Awards & Winners

Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play

Tony Award

The Tony Award for Best Featured 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 supporting roles in a Broadway play. 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." Originally called the Tony Award for Actor, Supporting or Featured, the award was first presented to Arthur Kennedy at the 3rd Tony Awards for his portrayal of Biff Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Before 1956, nominees' names were not made public; the change was made by the awards committee to "have a greater impact on theatregoers". In 1976, when the award's name changed to its current title, Edward Herrmann, portraying Frank Gardner in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession, won the award. Frank Langella holds the record for having the most wins in this category with a total of two; he is the only person to win the award more than once.

Check all the winners of Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play presented under Tony Award since 1949 .

Mark Rylance

Honored for : Twelfth Night

Nominations 2014 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Reed Birney Casa Valentina
Paul Chahidi Twelfth Night
Stephen Fry Twelfth Night
Mark Rylance Twelfth Night
Brian J. Smith The Glass Menagerie

Courtney B. Vance

Honored for : Lucky Guy

Nominations 2013 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Courtney B. Vance Lucky Guy
Danny Burstein Golden Boy
Tony Shalhoub Golden Boy
Richard Kind Big Knife
Billy Magnussen Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Christian Borle

Honored for : Peter and the Starcatcher

Nominations 2012 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Tom Edden One Man, Two Guvnors
Andrew Garfield Death of a Salesman
Michael Cumpsty End of the Rainbow
Jeremy Shamos Clybourne Park
Christian Borle Peter and the Starcatcher

John Benjamin Hickey

Honored for : The Normal Heart

Nominations 2011 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Mackenzie Crook Jerusalem
Arian Moayed Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Billy Crudup Arcadia
Yul Vazquez The Motherfucker with the Hat
John Benjamin Hickey The Normal Heart

Eddie Redmayne

Honored for : Red

Nominations 2010 »

Nominee Nominated Work
David Alan Grier Race
Jon Michael Hill Superior Donuts
Eddie Redmayne Red
Stephen Henderson Fences
Stephen Kunken Enron

Roger Robinson

Honored for : Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Nominations 2009 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Zach Grenier 33 Variations
John Glover Waiting for Godot
Roger Robinson Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Stephen Mangan The Norman Conquests: Living Together","The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden","The Norman Conquests: Table Manners
Paul Ritter The Norman Conquests: Living Together","The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden","The Norman Conquests: Table Manners

Jim Norton

Honored for : The Seafarer

Nominations 2008 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Conleth Hill The Seafarer
Raúl Esparza The Homecoming
Bobby Cannavale Mauritius
David Pittu Is He Dead?
Jim Norton The Seafarer

Billy Crudup

Honored for : The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck

Nominations 2007 »

Nominee Nominated Work
John Jelks Radio Golf
Ethan Hawke The Coast of Utopia: Voyage","The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck","The Coast of Utopia: Salvage
Stark Sands Journey's End
Anthony Chisholm Radio Golf
Billy Crudup The Coast of Utopia: Voyage","The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck

Ian McDiarmid

Honored for : Faith Healer

Nominations 2006 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ian McDiarmid Faith Healer
Domhnall Gleeson The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Samuel Barnett The History Boys
Pablo Schreiber Awake and Sing!
Mark Ruffalo Awake and Sing!

Liev Schreiber

Honored for : Glengarry Glen Ross

Nominations 2005 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Alan Alda Glengarry Glen Ross
Gordon Clapp Glengarry Glen Ross
Michael Stuhlbarg The Pillowman
David Harbour Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Liev Schreiber Glengarry Glen Ross

Brían F. O'Byrne

Honored for : Frozen

Nominations 2004 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Brían F. O'Byrne Frozen
Ben Chaplin The Retreat from Moscow
Omar Metwally Sixteen Wounded
Tom Aldredge Twentieth Century
Aidan Gillen The Caretaker

Denis O'Hare

Honored for : Take Me Out

Nominations 2003 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Robert Sean Leonard Long Day's Journey Into Night
Thomas Jefferson Byrd Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Philip Seymour Hoffman Long Day's Journey Into Night
Denis O'Hare Take Me Out
Daniel Sunjata Take Me Out

