Awards & Winners

Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play

Tony Award

The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play is an honor presented at the Tony Awards, a ceremony established in 1947 as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, to actors for quality leading roles in a Broadway play. The awards are named after Antoinette Perry, an American actress who died in 1946. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, to "honor the best performances and stage productions of the previous year." Despite the award first being presented in 1947, there were no nominees announced until 1956.

Check all the winners of Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play presented under Tony Award since 1947 .

Bryan Cranston

Honored for : All The Way

Nominations 2014 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Samuel Barnett Twelfth Night
Bryan Cranston All The Way
Chris O'Dowd Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance Richard III
Tony Shalhoub Act One

Tracy Letts

Honored for : Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nominations 2013 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Tom Hanks Lucky Guy
Tom Sturridge Orphans
Nathan Lane The Nance
David Hyde Pierce Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tracy Letts Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

James Corden

Honored for : One Man, Two Guvnors

Nominations 2012 »

Nominee Nominated Work
John Lithgow The Columnist
Philip Seymour Hoffman Death of a Salesman
James Earl Jones The Best Man
Frank Langella Man and Boy
James Corden One Man, Two Guvnors

Mark Rylance

Honored for : Jerusalem

Nominations 2011 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Mark Rylance Jerusalem
Brian Bedford The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale The Motherfucker with the Hat
Joe Mantello The Normal Heart
Al Pacino The Merchant of Venice

Denzel Washington

Honored for : Fences

Nominations 2010 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Denzel Washington Fences
Jude Law Hamlet
Alfred Molina Red
Liev Schreiber A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken A Behanding in Spokane

Geoffrey Rush

Honored for : Exit the King

Nominations 2009 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Geoffrey Rush Exit the King
Jeff Daniels God of Carnage
Raúl Esparza Speed-the-Plow
James Gandolfini God of Carnage
Thomas Sadoski Reasons to Be Pretty

Mark Rylance

Honored for : Boeing Boeing

Nominations 2008 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Mark Rylance Boeing Boeing
Ben Daniels Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Laurence Fishburne Thurgood
Rufus Sewell Rock 'n' Roll
Patrick Stewart Macbeth

Frank Langella

Honored for : Frost/Nixon

Nominations 2007 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Frank Langella Frost/Nixon
Boyd Gaines Journey's End
Brían F. O'Byrne The Coast of Utopia: Voyage","The Coast of Utopia: Salvage","The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck
Christopher Plummer Inherit the Wind
Liev Schreiber Talk Radio

Richard Griffiths

Honored for : The History Boys

Nominations 2006 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Richard Griffiths The History Boys
Ralph Fiennes Faith Healer
Željko Ivanek The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
Oliver Platt Shining City
David Wilmot The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Bill Irwin

Honored for : Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nominations 2005 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Bill Irwin Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Philip Bosco Twelve Angry Men
Billy Crudup The Pillowman
James Earl Jones On Golden Pond
Brían F. O'Byrne Doubt: A Parable

Jefferson Mays

Honored for : I Am My Own Wife

Nominations 2004 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Jefferson Mays I Am My Own Wife
Simon Russell Beale Jumpers
Kevin Kline Henry IV
Frank Langella Match
Christopher Plummer King Lear

Brian Dennehy

Honored for : Long Day's Journey Into Night

Nominations 2003 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Brian Dennehy Long Day's Journey Into Night
Brian Bedford Tartuffe
Eddie Izzard A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Paul Newman Our Town
Stanley Tucci Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

Alan Bates

Honored for : Fortune's Fool

Nominations 2002 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Alan Bates Fortune's Fool
Billy Crudup The Elephant Man
Liam Neeson The Crucible
Alan Rickman Private Lives
Jeffrey Wright Topdog/Underdog

Richard Easton

Honored for : The Invention of Love

Nominations 2001 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Richard Easton The Invention of Love
Sean Campion Stones in His Pockets
Conleth Hill Stones in His Pockets
Brian Stokes Mitchell King Hedley II
Gary Sinise One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Stephen Dillane

