Awards & Winners

Brock Pemberton

Date of Birth 14-December-1885
Place of Birth Leavenworth
(Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States of America)
Nationality United States of America
Profession Theatrical producer, Theatre Director
Brock Pemberton was an American theatrical producer, director and founder of the Tony Awards. He was the professional of Antoinette Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, and he was also a member of the Algonquin Round Table. and Pemberton was born in Leavenworth, Kansas and attended the College of Emporia where he joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the University of Kansas, before becoming a press agent in New York City. Later, Pemberton directed and produced the American premiere of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author in 1922, as well as its first Broadway revival two years later. In 1929 he produced and directed Preston Sturges' play Strictly Dishonorable, which was filmed twice, in 1931 and again in 1951. Among his other productions was Miss Lulu Bett, whose writer Zona Gale became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Personal Appearance by Lawrence Riley, which was a Broadway hit and was later turned into the film Go West, Young Man and Harvey, Mary Chase's play about a man whose best friend is a large imaginary rabbit, later made into a film starring Jimmy Stewart. Pemberton gave the Antoinette Perry Award its nickname, the Tony. As Perry's official biography at the Tony Awards website states, "At [Warner Bros. story editor] Jacob Wilk's suggestion, [Pemberton] proposed an award in her honor for distinguished stage acting and technical achievement. At the initial event in 1947, as he handed out an award, he called it a Tony. The name stuck.

Awards by Brock Pemberton

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Special Tony Award
(founder of awards and its original chairman (posthumous))