here, is every actor/actress that have each won multiple oscars.
remember, don't judge an actor's ability by the number of oscars they have (or don't have)!
Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life in extremely modest circumstances in Mexico...
“ Best Supporting Actor - Viva Zapata! (1952)
Best Supporting Actor - Lust For Life (1956) ” - pjuryn
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ Best Lead Actress - Dangerous (1935)
Best Lead Actress - Jezebel (1938) ” - pjuryn
“ Best Supporting Actor - Inglorious Basterds (2009)
Best Supporting Actor - Django Unchained (2012) ” - pjuryn
is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot
, There Will Be Blood
, making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars...
“ Best Lead Actor - My Left Foot (1989)
Best Lead Actor - There Will Be Blood (2007)
Best Lead Actor - Lincoln (2012) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Supporting Actor - Glory (1989)
Best Lead Actor - Training Day (2001) ” - pjuryn
One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of German and Croatian descent...
“ Best Supporting Actress - Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)
Best Supporting Actress - Bullets Over Broadway (1994) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Lead Actor - Kramer vs Kramer (1979)
Best Lead Actor - Rain Man (1988) ” - pjuryn
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since...
“ Best Lead Actress - BUtterfield 8 (1960)
Best Lead Actress - Who's Afraid Of The Virginia Woolf? (1966) ” - pjuryn
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
“ Best Lead Actor - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) [NOTE: March tied with Wallace Berry for the Oscar at the Awards]
Best Lead Actor - The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) ” - pjuryn
"Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him", Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine...
“ Best Lead Actor - Sergeant York (1941)
Best Lead Actor - High Noon (1952) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Lead Actor - The French Connection (1971)
Best Supporting Actor - Unforgiven (1992) ” - pjuryn
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in Birkenhead...
“ Best Lead Actress - Women In Love (1969)
Best Lead Actress - A Touch Of Class (1973) ” - pjuryn
Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown, a clerk and salesman...
“ Best Lead Actress - The Sin Of Madelon Claudet (1931)
Best Supporting Actress - Airport (1970) ” - pjuryn
Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and Scottish...
“ Best Lead Actress - Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Best Lead Actress - Million Dollar Baby (2004) ” - pjuryn
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with Meryl Streep
, both second only to Katharine Hepburn
“ Best Lead Actress - Gaslight (1944)
Best Lead Actress - Anastasia (1956)
Best Supporting Actress - Murder On The Orient Express (1974) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Supporting Actor - Mister Roberts (1955)
Best Lead Actor - Save The Tiger (1973) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Lead Actor - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Best Supporting Actor - Terms of Endearment (1983)
Best Lead Actor - As Good As It Gets (1997) ” - pjuryn
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda
and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ Best Lead Actress - Klute (1971)
Best Lead Actress - Coming Home (1978) ” - pjuryn
Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr.
He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at Hollywood High School...
“ Best Supporting Actor - All The President's Men (1976)
Best Supporting Actor - Julia (1977) ” - pjuryn
Jessica Phyllis Lange was born 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota, to Dorothy Florence (Sahlman) and Albert John Lange, a traveling salesman and teacher. She is of Finnish (mother) and Dutch and German (father) descent. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama...
“ Best Supporting Actress - Tootsie (1982)
Best Lead Actress - Blue Sky (1994) ” - pjuryn
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ Best Lead Actress - The Accused (1988)
Best Lead Actress - The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) ” - pjuryn
Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him dead...
“ Best Lead Actress - Morning Glory (1933)
Best Lead Actress - Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
Best Lead Actress - The Lion In Winter (1968) [NOTE: Hepburn tied with Barbara Streisand for lead actress at the Awards]
Best Lead Actress - On Golden Pond (1981) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Supporting Actor - The Usual Suspects (1995)
Best Lead Actor - American Beauty (1999) ” - pjuryn
Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a young actress...
“ Best Lead Actress - The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Best Lead Actress - The Good Earth (1937) ” - pjuryn
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens
and to playwright Beverley Cross
“ Best Lead Actress - The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Best Supporting Actress - California Suite (1978) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Lead Actor - On The Waterfront (1954)
Best Lead Actor - The Godfather (1972) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Supporting Actor - Hud (1963)
Best Supporting Actor - Being There (1979) ” - pjuryn
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ Best Supporting Actress - Kramer vs Kramer (1979)
Best Lead Actress - Sophie's Choice (1982)
Best Lead Actress - The Iron Lady (2011) ” - pjuryn
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War...
“ Best Supporting Actor - Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)
Best Supporting Actor - The Cider House Rules (2000) ” - pjuryn
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine
, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather...
“ Best Lead Actress - To Each His Own (1946)
Best Lead Actress - The Heiress (1949) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Supporting Actor - Spartacus (1960)
Bets Supporting Actor - Topkapi (1964) ” - pjuryn
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
, thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, was born in Greenwich Village, 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 Irish, German, Dutch, English, and French. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ Best Supporting Actor - The Godfather Part II (1974)
Best Lead Actor - Raging Bull (1980) ” - pjuryn
Sally Margaret Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, to actress Margaret Field
(née Morlan) and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother then married stuntman Jock Mahoney
, and they had a daughter, Princess O'Mahoney
. She also has a brother, Richard Field. Sally attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California...
“ Best Lead Actress - Norma Ray (1979)
Best Lead Actress - Places In The Heart (1984) ” - pjuryn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan
(née Annucci) and director...
“ Best Lead Actor - Mystic River (2003)
Best Lead Actor - Milk (2008) ” - pjuryn
Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose (Winter), was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Her father moved the family to Brooklyn when she was still young so that he...
“ Best Supporting Actress - The Diary Of Anne Frank (1959)
Best Supporting Actress - A Patch Of Blue (1965) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Lead Actor - Captains Courageous (1937)
Best Lead Actor - Boys Town (1938) ” - pjuryn
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an interant cook. His father had English and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ Best Lead Actor - Philadelphia (1993)
Best Lead Actor - Forrest Gump (1994) ” - pjuryn
Vivian Mary Hartley was born on November 5, 1913, in Darjeeling, India. She was to live in this beautiful country for the next six years. Her parents wanted to go home to England but because of World War I they opted to stay in India. At the end of the war the Hartleys headed back to their home country...
“ Best Lead Actress - Gone With The Wind (1939)
Best Lead Actress - A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) ” - pjuryn
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...
“ Best Supporting Actor - Come And Get It (1936)
Best Supporting Actor - Kentucky (1938)
Best Supporting Actor - The Westerner (1940) ” - pjuryn