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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play

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Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Actor
Awarded forOutstanding Actor in a Play
LocationNew York City
CountryUnited States
Presented byDrama Desk
First awarded1975
Last awarded2022 (defunct)

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play was an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre across collective Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions in New York City. The award was one of eight new acting awards first presented in 1975, when Drama Desk retired an earlier award that had made no distinction between work in plays and musicals, nor between actors and actresses, nor between lead performers and featured performers.

After the 2022 ceremony, all eight acting categories introduced in 1975 were retired. The award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, along with Outstanding Actress in a Play, were replaced in 2023 with the gender neutral category of Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play.

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Winners and nominees


Year Actor Play Character
Anthony Hopkins Equus Dysart
Roy Dotrice Brief Lives John Aubrey
Peter Firth Equus Alan Strang
Charles Grodin Same Time, Next Year George
John Kani Sizwe Banzi Is Dead Styles / Buntu
The Island John
Alec McCowen The Misanthrope Alceste
Richard Monette Hosanna Hosanna
Tony Musante P.S. Your Cat Is Dead Vito
Winston Ntshona The Island Winston
Donald Sinden London Assurance Sir Harcourt Courtly
John Wood Travesties Henry Carr
Peter Evans Streamers Richie
Ben Gazzara Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George
Richard Kiley The Heiress Dr. Austin Sloper
Frank Quinn Lamppost Reunion Mac
Louis Zorich They Knew What They Wanted Tony
Al Pacino The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel Pavlo Hummel
Martin Balsam Cold Storage Joseph Parmigian
Richard Chamberlain The Night of the Iguana Rev. Shannon
Tom Courtenay Otherwise Engaged Simon
Robert Duvall American Buffalo Walter Cole
Fred Gwynne A Texas Trilogy Colonel J. C. Kinkaid
John Heard G.R. Point Micah
Jonathan Pryce Comedians Gethin Price
Barnard Hughes Da Da
Hume Cronyn The Gin Game Weller Martin
Judd Hirsch Chapter Two George
James Earl Jones Paul Robeson Paul Robeson
Frank Langella Dracula Dracula
Brian Murray Da Charlie Now
Philip Anglim The Elephant Man John Merrick
Tom Aldredge On Golden Pond Norman Thayer Jr.
Richard Chamberlain Fathers and Sons Wild Bill Hickok
Tom Conti Whose Life is It Anyway? Ken Harrison
Donal Donnelly Faith Healer Frank Hardy
Jack Lemmon Tribute Scottie Templeton


Year Actor Play Character
John Rubinstein Children of a Lesser God James Leeds
F. Murray Abraham Teibele and Her Demon Alchonon
Philip Bosco Major Barbara Andrew Undershaft
Charles Brown Home Cephus Miles
Gerald Hiken Strider Strider
Judd Hirsch Talley's Folly Matt Friedman
Ian McKellen Amadeus Antonio Salieri
Tim Curry Amadeus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
John Heard The Chekhov Sketchbook Various Characters
Derek Jacobi The Suicide Semyon Semyonovich Podsekalnikov
Milo O'Shea Mass Appeal Tim Farley
Remak Ramsay The Winslow Boy Sir Robert Morton
Christopher Plummer Othello Iago
Bob Gunton How I Got That Story The Historical Event
Zakes Mokae "Master Harold"...and the Boys Sam
Paul Rogers The Dresser Sir
Robert Stattel King Lear Edgar
Harvey Fierstein Torch Song Trilogy Arnold Beckoff
Matthew Broderick Torch Song Trilogy David
Jeff Daniels Johnny Got His Gun Joe Bonham
John Malkovich True West Lee
Remak Ramsay Quartermaine's Terms St. John Quartermaine
John Rubinstein The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Barney Greenwald
James Russo Extremities Raul
Dustin Hoffman Death of a Salesman Willy Loman
Rex Harrison Heartbreak House Captain Shotover
Jeremy Irons The Real Thing Henry
David McCallum The Philanthropist Philip
Donald Moffat Play Memory Cam MacMillan
Al Pacino American Buffalo Walter Cole
John Lithgow Requiem for a Heavyweight Harlan "Mountain" McClintock
Jim Dale A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri
Anthony Heald Digby Digby Merton
The Foreigner Charlie
Jonathan Hogan As Is Rich
Derek Jacobi Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac
Much Ado About Nothing Benedick
Patrick McGoohan Pack of Lies Stewart
Jonathan Pryce Accidental Death of an Anarchist The Fool
Ed Harris Precious Sons Fred
Jeff Daniels Lemon Sky Alan
Kevin Kline Hamlet Prince Hamlet
Jack Lemmon Long Day's Journey into Night James Tyrone, Sr.
John Mahoney The House of Blue Leaves Artie Shaughnessy
Roshan Seth A Map of the World Victor Mehta
James Earl Jones Fences Troy Maxson
Don Bloomfield Lily Dale Horace Robedaux
Morgan Freeman Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Coleburn
Victor Garber You Never Can Tell Dr. Valentine
Ian McKellen Wild Honey Mikhail Platonov
Alan Rickman Les Liaisons Dangereuses Le Vicomte de Valmont
Ron Silver Speed-the-Plow Charlie Fox
Derek Jacobi Breaking the Code Alan Turing
Delroy Lindo Joe Turner's Come and Gone Herald Loomis
John Lithgow M. Butterfly Rene Gallimard
John Malkovich Burn This Pale
Joe Mantegna Speed-the-Plow Gould
Philip Bosco Lend Me a Tenor Saunders
Mikhail Baryshnikov Metamorphosis Gregor Samsa
Niall Buggy Aristocrats Casimir
Peter Friedman The Heidi Chronicles Scoop
John Kavanagh Juno and the Paycock Joxer Daly
Stephen McHattie Ghetto Kittel
Paul Provenza Only Kidding! Jerry Goldstein


