The Hound of the Baskervilles) ” - jmpatison003
 
13.
Walter Brennan
In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films and the only actor to date to win three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Walter Brennan attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying engineering. While in school he became interested in acting and performed in school plays...
“ Year: 1940
Film: The Westerner
Role: Judge Roy Bean
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: George Sanders (Rebecca); Frank Morgan (The Shop Around the Corner); Herbert Marshall (Foreign Correspondent); *Jack Oakie (The Great Dictator) ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
Sydney Greenstreet
Actor, Casablanca
Sydney Greenstreet's father was a leather merchant with eight children. Sydney left home at age 18 to make his fortune as a Ceylon tea planter, but drought forced him out of business and back to England. He managed a brewery and, to escape boredom, took acting lessons. His stage debut was as a murderer in a 1902 production of "Sherlock Holmes"...
“ Year: 1941
Film: The Maltese Falcon
Role: Kasper Gutman
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes, No
Nominees: Peter Lorre (The Maltese Falcon); Joseph Cotten (Citizen Kane); **Donald Crisp (How Green Was My Valley); *Charles Coburn (The Devil and Miss Jones) ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr. was born in Petersburg, Virginia, into a well-to-do Southern family. He was the eldest of three sons born to Sally Whitworth (Willson) and Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster. Jo (as he was known) and his brothers Whit and Sam spent their summers at their aunt and uncle's home at Virginia Beach...
“ Year: 1942
Film: The Magnificent Ambersons
Role: Eugene Morgan
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: **Van Heflin (Johnny Eager); *Henry Travers (Mrs. Miniver); *Frank Morgan (Tortilla Flat); Rudy Vallee (The Palm Beach Story) ” - jmpatison003
 
16.
Claude Rains
Actor, Casablanca
William Claude Rains, born in the Camberwell area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth business end as well...
“ Year: 1943
Film: Casablanca
Role: Captain Louis Renault
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Charles Coburn (The More the Merrier); Erich von Stroheim (Five Graves to Cairo); Dana Andrews (The Ox-Bow Incident); *J. Carrol Naish (Sahara) ” - jmpatison003
 
17.
Barry Fitzgerald
One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and joined Dublin's world-famous Abbey Players...
“ Year: 1944
Film: Going My Way
Role: Father Fitzgibbon
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: William Demarest (The Miracle of Morgan's Creek); Edward G. Robinson (Double Indemnity); *Clifton Webb (Laura); William Bendix (Lifeboat) ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
James Dunn
Versatile actor of stage, screen and television, James Howard Dunn was the only child of a prominent New York stockbroker and homemaker. He grew up and attended public schools in New Rochelle, New York. Dunn's interest in pursuing a career in acting became apparent when he started playing hooky from high school...
“ Year: 1945
Film: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Role: Johnny Nolan
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Anton Walbrook (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp); Marcello Pagliero (Rome, Open City (Roma, citta aperta); Jean-Louis Barrault (Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis)); Pierre Brasseur (Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis)) ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
Claude Rains
Actor, Casablanca
William Claude Rains, born in the Camberwell area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth business end as well...
“ Year: 1946
Film: Notorious
Role: Alexander Sebastian
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Charles Coburn (The Green Years); **Harold Russell (The Best Years of Our Lives); Dana Andrews (The Best Years of Our Lives); Lionel Barrymore (It's a Wonderful Life) ” - jmpatison003
 
20.
Richard Widmark
Richard Widmark established himself as an icon of American cinema with his debut in the 1947 film noir Kiss of Death in which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as the killer "Tommy Udo". Kiss of Death and other noir thrillers established Widmark as part of a new generation of American movie actors who became stars in the post-World War II era...
“ Year: 1947
Film: Kiss of Death
Role: Tommy Udo
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Kirk Douglas (Out of the Past); **Edmund Gwenn (Miracle on 34th Street); *Robert Ryan (Crossfire); *Thomas Gomez (Ride the Pink Horse) ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
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: 1948
Film: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Role: Howard
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Cecil Kellaway (The Luck of the Irish); Marius Goring (The Red Shoes); James Stewart (Rope); Edward G. Robinson (Key Largo) ” - jmpatison003
 
