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Richard Paul Kiley (March 31, 1922 – March 5, 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor. He is best known for his distinguished theatrical career in which he twice won the Tony Award for Best Actor In A Musical.[1] Kiley created the role of Don Quixote in the original 1965 production of the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and was the first to sing and record "The Impossible Dream", the hit song from the show. In the 1953 hit musical Kismet, he played the Caliph and was one of the quartet introducing the song "And This Is My Beloved". Additionally, he won three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards during his 50-year career[2] and his "sonorous baritone"[3] was also featured in the narration of a number of documentaries and other films. At the time of his death, Kiley was described as "one of theater's most distinguished and versatile actors" and as "an indispensable actor, the kind of performer who could be called on to play kings and commoners and a diversity of characters in between."[2]

Contents

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

5.1 Film 5.2 Television 5.3 Stage

6 References 7 Sources 8 External links

Early life[edit] Kiley was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised Roman Catholic. He graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1940, and after a year at Loyola University Chicago[4] he left to study acting at Chicago's Barnum Dramatic School. In the late 40s, he performed in Chicago-area summer stock theaters with actors such as Alan Furlan.[5] Following his service in the United States Navy
United States Navy
in World War II, he returned to Chicago
Chicago
working as an actor and announcer on radio before moving to New York City. In New York he studied singing with Ray Smolover.[6] Career[edit]

Kiley with Peter Falk
Peter Falk
in Columbo, 1974.

Kiley's work on stage included Kismet, No Strings
No Strings
(which was Richard Rodgers's first stage musical after the death of Oscar Hammerstein II) in which Rodgers wrote both music and lyrics, the Buddy Hackett vehicle I Had a Ball, and the lead roles in Redhead, Man of La Mancha, and the play The Incomparable Max. Kiley later starred in the television play Patterns, which aired live on January 12, 1955. It caused a sensation and won an Emmy for its writer, Rod Serling. He played the role of John Malcolm Patterson, future Attorney General of Alabama
Attorney General of Alabama
(and later Governor of Alabama), in the 1955 film The Phenix City Story. Kiley also portrayed math teacher Joshua Edwards, whose phonograph records were smashed by delinquents in Blackboard Jungle
Blackboard Jungle
in 1955. Kiley won Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for Redhead in 1959 and Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha
in 1966. The dual role of middle-aged author Cervantes and his fictional creation Quixote is one of the few musical roles that requires the talents of both leading man and character actor.[citation needed] Kiley said while La Mancha was on Broadway that despite the fact he had grown tired of playing leading men, he would always be grateful for having been given the chance to perform in La Mancha.[citation needed] Later years[edit] Kiley won three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards
Golden Globe Awards
for his work in television. He won both an Emmy and Golden Globe awards for The Thorn Birds (as Paddy, Rachel Ward's father) (1983) and A Year in the Life (1986, 1987–1988). His third Emmy win was for Guest Actor in a Drama Series, for an episode of Picket Fences. Other television work included as the murderous police commissioner on Columbo
Columbo
(1974, the episode "A Friend In Deed"), his appearance as Gideon Seyetik in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Second Sight", as well as guest roles on Ally McBeal, Hawaii Five-O and Gunsmoke. He narrated the award-winning seven-part 1986 PBS documentary Planet Earth. Kiley's baritone made him a favorite to narrate documentaries for television. In Jurassic Park, Kiley's voice is used to narrate the park's vehicle tour. Kiley was introduced as the narrator for the tour first in the novel by Michael Crichton, and later in the film adaptation by Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
where the owner of the park said he "spared no expense" hiring Kiley. Visitors to Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida, and Universal Studios in Hollywood hear Kiley as the narrator of the Jurassic Park River Adventure ride. In 1993, Christian filmmakers set out to make a Jesus film which would be a Word-for-Word of the Gospel. Kiley was chosen to do a narration style film as the Apostle Matthew in his latter days. He is seen doing many flashbacks as Matthew in the days when Jesus walked the Earth. From 1994 until 1998, Kiley narrated the A&E documentary television series Mysteries of the Bible. His final acting role was in the 1999 TV movie Blue Moon, which debuted the month after his death.[7][8] Death[edit] Kiley died of an unspecified bone marrow disease at Horton Hospital in Middletown, N.Y, on March 5, 1999, less than a month before his 77th birthday. He was survived by his wife and six children, sons David and Michael Kiley and daughters Kathleen, Dorothea, Erin and Deirdre. His remains were interred in Warwick. Broadway's lights went dark in his honor. Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1951 The Mob Thomas Clancy