Year Actor Play Character
Nathan Lane The Lisbon Traviata Mendy
Alec Baldwin Prelude to a Kiss Peter Hoskins
Charles S. Dutton The Piano Lesson Boy Willie
Gary Sinise The Grapes of Wrath Tom Joad
Colin Stinton Some Americans Abroad Joe Taylor
Ron Rifkin The Substance of Fire Isaac Geldhart
Kevin Kline Hamlet Prince Hamlet
Tom McGowan La Bête Valere
Sab Shimono The Wash Sadao
Brian Bedford Two Shakespearean Actors William Charles Macready
F. Murray Abraham A Life in the Theatre Robert
Dennis Boutsikaris Sight Unseen Jonathan
James McDaniel Before it Hits Home Wendall
Brian Murray A Small Family Business Jack McCracken
Ron Leibman Angels in America Roy Cohn, et al.
John Cameron Mitchell The Destiny of Me Alexander
Denis O'Hare Hauptmann Richard Hauptmann
Everett Quinton Brother Truckers Lyla Balskin
Ron Rifkin Three Hotels Kenneth Hoyle
Brian Bedford Timon of Athens Timon
Stacy Keach The Kentucky Cycle Various Characters
Christopher Plummer No Man's Land Spooner
Stephen Spinella Angels in America: Perestroika Prior Walter
Sam Waterston Abe Lincoln in Illinois Abraham Lincoln
Ralph Fiennes Hamlet Prince Hamlet
Tom Aldredge Incommunicado Ezra Pound
Philip Bosco The Heiress Dr. Austin Sloper
Philip Goodwin Henry VI Henry VI of England
Ron Leibman The Merchant of Venice Shylock
Roger Rees Indiscretions George
Frank Langella The Father The Captain
Gerry Bamman Nixon's Nixon Richard M. Nixon
George Grizzard A Delicate Balance Tobias
Mark Nelson Picasso at the Lapin Agile Albert Einstein
Rocco Sisto Quills The Marquis
Patrick Stewart The Tempest Prospero
David Morse How I Learned to Drive Uncle Peck
Christopher Plummer Barrymore John Barrymore
Michael Gambon Skylight Tom Sergeant
Frank Langella Present Laughter Garry
Daniel Massey Taking Sides Wilhelm Furtwängler
Donal McCann The Steward of Christendom Thomas Dunne
Anthony LaPaglia A View from the Bridge Eddie Carbone
Jason Bowcutt Never the Sinner Nathan Leopold
Richard Briers The Chairs Old Man
Brian Cox St. Nicholas Performer
John Slattery Three Days of Rain Walker
Eli Wallach Visiting Mr. Green Mr. Green
Brian Dennehy Death of a Salesman Willy Loman
Scott Glenn Killer Joe Killer Joe Cooper
Finbar Lynch Not About Nightingales Canary Jim
Corin Redgrave Not About Nightingales Bert "Boss" Whalen
Toby Stephens Ring Round the Moon Hugo / Frederick
Patrick Stewart The Ride Down Mt. Morgan Lyman Felt


