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Ralph Rexford Bellamy (June 17, 1904 – November 29, 1991) was an American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage, screen and television. During his career, he played leading roles as well as supporting roles, garnering acclaim and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Awful Truth
The Awful Truth
(1937).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Film and television career

2.1 Final years

3 Personal life 4 Awards and honors 5 Filmography 6 Short subjects 7 Radio appearances 8 See also 9 References

9.1 Notes 9.2 Bibliography

10 External links

Early life[edit] Ralph Rexford Bellamy was born in Chicago. He was the son of Lilla Louise (née Smith; January 23, 1875 – June 15, 1962), a native of Canada, and Charles Rexford Bellamy (January 12, 1876 – October 7, 1968). He ran away from home when he was 15 and managed to get into a road show. He toured with road shows before finally landing in New York City. He began acting on stage there and by 1927 owned his own theater company. In 1931, he made his film debut and worked constantly throughout the decade both as a lead and as a capable supporting actor. He co-starred in five films with Fay Wray. Film and television career[edit]

Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
and Bellamy in a publicity shot for His Girl Friday (1940)

Gloria McGhee and Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
in Man Against Crime
Man Against Crime
(1953)

Guest stars for the 1961 premiere episode of The Dick Powell
Dick Powell
Show, "Who Killed Julie Greer?". Standing, from left: Ronald Reagan, Nick Adams, Lloyd Bridges, Mickey Rooney, Edgar Bergen, Jack Carson, Ralph Bellamy, Kay Thompson, Dean Jones. Seated, from left, Carolyn Jones and Dick Powell.

His film career began with The Secret Six
The Secret Six
(1931) starring Wallace Beery and featuring Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow
and Clark Gable. By the end of 1933, he had already appeared in 22 movies, most notably Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm[1] (1932) and the second lead in the action film Picture Snatcher
Picture Snatcher
with James Cagney
James Cagney
(1933). He played in seven more films in 1934 alone, including Woman in the Dark, based on a Dashiell Hammett story, in which Bellamy played the lead, second-billed under Fay Wray. Bellamy kept up the pace through the decade, receiving a nomination for the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Awful Truth
The Awful Truth
(1937) with Irene Dunne
Irene Dunne
and Cary Grant, and played a similar part, that of a naive boyfriend competing with the sophisticated Grant character, in His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday
(1940). He portrayed detective Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
in a few films during the 1940s, but as his film career did not progress, he returned to the stage, where he continued to perform throughout the 1950s. Bellamy appeared in other movies during this time, including Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) with Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
and Lucille Ball, and the horror classic The Wolf Man (1941) with Lon Chaney, Jr.
Lon Chaney, Jr.
and Evelyn Ankers.[2] He also appeared in The Ghost of Frankenstein
The Ghost of Frankenstein
in 1942 with Chaney and Bela Lugosi. In 1949, Bellamy starred in the television noir private eye series Man Against Crime (also known as Follow That Man) on the DuMont Television Network; initially telecast live in its earliest seasons, the program lasted until 1956 and was simulcast for a season on Dumont and NBC, and ran on CBS
CBS
during a different year. The lead role was taken by Frank Lovejoy
Frank Lovejoy
in 1956, who subsequently starred in NBC's Meet McGraw detective series. Bellamy appeared on television in numerous roles over the following years. He was a regular panelist on the CBS
CBS
television game show To Tell the Truth during its initial run. Bellamy starred as Willard Mitchell, along with Patricia Breslin
Patricia Breslin
and Paul Fix, in the 1961 episode "The Haven" of CBS's anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. About this same time, he also appeared on the NBC anthology series, The Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Show. In December 1961, he portrayed the part of Judge Quince in the episode "Judgement at Hondo Seco" on CBS's Rawhide. During the 1963–1964 television season, Bellamy co-starred with Jack Ging in the NBC
NBC
medical drama The Eleventh Hour, in the role of a psychiatrist in private practice. Wendell Corey
Wendell Corey
had appeared in the first season of the series.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1960)

