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José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón[2] (January 8, 1912 – January 26, 1992), known as José Ferrer, was a Puerto Rican actor and theatre and film director. He was the first Puerto Rican-born actor, as well as the first Hispanic
Hispanic
actor, to win an Academy Award
Academy Award
(in 1950 for Cyrano de Bergerac). In 1947, Ferrer won the Tony Award
Tony Award
for his theatrical performance of Cyrano de Bergerac, and in 1952, he won the Distinguished Dramatic Actor Award for The Shrike, and also the Outstanding Director Award for directing the plays The Shrike, The Fourposter, and Stalag 17. Ferrer's contributions to American theatre were recognized in 1981, when he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[3] In 1985, he received the National Medal of Arts
National Medal of Arts
from Ronald Reagan, becoming the first actor to receive that honor. On April 26, 2012, the United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
issued a stamp in Ferrer's honor in its Distinguished Americans series.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Theatre 2.2 Cyrano de Bergerac 2.3 Early films 2.4 Later stage career 2.5 Other film work 2.6 Radio and television 2.7 Legacy

3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Filmography 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Ferrer was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the son of María Providencia Cintrón, who was from the small coastal town of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, and Rafael Ferrer, an attorney and writer from San Juan. He was the grandson of Gabriel Ferrer Hernández, a doctor and advocate of Puerto Rican independence from Spain. He had two younger sisters, Elvira and Leticia.[4] He studied at the Swiss boarding school Institut Le Rosey.[5] In 1933, Ferrer completed his bachelor's degree at Princeton University, where he wrote his senior thesis on "French Naturalism and Pardo Bazán". Ferrer was also a member of the Princeton Triangle Club.[citation needed] Career[edit]

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Theatre[edit]

Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
(Othello) and Ferrer (Iago) in the 1943 Theatre Guild production of Othello

Ferrer made his Broadway debut in 1935. In 1940, he played his first starring role on Broadway, the title role in Charley's Aunt, partly in drag. He played Iago
Iago
in Margaret Webster's Broadway production of Othello
Othello
(1943), which starred Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
in the title role, Webster as Emilia, and Ferrer's wife, Uta Hagen, as Desdemona. That production still holds the record for longest-running repeat performance of a Shakespearean play presented in the United States. His Broadway directing credits include The Shrike, Stalag 17, The Fourposter, Twentieth Century, Carmelina, My Three Angels, and The Andersonville Trial. Cyrano de Bergerac[edit] Ferrer may be best remembered for his performance in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac, which he first played on Broadway in 1946. Ferrer feared that the production would be a failure in rehearsals, due to the open dislike for the play by director Mel Ferrer
Mel Ferrer
(no relation), so he called in Joshua Logan (who had directed his star-making performance in Charley's Aunt) to serve as "play doctor" for the production. Logan wrote that he simply had to eliminate pieces of business which director Ferrer had inserted in his staging; they presumably were intended to sabotage the more sentimental elements of the play that the director considered to be corny and in bad taste.[6] The production became one of the hits of the 1946/47 Broadway season, winning Ferrer the first Best Actor Tony Award
Tony Award
for his depiction of the long-nosed poet/swordsman.