1952 The Sniper Dr. James G. Kent

1952 Eight Iron Men Private Coke

1953 Pickup on South Street Joey

1955 Blackboard Jungle Joshua Y. Edwards

1955 The Phenix City Story John Patterson

1957 Spanish Affair Merritt Blake

1958 The Power of the Resurrection Peter

1969 Pendulum Woodrow Wilson King

1970 a.k.a. Cassius Clay Narrator

1974 The Little Prince The Pilot

1977 Looking for Mr. Goodbar Mr. Dunn

1981 Endless Love Arthur Axelrod

1986 Howard the Duck The Cosmos Voice

1989 To the Limit Narrator

1989 Miami Cops

1993 Jurassic Park Jurassic Park Tour Voice Voice

1993 The Gospel According to St. Matthew Old Matthew

1996 Phenomenon Dr. Wellin

1997 Time to Say Goodbye? Dr. Gerald Klooster

1998 Patch Adams Dr. Titan

2002 Jesus the Christ Matthew (final film role)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1954 Justice Unknown 2 episodes

1956 Studio One Mr. Dean Episode: "The Landlady's Daughter"

1969 Night Gallery Joseph Strobe Television
Television
film ("The Escape Route" segment)

1970 Gunsmoke Lewis Stark Episode: "Stark"

1970 Bonanza Gideon Yates Episode: Gideon the Good

1970 The Ceremony of Innocence King Ethelred II Television
Television
film

1971 Gunsmoke Tom Lynott Episode: "Lynott"

1972 Gunsmoke Bohannon Episode: "Bohannon"

1973 Gunsmoke Will Stambridge Episode: "Kitty's Love Affair"

1974 Columbo: A Friend in Deed Mark Halperin

1975 Friendly Persuasion Jess Birdwell Television
Television
film

1980 Angel on My Shoulder Nick Television
Television
film

1981 Isabel's Choice Lyman Jones Television
Television
film

1981 Golden Gate Thomas J. Kingsley Television
Television
film

1983 The Thorn Birds Paddy Cleary 2 episodes Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television
Television
Film Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

1984 George Washington George Mason Television
Television
film

1985 A.D. Claudius Television
Television
film

1985 The Canterville Ghost Sir Simon de Canterville Television
Television
film

1985 Do You Remember Love George Hollis Television
Television
film

1986 Planet Earth Narrator 7 episodes

1986 The Twilight Zone (1985 TV series) Lancelot Episode: "The Last Defender of Camelot (The Twilight Zone)"

1986 If Tomorrow Comes Gunther Hartog 3 episodes

1986–1988 A Year in the Life Joe Gardner 22 episodes Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Television
Television
Series Drama Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

1988 My First Love Sam Morrissey Television
Television
film

1991 Absolute Strangers Dr. R.J. Cannon Television
Television
film

1991 Separate But Equal Chief Justice Earl Warren Television
Television
film Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television
Television
Film Nominated— Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

1992–1994 Picket Fences Hayden Langston 2 episodes Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated— Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dr. Gideon Seyetik Episode: "Second Sight" (Season 2 Episode 9)

1994–1998 Mysteries of the Bible Narrator

1995 The Great Defender Joe Dewitt 8 episodes

1996 Mary & Tim Ron Melville Television
Television
film

1997 Time to Say Goodbye? Dr. Gerald Klooster Television
Television
film

1997 Tigers of the Show Narrator

1998 Ally McBeal Seymore Little Episode: "Once in a Lifetime"

1998 Blue Moon Jimmy Keating Television
Television
film

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1953 Misalliance Joey Percival

1953–1955 Kismet The Caliph

1956 Time Limit Major Harry Cargill

1959–1960 Redhead Tom Baxter Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Musical

1960–1961 Advise and Consent Brig Anderson

1962–1963 No Strings David Jordan Nominated— Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Musical