Bellamy appeared on Broadway in one of his most famous roles, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
in Sunrise at Campobello. He reprised the role in the 1960 film version. In the summer of 1961, Bellamy hosted nine original episodes of a CBS Western anthology series called Frontier Justice, a Dick Powell
Dick Powell
Four Star Television
Television
production.[2] In 1950 Bellamy became a member of The Lambs, an actors club located in New York.[3] Highly regarded within the industry, Bellamy served as a four-term President of Actors' Equity from 1952–1964. On film, Bellamy also starred in the Western The Professionals (1966) as an oil tycoon married to Claudia Cardinale opposite adventurers Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
and Lee Marvin, and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968) as an evil physician, before turning to television during the 1970s.[2] Among many roles in numerous shows, sometimes as a series regular, Bellamy portrayed Adlai Stevenson in the 1974 TV-movie The Missiles of October, a treatment of the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a member of the cast of the short-lived CBS espionage drama Hunter in 1977. An Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nomination for the mini-series The Winds of War (1983) – in which Bellamy reprised his Sunrise at Campobello role of Franklin D. Roosevelt – brought him back into the spotlight. This was quickly followed by his role as Randolph Duke, a conniving billionaire commodities trader in Trading Places
Trading Places
(1983) alongside Don Ameche. The 1988 Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
film, Coming to America, included a brief cameo by Bellamy and Don Ameche, reprising their roles as the Duke brothers.[2] Final years[edit] In 1984, Bellamy was presented with a Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild, and in 1987 he received an Honorary Academy Award "for his unique artistry and his distinguished service to the profession of acting". In 1988, he again portrayed Franklin Roosevelt in the sequel to The Winds of War, War and Remembrance.[2] Among his later roles was a memorable appearance as a once-brilliant but increasingly senile lawyer sadly skewered by the Jimmy Smits character on an episode of L.A. Law. Bellamy continued working regularly and gave his final performance in Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman
(1990). Personal life[edit] Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Bellamy was regularly seen socially with a select circle of friends known affectionately as the "Irish Mafia", although they preferred the less sensational "Boy's Club". This group consisted of a group of Hollywood A-listers who were mainly of Irish descent (despite Bellamy having no Irish family connections himself). Others included James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Spencer Tracy, Lynne Overman, Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
and Frank McHugh.[4] Bellamy was married four times: first to Alice Delbridge (1927–1930), then to Catherine Willard (1931–1945). On the occasion of his marriage to organist Ethel Smith (1945–1947), Time magazine reported, ""Ralph Bellamy, 41, veteran stage (Tomorrow the World) and screen (Guest in the House) actor; and Ethel Smith, 32, thin, Tico-Tico-famed cinema electric organist (Bathing Beauty); he for the third time, she for the second; in Harrison, N.Y."[5] Bellamy's fourth wife was Alice Murphy (1949–1991; his death).[6] A Democrat, Bellamy was in attendance at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.[7] Bellamy opened the popular Palm Springs Racquet Club in Palm Springs, California, with fellow actor Charles Farrell
Charles Farrell
in 1934.[8][9] On November 29, 1991, Bellamy died from a lung ailment, at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He was 87 years old. Bellamy was buried in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.[10][11] Awards and honors[edit] Bellamy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 6542 Hollywood Boulevard. In 1992, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[12] In a 2007 episode of Boston Legal, footage of a 1957 episode of Studio One was used. The episode featured Bellamy and William Shatner
William Shatner
as a father-son duo of lawyers. This was used in the present-day to explain the relationship between Shatner's Denny Crane
Denny Crane
character and his father in the show. Filmography[edit]