Ferrer in costume in an unnamed play at Maple Leaf Gardens

He reprised the role of Cyrano onstage at the New York City Center under his own direction in 1953, as well as in two films: the 1950 film of Edmond Rostand's play directed by Michael Gordon and the 1964 French film Cyrano et d'Artagnan
Cyrano et d'Artagnan
directed by Abel Gance. Ferrer would go on to voice a highly truncated cartoon version of the play for an episode of The ABC Afterschool Special
The ABC Afterschool Special
in 1974, and made his farewell to the part by performing a short passage from the play for the 1986 Tony Awards
Tony Awards
telecast. Early films[edit] Ferrer made his film debut in the Technicolor epic Joan of Arc (1948) as the weak-willed Dauphin opposite Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
as Joan. Leading roles in the films Whirlpool (opposite Gene Tierney) (1949) and Crisis (opposite Cary Grant) (1950) followed, and culminated in the 1950 film Cyrano de Bergerac. He next played the role of Toulouse-Lautrec in John Huston's fictional 1952 biopic, Moulin Rouge. Later stage career[edit] Beginning circa 1950, Ferrer concentrated on film work, but would return to the stage occasionally. In 1959 Ferrer directed the original stage production of Saul Levitt's The Andersonville Trial, about the trial following the revelation of conditions at the infamous Civil War prison. It was a hit and featured George C. Scott. He took over the direction of the troubled musical Juno from Vincent J. Donehue, who had himself taken over from Tony Richardson. The show, which starred Shirley Booth, folded after 16 performances and mixed-to extremely negative critical reaction. The show's commercial failure (along with his earlier flop, Oh, Captain!), was a considerable setback to Ferrer's directing career. Nor did the short-lived The Girl Who Came to Supper do much for his acting career. A notable performance of his later stage career was as Miguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes
and his fictional creation Don Quixote
Don Quixote
in the hit musical Man of La Mancha. Ferrer took over the role from Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
in 1966 and subsequently went on tour with it in the first national company of the show. Tony Martinez continued in the role of Sancho Panza
Sancho Panza
under Ferrer, as he had with Kiley. During the Bicentennial, Ferrer narrated the world premiere of Michael Jeffrey Shapiro's A Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 for narrator and orchestra with the Philharmonic Symphony of Westchester, Martin Rich, conductor. Other film work[edit]

Ferrer in The Caine Mutiny (1954)

He portrayed the Rev. Davidson in 1953's Miss Sadie Thompson
Miss Sadie Thompson
(a remake of Rain) opposite Rita Hayworth; Barney Greenwald, the embittered defense attorney, in 1954's The Caine Mutiny; and operetta composer Sigmund Romberg
Sigmund Romberg
in the MGM
MGM
musical biopic Deep in My Heart. In 1955 Ferrer directed himself in the film version of The Shrike, with June Allyson. The Cockleshell Heroes
The Cockleshell Heroes
followed a year later, along with The Great Man, both of which he also directed. In 1958 Ferrer directed and appeared in I Accuse! (as Alfred Dreyfus) and The High Cost of Loving. Ferrer also directed, but did not appear in, Return to Peyton Place in 1961 and also the remake of State Fair in 1962. Ferrer's other notable film roles include the Turkish Bey in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Herod Antipas
Herod Antipas
in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), a budding Nazi
Nazi
in Ship of Fools, a pompous professor in Woody Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
(1982), the treacherous Professor Siletski in the 1983 remake of To Be or Not to Be, and Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV
Shaddam IV
in Dune in 1984. In an interview given in the 1980s, he bemoaned the lack of good character parts for aging stars, and admitted that he now took on roles mostly for the money, such as his roles in the horror potboilers The Swarm, in which he played a doctor, and Dracula's Dog, in which he played a police inspector. In 1980, he had a role as future Justice Abe Fortas
Abe Fortas
in the made-for-television film version of Anthony Lewis' Gideon's Trumpet, opposite Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
in an Emmy-nominated performance as Clarence Earl Gideon. Radio and television[edit] Among other radio roles, Ferrer starred as detective Philo Vance in a 1945 series of the same name.[7] On May 8, 1958, Ferrer guest-starred on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. Ferrer, not usually known for regular roles in TV series, had a recurring role as Julia Duffy's WASPy father in the long-running television series Newhart
Newhart
in the 1980s. He also had a recurring role as elegant and flamboyant attorney Reuben Marino in the soap opera Another World in the early 1980s. He narrated the very first episode of the popular 1964 sitcom Bewitched, in mock documentary style. He also provided the voice of the evil Ben Haramed in the 1968 Rankin/Bass
Rankin/Bass
Christmas TV special The Little Drummer Boy. Ferrer would don the nose and costume of Cyrano for the last time in a TV commercial in the 1970s. During those years he guest-starred in several television series, such as Quincy, M.E., in which he played a doctor suspected of unethical behavior. In the third season of Columbo, Ferrer starred in the episode Mind over Mayhem as the murderous head of a high-tech think tank. He was also in episode 8 of Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
with his son Miguel in 1981. In 1986 he appeared in the two-part episode The Don in the TV series Matlock. Legacy[edit]