Honored for : The Real Thing

Nominations 2000 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Stephen Dillane The Real Thing
Gabriel Byrne A Moon for the Misbegotten
Philip Seymour Hoffman True West
John C. Reilly True West
David Suchet Amadeus

Brian Dennehy

Honored for : Death of a Salesman

Nominations 1999 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Brian Dennehy Death of a Salesman
Brían F. O'Byrne The Lonesome West
Corin Redgrave Not About Nightingales
Kevin Spacey The Iceman Cometh

Anthony LaPaglia

Honored for : A View from the Bridge

Nominations 1998 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Anthony LaPaglia A View from the Bridge
Richard Briers The Chairs
John Leguizamo Freak
Alfred Molina Art

Christopher Plummer

Honored for : Barrymore

Nominations 1997 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Christopher Plummer Barrymore
Brian Bedford London Assurance
Michael Gambon Skylight
Antony Sher Stanley

George Grizzard

Honored for : A Delicate Balance

Nominations 1996 »

Nominee Nominated Work
George Grizzard A Delicate Balance
Philip Bosco Moon Over Buffalo
George C. Scott Inherit the Wind
Martin Shaw An Ideal Husband

Ralph Fiennes

Honored for : Hamlet

Nominations 1995 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ralph Fiennes Hamlet
Brian Bedford The School for Husbands","The Imaginary Cuckold
Roger Rees Indiscretions
Joe Sears A Tuna Christmas

Stephen Spinella

Honored for : Angels in America: Perestroika

Nominations 1994 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Stephen Spinella Angels in America: Perestroika
Brian Bedford Timon of Athens
Christopher Plummer No Man's Land
Sam Waterston Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Ron Leibman

Honored for : Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

Nominations 1993 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ron Leibman Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
K. Todd Freeman The Song of Jacob Zulu
Liam Neeson Anna Christie
Stephen Rea Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

Judd Hirsch

Honored for : Conversations with my Father

Nominations 1992 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Judd Hirsch Conversations with my Father
Alan Alda Jake's Women
Alec Baldwin A Streetcar Named Desire
Brian Bedford Two Shakespearean Actors

Nigel Hawthorne

Honored for : Shadowlands

Nominations 1991 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Nigel Hawthorne Shadowlands
Peter Frechette Our Country's Good
Tom McGowan La Bête
Courtney B. Vance Six Degrees of Separation

Robert Morse

Honored for : Tru

Nominations 1990 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Robert Morse Tru
Charles S. Dutton The Piano Lesson
Dustin Hoffman The Merchant of Venice
Tom Hulce A Few Good Men

Philip Bosco

Honored for : Lend Me a Tenor

Nominations 1989 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Philip Bosco Lend Me a Tenor
Mikhail Baryshnikov Metamorphosis
Victor Garber Lend Me a Tenor
Bill Irwin Largely New York

Ron Silver

Honored for : Speed-the-Plow

Nominations 1988 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ron Silver Speed-the-Plow
Derek Jacobi Breaking the Code
John Lithgow M. Butterfly
Robert Prosky A Walk in the Woods

James Earl Jones

Honored for : Fences

Nominations 1987 »

Nominee Nominated Work
James Earl Jones Fences
Philip Bosco You Never Can Tell
Richard Kiley All My Sons
Alan Rickman Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Judd Hirsch

Honored for : I'm Not Rappaport

Nominations 1986 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Judd Hirsch I'm Not Rappaport
Hume Cronyn The Petition
Ed Harris Precious Sons
Jack Lemmon Long Day's Journey Into Night

Derek Jacobi

Honored for : Much Ado About Nothing

Nominations 1985 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Derek Jacobi Much Ado About Nothing
Jim Dale Joe Egg
Jonathan Hogan As Is
John Lithgow Requiem for a Heavyweight

