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Richard Thomas Griffiths, OBE (31 July 1947 – 28 March 2013)[1][2] was an English actor of film, television, and stage. He received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, all for his role in The History Boys. For the 2006 film adaptation, Griffiths was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is also known for his portrayal of Vernon Dursley
Vernon Dursley
in the Harry Potter film series, Uncle Monty in Withnail and I
Withnail and I
(1987), Dr. Albert Meinheimer in The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), Henry Crabbe in Pie in the Sky (1994–1997) and King George II in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). Earlier in his career, he had a prominent supporting role as British journalist Collins in Richard Attenborough's Academy Award-winning film Gandhi (1982).

Contents

1 Early years 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Filmography

5.1 Film 5.2 Television

6 References 7 External links

Early years[edit] Griffiths was born in Thornaby-on-Tees, North Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Jane (née Denmark) and Thomas Griffiths. His father was a steelworker who also fought in pubs for money, while his mother's occupation was described as "bagger".[3][4] He and his brother John were raised in the Roman Catholic faith.[1][5] His parents were both deaf, and he learned sign language at an early age in order to communicate with them. During his childhood he attempted to run away from home many times. He dropped out of Our Lady & St Bede School in Stockton-On-Tees
Stockton-On-Tees
at age 15 [6] and worked as a porter for Littlewoods
Littlewoods
for a while, but his boss eventually persuaded him to go back to school. He decided to attend a drama class at Stockton & Billingham College.[6] He continued his education in drama at Manchester
Manchester
Polytechnic School of Drama (present-day Manchester
Manchester
School of Theatre).[7] Career[edit]

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After graduating, Griffiths won a contract on BBC Radio
BBC Radio
with their Radio Drama Company.[8] He also worked in small theatres, sometimes acting and sometimes managing.[8] He built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown with portrayals of Pompey in Measure for Measure and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and went on to play the King in Henry VIII.[4] He eventually settled in Manchester
Manchester
and began to get lead roles in plays.[4] From there, he began to appear on television and then got his big break in film in It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet
It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet
(1975). By the early 1980s, he was selected for the lead role in Bird of Prey, an early computer-conspiracy thriller. His character Henry Jay was reprised in Bird of Prey 2 (1984).[9] In 1981, he also gave a memorable performance as Chilean secret police victim William Beausire in an edition of the BBC Prisoners of Conscience series.[10] Griffiths went on to supporting roles in a number of major films, including The French Lieutenant's Woman, Chariots of Fire, and Gandhi.[11] On stage, in 1985–86, he performed the role of Verdi
Verdi
in Julian Mitchell's After Aida, in Wales
Wales
and at the Old Vic Theatre
Old Vic Theatre
in London. He appeared in The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends. Griffiths' film roles were in both contemporary and period pieces, such as Gorky Park (1983), Withnail and I
Withnail and I
(1987), King Ralph
King Ralph
(1991), The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), Guarding Tess
Guarding Tess
(1994) and Sleepy Hollow (1999).[11] Later, he was seen as Harry Potter's cruel uncle Vernon Dursley
Vernon Dursley
in the Harry Potter series, appearing in five of the eight films: Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Order of the Phoenix, and Deathly Hallows – Part 1.[12] He appeared as Inspector Henry Crabbe, disillusioned policeman and pie chef extraordinaire, in Pie in the Sky, a role which was created specifically for him.[9] He also made an extended appearance in the 2005 version of Charles Dickens' Bleak House.[13] In 2004, he originated the role of Hector (the teacher) in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, directed by Nicholas Hytner, winning the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.[4] During the play's subsequent United States run, he added a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Tony Award.[14][4][2] He reprised his role in the film version, which was released in October 2006.[15] Together with his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe, he appeared in a stage revival of Peter Shaffer's Equus at the Gielgud Theatre
Gielgud Theatre
in London, and later from October 2008 in a short run of the play at the Broadhurst Theatre
Broadhurst Theatre
on Broadway, which ended in February 2009.[16][17] Later, in 2009, he replaced Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
as W.H. Auden
W.H. Auden
prior to the premiere of The Habit of Art at the National Theatre, once again directed by Hytner.[18] Griffiths was considered for the part of the Doctor in Doctor Who, following Tom Baker's departure in 1981, but was unavailable. He was strongly considered once again to take on the role of the Eighth Doctor, had the series continued past 1989.[19] Coincidentally, his two principal co-stars from Withnail and I
Withnail and I
Paul McGann
Paul McGann
and Richard E. Grant — both went on to play the role in some capacity.[20] He performed in adaptations of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, providing the voice for Slartibartfast for the radio adaptation of Life, the Universe and Everything
Life, the Universe and Everything
and playing the Vogon Jeltz in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.[21][22] He appeared in Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
and as a special guest in A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa.[23][24] In 2005 he asked a member of the audience to leave a performance of Heroes after her phone rang three times.[25] This interruption of a performance because of audience distraction happened three times in his career.[26] Griffiths appeared as King George II in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.[27] He appeared in the first episode of the television series Episodes as Julian Bullard.[28] In April 2012, Griffiths starred, with Danny DeVito, in a revival of the Neil Simon play The Sunshine Boys. The show previewed at the Savoy Theatre
Savoy Theatre
from 27 April 2012, opening on 17 May and playing a limited 12-week season until 28 July.[29] Personal life[edit] Griffiths met Heather Gibson in 1973 and they married in 1980.[30] They had no children. Griffiths was awarded an honorary degree from Teesside University
Teesside University
in 2006[6] and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.[31] Death[edit] Griffiths died aged 65 at the University Hospital Coventry
Coventry
on 28 March 2013 after complications following heart surgery.[1][2] He is buried in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Bearley, Warwickshire. Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1977 It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet Sam Broadbent