Ferrer was the first Hispanic
Hispanic
actor to win an Academy Award. In 2005, the Hispanic
Hispanic
Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) renamed its Tespis Award to the HOLA José Ferrer
José Ferrer
Tespis Award. Ferrer was honored for his theatrical and cinematic works with an induction into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and a National Medal of Arts, becoming the first actor and Hispanic
Hispanic
to be presented with the prestigious award. Ferrer's sons Rafael Ferrer and Miguel Ferrer, his daughter (Letty Ferrer), and his granddaughter Tessa Ferrer also became actors and actresses. Ferrer donated his Academy Award
Academy Award
to the University of Puerto Rico. The award was stolen after being misplaced during the remodeling of the university's theater.

Personal life[edit] Ferrer was married five times:

Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1938–1948): Ferrer and Hagen had one child, their daughter Leticia (born October 15, 1940). They divorced in 1948, partly due to Hagen's long-concealed affair with Paul Robeson, with whom Hagen and Ferrer had co-starred in the Broadway production of Othello. Phyllis Hill
Phyllis Hill
(1948–1953): Ferrer and Hill wed on May 27, 1948, and they moved to Burlington, Vermont
Burlington, Vermont
in 1950, where they subsequently found it difficult to keep their marriage together. Ferrer returned to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
because his mother died. They divorced on January 12, 1953. Rosemary Clooney
Rosemary Clooney
(1953–1961): Ferrer first married Clooney on June 1, 1953 in Durant, Oklahoma.[8] They moved to Santa Monica, California, in 1954, and then to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 1958. Ferrer and Clooney had five children in quick succession: Miguel (February 7, 1955-January 19, 2017), Maria (born August 9, 1956), Gabriel (born August 1, 1957), Monsita (born October 13, 1958) and Rafael (born March 23, 1960). They divorced for the first time in 1961. Rosemary Clooney
Rosemary Clooney
(1964–1967): Ferrer and Clooney remarried on November 22, 1964 in Los Angeles; however, the marriage again crumbled because Ferrer was carrying on an affair with the woman who would become his last wife, Stella Magee. Clooney found out about the affair, and she and Ferrer divorced again in 1967. Stella Magee (1977–1992): Ferrer married Magee in 1977, and they remained together until his death in 1992.

Death[edit]

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Ferrer died of colorectal cancer in Coral Gables, Florida, in 1992, shortly after his 80th birthday, and was interred in Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in Old San Juan
Old San Juan
in his native Puerto Rico. Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1948 Joan of Arc The Dauphin, Charles VII Nominated – Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor

1949 Whirlpool David Korvo

1950 Secret Fury, TheThe Secret Fury José Uncredited

1950 Crisis Raoul Farrago

1950 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac

Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

1952 Anything Can Happen Giorgi Papashvily

1952 Moulin Rouge Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Nominated – Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor

1953 Producers' Showcase: "Cyrano de Bergerac" Cyrano de Bergerac Nominated – Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

