The Info List - Hume Cronyn

Hume Blake Cronyn, Jr., OC (July 18, 1911 – June 15, 2003) was a Canadian-American actor of stage and screen, who enjoyed a long career, often appearing professionally alongside Jessica Tandy, his wife of over fifty years.[2]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Marriages & Children 4 Honors 5 Filmography

5.1 Film 5.2 Television 5.3 Stage

6 Radio appearances 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit]

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Cronyn, one of five children, was born in London, Ontario, Canada. His father, Hume Blake Cronyn, Sr., was a businessman and a Member of Parliament for London (after whom the Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
Memorial Observatory at the University of Western Ontario
University of Western Ontario
and asteroid (12050) Humecronyn are named). His mother, Frances Amelia (née Labatt), was an heiress of the brewing company of the same name. His paternal grandfather, Verschoyle Cronyn, was the son of the Right Reverend Benjamin Cronyn, an Anglican cleric of the Anglo-Irish
Protestant Ascendancy, who served as first bishop of the Anglican diocese of Huron and founded Huron College, from which grew the University of Western Ontario. His great-uncle, Benjamin, Jr., was both a prominent citizen and early mayor of London, Ontario, but was later indicted for fraud and fled to Vermont; during his tenure in London he built a mansion called Oakwood, which currently serves as the head office of the Info-Tech Research Group. Cronyn was also a cousin of Canadian-born theater producer, Robert Whitehead, and a first cousin of the Canadian-British artist Hugh Verschoyle Cronyn GM (1905–1996). Cronyn was the first Elmwood School boarder in Ottawa
(at the time Elmwood was called Rockliffe Preparatory School) and boarded at Elmwood between 1917 and 1921. After leaving Elmwood, Cronyn went to Ridley College
Ridley College
in St. Catharines, and McGill University
McGill University
in Montreal, where he became a member of The Kappa Alpha Society. Early in life, Cronyn was an amateur featherweight boxer, having the skills to be nominated for Canada's 1932 Olympic Boxing
team. Career[edit]

L-R: Walter Slezak, John Hodiak, Tallulah Bankhead, Henry Hull, William Bendix, Heather Angel, Mary Anderson, Canada Lee, and Hume Cronyn in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944)

Subsequent to graduating from Ridley College, Cronyn switched majors, from pre-law to drama, while attending McGill University, and continued his acting studies thereafter, under Max Reinhardt and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1934, the same year he joined The Lambs, he made his Broadway debut as a janitor in Hipper's Holiday and became known for his versatility, playing a number of different roles on stage. He won a Drama Desk Special Award in 1986. In 1990, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.[3] His first Hollywood film was Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943). He later appeared in Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) and worked on the screenplays of Rope (1948) and Under Capricorn (1949). He was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his performance in The Seventh Cross
The Seventh Cross
(1944) and won a Tony Award
Tony Award
for his performance as Polonius
opposite Richard Burton's Hamlet
(1964). Cronyn bought the screenplay What Nancy Wanted from Norma Barzman, who was later blacklisted with her husband Ben Barzman, with the idea of producing the film and starring Tandy. However, he sold the screenplay to RKO
which later filmed it as The Locket
The Locket
(1946). Cronyn also made appearances in television, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Kill With Kindness" (1956) and Hawaii Five-O episodes "Over Fifty, Steal" (1970) and "Odd Man In" (1971).[4] In 1990 he won an Emmy
award for his role in the TV Movie Age Old Friends.[5]