Frank Langella

Honored for : Fortune's Fool

Nominations 2002 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Stephen Tobolowsky Morning's at Seven
Biff McGuire Morning's at Seven
Sam Robards The Man Who Had All the Luck
Frank Langella Fortune's Fool
Brian Murray The Crucible

Robert Sean Leonard

Honored for : The Invention of Love

Nominations 2001 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Michael Hayden Judgment at Nuremberg
Charles Brown King Hedley II
Robert Sean Leonard The Invention of Love
Larry Bryggman Proof
Ben Shenkman Proof

Roy Dotrice

Honored for : A Moon for the Misbegotten

Nominations 2000 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Bob Stillman Dirty Blonde
Daniel Davis Wrong Mountain
Roy Dotrice A Moon for the Misbegotten
Derek Smith The Green Bird
Kevin Chamberlin Dirty Blonde

Frank Wood

Honored for : Side Man

Nominations 1999 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Kevin Anderson Death of a Salesman
Frank Wood Side Man
Finbar Lynch Not About Nightingales
Howard Witt Death of a Salesman

Tom Murphy

Honored for : The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Nominations 1998 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Sam Trammell Ah, Wilderness!
Tom Murphy The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Max Wright Ivanov
Brían F. O'Byrne The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Owen Teale

Honored for : A Doll's House

Nominations 1997 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Owen Teale A Doll's House
Brian Murray The Little Foxes
Terry Beaver The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Biff McGuire The Young Man From Atlanta

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Honored for : Seven Guitars

Nominations 1996 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Seven Guitars
James Gammon Buried Child
Reg Rogers Holiday
Roger Robinson Seven Guitars

John Glover

Honored for : Love! Valour! Compassion!

Nominations 1995 »

Nominee Nominated Work
John Glover Love! Valour! Compassion!
Anthony Heald Love! Valour! Compassion!
Stephen Bogardus Love! Valour! Compassion!
Jude Law Indiscretions

Jeffrey Wright

Honored for : Angels in America: Perestroika

Nominations 1994 »

Nominee Nominated Work
David Marshall Grant Angels in America: Perestroika
Gregory Itzin The Kentucky Cycle
Jeffrey Wright Angels in America: Perestroika
Larry Bryggman Picnic

Jeffrey Wright

Honored for : Angels in America: Perestroika

Nominations 1994 »

Nominee Nominated Work
David Marshall Grant Angels in America: Perestroika
Gregory Itzin The Kentucky Cycle
Jeffrey Wright Angels in America: Perestroika
Larry Bryggman Picnic

Stephen Spinella

Honored for : Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

Nominations 1993 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Stephen Spinella Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Joe Mantello Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Zakes Mokae The Song of Jacob Zulu
Robert Sean Leonard Candida

Laurence Fishburne

Honored for : Two Trains Running

Nominations 1992 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Tony Shalhoub Conversations with my Father
Laurence Fishburne Two Trains Running
Željko Ivanek Two Shakespearean Actors
Roscoe Lee Browne Two Trains Running

Kevin Spacey

Honored for : Lost in Yonkers

Nominations 1991 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Dylan Baker La Bête
Kevin Spacey Lost in Yonkers
Adam Arkin I Hate Hamlet
Stephen Lang The Speed of Darkness

Charles Durning

Honored for : Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Nominations 1990 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Terry Kinney The Grapes of Wrath
Rocky Carroll The Piano Lesson
Charles Durning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Gary Sinise The Grapes of Wrath

Boyd Gaines

Honored for : The Heidi Chronicles

Nominations 1989 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Peter Frechette Eastern Standard
Boyd Gaines The Heidi Chronicles
Eric Stoltz Our Town
Gordon Joseph Ghetto

BD Wong

Honored for : M. Butterfly

Nominations 1988 »

Nominee Nominated Work
BD Wong M. Butterfly
Michael Gough Breaking the Code
Delroy Lindo Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Lou Liberatore Burn This

John Randolph

Honored for : Broadway Bound

Nominations 1987 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Frankie Faison Fences
Courtney B. Vance Fences
John Randolph Broadway Bound
Jamey Sheridan All My Sons