22.
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 seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
“ Year: 1949
Film: The Third Man
Role: Harry Lime
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: Alec Guinness (Kind Hearts and Coronets); *Ralph Richardson (The Heiress); *James Whitmore (Battleground); Enzo Staoila (The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette)) ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
George Sanders
George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in 1936...
“ Year: 1950
Film: All About Eve
Role: Addison DeWitt
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Erich von Stroheim (Sunset Boulevard); Alastair Sim (Stage Fright); *Sam Jaffe (The Asphalt Jungle); Richard Widmark (No Way Out) ” - jmpatison003
 
24.
Karl Malden
Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father in Chicago, on March 22, 1912, Karl Malden didn't learn how to communicate a single word of English until he was in kindergarten. Raised in Gary, IN, a medium-sized steel town, Malden--like many other young men in Gary--got a job in a steel factory when he finished school...
“ Year: 1951
Film: A Streetcar Named Desire
Role: Harold "Mitch" Mitchell
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Peter Ustinov (Quo Vadis); Masayuki Mori (Rashomon); Hugh Marlowe (The Day the Earth Stood Still); *Kevin McCarthy (Death of a Salesman) ” - jmpatison003
 
25.
Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn was a Mexican-born American actor, painter and writer. He starred in numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, including La Strada, The Guns of Navarone, Zorba the Greek, Guns for San Sebastian, Lawrence of Arabia, The Message and Lion of the Desert. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice: for Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life...
“ Year: 1952
Film: Viva Zapata!
Role: Eufemio Zapata
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Victor McLaglen (The Quiet Man); Donald O'Connor (Singin' in the Rain); *Jack Palance (Sudden Fear); Stanley Holloway (The Lavender Hill Mob) ” - jmpatison003
 
26.
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: 1953
Film: From Here to Eternity
Role: Staff Sergeant James R. "Fatso" Judson
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: ^Marlon Brando (Julius Caesar); Otto Preminger (Stalag 17); **Frank Sinatra (From Here to Eternity); *Jack Palance (Shane) ” - jmpatison003
 
27.
Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb, one of the premier character actors in American film for three decades in the post-World War II period, was born Leo Jacoby in New York City's Lower East Side on December 8, 1911. The son of a Jewish newspaper editor, young Leo was a child prodigy in music, mastering the violin and the harmonica...
“ Year: 1954
Film: On the Waterfront
Role: Johnny Friendly
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Karl Malden (On the Waterfront); *Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront); Fred MacMurray (The Caine Mutiny); Raymond Burr (Rear Window) ” - jmpatison003
 
28.
Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School...
“ Year: 1955
Film: Mister Roberts
Role: Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Sal Mineo (Rebel Without a Cause); Sidney Poitier (Blackboard Jungle); Peter Sellers (The Ladykillers); Raymond Massey (East of Eden) ” - jmpatison003
 
29.
James Dean
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
“ Year: 1956
Film: Giant
Role: Jett Rink
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No (nominated for Best Actor)
Nominees: Takashi Shimura (Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)); *Robert Stack (Written on the Wind); **Anthony Quinn (Lust for Life); Yul Brynner (The Ten Commandments) ” - jmpatison003
 
30.
Sessue Hayakawa
Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to problems with his hearing...
“ Year: 1957
Film: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Role: Colonel Saito
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Lee J. Cobb (12 Angry Men); Ralph Meeker (Paths of Glory); Jack Hawkins (The Bridge on the River Kwai); George Macready (Paths of Glory) ” - jmpatison003
 
31.
Burl Ives
Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College in 1927. He dropped out in 1930 and wandered, hitching rides, doing odd jobs, street singing...
“ Year: 1958
Film: The Big Country
Role: Rufus Hannassey
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Orson Welles (Touch of Evil); Bengt Ekerot (The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet)); Gunnar Bjornstrand (The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet)); *Theodore Bikel (The Defiant Ones) ” - jmpatison003
 