Jeremy Irons

Honored for : The Real Thing

Nominations 1984 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Jeremy Irons The Real Thing
Calvin Levels Open Admissions
Rex Harrison Heartbreak House
Ian McKellen Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare

Harvey Fierstein

Honored for : Torch Song Trilogy

Nominations 1983 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Harvey Fierstein Torch Song Trilogy
Jeffrey DeMunn K2
Edward Herrmann Plenty
Tony Lo Bianco A View from the Bridge

Roger Rees

Honored for : The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Nominations 1982 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Roger Rees The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Tom Courtenay The Dresser
Milo O'Shea Mass Appeal
Christopher Plummer Othello

Ian McKellen

Honored for : Amadeus

Nominations 1981 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ian McKellen Amadeus
Tim Curry Amadeus
Roy Dotrice A Life
Jack Weston The Floating Light Bulb

John Rubinstein

Honored for : Children of a Lesser God

Nominations 1980 »

Nominee Nominated Work
John Rubinstein Children of a Lesser God
Charles Brown Home
Gerald Hiken Strider
Judd Hirsch Talley's Folly

Tom Conti

Honored for : Whose Life is it Anyway?

Nominations 1979 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Tom Conti Whose Life is it Anyway?
Philip Anglim The Elephant Man
Jack Lemmon Tribute
Alec McCowen St. Mark's Gospel

Barnard Hughes

Honored for : Da

Nominations 1978 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Barnard Hughes Da
Hume Cronyn The Gin Game
Frank Langella Dracula
Jason Robards Jr. A Touch of the Poet

Al Pacino

Honored for : The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel

Nominations 1977 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Al Pacino The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
Tom Courtenay Otherwise Engaged
Ben Gazzara Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Ralph Richardson No Man's Land

John Wood

Honored for : Travesties

Nominations 1976 »

Nominee Nominated Work
John Wood Travesties
Moses Gunn The Poison Tree
George C. Scott Death of a Salesman
Donald Sinden Habeas Corpus

Winston Ntshona, John Kani

Honored for : Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Island

Nominations 1975 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Winston Ntshona The Island","Sizwe Banzi is Dead
John Kani The Island","Sizwe Banzi is Dead
Jim Dale Scapino!
Peter Firth Equus
Henry Fonda Clarence Darrow
Ben Gazzara Duet","Hughie
John Wood Sherlock Holmes

Michael Moriarty

Honored for : Find Your Way Home

Nominations 1974 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Michael Moriarty Find Your Way Home
Zero Mostel Ulysses in Nighttown
Jason Robards Jr. A Moon for the Misbegotten
Nicol Williamson Uncle Vanya
George C. Scott Uncle Vanya

Alan Bates

Honored for : Butley

Nominations 1973 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Alan Bates Butley
Jack Albertson The Sunshine Boys
Wilfrid Hyde-White The Jockey Club Stakes
Paul Sorvino That Championship Season

Cliff Gorman

Honored for : Lenny

Nominations 1972 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Cliff Gorman Lenny
Tom Aldredge Sticks and Bones
Donald Pleasence Wise Child
Jason Robards Jr. The Country Girl

Brian Bedford

Honored for : The School for Wives

Nominations 1971 »

Nominee Nominated Work
John Gielgud Home
Brian Bedford The School for Wives
Alec McCowen The Philanthropist
Ralph Richardson Home

Fritz Weaver

Honored for : Child's Play

Nominations 1970 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Fritz Weaver Child's Play
James Coco Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Frank Grimes Borstal Boy
Stacy Keach Indians

James Earl Jones

Honored for : The Great White Hope

Nominations 1969 »

Nominee Nominated Work
James Earl Jones The Great White Hope
Art Carney Lovers
Alec McCowen Hadrian VII
Donald Pleasence The Man in the Glass Booth

Martin Balsam

Honored for : You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running

Nominations 1968 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Martin Balsam You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running
Albert Finney Joe Egg
Milo O'Shea Staircase
Alan Webb I Never Sang for My Father

Paul Rogers

Honored for : The Homecoming

Nominations 1967 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Paul Rogers The Homecoming
Hume Cronyn A Delicate Balance
Donald Madden Black Comedy/White Lies
Donald Moffat Right You Are If You Think You Are
Donald Moffat The Wild Duck

Hal Holbrook

Honored for : Mark Twain Tonight!