John Mahoney

Honored for : The House of Blue Leaves

Nominations 1986 »

Nominee Nominated Work
John Mahoney The House of Blue Leaves
Joseph Maher Loot
Charles Keating Loot
Peter Gallagher Long Day's Journey Into Night

Barry Miller

Honored for : Biloxi Blues

Nominations 1985 »

Nominee Nominated Work
William Hurt HurlyBurly
Edward Petherbridge Strange Interlude
Barry Miller Biloxi Blues
Charles S. Dutton Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Joe Mantegna

Honored for : Glengarry Glen Ross

Nominations 1984 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Douglas Seale Noises Off
Joe Mantegna Glengarry Glen Ross
Philip Bosco Heartbreak House
Robert Prosky Glengarry Glen Ross

Matthew Broderick

Honored for : Brighton Beach Memoirs

Nominations 1983 »

Nominee Nominated Work
George Martin Plenty
Stephen Moore All's Well That Ends Well
Matthew Broderick Brighton Beach Memoirs
Željko Ivanek Brighton Beach Memoirs

Zakes Mokae

Honored for : Master Harold...and the Boys

Nominations 1982 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Edward Petherbridge The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
David Threlfall The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Zakes Mokae Master Harold...and the Boys
Richard Kavanaugh The Hothouse

Brian Backer

Honored for : The Floating Light Bulb

Nominations 1981 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Tom Aldredge The Little Foxes
Brian Backer The Floating Light Bulb
Adam Redfield A Life
Shepperd Strudwick To Grandmother's House We Go

David Rounds

Honored for : Morning's at Seven

Nominations 1980 »

Nominee Nominated Work
David Rounds Morning's at Seven
George Hearn Watch on the Rhine
Earle Hyman The Lady from Dubuque
Joseph Maher Night and Day
David Dukes Bent

Michael Gough

Honored for : Bedroom Farce

Nominations 1979 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Michael Gough Bedroom Farce
Joseph Maher Spokesong
Edward James Olmos Zoot Suit
Bob Balaban The Inspector General

Lester Rawlins

Honored for : Da

Nominations 1978 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Lester Rawlins Da
Cliff Gorman Chapter Two
Morgan Freeman The Mighty Gents
Victor Garber Deathtrap

Jonathan Pryce

Honored for : Comedians

Nominations 1977 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Laurence Luckinbill The Shadow Box
Jonathan Pryce Comedians
Bob Dishy Sly Fox
Joe Fields The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel

Edward Herrmann

Honored for : Mrs. Warren's Profession

Nominations 1976 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Daniel Seltzer Knock Knock
Barry Bostwick They Knew What They Wanted
Gabriel Dell Lamppost Reunion
Edward Herrmann Mrs. Warren's Profession

Frank Langella

Honored for : Seascape

Nominations 1975 »

Nominee Nominated Work
George Rose My Fat Friend
Larry Blyden Absurd Person Singular
Leonard Frey The National Health
Frank Langella Seascape
Philip Locke Sherlock Holmes
Dick Anthony Williams Black Picture Show

Ed Flanders

Honored for : A Moon for the Misbegotten

Nominations 1974 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Dick Anthony Williams What the Wine-Sellers Buy
Rene Auberjonois The Good Doctor
Douglas Turner Ward The River Niger
Ed Flanders A Moon for the Misbegotten

John Lithgow

Honored for : The Changing Room

Nominations 1973 »

Nominee Nominated Work
John Lithgow The Changing Room
Barnard Hughes Much Ado About Nothing
Hayward Morse Butley
John McMartin Don Juan

Vincent Gardenia

Honored for : The Prisoner of Second Avenue

Nominations 1972 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Vincent Gardenia The Prisoner of Second Avenue
Douglas Rain Vivat! Vivat Regina!
Joe Silver Lenny
Lee Richardson Vivat! Vivat Regina!