1953 Miss Sadie Thompson Alfred Davidson

1954 Caine Mutiny, TheThe Caine Mutiny Lt. Barney Greenwald Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor

1954 Deep in My Heart Sigmund Romberg

1955 Shrike, TheThe Shrike Jim Downs Also director

1955 Cockleshell Heroes, TheThe Cockleshell Heroes Major Stringer Also director

1956 Great Man, TheThe Great Man Joe Harris Also director

1957 Four Girls in Town Director Uncredited

1958 I Accuse! Capt. Alfred Dreyfus Also director

1958 High Cost of Loving, TheThe High Cost of Loving Jim 'Jimbo' Fry Also director

1961 Return to Peyton Place Voice of Mark Steele Also director, Uncredited

1962 State Fair

Director

1962 Lawrence of Arabia Turkish Bey

1963 Nine Hours to Rama Supt. Gopal Das

1963 Stop Train 349 Cowan the Reporter

1964 Cyrano et d'Artagnan Cyrano de Bergerac

1965 Greatest Story Ever Told, TheThe Greatest Story Ever Told Herod Antipas

1965 Ship of Fools Siegfried Rieber

1967 Enter Laughing Mr. Harrison B. Marlowe

1967 Cervantes Hassan Bey

1968 The Little Drummer Boy Ben Haramad Voice

1975 Forever Young, Forever Free Father Alberto Aka: e'Lollipop

1975 clan de los immorales, ElEl clan de los immorales Inspector Reed

1976 Paco Fermin Flores

1976 Big Bus, TheThe Big Bus Ironman

1976 Voyage of the Damned Manuel Benitez

1976 Crash! Marc Denne

1977 The Rhinemann Exchange Erich Rhinemann

1977 Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel Priest of the Brotherhood

1977 Who Has Seen the Wind Ben, TheThe Ben

1977 Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, TheThe Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Lionel McCoy

1978 Return of Captain Nemo, TheThe Return of Captain Nemo Captain Nemo

1978 Dracula's Dog Inspector Branco

1978 Fedora Doctor Vando

1978 Swarm, TheThe Swarm Dr. Andrews

1979 French Atlantic Affair, TheThe French Atlantic Affair President Aristide Brouchard

1979 Fifth Musketeer, TheThe Fifth Musketeer Athos

1979 The Concorde ... Airport '79 Chief Superintendent Morabito (TV version), Uncredited

1979 Natural Enemies Harry Rosenthal

1980 Dream Merchants, TheThe Dream Merchants George Pappas

1980 Big Brawl, TheThe Big Brawl Domenici

1981 Bloody Birthday Doctor

1981 Peter and Paul Gamaliel

1982 Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, AA Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy Leopold

1982 Blood Tide Nereus

1982 And They Are Off Martin Craig

1983 Being, TheThe Being Mayor Gordon Lane

1983 To Be or Not to Be Prof. Siletski

1984 The Evil That Men Do Dr. Hector Lomelin

1984 George Washington Robert Dinwiddie

1984 Dune Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV

1985 Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil Ludwig Rosenberg

1987 Sun and the Moon, TheThe Sun and the Moon

See also[edit]

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
portal Biography portal

List of Puerto Ricans French immigration to Puerto Rico List of Puerto Rican Academy Award
Academy Award
winners and nominees

References[edit]

^ IMDb
IMDb
profile ^ Jose Ferrer (American actor) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Britannica.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-12. ^ "26 Elected to the Theater Hall of Fame". The New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2014.  ^ 1920 United States Federal Census ^ "Jose Ferrer Was Proud Of Puerto Rican Roots". The New York Times. February 18, 1992.  ^ Logan, Joshua (May 1, 1976). Josh, My Up and Down, In and Out Life. Delacorte Press. pp. 79–80. ISBN 978-0440042358. (Subscription required (help)).  ^ Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Philo Vance — Single Episodes at the Internet Archive ^ "Just Married to Rosemary Clooney, Jose Ferrer Gives Party for Olivia DeHavilland". The Day, July 14, 1953.

