Nom, Nom, Nom

by yrnej | created - 10 Apr 2018 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

Only 16 actors in history have earned Best Actor/Actress Oscar nominations three (or more) years in a row. Which of them gave the best trio (or quartet, quintet, etc.) of performances?

Discuss the list here

* Roles in bold type indicate winners

1. Spencer Tracy

Actor | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

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 ...

1937 - Father Tim Mullin in San Francisco (1936); 1938 - Manuel in Captains Courageous (1937); 1939 - Father Flanagan in Boys Town (1938)

2. Bette Davis

Actress | All About Eve

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...

1939 - Julie Marsden in Jezebel (1938); 1940 - Judith Traherne in Dark Victory (1939); 1941 - Leslie Crosbie in The Letter (1940); 1942 - Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes (1941); 1943 - Charlotte Vale in Now, Voyager (1942)

3. 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...

1942 - Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941); 1943 - Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees (1942); 1944 - Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

4. Greer Garson

Actress | Mrs. Miniver

Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born on September 29, 1904 in London, England, to Nancy Sophia (Greer) and George Garson, a commercial clerk. She was of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an ...

1942 - Edna Gladney in Blossoms in the Dust (1941); 1943 - Mrs. Miniver in Mrs. Miniver (1942); 1944 - Marie Curie in Madame Curie (1943); 1945 - Susie Parkington in Mrs. Parkington (1944); 1946 - Mary Rafferty in The Valley of Decision (1945)

5. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Notorious

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 ...

1944 - Maria in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943); 1945 - Paula Alquist in Gaslight (1944); 1946 - Sister Mary Benedict in The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

6. Gregory Peck

Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird

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 ...

1946 - Father Francis Chisholm in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944); 1947 - Penny Baxter in The Yearling (1946); 1948 - Philip Schuyler Green in Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

7. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

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 ...

1952 - Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951); 1953 - Zapata in Viva Zapata! (1952); 1954 - Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (1953); 1955 - Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954)

8. Deborah Kerr

Actress | The King and I

Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory ...

1957 - Anna Leonowens in The King and I (1956); 1958 - Sister Angela in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957); 1959 - Sibyl Railton-Bell in Separate Tables (1958)

9. Elizabeth Taylor

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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 ...

1958 - Susanna Drake Shawnessy in Raintree County (1957); 1959 - Maggie Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958); 1960 - Catherine Holly in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959); 1961 - Gloria Wandrous in BUtterfield 8 (1960)

10. Richard Burton

Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in ...

1965 - Thomas Becket in Becket (1964); 1966 - Alec Leamas in The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965); 1967 - George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

11. Jack Nicholson

Actor | Chinatown

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...

1974 - Buddusky in The Last Detail (1973); 1975 - J.J. Gittes in Chinatown (1974); 1976 - R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

12. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

Al Pacino established himself during one of cinema's most vibrant 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 Manhattan, New York City, to an Italian-American family. His parents, Rose (nee ...

1974 - Serpico in Serpico (1973); 1975 - Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II (1974); 1976 - Sonny in Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

13. Jane Fonda

Actress | Klute

Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and Ontario-born 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 ...

1978 - Lillian in Julia (1977); 1979 - Sally Hyde in Coming Home (1978); 1980 - Kimberley Wells in The China Syndrome (1979)

14. Meryl Streep

Actress | The Devil Wears Prada

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 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 ...

1982 - Sarah and Anna in The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981); 1983 - Sophie in Sophie's Choice (1982); 1984 - Karen Silkwood in Silkwood (1983)

15. William Hurt

Actor | A History of Violence

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 ...

1986 - Louis Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985); 1987 - James Leeds in Children of a Lesser God (1986); 1988 - Tom Grunick in Broadcast News (1987)

16. Russell Crowe

Actor | Les Misérables

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),...

2000 - Jeffrey Wigand in The Insider (1999); 2001 - Maximus in Gladiator (2000); 2002 - John Nash in A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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