32.
Stephen Boyd
Actor, Ben-Hur
Stephen Boyd was born William Millar on July 4, 1931, at Glengormley, Northern Ireland, one of nine children of Martha Boyd and Canadian truck driver James Alexander Millar, who worked for Fleming's on Tomb Street in Belfast. He attended Glengormley & Ballyrobert primary school and then moved on to Ballyclare High School and studied bookkeeping at Hughes Commercial Academy...
“ Year: 1959
Film: Ben-Hur
Role: Messala
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *George C. Scott (Anatomy of a Murder); Ben Gazzara (Anatomy of a Murder); *Arthur O'Connell (Anatomy of a Murder); Joseph Schildkraut (The Diary of Anne Frank) ” - jmpatison003
 
33.
Peter Ustinov
Actor, Robin Hood
Peter Ustinov was a two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, a director, writer, journalist and raconteur. He wrote and directed many acclaimed stage plays and led numerous international theatrical productions. He was born Peter Alexander Freiherr von Ustinov on April 16, 1921, in Swiss Cottage, London...
“ Year: 1960
Film: Spartacus
Role: Lentulus Batiatus
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Peter Falk (Murder, Inc.); Fred MacMurray (The Apartment); Laurence Olivier (Spartacus); *Sal Mineo (Exodus) ” - jmpatison003
 
34.
Jackie Gleason
Comedian, actor, composer and conductor, educated in New York public schools. He was a master of ceremonies in amateur shows, a carnival barker, daredevil driver and a disc jockey., and later a comedian in night clubs. By the mid-1950s he had turned to writing original music and recording a series of popular and best-selling albums with his orchestra for Capitol Records...
“ Year: 1961
Film: The Hustler
Role: Minnesota Fats
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Montgomery Clift (Judgment at Nuremberg); *George C. Scott (The Hustler); Burt Lancaster (Judgment at Nuremberg); Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo (Yojinbo)) ” - jmpatison003
 
35.
Omar Sharif
He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both British and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and Funny Girl. He was nominated for an Academy Award. He won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award...
“ Year: 1962
Film: Lawrence of Arabia
Role: Sherif Ali ibn el Kharish
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Terence Stamp (Billy Budd); Claude Rains (Lawrence of Arabia); Lee Marvin (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance); Fernando Rey (Viridiana) ” - jmpatison003
 
36.
Melvyn Douglas
Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas was one of America's finest actors. In addition to his two Oscars, he also won a Tony Award and an Emmy. Douglas would enjoy cinema immortality if for no other reason than his being the man who made Greta Garbo laugh in Ernst Lubitsch's classic comedy Ninotchka, but he was much, much more...
“ Year: 1963
Film: Hud
Role: Homer Bannon
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Brandon De Wilde (Hud); Donald Pleasance (The Great Escape); *Bobby Darin (Captain Newman, M.D.); *John Huston (The Cardinal) ” - jmpatison003
 
37.
George C. Scott
George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born in 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 US Marines and spent four years with them...
“ Year: 1964
Film: Dr. Strangelove
Role: General Buck Turgidson
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: **Peter Ustinov (Topkapi); Sterling Hayden (Dr. Strangelove); Wilfred Brambell (A Hard Day's Night); Fredric March (Seven Days in May) ” - jmpatison003
 
38.
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...
“ Year: 1965
Film: Doctor Zhivago
Role: Victor Komarovsky
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: Harry Andrews (The Hill); *Tom Courtenay (Doctor Zhivago); Ian Hendry (The Hill); Oskar Werner (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold) ” - jmpatison003
 
39.
George Segal
George Segal was born on February 13, 1934 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, to Fannie Blanche (Bodkin) and George Segal, Sr., a malt and hop agent. All of his grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. After a stint in the military, he made his bones as a stage actor before being cast in his first meaty film role in The Young Doctors...
“ Year: 1966
Film: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Role: Nick
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Walter Matthau (The Fortune Cookie); Lee Van Cleef (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly); *Robert Shaw (A Man for All Seasons); Richard Attenborough (The Sand Pebbles) ” - jmpatison003
 