External links[edit]

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Awards for José Ferrer

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor

1928–1950

Emil Jannings
Emil Jannings
(1928) Warner Baxter
Warner Baxter
(1929) George Arliss
George Arliss
(1930) Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
(1931) Fredric March
Fredric March
/ Wallace Beery
Wallace Beery
(1932) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1933) Clark Gable
Clark Gable
(1934) Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
(1935) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1936) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1937) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1938) Robert Donat
Robert Donat
(1939) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1940) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1941) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1942) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1943) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1944) Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1946) Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
(1947) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1948) Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford
(1949) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1950)

1951–1975

Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
(1951) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1952) William Holden
William Holden
(1953) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) David Niven
David Niven
(1958) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1959) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1960) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1961) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1962) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1963) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1968) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1969) George C. Scott1 (1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Marlon Brando1 (1972) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1973) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975)

1976–2000

Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1976) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1983) F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1992) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2000)

2001–present

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2001) Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(2017)

1 refused award that year

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Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1943) Alexander Knox
Alexander Knox
(1944) Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1946) Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
(1947) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1948) Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford
(1949) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1950) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1951) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1952) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1953) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) David Niven
David Niven
(1958) Anthony Franciosa
Anthony Franciosa
(1959) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1960) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1961) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1962) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1963) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1964) Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1968) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1969) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1972) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1976) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
/ Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1983) F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
(1984) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1988) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
(1991) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1992) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Peter Fonda
Peter Fonda
(1997) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
(1998) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1999) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2000) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2001) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
(2008) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(2017)

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

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
/ Fredric March
Fredric March
(1947) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
/ Paul Kelly / Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
(1948) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1949) Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1953) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1954) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1955) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1956) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Jason Robards, Jr. (1959) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1960) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Arthur Hill (1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1965) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1966) Paul Rogers (1967) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1968) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1969) Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
(1970) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1971) Cliff Gorman (1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Michael Moriarty (1974) John Kani
John Kani
and Winston Ntshona (1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Nigel Hawthorne (1991) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Stephen Spinella (1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1996) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin
(2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Direction of a Play

1940s

Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1947) Joshua Logan (1948) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1949)

1950s

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Joshua Logan (1953) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1954) Robert Montgomery (1955) Tyrone Guthrie (1956) Vincent J. Donehue (1958) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1959)

1960s

Arthur Penn
Arthur Penn
(1960) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1961) Noel Willman
Noel Willman
(1962) Alan Schneider (1963) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1964) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1965) Peter Brook
Peter Brook
(1966) Peter Hall (1967) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1968) Peter Dews (1969)

1970s

Joseph Hardy (1970) Peter Brook
Peter Brook
(1971) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1972) A. J. Antoon (1973) José Quintero
José Quintero
(1974) John Dexter (1975) Ellis Rabb (1976) Gordon Davidson (1977) Melvin Bernhardt (1978) Jack Hofsiss (1979)

1980s

Vivian Matalon (1980) Peter Hall (1981) Trevor Nunn and John Caird (1982) Gene Saks (1983) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1984) Gene Saks (1985) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1986) Lloyd Richards (1987) John Dexter (1988) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1989)

1990s

Frank Galati (1990) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1991) Patrick Mason (1992) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
(1993) Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry
(1994) Gerald Gutierrez (1995) Gerald Gutierrez (1996) Anthony Page (1997) Garry Hynes (1998) Robert Falls (1999)

2000s

Michael Blakemore (2000) Daniel J. Sullivan (2001) Mary Zimmerman
Mary Zimmerman
(2002) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
(2003) Jack O'Brien (2004) Doug Hughes (2005) Nicholas Hytner (2006) Jack O'Brien (2007) Anna D. Shapiro (2008) Matthew Warchus
Matthew Warchus
(2009)

2010s

Michael Grandage (2010) Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris (2011) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(2012) Pam MacKinnon (2013) Kenny Leon
Kenny Leon
(2014) Marianne Elliott (2015) Ivo van Hove
Ivo van Hove
(2016) Rebecca Taichman (2017)

Authority control

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