1980 Breaking Glass Studio engineer

Superman II Terrorist #3

1981 Chariots of Fire Head Porter at Caius College

The French Lieutenant's Woman Sir Tom

Ragtime Delmas' Assistant No. 1

1982 Britannia Hospital Cheerful Bernie

Gandhi Collins

1983 Gorky Park Anton

1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Captain Billings

A Private Function Henry Allardyce the Accountant

1986 Shanghai Surprise Willie Tuttle

1987 Withnail and I Uncle Monty

1991 King Ralph Duncan Phipps

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear Dr. Albert S. Meinheimer / Earl Hacker

1992 Blame It on the Bellboy Maurice Horton

1994 Guarding Tess Frederick

1995 Funny Bones Jim Minty

1997 The Warrens

1999 Sleepy Hollow Magistrate Philipse

Casper & Spooky

2000 Vatel Dr. Bourdelot

2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Vernon Dursley

2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Vernon Dursley

2004 Stage Beauty Sir Charles Sedley

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Vernon Dursley

2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Jeltz Voice

Opa! Tierrney

2006 Venus Donald

The History Boys Hector

2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Vernon Dursley

2008 Bedtime Stories Barry Nottingham

2010 National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art Fitz / W.H. Auden

Jackboots on Whitehall Hermann Göring Voice

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Vernon Dursley

2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides King George II

Hugo Monsieur Frick

2012 Private Peaceful The Colonel

2013 About Time Defense Lawyer in play (Thomas Serwell) Posthumous release, Uncredited, (final film role)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1974 Crown Court Interpreter Episode 3.31: "Duress: Part 1"

Village Hall Mr. Ridealgh Episode 1.1: "Mr. Ellis Versus the People"

ITV Playhouse Park keeper Episode 7.2: "Norma"

1976 When the Boat Comes In P.C. Price Episode 1.1 "A Land Fit for Heroes and Idiots"

Red Letter Day Window cleaner Episode 1.3: "Well Thank You, Thursday"

The Expert Ripley Episode 4.10: "Tainted Money"

1977 Second City Firsts

Episode 8.1: "Twelve Off the Belt"

ITV Playhouse Board member Episode 9.10: "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"

1978 The Comedy of Errors Officer TV play

The Sweeney Ronnie Harries Episode 4.14: "Jack or Knave"

1979 Afternoon Off Mr. Turnbull TV play

1980 Nobody's Perfect Sam Hooper

1981 Prisoners of Conscience William Beausire Episode 1.1: "William Beausire"

1982 Minder Derek Farrow Episode 3.5: "Dreamhouse"

Whoops Apocalypse Premier Dubienkin Episode 1.6: "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"