The Secret Six
The Secret Six
(1931) as Johnny Franks The Magnificent Lie (1931) as Bill Childers West of Broadway (1931) as Mac - The Ranch Foreman Surrender (1931) as Captain Ebbing Forbidden (1932) as Holland Disorderly Conduct (1932) as Captain Tom Manning Young America (1932) as Judge Blake The Woman in Room 13 (1932) as John Bruce Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1932) as Dr. Ladd Almost Married (1932) as Deene Maxwell Wild Girl (1932) as Jack Marbury Air Mail (1932) as Mike Miller Second Hand Wife
Second Hand Wife
(1933) as Carter Cavendish Parole Girl (1933) as Joseph B. 'Joe' Smith Below the Sea (1933) as McCreary Destination Unknown (1933) as Stowaway Picture Snatcher
Picture Snatcher
(1933) as McLean The Narrow Corner (1933) as Eric Whittenson Flying Devils
Flying Devils
(1933) as 'Speed' Hardy Headline Shooter
Headline Shooter
(1933) as Hal Caldwell Blind Adventure
Blind Adventure
(1933) as Jim Steele Ace of Aces (1933) as Capt. / Maj. Blake Ever in My Heart
Ever in My Heart
(1933) as Jeff Before Midnight (1933) as Inspector Steve Trent Spitfire (1934) as George Fleetwood Once to Every Woman (1934) as Dr. Barclay This Man Is Mine (1934) as Jim Dunlap The Crime of Helen Stanley (1934) as Inspector Steve Trent One Is Guilty (1934) as Police Inspector Steve Trent Girl in Danger
Girl in Danger
(1934) as Inspector Steve Trent Woman in the Dark (1934) as John Bradley Helldorado (1935) as J.F. Van Avery Rendezvous at Midnight (1935) as Commissioner Robert Edmonds Gigolette (1935) as Terry Gallagher The Wedding Night
The Wedding Night
(1935) as Fredrik Sobieski Eight Bells (1935) as Steve Andrews Air Hawks (1935) as Barry Eldon The Healer (1935) as Dr. Holden Navy Wife (1935) as Dr. Quentin Harden Hands Across the Table
Hands Across the Table
(1935) as Allen Macklyn Dangerous Intrigue (1936) as Tony Halliday Roaming Lady (1936) as Daniel S. 'Dan' Bailey The Final Hour (1936) as John Vickery Straight from the Shoulder (1936) as Curt Hayden The Man Who Lived Twice (1936) as Dr. James Blake / 'Slick' Rawley Wild Brian Kent (1936) as Brian Kent Counterfeit Lady (1936) as Johnny Pierce Let's Get Married (1937) as Kirk Duncan It Can't Last Forever (1937) as Russ Matthews The Awful Truth
The Awful Truth
(1937) as Daniel Leeson The Crime of Dr. Hallet (1938) as Dr. Paul Hallet Fools for Scandal
Fools for Scandal
(1938) as Phillip Chester Boy Meets Girl (1938) as C. Elliott Friday Carefree (1938) as Stephen Arden Girls' School (1938) as Michael Hendragin Trade Winds (1938) as Ben Blodgett Smashing the Spy Ring (1939) as John Baxter Let Us Live
Let Us Live
(1939) as Lieutenant Everett Blind Alley (1939) as Dr. Shelby Coast Guard (1939) as Lt. Raymond 'Ray' Dower His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday
(1940) as Bruce Baldwin Flight Angels (1940) as Bill Graves Brother Orchid
Brother Orchid
(1940) as Clarence P. Fletcher Queen of the Mob (1940) as FBI Agent Scott Langham Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) as Steve Adams Public Deb No. 1
Public Deb No. 1
(1940) as Bruce Fairchild Meet the Wildcat (1940) as Lt. Brad Williams Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940) as Ellery Queen Footsteps in the Dark (1941) as Dr. Davis Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) as Ellery Queen Affectionately Yours
Affectionately Yours
(1941) as Owen Wright Dive Bomber (1941) as Lance Rogers Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
and the Perfect Crime (1941) as Ellery Queen Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
and the Murder Ring (1941) as Ellery Queen The Wolf Man (1941) as Colonel Montford The Ghost of Frankenstein
The Ghost of Frankenstein
(1942) as Erik Ernst Lady in a Jam (1942) as Stanley Gardner Men of Texas (1942) as Major Lamphere The Great Impersonation (1942) as Sir Edward Dominey / Baron Leopold von Ragenstein Stage Door Canteen (1943) as Ralph Bellamy Guest in the House
Guest in the House
(1944) as Douglas Proctor Delightfully Dangerous (1945) as Arthur Hale Lady on a Train
Lady on a Train
(1945) as Jonathan Waring The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) as Congressman Frank R. Reid Sunrise at Campobello
Sunrise at Campobello
(1960) as Franklin Delano Roosevelt Rawhide (1961, episode "Judgment at Hondo Seco") as Judge Quince Checkmate (1961, episode "Portrait of a Running Man") as Governor Tom Barker The Professionals (1966) as Grant Rosemary's Baby (1968) as Dr. Abraham Sapirstein Doctors' Wives (1971) as Jake Porter Cancel My Reservation
Cancel My Reservation
(1972) as John Ed The Missiles of October
The Missiles of October
(1974, television film) as U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson The Log of the Black Pearl (1975) Once an Eagle (1976, TV Mini-Series) as Ed Caldwell Testimony of Two Men (1977, TV Mini-series) as Dr. Jim Spaulding Oh, God!
Oh, God!
(1977) as Sam Raven Wheels (1978, TV mini-Series) as Lowell Baxter The Memory of Eva Ryker (1980) as William E. Ryker Condominium (1980, TV Mini-Series) as Lee Messenger Trading Places
Trading Places
(1983) as Randolph Duke Terror in the Aisles
Terror in the Aisles
(1984) The Winds of War
The Winds of War
(1984, TV Mini-Series) as Franklin D. Roosevelt Disorderlies (1987) as Albert Dennison Amazon Women on the Moon
Amazon Women on the Moon
(1987) as Mr. Gower (segment "Titan Man") War and Remembrance (1988; television mini-series) as Franklin D. Roosevelt Coming to America
Coming to America
(1988) as Randolph Duke (cameo) The Good Mother (1988) as Frank - Grandfather Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman
(1990) as James Morse (final film role)