40.
George Kennedy
George Harris Kennedy, Jr. was born on February 18, 1925 in New York City, to Helen A. (Kieselbach), a ballet dancer, and George Harris Kennedy, an orchestra leader and musician. Following high school graduation, Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 with the hope to become a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps...
“ Year: 1967
Film: Cool Hand Luke
Role: Dragline
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Gene Hackman (Bonnie and Clyde); Jean Martin (The Battle of Algiers (La bataille d'Alger/La battaglia di algeri); *Michael J. Pollard (Bonnie and Clyde); *John Cassavetes (The Dirty Dozen) ” - jmpatison003
 
41.
Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Wilder caught his first big break playing...
“ Year: 1968
Film: The Producers
Role: Leo Bloom
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Jack Albertson (The Subject Was Roses); Jason Robards (Once Upon a Time in the West); Sergei Bondarchuk (War and Peace (Voyna i mir)); William Sylvester (2001: A Space Odyssey) ” - jmpatison003
 
42.
Gig Young
Affable, immensely likable American actor, usually in second leads. A native of Minnesota, his parents John and Emma Barr raised him in Washington, DC. He developed a passion for the theatre while appearing in high school plays. After some amateur experience, he applied for and received a scholarship to the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse...
“ Year: 1969
Film: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Role: Rocky Graver
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Jack Nicholson (Easy Rider); *Elliott Gould (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice); Ernest Borgnine (The Wild Bunch); Robert Ryan (The Wild Bunch) ” - jmpatison003
 
43.
Karl Malden
Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father in Chicago, on March 22, 1912, Karl Malden didn't learn how to communicate a single word of English until he was in kindergarten. Raised in Gary, IN, a medium-sized steel town, Malden--like many other young men in Gary--got a job in a steel factory when he finished school...
“ Year: 1970
Film: Patton
Role: General Omar Bradley
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Gene Hackman (I Never Sang for My Father); *Chief Dan George (Little Big Man): *John Marley (Love Story); **John Mills (Ryan's Daughter) ” - jmpatison003
 
44.
Ben Johnson
Born in Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was a ranch hand and rodeo performer when, in 1940, Howard Hughes hired him to take a load of horses to California. He decided to stick around (the pay was good), and for some years was a stunt man, horse wrangler, and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Stewart...
“ Year: 1971
Film: The Last Picture Show
Role: Sam the Lion
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Jeff Bridges (The Last Picture Show); *Roy Scheider (The French Connection); Andy Robinson (Dirty Harry); Jack Albertson (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) ” - jmpatison003
 
45.
James Caan
A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred. He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan...
“ Year: 1972
Film: The Godfather
Role: Sonny Corleone
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: John Cazale (The Godfather); **Joel Grey (Cabaret); *Robert Duvall (The Godfather); Ned Beatty (Deliverance) ” - jmpatison003
 
46.
Robert Shaw
Actor, Jaws
Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro...
“ Year: 1973
Film: The Sting
Role: Doyle Lonnegan
Nominated for Best Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Jason Miller (The Exorcist); Paul Newman (The Sting); Max von Sydow (The Exorcist); *Vincent Gardenia (Bang the Drum Slowly) ” - jmpatison003
 
47.
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
De Niro's longtime collaboration with Scorsese later earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. He also earned nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver and Cape Fear, both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received additional Academy Award nominations for Michael Cimino's Vietnam war drama The Deer Hunter...
“ Year: 1974
Film: The Godfather Part II
Role: Vito Corleone
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: John Cazale (The Godfather Part II); Harvey Korman (Blazing Saddles); John Huston (Chinatown); Marty Feldman (Young Frankenstein) ” - jmpatison003
 