Bird of Prey Henry Jay TV mini-series; all four episodes

The World Cup: A Captain's Tale Sidney Barron TV film

Five-Minute Films The Window Cleaner Episode: "A Light Snack"

The Merry Wives of Windsor Sir John Falstaff TV film

1983 The Cleopatras Pot Belly TV mini-series; three episodes

Bergerac Jean-Pierre Episode 2.6: "Fall of a Birdman"

1984 Bird of Prey 2 Henry Jay TV mini-series; all four episodes

1985 Bleak House Mr Bayham Badger BBC TV serial

1986 Boon Sidney Garbutt Episode 1.6: "Glasshouse People"

The Raggy Dolls

1987 Casanova Cardinal TV film

Ffizz Jack Mowbray

The Marksman Brown TV mini-series

1988-1990 A Kind of Living Trevor Beasley 15 episodes

1989 Goldeneye Second admiral TV film

1989 Bookmark: Plum, A Portrait of P.G. Wodehouse voice of P.G. Wodehouse TV documentary[32]

1991 Perfect Scoundrels Phil Kirby Episode 2.1: "Ssh, You Know Who"

1992 El C.I.D. Weatherby Episode 3.2: "Nothing Is Forever"

The Good Guys Archie Phillips Episode 1.8: "Going West"

Mr. Wakefield's Crusade Porter TV film

1993 Inspector Morse Canon Humphrey Appleton Episode 7.2: "The Day of the Devil"

Lovejoy Hans Koopman Episode 4.9: "They Call Me Midas"

1994 A Breed of Heroes TV film

1994-1995 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends Mr. Alderman Ptolomy Tortoise Mr. Jackson Sir Isaac Newton Two episodes; voice

1994-1997 Pie in the Sky Henry Crabbe All 40 episodes

1998 In the Red Geoffrey Crichton-Potter Episode 1.3

The Canterbury Tales Saturn Episode 1.1: "Leaving London"; voice

Oi! Get Off Our Train Elephant TV short; voice

Ted & Ralph Landowner at Party TV film

1998-2000 Archibald the Koala Archibald All 52 episodes; voice[33]

1999 The Vicar of Dibley Bishop of Mulberry Episode 3.17: "Spring"

2000 Gormenghast Swelter TV mini-series; two episodes

Hope and Glory Leo Wheeldon Two episodes

2002 TLC Mr Benedict Ron

Jeffrey Archer: The Truth Willie Whitelaw TV film

2003 The Brides in the Bath Sir Edward Marshall Hall TV film

2005 Princes in the Tower Sir Thomas More TV film; voice

Bleak House Mr. Bayham Badger TV mini-series; two episodes

2007 Ballet Shoes Great Uncle Matthew TV film

2008 A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Santa Claus TV film

2010 National Theatre Live Fitz / W.H. Auden TV play: The Habit of Art

2011 George and Bernard Shaw Bernard Episode 1.1: "Pilot"

Episodes Julian Bullard Episode 1.1: "Episode One"

2012 The Hollow Crown – Henry V Duke of Burgundy TV film

References[edit]