Short subjects[edit]

Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 7 (1936) Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 12 (1937) Breakdowns of 1938 (1938)

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1944 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre Phantom Lady[13]

See also[edit]

Biography portal Film portal Theatre
Theatre
portal Television
Television
portal

List of people from California List of people from Palm Springs, California

References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ L.N. (July 30, 1932). ""Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" Sings Her Simple Song Again at the Paramount Theatre". The New York Times.  ^ a b c d e Maltin 1994, p. 63. ^ "What is The Lambs?" Archived September 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. The-Lambs.org. Retrieved: May 16, 2013. ^ "The Irish Mafia (Boy's Club)." Classic Hollywood. Retrieved: August 13, 2013. ^ "Milestones, Sep. 10, 1945." Time, September 10, 1945. Retrieved: August 14, 2011. ^ Lamparski 1970[page needed]. ^ "1960 Democratic Convention Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Committee for the Arts." on YouTube
YouTube
Retrieved: May 16, 2013. ^ Niemann 2006, p. 286. ^ Rippingale 1984, p. 146. ^ Flint, Peter B. "Ralph Bellamy, the Actor, Is Dead at 87." The New York Times, November 30, 1991 Quote: Ralph Bellamy, a veteran character actor who appeared in more than 100 movies but who attained his greatest recognition on Broadway as the stricken Franklin D. Roosevelt struggling to walk in "Sunrise at Campobello," died yesterday at St. Johns Hospital and Health Center in Los Angeles. He was 87 years old." ^ Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
at Find a Grave ^ " Palm Springs Walk of Stars
Palm Springs Walk of Stars
by date dedicated." Archived October 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Retrieved: May 16, 2013. ^ "Abel, Walter". radioGOLDINdex. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 