1963–1964 Here's Love Fred Gaily

1964–1965 I Had a Ball Stan the Shpieler

1965–1971 Man of La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Musical

1968 Her First Roman Caesar

1971 The Incomparable Max Enoch Soames

1972 Voices Robert

1972 Man of La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote

1974–1976 Absurd Person Singular Ronald

1975 "Ah, Wilderness!" Nat Miller Academy Festival Theatre, Drake Theatre at Barat College, Lake Forest, Illinois

1976 The Heiress Dr. Austin Sloper Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play

1977 Man of La Mancha Don Quixote Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical

1987 All My Sons Joe Keller Nominated— Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play

References[edit]

^ Tom Vallance (1999-03-11). "Obituary: Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
– Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-12-10.  ^ a b MEL GUSSOWPublished: March 06, 1999 (1999-03-06). "Richard Kiley, the Man of La Mancha, Is Dead at 76 – New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-10.  ^ "Overview for Richard Kiley". Tcm.com. Retrieved 2013-12-10.  ^ Obituary: Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
from The Independent (London) March 11, 1999 ^ "The Milwaukee Journal". July 30, 1985.  ^ "Earl Wilson". Toledo Blade. September 22, 1977.  ^ "Blue Moon" TV movie at IMDB ^ Yahoo TV bio of Richard Kiley

Sources[edit]

Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha
– original theatrical program, for Kiley's personal comments on playing Don Quixote

External links[edit]

Biography portal

Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
at Find a Grave Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
on IMDb Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek
Star Trek
wiki)

Awards for Richard Kiley

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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
(2017)

v t e

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Robert Young (1956) Robert Young (1957) Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
(1959) Robert Stack
Robert Stack
(1960) Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
(1961) E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
(1962) E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
(1963) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1966) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1967) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1968) Carl Betz
Carl Betz
(1969) Robert Young (1970) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1971) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1972) Richard Thomas (1973) Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
(1974) Robert Blake (1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1976) James Garner
James Garner
(1977) Ed Asner
Ed Asner
(1978) Ron Leibman (1979) Ed Asner
Ed Asner
(1980) Daniel J. Travanti (1981) Daniel J. Travanti (1982) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1983) Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
(1984) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1985) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1986) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(1987) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1988) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1989) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1990) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1991) Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd
(1992) Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
(1993) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1994) Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin
(1995) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1996) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1997) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(1998) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1999) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2000) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2001) Michael Chiklis
Michael Chiklis
(2002) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2003) James Spader
James Spader
(2004) James Spader
James Spader
(2005) Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
(2006) James Spader
James Spader
(2007) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2008) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2009) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2010) Kyle Chandler
Kyle Chandler
(2011) Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis
(2012) Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2015) Rami Malek
Rami Malek
(2016) Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown
(2017)

v t e

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1975) Gordon Jackson (1976) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1986) Joe Spano (1989) Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1990) David Opatoshu
David Opatoshu
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1993) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1994) Paul Winfield
Paul Winfield
(1995) Peter Boyle
Peter Boyle
(1996) Pruitt Taylor Vince (1997) John Larroquette
John Larroquette
(1998) Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1999) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
(2000) Michael Emerson
Michael Emerson
(2001) Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton
(2002) Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton
(2003) William Shatner
William Shatner
(2004) Ray Liotta
Ray Liotta
(2005) Christian Clemenson (2006) John Goodman
John Goodman
(2007) Glynn Turman
Glynn Turman
(2008) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(2009) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(2010) Paul McCrane (2011) Jeremy Davies
Jeremy Davies
(2012) Dan Bucatinsky
Dan Bucatinsky
(2013) Joe Morton
Joe Morton
(2014) Reg E. Cathey
Reg E. Cathey
(2015) Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria
(2016) Gerald McRaney
Gerald McRaney
(2017)