48.
“ Year: 1975
Film: The Sunshine Boys
Role: Al Lewis
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Robert Shaw (Jaws); *Burgess Meredith (The Day of the Locust); Charles Durning (Dog Day Afternoon); John Cazale (Dog Day Afternoon) ” - jmpatison003
 
49.
Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on television...
“ Year: 1976
Film: All the President's Men
Role: "Deep Throat"
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Burgess Meredith (Rocky); *Laurence Olivier (Marathon Man); Robert Duvall (Network); **Jason Robards (All the President's Men) ” - jmpatison003
 
50.
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946)...
“ Year: 1977
Film: Star Wars
Role: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Bill Macy (The Late Show); Harrison Ford (Star Wars); **Jason Robards (Julia); Tony Roberts (Annie Hall) ” - jmpatison003
 
51.
Christopher Walken
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter, and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters...
“ Year: 1978
Film: The Deer Hunter
Role: Corporal Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Richard Farnsworth (Comes a Horseman); *John Hurt (Midnight Express); John Savage (The Deer Hunter); Gene Hackman (Superman) ” - jmpatison003
 
52.
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: 1979
Film: Apocalypse Now
Role: Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Justin Henry (Kramer vs. Kramer); Paul Dooley (Breaking Away); *Frederic Forrest (The Rose); Marlon Brando (Apocalypse Now) ” - jmpatison003
 
53.
Donald Sutherland
The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland, among others. Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint John...
“ Year: 1980
Film: Ordinary People
Role: Calvin Jarrett
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Joe Pesci (Raging Bull); Lewis Fitz-Gerald (Breaker Morant); Anthony Hopkins (The Elephant Man); Bryan Brown (Breaker Morant) ” - jmpatison003
 
54.
John Gielgud
Actor, Gandhi
Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other contemporaries of the National Theatre at the "Old Vic"...
“ Year: 1981
Film: Arthur
Role: Hobson
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Jack Nicholson (Reds); *Ian Holm (Chariots of Fire); Bill Hunter (Gallipoli); Nigel Havers (Chariots of Fire) ” - jmpatison003
 
55.
James Mason
James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of Sir Tyrone Guthrie and of Alexander Korda...
“ Year: 1982
Film: The Verdict
Role: Ed Concannon
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *John Lithgow (The World According to Garp); Sean Penn (Fast Times at Ridgemont High); Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner); Charles Durning (Tootsie) ” - jmpatison003
 
56.
Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, to Jane Elaine (Schook), a teacher, and Samuel Shepard Rogers, a teacher and farmer who was also in the army. As the eldest son of a US Army officer (and WWII bomber pilot), Shepard spent his early childhood moving from base to base around the US until finally settling in Duarte...
“ Year: 1983
Film: The Right Stuff
Role: Chuck Yeager
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Ed Harris (The Right Stuff); Darren McGavin (A Christmas Story); Dennis Quaid (The Right Stuff); **Jack Nicholson (Terms of Endearment) ” - jmpatison003
 
57.
Haing S. Ngor
Dr. Ngor's best known role was that of Dith Pran, the Cambodian assistant to New York Times correspondent Sydney Schanberg in the 'Killing Fields'. A gynecologist and surgeon, Ngor was ordered out of Phnom Penh along with the rest of the city's 2 million inhabitants after the Khmer Rouge takeover in 1975...
“ Year: 1984
Film: The Killing Fields
Role: Dith Pran
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Adolph Caesar (A Soldier's Story); James Woods (Once Upon a Time in America); Jeffrey Jones (Amadeus); *Pat Morita (The Karate Kid) ” - jmpatison003
 
58.
“ Year: 1985
Film: Back to the Future
Role: Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa); Danny Glover (The Color Purple); M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple.); **Don Ameche (Cocoon) ” - jmpatison003
 
59.
Michael Caine
Michael Caine is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu...
“ Year: 1986
Film: Hannah and Her Sisters
Role: Elliot
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Tom Berenger (Platoon); Dennis Hopper (Blue Velvet); Willem Dafoe (Platoon); Daniel Day-Lewis (A Room with a View) ” - jmpatison003
 