Nominations 1966 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Hal Holbrook Mark Twain Tonight!
Roland Culver Ivanov
Donal Donnelly Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Patrick Bedford Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Nicol Williamson Inadmissible Evidence

Walter Matthau

Honored for : The Odd Couple

Nominations 1965 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Walter Matthau The Odd Couple
John Gielgud Tiny Alice
Donald Pleasence Poor Bitos
Jason Robards Jr. Hughie

Alec Guinness

Honored for : Dylan

Nominations 1964 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Alec Guinness Dylan
Richard Burton Richard Burton's Hamlet
Albert Finney Luther
Jason Robards Jr. After the Fall

Arthur Hill

Honored for : Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nominations 1963 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Arthur Hill Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Charles Boyer Lord Pengo
Paul Ford Never Too Late
Bert Lahr The Beauty Part

Paul Scofield

Honored for : A Man for All Seasons

Nominations 1962 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Paul Scofield A Man for All Seasons
Fredric March Gideon
John Mills Ross
Donald Pleasence The Caretaker

Zero Mostel

Honored for : Rhinoceros

Nominations 1961 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Zero Mostel Rhinoceros
Hume Cronyn Big Fish, Little Fish
Sam Levene The Devil's Advocate
Anthony Quinn Becket

Melvyn Douglas

Honored for : The Best Man

Nominations 1960 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Melvyn Douglas The Best Man
Lee Tracy The Best Man
Jason Robards Jr. Toys in the Attic
Sidney Poitier A Raisin in the Sun
George C. Scott The Andersonville Trial

Jason Robards Jr.

Honored for : The Disenchanted

Nominations 1959 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Cyril Ritchard The Pleasure of His Company
Robert Stephens Epitaph for George Dillon
Christopher Plummer J. B.
Cedric Hardwicke A Majority of One
Jason Robards Jr. The Disenchanted
Alfred Lunt The Visit

Ralph Bellamy

Honored for : Sunrise At Campobello

Nominations 1958 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ralph Bellamy Sunrise At Campobello
Peter Ustinov Romanoff and Juliet
Richard Burton Time Remembered
Emlyn Williams A Boy Growing Up
Anthony Perkins Look Homeward, Angel
Laurence Olivier The Entertainer
Hugh Griffith Look Homeward, Angel

Fredric March

Honored for : Long Day's Journey Into Night

Nominations 1957 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Maurice Evans The Apple Cart
Fredric March Long Day's Journey Into Night
Eric Portman Separate Tables
Wilfrid Hyde-White The Reluctant Debutante
Cyril Ritchard A Visit To A Small Planet
Ralph Richardson The Waltz Of The Toreadors

Paul Muni

Honored for : Inherit the Wind

Nominations 1956 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Paul Muni Inherit the Wind
Ben Gazzara A Hatful of Rain
Boris Karloff The Lark
Michael Redgrave Tiger at the Gates
Edward G. Robinson Middle of the Night

Alfred Lunt

Honored for : Quadrille

David Wayne

Honored for : The Teahouse of the August Moon

Tom Ewell

Honored for : The Seven Year Itch

José Ferrer

Honored for : The Shrike

Claude Rains

Honored for : Darkness at Noon

Sidney Blackmer

Honored for : Come Back, Little Sheba

Rex Harrison

Honored for : Anne of the Thousand Days

Henry Fonda

Honored for : Mister Roberts

Basil Rathbone

Honored for : The Heiress

Paul Kelly

Honored for : Command Decision

Fredric March

Honored for : Years Ago

José Ferrer

Honored for : Cyrano de Bergerac