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Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play 1947-2011

From 1947 to the Present


Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play 1947-2011

Tony Award

Tony Awards
Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play 1947-2011

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

The Tony Awards began in 1947 to honor the best of Broadway's performers and productions.

Originally, this category honored Actors of "Dramatic" works. In 1976, the category became as it is now known, the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

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Best Actor in a Play

1947 (tie): José Ferrer in Cyrano de Bergerac and Fredric March in Years Ago
1948 Actors (tie): Henry Fonda in Mister Roberts, Paul Kelly in Command Decision, and Basil Rathbone in The Heiress
1949: Rex Harrison in Anne of the Thousand Days
1950: Sidney Blackmer in Come Back, Little Sheba
1951: Claude Rains in Darkness At Noon
1952: José Ferrer in The Shrike
1953: Tom Ewell in The Seven Year Itch
1954: David Wayne in The Teahouse of the August Moon
1955: Alfred Lunt in Quadrille
1956: Paul Muni in Inherit the Wind
1957: Fredric March in Long Day's Journey Into Night
1958: Ralph Bellamy in Sunrise At Campobello
1959: Jason Robards, Jr. in The Disenchanted
1960: Melvyn Douglas in The Best Man
1961: Zero Mostel in Rhinoceros
1962: Paul Scofield in A Man for All Seasons
1963: Arthur Hill in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
1964: Alec Guinness in Dylan
1965: Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple
1966: Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!
1967: Paul Rogers in The Homecoming
1968: Martin Balsam in You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running
1969: James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope
1970: Fritz Weaver in Child's Play
1971: Brian Bedford in The School for Wives
1972: Cliff Gorman in Lenny
1973: Alan Bates in Butley
1974: Michael Moriarty in Find Your Way Home
1975 (tie): John Kani in Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island and Winston Ntshona in Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island
1976: John Wood in Travesties
1977: Al Pacino in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
1978: Barnard Hughes in Da
1979: Tom Conti in Who's Life Is It Anyway?
1980: John Rubinstein in Children of a Lesser God
1981: Ian McKellen in Amadeus
1982: Roger Rees in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
1983: Harvey Fierstein in Torch Song Trilogy
1984: Jeremy Irons in The Real Thing
1985: Derek Jacobi in Much Ado About Nothing
1986: Judd Hirsch in I'm Not Rappaport
1987: James Earl Jones in Fences
1988: Ron Silver in Speed the Plow
1989: Philip Bosco in Lend Me a Tenor
1990: Robert Morse in Tru
1991: Nigel Hawthorne in Shadowlands
1992: Judd Hirsch in Conversations With My Father
1993: Ron Leibman in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
1994: Stephen Spinella in Angels in America: Perestroika
1995: Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet
1996: George Grizzard in A Delicate Balance
1997: Christopher Plummer in Barrymore
1998: Anthony LaPaglia in A View From the Bridge
1999: Brian Dennehy in Death of a Salesman
2000: Stephen Dillane in The Real Thing
2001: Richard Easton in The Invention of Love
2002: Alan Bates in Fortune's Fool
2003: Brian Dennehy in Long Day's Journey into Night
2004: Jefferson Mays in I Am My Own Wife
2005: Bill Irwin in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
2006: Richard Griffiths in The History Boys
2007: Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
2008: Mark Rylance in Boeing-Boeing
2009: Geoffrey Rush in Exit the King
2010: Denzel Washington in Fences
2011: Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

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