60.
“ Year: 1987
Film: Broadcast News
Role: Aaron Altman
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Morgan Freeman (Street Smart); R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket); Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket); **Sean Connery (The Untouchables) ” - jmpatison003
 
61.
Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Margaret and Robert Joseph Kline, who owned several stores. His father was of German Jewish descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. After attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Kline studied at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1972, Kline joined the Acting Company in New York which was run by John Houseman...
“ Year: 1988
Film: A Fish Called Wanda
Role: Otto West
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Michael Palin (A Fish Called Wanda); ^Max von Sydow (Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren)); *Alec Guinness (Little Dorrit); Tim Robbins (Bull Durham) ” - jmpatison003
 
62.
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...
“ Year: 1989
Film: Glory
Role: Private Silas Trip
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing); *Martin Landau (Crimes and Misdemeanors); Sean Connery (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade); Hugh O'Conor (My Left Foot) ” - jmpatison003
 
63.
Joe Pesci
Actor, Goodfellas
Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943, in Newark, NJ, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor and by the mid-50s was starring on the series "Star Time Kids". In the mid-'60s he released a record under the stage name of "Joe Ritchie" titled "Little Joe Sure Can Sing"...
“ Year: 1990
Film: Goodfellas
Role: Tommy DeVito
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Albert Finney (Miller's Crossing); John Turturro (Miller's Crossing); Robert De Niro (Goodfellas); *Andy Garcia (The Godfather Part III) ” - jmpatison003
 
64.
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school for boys in Dallas...
“ Year: 1991
Film: JFK
Role: Clay Shaw
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: John Goodman (Barton Fink); *Michael Lerner (Barton Fink); Samuel L. Jackson (Jungle Fever); Alan Rickman (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) ” - jmpatison003
 
65.
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: 1992
Film: Unforgiven
Role: Little Bill Daggett
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Alec Baldwin (Glengarry Glen Ross); *Jack Nicholson (A Few Good Men); *Jaye Davidson (The Crying Game); Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs) ” - jmpatison003
 
66.
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ Year: 1993
Film: Schindler's List
Role: Amon Goth
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Leonardo DiCaprio (What's Eating Gilbert Grape); *Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father); Ben Kingsley (Schindler's List); **Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) ” - jmpatison003
 
67.
Martin Landau
Actor, Ed Wood
Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also worked for cartoonist Gus Edson on "The Gumps" comic strip...
“ Year: 1994:
Film: Ed Wood
Role: Bela Lugosi
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction); James Whitmore (The Shawshank Redemption); *Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump); John Turturro (Quiz Show) ” - jmpatison003
 
68.
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: 1995
Film: The Usual Suspects
Role: Roger "Verbal" Kint
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Brad Pitt (12 Monkeys); *James Cromwell (Babe); Patrick McGoohan (Braveheart); Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13) ” - jmpatison003
 
69.
“ Year: 1996
Film: Fargo
Role: Jerry Lundegaard
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Edward Norton (Primal Fear); Steve Buscemi (Fargo); Noah Taylor (Shine); Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting) ” - jmpatison003
 
70.
James Cromwell
Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie-Mellon University, James Cromwell, the son of famous film director John Cromwell, studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon. He went into the theater (like both his parents) doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays...
“ Year: 1997
Film: L.A. Confidential
Role: Captain Dudley Liam Smith
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights); Kevin Spacey (L.A. Confidential); **Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting); *Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) ” - jmpatison003
 
71.
Billy Bob Thornton
Actor, Armageddon
Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Virginia Roberta (Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, an educator, high school history teacher, and basketball coach (now deceased). He is the older brother of James Donald (Jimmy Don) (born in 1958 and now deceased) and John David (born in 1969)...
“ Year: 1998
Film: A Simple Plan
Role: Jacob Mitchell
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Robert Duvall (A Civil Action); **James Coburn (Affliction); Bill Murray (Rushmore); Elias Koteas (The Thin Red Line) ” - jmpatison003
 