Marriages & Children[edit] Cronyn's first marriage was to the philanthropist Emily Woodruff in late 1934 or early 1935. They shared a "lavender marriage," and never lived together. Woodruff insisted that the marriage remain a secret because of her lesbian relationships. They quietly divorced in 1936.[6][7] Cronyn married the actress Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
in 1942, and appeared with her in many of their more memorable dramatic stage, film and television outings, including The Green Years (1946), The Seventh Cross (1944), The Gin Game (1977), Foxfire (1982), *batteries not included (1987), Cocoon (1985), Cocoon: The Return (1988), and Camilla (1994). The couple starred in a short-lived (1953–1954) radio series, The Marriage (based on their earlier Broadway play, The Fourposter), playing New York attorney Ben Marriott and his wife, former fashion buyer Liz, struggling with her switch to domestic life and their raising an awkward teenage daughter (future soap opera star Denise Alexander). The show was scheduled to move from radio to television, with Cronyn producing as well as acting in the show. However, Tandy suffered a miscarriage and the show's debut was delayed a week. The series premiered in July 1954 to "warm and enthusiastic reviews"; eight episodes were aired.[8] The couple had a daughter, Tandy, and a son, Christopher. Cronyn and Tandy lived in the Bahamas, then at a lakeside estate in Pound Ridge, New York, and, finally, in Easton, Connecticut.[9] Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
died in 1994, aged 85, from ovarian cancer. After he was widowed, Cronyn married author/playwright Susan Cooper (with whom he had co-written Foxfire) in July 1996. His 1991 autobiography was titled A Terrible Liar (ISBN 0-688-12844-0). He died on June 15, 2003 from prostate cancer, one month before his 92nd birthday.[citation needed] Honors[edit] In 1979, Cronyn was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[10][11] On July 11, 1988 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, giving him the Post Nominal Letters "OC" for Life.[12] Cronyn was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame
Canada's Walk of Fame
in 1999.[13][14] He also received the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992 and the Canadian version of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.[15] He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Laws
degree (LLD) by the University of Western Ontario
University of Western Ontario
on October 26, 1974. His wife, Jessica Tandy, was given the same degree on the same day.[16] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1943 Shadow of a Doubt Herbie Hawkins

1943 Phantom of the Opera Gerard

1943 The Cross of Lorraine Duval

1944 Lifeboat Stanley 'Sparks' Garrett

1944 The Seventh Cross Paul Roeder Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

1944 Blonde Fever Diner at Inn Uncredited

1945 Main Street After Dark Keller

1945 Ziegfeld Follies Monty ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')

1945 The Sailor Takes a Wife Freddie Potts

1946 A Letter for Evie John Phineas McPherson

1946 The Green Years Papa Leckie

1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice Arthur Keats

1946 The Secret Heart Dinner Party Guest Voice, Uncredited

1947 The Beginning or the End Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer

1947 Brute Force Capt. Munsey

1948 The Bride Goes Wild John McGrath

1949 Top o' the Morning Hughie Devine

1951 People Will Talk Prof. Rodney Elwell

1956 Crowded Paradise George Heath

1960 Sunrise at Campobello Louis Howe

1963 Cleopatra Sosigenes

1964 Richard Burton's Hamlet Polonius

1969 The Arrangement Arthur Houghton

1969 Gaily, Gaily Tom Grogan

1970 There Was a Crooked Man... Dudley Whinner

1974 Conrack Mr. Skeffington

1974 The Parallax View Bill Rintels

1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Sherm

1981 Rollover Maxwell Emery

1982 The World According to Garp Mr. Fields

1984 Impulse Dr. Carr

1985 Brewster's Millions Rupert Horn

1985 Cocoon Joe Finley Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor

1987 *batteries not included Frank Riley

1988 Cocoon: The Return Joe Finley Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor

1993 The Pelican Brief Justice Rosenberg

1994 Camilla Ewald

1996 Marvin's Room Marvin Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2001 Off Season Sam Clausner


Year Title Role Notes

1949 The Ford Theatre Hour Hugo Barnstead Episode: "Once Sunday Afternoon"

1949 Suspense Dr. Violet Episode: "Dr. Violet"

1950 The Ford Theatre Hour Harry Binion Episode: "Room Service"

1950 Suspense Sig 2 episodes

1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse Charles Ponzi Episode: "The Ponzi Story"

1950 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse N/A Episode: "The Reluctant Landlord"

1953 Omnibus Bartender Episode: "Glory in the Flower"

1954 The Motorola Television Hour Anthony Updyke Episode: "The Family Man"

1954 The Marriage Ben Marriott 8 episodes

1955 Producers' Showcase Michael Episode: "The Fourposter"

1955 Omnibus Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell Episode: "Advice to Bathers"

1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse Ben Marriott Episode: "Christmas 'til Closing"

1956 The United States Steel Hour Priam Farll Episode: "The Great Adventure"

1956 Climax! Reverend Mr. Muldoon Episode: "The Fifth Wheel"

1956 Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
Presents Fitzhugh Oldham Episode: "Kill with Kindness"

1958 Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
Presents Henry Daw Episode: "The Impromptu Murder"

1959 The Moon and Sixpence Dirk Stroeve Television film

1959 A Doll's House Nils Krogstad Television film

1960 Juno and the Paycock N/A Television film

1970–1971 Hawaii Five-O Lewis Avery Filer 2 episodes

1981 The Gin Game Weller Martin Television film

1987 Foxfire Hector Nations Television film Nominated—Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

1989 Day One James F. Byrnes Television film

1989 Age-Old Friends John Cooper Television film CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

1991 Christmas on Division Street Cleveland Meriwether Television film Nominated—Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