v t e

Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television
Television
Film

James Brolin
James Brolin
(1970) Edward Asner (1971) James Brolin
James Brolin
(1972) McLean Stevenson
McLean Stevenson
(1973) Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
(1974) Edward Asner/ Tim Conway
Tim Conway
(1975) Edward Asner (1976) Norman Fell
Norman Fell
(1978) Danny DeVito/ Vic Tayback
Vic Tayback
(1979) Pat Harrington Jr./ Vic Tayback
Vic Tayback
(1980) John Hillerman
John Hillerman
(1981) Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander
(1982) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1983) Paul Le Mat (1984) Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos
(1985) Jan Niklas (1986) Rutger Hauer
Rutger Hauer
(1987) Barry Bostwick/ John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1988) Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Louis Gossett, Jr.
Louis Gossett, Jr.
(1991) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1992) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1993) Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos
(1994) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(1995) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1996) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1997) Don Cheadle/ Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1998) Peter Fonda
Peter Fonda
(1999) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2000) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(2001) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(2002) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(2003) William Shatner
William Shatner
(2004) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(2005) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(2006) Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven
(2007) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(2008) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(2009) Chris Colfer
Chris Colfer
(2010) Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage
(2011) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(2012) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(2013) Matt Bomer
Matt Bomer
(2014) Christian Slater
Christian Slater
(2015) Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
(2016) Alexander Skarsgård
Alexander Skarsgård
(2017)

v t e

Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Television
Television
Series Drama

Mike Connors
Mike Connors
(1969) Peter Graves
Peter Graves
(1970) Robert Young (1971) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1972) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1973) Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
(1974) Robert Blake/ Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
(1975) Richard Jordan (1976) Edward Asner (1977) Michael Moriarty (1978) Edward Asner (1979) Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
(1980) Daniel J. Travanti (1981) John Forsythe
John Forsythe
(1982) John Forsythe
John Forsythe
(1983) Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
(1984) Don Johnson
Don Johnson
(1985) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1986) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1987) Ron Perlman
Ron Perlman
(1988) Ken Wahl
Ken Wahl
(1989) Kyle MacLachlan
Kyle MacLachlan
(1990) Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
(1991) Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston
(1992) David Caruso
David Caruso
(1993) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1994) Jimmy Smits
Jimmy Smits
(1995) David Duchovny
David Duchovny
(1996) Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards
(1997) Dylan McDermott
Dylan McDermott
(1998) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(1999) Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
(2000) Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
(2001) Michael Chiklis
Michael Chiklis
(2002) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(2003) Ian McShane
Ian McShane
(2004) Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
(2005) Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
(2006) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2007) Gabriel Byrne
Gabriel Byrne
(2008) Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall
(2009) Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
(2010) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(2011) Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis
(2012) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2013) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(2014) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2015) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2016) Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown
(2017)

v t e

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

1948–1975

Paul Hartman
Paul Hartman
(1948) Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger
(1949) Ezio Pinza
Ezio Pinza
(1950) Robert Alda
Robert Alda
(1951) Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
(1952) Thomas Mitchell (1953) Alfred Drake
Alfred Drake
(1954) Walter Slezak
Walter Slezak
(1955) Ray Walston
Ray Walston
(1956) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1957) Robert Preston (1958) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1959) Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
(1960) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1961) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1962) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1963) Bert Lahr
Bert Lahr
(1964) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1965) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1966) Robert Preston (1967) Robert Goulet
Robert Goulet
(1968) Jerry Orbach
Jerry Orbach
(1969) Cleavon Little
Cleavon Little
(1970) Hal Linden
Hal Linden
(1971) Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
(1972) Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen
(1973) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1974) John Cullum (1975)

1976–2000

George Rose (1976) Barry Bostwick
Barry Bostwick
(1977) John Cullum (1978) Len Cariou
Len Cariou
(1979) Jim Dale (1980) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1981) Ben Harney (1982) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1983) George Hearn (1984) No award (1985) George Rose (1986) Robert Lindsay (1987) Michael Crawford
Michael Crawford
(1988) Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander
(1989) James Naughton
James Naughton
(1990) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1991) Gregory Hines (1992) Brent Carver (1993) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1994) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1995) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1996) James Naughton
James Naughton
(1997) Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming
(1998) Martin Short
Martin Short
(1999) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(2000)

2001–present

Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2001) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(2002) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) John Lloyd Young
John Lloyd Young
(2006) David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
(2007) Paulo Szot
Paulo Szot
(2008) David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik
Trent Kowalik
and Kiril Kulish (2009) Douglas Hodge (2010) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2011) Steve Kazee
Steve Kazee
(2012) Billy Porter (2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2014) Michael Cerveris
Michael Cerveris
(2015) Leslie Odom Jr. (2016) Ben Platt (2017)

v t e

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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