Paul Sand

Honored for : Paul Sills' Story Theatre

Nominations 1971 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ronald Radd Abelard and Heloise
Paul Sand Paul Sills' Story Theatre
Ed Zimmermann The Philanthropist
Donald Pickering Conduct Unbecoming

Ken Howard

Honored for : Child's Play

Nominations 1970 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Joseph Bova The Chinese and Dr. Fish
Dennis King A Patriot for Me
Ken Howard Child's Play

Al Pacino

Honored for : Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?

Nominations 1969 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Louis Zorich Hadrian VII
Al Pacino Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?
Richard S. Castellano Lovers and Other Strangers
Tony Roberts Play It Again, Sam

James Patterson

Honored for : The Birthday Party

Nominations 1968 »

Nominee Nominated Work
John Wood Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Paul Hecht Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Brian Murray Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
James Patterson The Birthday Party

Ian Holm

Honored for : The Homecoming

Nominations 1967 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ian Holm The Homecoming
Sydney Walker The Wild Duck
Clayton Corzatte The School for Scandal
Stephen Elliott Marat/Sade

Patrick Magee

Honored for : Marat/Sade

Nominations 1966 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Patrick Magee Marat/Sade
Eamon Kelly Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Burt Brinckerhoff Cactus Flower
Larry Haines Generation

Jack Albertson

Honored for : The Subject Was Roses

Nominations 1965 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Murray Hamilton Absence of A Cello
Clarence Williams III Slow Dance On The Killing Ground
Martin Sheen The Subject Was Roses
Jack Albertson The Subject Was Roses

Hume Cronyn

Honored for : Richard Burton's Hamlet

Nominations 1964 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Hume Cronyn Richard Burton's Hamlet
Larry Gates A Case of Libel
Lee Allen Marathon '33
Michael Dunn The Ballad of the Sad Café

Alan Arkin

Honored for : Enter Laughing

Nominations 1963 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Alan Arkin Enter Laughing
Frank Silvera The Lady of the Camellias
Paul Rogers Photo Finish
Barry Gordon A Thousand Clowns

Walter Matthau

Honored for : A Shot in the Dark

Nominations 1962 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Godfrey Cambridge Purlie Victorious
Walter Matthau A Shot in the Dark
Paul Sparer Ross
Joseph Campanella A Gift Of Time

Martin Gabel

Honored for : Big Fish, Little Fish

Nominations 1961 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Martin Gabel Big Fish, Little Fish
Eduardo Ciannelli The Devil's Advocate
Philip Bosco The Rape of the Belt
George Grizzard Big Fish, Little Fish

Roddy McDowall

Honored for : The Fighting Cock

Nominations 1960 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Warren Beatty A Loss Of Roses
Rip Torn Sweet Bird of Youth
Harry Guardino One More River
Roddy McDowall The Fighting Cock
Lawrence Winters The Long Dream

Charles Ruggles

Honored for : The Pleasure of His Company

Nominations 1959 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Charles Ruggles The Pleasure of His Company
Robert Morse Say, Darling
Walter Matthau Once More, with Feeling
Marc Connelly Tall Story
George C. Scott Comes a Day
George Grizzard The Disenchanted

Henry Jones

Honored for : Sunrise At Campobello

Nominations 1958 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Henry Jones Sunrise At Campobello
Sig Arno Time Remembered
Theodore Bikel The Rope Dancers
Pat Hingle The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
George Relph The Entertainer

Frank Conroy

Honored for : The Potting Shed

Nominations 1957 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Frank Conroy The Potting Shed
Eddie Mayehoff A Visit To A Small Planet
William Podmore Separate Tables
Jason Robards Jr. Long Day's Journey Into Night

Ed Begley

Honored for : Inherit the Wind

Nominations 1956 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ed Begley Inherit the Wind
Anthony Franciosa A Hatful of Rain
Andy Griffith No Time for Sergeants
Anthony Quayle Tamburlaine the Great
Fritz Weaver The Chalk Garden

Francis L. Sullivan

Honored for : Witness for the Prosecution

John Kerr

Honored for : Tea and Sympathy

John Williams

Honored for : Dial M for Murder

John Cromwell

Honored for : Point of No Return

Eli Wallach

Honored for : The Rose Tattoo

Arthur Kennedy

Honored for : Death of a Salesman