^ a b c Topping, Alexandra (29 March 2013). "Richard Griffiths, uncle to Withnail and Harry Potter, dies aged 65". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  ^ a b c "Potter and Withnail actor Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
dies". BBC Online. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  ^ " Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
Biography". FilmReference.com. 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2008.  ^ a b c d e "Richard Griffiths". Telegraph. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013.  ^ Laurence, Charles. "Part 3 of Griffiths interview". Saga Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2008.  ^ a b c "Richard Griffith Dies". Teesside Evening Gazette. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  ^ "Alumni profile". The Manchester
Manchester
Metropolitan University School of Theatre web site.  ^ a b "Chin chin dear friend: Tributes paid to award-winning actor Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
as he dies from complications after heart surgery". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ a b "THE FULL MONTY". The Independent. 1997-06-28. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ Bird, John (1981-10-02), William Beausire, John Morgan, Richard Griffiths, Alison Key, retrieved 2017-12-28  ^ a b "Brutal childhood that haunted Richard Griffiths, the star with a giant-sized talent". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ "Actor Richard Griffiths, Uncle Vernon In 'Harry Potter' Movies, Dies". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ Garfield, Simon (2005-10-09). "Richard Griffiths: 'I've always hated the way I look'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ "Richard Griffiths, Harry Potter Actor, Dies at 65". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ Weber, Bruce (2013-03-29). "Richard Griffiths, Falstaffian 'History Boys' Star, Dies at 65". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ "Equus". London
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Theatre Guide. 20160608. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  Check date values in: date= (help) ^ Brantley, Ben (2008-09-25). " Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe
and Richard Griffiths in Thea Sharrock's Revival of Peter Shaffer's Drama". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ Iqbal, Nosheen (2009-10-02). " Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
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BBC profile". Drama Faces. BBC. Archived from the original on 25 August 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2007.  ^ 1952-2001., Adams, Douglas, (2005). The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy radio scripts : the tertiary, quandary and quintessential phases. Maggs, Dirk., Hyman, Bruce., Chattwell, Helen., Above the Title (Firm). London: Pan. ISBN 0330435108. OCLC 58831947.  ^ Jem,, Roberts,. The Frood : the authorised and very official history of Douglas Adams & the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. London. ISBN 9780099590767. OCLC 920836076.  ^ "Bedtime Stories". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ "It's gonna be a green Muppets Christmas". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ "Actor snaps over ring mobile". BBC News. 22 November 2005. Retrieved 22 April 2007.  ^ Burkeman, Oliver (30 September 2006). "A break in the clouds". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010.  ^ "Exclusive: Pirates 4 News From Rush". Empireonline.com. Retrieved 29 June 2012.  ^ Desk, TV News. " Richard Griffiths
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Joins LeBlanc & Mangan In Showtime/BBC's 'Episodes'". Retrieved 2017-12-28.  ^ Kemp, Stuart. " Danny DeVito
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to Make West End Debut in 'The Sunshine Boys'". The Hollywood Reporter.  ^ Farndale, Nigel (25 February 2007). "Big unfriendly giant". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  ^ "New Years Honours List". BBC News. 29 December 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2012.  ^ "PG Wodehouse - Plum - Bookmark - BBC Documentary - 1989". BBC2. Retrieved 14 November 2015.  ^ "BFI – ARCHIBALD THE KOALA 04/09/98". British Film Institute. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 

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Awards for Richard Griffiths

v t e

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Philip Anglim (1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1984) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1985) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1990) Ron Rifkin
Ron Rifkin
(1991) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1996) David Morse / 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) Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
(2003) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2004) Brían F. O'Byrne (2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2010) Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale
(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)

v t e

Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor

1955-1959

Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1955) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1956) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1957) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1958) Eric Porter (1959)

1960-1969

Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1960) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1963) Nicol Williamson
Nicol Williamson
(1964) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1965) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1966) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1967) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1968) Nicol Williamson
Nicol Williamson
(1969)

1970–1979

John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1970) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1971) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1972) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1973) John Wood (1974) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1975) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1976) Donald Sinden
Donald Sinden
(1977) Alan Howard (1978) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1979)

1980–1989

Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1980) Alan Howard (1981) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1982) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1983) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1984) Antony Sher (1985) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) Eric Porter (1988) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1989)

1990–1999

Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(1990) John Wood (1991) Nigel Hawthorne (1992) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1993) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1994) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1995) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1996) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1997) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1998) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(1999)

2000–2009

Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2000) Alex Jennings (2001) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2002) Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
(2003) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2004) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2005) Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
(2006) Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
(2007) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2008) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2009)

2010–9999

Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
(2010) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
and Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller
(2011) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2012) Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
(2013) Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
(2014) James McAvoy
James McAvoy
(2015) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(2016) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2017)

v t e

Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor

Antony Sher (1985) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) Oliver Ford Davies
Oliver Ford Davies
(1989/1990) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1991) Nigel Hawthorne (1992) Robert Stephens
Robert Stephens
(1993) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(1994) David Bamber (1995) Alex Jennings (1996) Antony Sher (1997) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Henry Goodman
Henry Goodman
(2000) Conleth Hill
Conleth Hill
(2001) Roger Allam
Roger Allam
(2002) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2003) Matthew Kelly (2004) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2005) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2006) Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
(2007) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2008) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(2009) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2010) Roger Allam
Roger Allam
(2011) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
and Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller
(2012) Luke Treadaway (2013) Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
(2014) Mark Strong
Mark Strong
(2015) Kenneth Cranham (2016) Jamie Parker (2017)

v t e

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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