Bibliography[edit]

Lamparski, Richard. Whatever Became Of ....? – Third Series. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1970. ISBN 978-0-51750-443-7 . Maltin, Leonard. "Ralph Bellamy". Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia. New York: Dutton, 1994. ISBN 0-525-93635-1. Nieman, Greg. Palm Springs Legends: Creation of a Desert Oasis. San Diego, California: Sunbelt Publications, 2006. ISBN 978-0-932653-74-1. Rippingale, Sally Presley. The History of the Racquet Club of Palm Springs. Yucaipa, California: US Business Specialties, 1984. ISBN 978-0-932653-74-1.

External links[edit]

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on IMDb Character portraits of Ralph Bellamy
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in 'Trade Winds'1938 by Ned Scott

Awards for Ralph Bellamy

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Academy Honorary Award

1928–1950

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
/ Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1928) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1932) Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple
(1934) D. W. Griffith
D. W. Griffith
(1935) The March of Time
The March of Time
/ W. Howard Greene and Harold Rosson (1936) Edgar Bergen
Edgar Bergen
/ W. Howard Greene / Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
Film Library / Mack Sennett
Mack Sennett
(1937) J. Arthur Ball / Walt Disney
Walt Disney
/ Deanna Durbin
Deanna Durbin
and Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
/ Gordon Jennings, Jan Domela, Devereaux Jennings, Irmin Roberts, Art Smith, Farciot Edouart, Loyal Griggs, Loren L. Ryder, Harry D. Mills, Louis Mesenkop, Walter Oberst / Oliver T. Marsh and Allen Davey / Harry Warner
Harry Warner
(1938) Douglas Fairbanks
Douglas Fairbanks
/ Judy Garland
Judy Garland
/ William Cameron Menzies / Motion Picture Relief Fund (Jean Hersholt, Ralph Morgan, Ralph Block, Conrad Nagel)/ Technicolor Company (1939) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Nathan Levinson (1940) Walt Disney, William Garity, John N. A. Hawkins, and the RCA Manufacturing Company / Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski
and his associates / Rey Scott / British Ministry of Information (1941) Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
/ Noël Coward
Noël Coward
/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(1942) George Pal
George Pal
(1943) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Margaret O'Brien
Margaret O'Brien
(1944) Republic Studio, Daniel J. Bloomberg, and the Republic Studio Sound Department / Walter Wanger
Walter Wanger
/ The House I Live In / Peggy Ann Garner (1945) Harold Russell
Harold Russell
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
/ Ernst Lubitsch
Ernst Lubitsch
/ Claude Jarman Jr. (1946) James Baskett
James Baskett
/ Thomas Armat, William Nicholas Selig, Albert E. Smith, and George Kirke Spoor
George Kirke Spoor
/ Bill and Coo / Shoeshine (1947) Walter Wanger
Walter Wanger
/ Monsieur Vincent
Monsieur Vincent
/ Sid Grauman
Sid Grauman
/ Adolph Zukor
Adolph Zukor
(1948) Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
/ Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
/ Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
/ The Bicycle Thief (1949) Louis B. Mayer
Louis B. Mayer
/ George Murphy
George Murphy
/ The Walls of Malapaga (1950)