1992 Broadway Bound Ben Television film Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

1993 To Dance with the White Dog Robert Samuel Peek Television film Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

1997 12 Angry Men Juror #9 Television film Nominated—Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

1997 Alone John Webb Television film

1998 Seasons of Love Lonzo Television film

1999 Sea People Mr. John McRae Television film

1999 Santa and Pete Saint Nick Television film

2000 Yesterday's Children Old Sunny Sutton Television film


Hipper's Holiday – 1934 High Tor – 1937 There's Always a Breeze – 1938 Escape This Night – 1938 Off to Buffalo – 1939 Three Sisters – 1939 The Weak Link – 1940 Retreat to Pleasure – 1940 Mr. Big – 1941 Portrait of a Madonna – 1946 (Director) The Survivors – 1948 Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – 1950 Hilda Crane – 1950 The Little Blue Light – 1951 The Fourposter
The Fourposter
– 1951

The Honeys – 1955 A Day by the Sea – 1955 The Egghead – 1957 The Man in the Dog Suit – 1958 Triple Play – 1959 Big Fish, Little Fish – 1961 Hamlet
– 1964 ( Tony Award
Tony Award
for role of Polonius) The Physicists – 1964 Slow Dance on the Killing Ground – 1964 A Delicate Balance – 1966 Promenade, All! – 1972 Noël Coward in Two Keys – 1974 The Gin Game – 1977 (performed, produced) Foxfire – 1982 (performed, wrote play and lyrics) The Petition – 1986

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1945 Suspense "Double Entry"[17]

1946 Suspense "Blue Eyes"[18]

1946 Suspense The One Who Got Away[19]

1952 Philip Morris Playhouse One Sunday Afternoon[20]


^ "Hume Cronyn". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved November 28, 2012.  ^ Fairfield, Connecticut
Fairfield, Connecticut
(June 18, 2003). " Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
dead aged 91". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 2010-11-07.  ^ "Lifetime Honors: National Medal of Arts". Archived from the original on March 4, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2012.  ^ Cronyn-Tandy Collection at the Library of Congress ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present. Ballantine Books. 2013. p. 1440. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.  ^ " Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
- Internet Accuracy Project". accuracyproject.org. Retrieved March 16, 2018.  ^ Cronyn, Hume. " Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
and Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
papers, 1885-2007". loc.gov. Retrieved March 16, 2018.  ^ Cronyn, Hume (1991). Terrible Liar. New York: William Morrow and Company. pp. 254–256. ISBN 0688128440.  ^ and, Mel Gussow. "AT HOME WITH: Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
and Jessica Tandy; The Driven Mr. and Mrs. Daisy". nytimes.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.  ^ "Overview for Hume Cronyn". Tcm.com. Retrieved 2016-08-27.  ^ "American Theatre Hall of Fame official website". Theater Hall of Fame. November 23, 2015. Retrieved 2016-08-27.  ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". Gg.ca. Retrieved 2016-08-27.  ^ "Canada's Walk of Fame—Hume Cronyn". Archived from the original on July 31, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2012.  ^ " Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
profile". Canadaswalkoffame.com. Retrieved 2016-08-27.  ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". Gg.ca. Retrieved 2016-08-27.  ^ "The University of Western Ontario: Honorary Degrees Awarded, 1881–present" (PDF). Uwo.ca. Retrieved 2016-08-27.  ^ http://www.escape-suspense.com/2013/01/suspense-double-entry.html ^ http://radiogoldindex.com/cgi-local/p2.cgi?ProgramName=Suspense ^ "Suspense". Harrisburg Telegraph. November 9, 1946. p. 19. Retrieved September 15, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Kirby, Walter (February 24, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 38. Retrieved May 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

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Awards for Hume Cronyn

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Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings
(1955) Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
(1956) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1957) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1958) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1959) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1960) Maurice Evans (1961) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1962) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
(1963) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1964) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1965) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1966) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1967) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1968) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1969) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1970) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1971) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1972) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Anthony Murphy (1973) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1974) William Holden
William Holden
(1974) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1975) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1976) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1976) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1977) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1977) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1978) Michael Moriarty (1978) Peter Strauss (1979) Powers Boothe
Powers Boothe
(1980) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1983) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1984) Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
(1985) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1986) James Woods
James Woods
(1987) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1988) James Woods
James Woods
(1989) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1990) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1991) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1992) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1993) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1994) Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Armand Assante
Armand Assante
(1997) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1998) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1999) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(2000) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2001) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2002) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2003) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2004) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2005) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(2006) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Barry Pepper
Barry Pepper
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2014) Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
(2015) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2016) Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed

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Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle
(1975) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1976) Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
(1977) Howard Da Silva
Howard Da Silva
(1978) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1979) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1980) David Warner (1981) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1982) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1983) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1984) Karl Malden
Karl Malden
(1985) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1986) Dabney Coleman
Dabney Coleman
(1987) John Shea
John Shea
(1988) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1989) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1990) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1991) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1992) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1993) Michael A. Goorjian (1994) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(1995) Tom Hulce
Tom Hulce
(1996) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1997) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1998) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1999) Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria
(2000) Brian Cox (2001) Michael Moriarty (2002) Ben Gazzara
Ben Gazzara
(2003) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(2004) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(2005) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(2006) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2007) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(2008) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(2009) David Strathairn
David Strathairn
(2010) Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce
(2011) Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
(2012) James Cromwell
James Cromwell
(2013) Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman
(2014) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2015) Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown
(2016) Alexander Skarsgård
Alexander Skarsgård

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play


Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1949) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1951) John Cromwell (1952) John Williams (1953) John Kerr (1954) Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
(1955) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1956) Frank Conroy (1957) Henry Jones (1958) Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
(1959) Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
(1960) Martin Gabel
Martin Gabel
(1961) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1962) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1963) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1964) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1965) Patrick Magee (1966) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1967) James Patterson (1968) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1969) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(1970) Paul Sand (1971) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1972) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1973) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1974) Frank Langella
Frank Langella


Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1976) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1977) Lester Rawlins (1978) Michael Gough (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Zakes Mokae (1982) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1983) Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1984) Barry Miller (1985) John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) John Glover (1995) Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
(1996) Owen Teale
Owen Teale
(1997) Tom Murphy (1998) Frank Wood (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice


Robert Sean Leonard
Robert Sean Leonard
(2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Brían F. O'Byrne (2004) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2005) Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid
(2006) Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
(2007) Jim Norton (2008) Roger Robinson (2009) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2010) John Benjamin Hickey
John Benjamin Hickey
(2011) Christian Borle
Christian Borle
(2012) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2013) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2014) Richard McCabe (2015) Reed Birney (2016) Michael Aronov (2017)

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Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award

Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
(1935) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1936) Maurice Evans (1937) Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
(1938) Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
(1939) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1940) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1941) Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
(1942) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1943) Lynn Fontanne
Lynn Fontanne
(1944) Mady Christians
Mady Christians
(1945) Louis Calhern
Louis Calhern
(1946) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
(1948) Robert Morley
Robert Morley
(1949) Grace George
Grace George
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Josephine Hull (1954) Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfors
(1955) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1956) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Cyril Ritchard
Cyril Ritchard
(1959) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1960) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
(1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1965) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1966) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1969) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1970) Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle
(1971) Eileen Atkins / Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
(1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1974) John Wood (1975) Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne
(1976) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1977) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1978) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1979) Roy Scheider
Roy Scheider
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Milo O'Shea
Milo O'Shea
(1982) Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
/ Kate Nelligan (1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea
(1993) Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1996) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
/ Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1997) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(1998) Kathleen Chalfant (1999) Eileen Heckart (2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
/ Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(2001) Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
(2002) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2006) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2007) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2012) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2014) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Ben Platt (2017)

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Kennedy Center Honorees (1980s)


Leonard Bernstein James Cagney Agnes de Mille Lynn Fontanne Leontyne Price


Count Basie Cary Grant Helen Hayes Jerome Robbins Rudolf Serkin


George Abbott Lillian Gish Benny Goodman Gene Kelly Eugene Ormandy


Katherine Dunham Elia Kazan Frank Sinatra James Stewart Virgil Thomson


Lena Horne Danny Kaye Gian Carlo Menotti Arthur Miller Isaac Stern


Merce Cunningham Irene Dunne Bob Hope Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
& Frederick Loewe Beverly Sills


Lucille Ball Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
& Jessica Tandy Yehudi Menuhin Antony Tudor Ray Charles


Perry Como Bette Davis Sammy Davis Jr. Nathan Milstein Alwin Nikolais


Alvin Ailey George Burns Myrna Loy Alexander Schneider Roger L. Stevens


Harry Belafonte Claudette Colbert Alexandra Danilova Mary Martin William Schuman

Complete list 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

Authority control

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