72.
Christopher Plummer
Actor, Up
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister (from 1891 to 1892)...
“ Year: 1999
Film: The Insider
Role: Mike Wallace
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *Tom Cruise (Magnolia); *Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense); *Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley); *Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) ” - jmpatison003
 
73.
Benicio Del Toro
Actor, Snatch
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-'90s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. Born on February 19...
“ Year: 2000
Film: Traffic
Role: Javier Rodriguez
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Willem Dafoe (Shadow of the Vampire); Billy Crudup (Almost Famous); Gary Oldman (The Contender); Takeshi Kitano (Battle Royale (Batoru Rowaiaru) ” - jmpatison003
 
74.
Ian McKellen
Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen...
“ Year: 2001
Film: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Role: Gandalf
Nominees: Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind-William Parcher); Steve Buscemi (Ghost World-Seymour); *Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast-Don Logan); **Jim Broadbent (Iris-John Bayley) ” - jmpatison003
 
75.
Christopher Walken
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter, and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters...
“ Year: 2002
Film: Catch Me If You Can
Role: Frank W. Abagnale, Sr.
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers); *Paul Newman (Road to Perdition); **Chris Cooper (Adaptation.); Tom Hanks (Catch Me If You Can) ” - jmpatison003
 
76.
Tim Robbins
Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins (née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group...
“ Year: 2003
Film: Mystic River
Role: Dave Boyle
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King); *Alec Baldwin (The Cooler); Kevin Bacon (Mystic River); Paul Bettany (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) ” - jmpatison003
 
77.
Thomas Haden Church
Actor, Sideways
Thomas Haden Church was born Thomas Richard McMillen in Yolo, California, to Maxine (Sanders) and Carlos Richard McMillen, who was a U.S. marine and surveyor. He was raised in Texas. Church began his show business career in front of a microphone instead of a camera, first as a radio deejay and then as a voice-over announcer...
“ Year: 2004
Film: Sideways
Role: Jack
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Clive Owen (Closer); **Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby); Willem Dafoe (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou); David Carradine (Kill Bill, Vol. 2) ” - jmpatison003
 
78.
Ed Harris
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time. Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally...
“ Year: 2005
Film: A History of Violence
Role: Carl Fogarty
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: *William Hurt (A History of Violence); *Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain); Mickey Rourke (Sin City); Clifton Collins, Jr. (Capote) ” - jmpatison003
 
79.
“ Year: 2006
Film: Little Children
Role: Ronald James McGorvey
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale); Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland); Michael Caine (Children of Men); *Mark Wahlberg (The Departed) ” - jmpatison003
 
80.
Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema. He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro...
“ Year: 2007
Film: No Country for Old Men
Role: Anton Chigurh
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford); *Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson's War); *Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton); Tommy Lee Jones (No County for Old Men) ” - jmpatison003
 
81.
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight's Tale, Monster's Ball, Ned Kelly, The Brothers Grimm, Lords of Dogtown, Brokeback Mountain, Casanova, Candy, I'm Not There., The Dark Knight and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director...
“ Year: 2008
Film: The Dark Knight
Role: The Joker
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight); Ralph Fiennes (In Bruges); *Robert Downey, Jr. (Tropic Thunder); Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) ” - jmpatison003
 
82.
Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award...
“ Year: 2009
Film: Inglourious Basterds
Role: Colonel Hans Landa
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Woody Harrelson (The Messenger); Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker); Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds); Leonard Proxauf (The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band)) ” - jmpatison003
 
83.
Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ Year: 2010
Film: The Fighter
Role: Dicky Eklund
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Andrew Garfield (The Social Network); *John Hawkes (Winter's Bone); *Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech); *Jeremy Renner (The Town) ” - jmpatison003
 
84.
“ Year: 2011
Film: Drive
Role: Bernie Rose
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and if so, did he win?: No
Nominees: Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life); Tom Hardy (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy); Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy); Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2) ” - jmpatison003