1951–1975

Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
/ Rashomon
Rashomon
(1951) Merian C. Cooper
Merian C. Cooper
/ Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd
/ George Mitchell / Joseph M. Schenck / Forbidden Games
Forbidden Games
(1952) 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation / Bell & Howell Company / Joseph Breen / Pete Smith (1953) Bausch & Lomb Optical Company / Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
/ Kemp Niver / Greta Garbo / Jon Whiteley
Jon Whiteley
/ Vincent Winter / Gate of Hell (1954) Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1955) Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1956) Society of Motion Picture and Television
Television
Engineers / Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson / Charles Brackett / B. B. Kahane (1957) Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier
(1958) Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
/ Lee de Forest
Lee de Forest
(1959) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
/ Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel
/ Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills
(1960) William L. Hendricks / Fred L. Metzler / Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
(1961) William J. Tuttle
William J. Tuttle
(1964) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1965) Yakima Canutt
Yakima Canutt
/ Y. Frank Freeman
Y. Frank Freeman
(1966) Arthur Freed (1967) John Chambers / Onna White (1968) Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(1969) Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish
/ Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1970) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1971) Charles S. Boren / Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
(1972) Henri Langlois
Henri Langlois
/ Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
(1973) Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks
/ Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir
(1974) Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
(1975)

1976–2000

Margaret Booth (1977) Walter Lantz
Walter Lantz
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
/ King Vidor
King Vidor
/ Museum of Modern Art Department of Film (1978) Hal Elias / Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1979) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1980) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Hal Roach
Hal Roach
(1983) James Stewart
James Stewart
/ National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
(1984) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
/ Alex North (1985) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1986) Eastman Kodak
Kodak
Company / National Film Board of Canada
Canada
(1988) Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(1989) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
/ Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
(1990) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1991) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1992) Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
(1993) Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni
(1994) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
/ Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
(1995) Michael Kidd
Michael Kidd
(1996) Stanley Donen
Stanley Donen
(1997) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1998) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1999) Jack Cardiff
Jack Cardiff
/ Ernest Lehman (2000)

2001–present

Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
/ Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(2001) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(2002) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
(2003) Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(2004) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(2005) Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2006) Robert F. Boyle (2007) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
/ Roger Corman
Roger Corman
/ Gordon Willis
Gordon Willis
(2009) Kevin Brownlow / Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
/ Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(2010) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
/ Dick Smith (2011) D. A. Pennebaker
D. A. Pennebaker
/ Hal Needham
Hal Needham
/ George Stevens Jr.
George Stevens Jr.
(2012) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
/ Steve Martin
Steve Martin
/ Piero Tosi (2013) Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Claude Carrière
/ Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki
/ Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
(2014) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
/ Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(2015) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
/ Lynn Stalmaster / Anne V. Coates / Frederick Wiseman (2016) Charles Burnett / Owen Roizman / Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
/ Agnès Varda (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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Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Life Achievement Award

1962: Eddie Cantor 1963: Stan Laurel 1965: Bob Hope 1966: Barbara Stanwyck 1967: William Gargan 1968: James Stewart 1969: Edward G. Robinson 1970: Gregory Peck 1971: Charlton Heston 1972: Frank Sinatra 1973: Martha Raye 1974: Walter Pidgeon 1975: Rosalind Russell 1976: Pearl Bailey 1977: James Cagney 1978: Edgar Bergen 1979: Katharine Hepburn 1980: Leon Ames 1982: Danny Kaye 1983: Ralph Bellamy 1984: Iggie Wolfington 1985: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward 1986: Nanette Fabray 1987: Red Skelton 1988: Gene Kelly 1989: Jack Lemmon 1990: Brock Peters 1991: Burt Lancaster 1992: Audrey Hepburn 1993: Ricardo Montalbán 1994: George Burns 1995: Robert Redford 1996: Angela Lansbury 1997: Elizabeth Taylor 1998: Kirk Douglas 1999: Sidney Poitier 2000: Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Ruby Dee 2001: Ed Asner 2002: Clint Eastwood 2003: Karl Malden 2004: James Garner 2005: Shirley Temple 2006: Julie Andrews 2007: Charles Durning 2008: James Earl Jones 2009: Betty White 2010: Ernest Borgnine 2011: Mary Tyler Moore 2012: Dick Van Dyke 2013: Rita Moreno 2014: Debbie Reynolds 2015: Carol Burnett 2016: Lily Tomlin 2017: Morgan Freeman

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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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