Year Actor Play Character
Stephen Dillane The Real Thing Henry
Gabriel Byrne A Moon for the Misbegotten James Tyrone, Jr.
Kevin Chamberlin Dirty Blonde Charlie
Philip Seymour Hoffman True West Austin (Alternated with Lee)
Derek Jacobi Uncle Vanya Ivan Petrovich Voinitsky
Paul Sparks Coyote on a Fence Robert Alvin "Bobby" Reyburn
Richard Easton The Invention of Love A.E. Housman
Alan Bates The Unexpected Man The Man
Ralph Fiennes Richard II Richard II of England
Brian Stokes Mitchell King Hedley II King
John Ortiz Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train Angel Cruz
Liev Schreiber Betrayal Jerry
Alan Bates Fortune's Fool Vassily Semyonitch Kuzovkin
Liam Neeson The Crucible John Proctor
Bill Pullman The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Martin Gray
Alan Rickman Private Lives Elyot Chase
Dallas Roberts Nocturne The Son
Jeffrey Wright Topdog/Underdog Lincoln
Eddie Izzard A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri
Simon Russell Beale Uncle Vanya Ivan Petrovich Voinitsky
Norbert Leo Butz Buicks Bill
Jim Dale Comedians Eddie Waters
Brian Dennehy Long Day's Journey into Night James Tyrone, Sr.
Daniel Sunjata Take Me Out Darren Lemming
Kevin Kline Henry IV Sir John Falstaff
John Michael Higgins Big Bill Bill Tilden
Frank Langella Match Tobi
Brían F. O'Byrne Frozen Ralph
Christopher Plummer King Lear King Lear
Paul Sparks Blackbird Baylis
Brían F. O'Byrne Doubt Father Flynn
Adam Arkin Brooklyn Boy Eric Weiss
John Cullum Sin (A Cardinal Deposed) Cardinal Bernard Law
Bill Irwin Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George
Jeremy Piven Fat Pig Tom
John Turturro Souls of Naples Pasquale
Richard Griffiths The History Boys Hector
Vince Gatton Candy & Dorothy Candy
John Glover The Paris Letter Anton Kilgallen
Željko Ivanek The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Lt. Com. Phillip Francis Queeg
Nathan Lane Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams Lou Nuncle
Brían F. O'Byrne Shining City Ian
Frank Langella Frost/Nixon Richard Nixon
Brían F. O'Byrne The Coast of Utopia: Voyage Alexander Herzen
Christopher Plummer Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond
Philip Seymour Hoffman Jack Goes Boating Jack
Liev Schreiber Talk Radio Barry Champlain
Kevin Spacey A Moon for the Misbegotten James Tyrone, Jr.
Paul Sparks Essential Self-Defense Yul Carroll
Mark Rylance Boeing-Boeing Robert
Bill Champion Intimate Exchanges Toby
Kevin Kline Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac
Bill Pullman Peter & Jerry Peter
Tobias Segal From Up Here Kenny Barrett
Rufus Sewell Rock 'n' Roll Jan
Geoffrey Rush Exit the King King Berenger
Simon Russell Beale The Winter's Tale Leontes
Reed Birney Blasted Ian
Raúl Esparza Speed-the-Plow Charlie Fox
Bill Irwin Waiting for Godot Lucky
Daniel Radcliffe Equus Alan Strang
Thomas Sadoski reasons to be pretty Greg


Year Actor Play Character
Liev Schreiber A View from the Bridge Eddie Carbone
Bill Heck The Orphans' Home Cycle Various Characters
Jude Law Hamlet Hamlet
Alfred Molina Red Mark Rothko
Eddie Redmayne Ken
John Douglas Thompson The Emperor Jones Jones
Christopher Walken A Behanding in Spokane Carmichael
Bobby Cannavale The Motherfucker With the Hat Jackie
Charles Busch The Divine Sister Mother Superior
Al Pacino The Merchant of Venice Shylock
Geoffrey Rush The Diary of a Madman Poprishchin
Mark Rylance Jerusalem Johnny "Rooster" Byron
Michael Shannon Mistakes Were Made Felix Artifex
Paul Sparks Dusk Rings a Bell Ray
James Corden One Man, Two Guvnors Francis Henshall
Hugh Dancy Venus in Fur Thomas
Claybourne Elder One Arm Ollie
Santino Fontana Sons of the Prophet Joseph
Joseph Franchini The Navigator Dave
Philip Seymour Hoffman Death of a Salesman Willy Loman
Kevin Spacey Richard III Richard III of England
Tracy Letts Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George
Reed Birney Uncle Vanya Ivan Petrovich Voinitsky
Daniel Everidge Falling Performer
Tom Hanks Lucky Guy Mike McAlary
Shuler Hensley The Whale Charlie
Nathan Lane The Nance Chauncey
Bryan Cranston All the Way President Lyndon B. Johnson
Hamish Linklater The Comedy of Errors Antipholus
Ian McKellen No Man's Land Spooner
David Morse The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin Tom Durnin
Chris O'Dowd Of Mice and Men Lennie Small
Daniel Radcliffe The Cripple of Inishmaan Cripple Billy
Denzel Washington A Raisin in the Sun Walter Lee Younger
Alex Sharp The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Christopher Boone
Reed Birney I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard David
Bradley Cooper The Elephant Man John Merrick
Stephen McKinley Henderson Between Riverside and Crazy Walter 'Pops' Washington
Ben Miles Wolf Hall Parts One & Two Thomas Cromwell
Bill Pullman Sticks and Bones David
Frank Langella The Father André
Andrew Garman The Christians Pastor Paul
Avi Hoffman Death of a Salesman Willy Loman
Tim Pigott-Smith King Charles III Charles, Prince of Wales
Mark Strong A View from the Bridge Eddie Carbone
Kevin Kline Present Laughter Garry Essendine
Bobby Cannavale The Hairy Ape Robert "Yank" Smith
Daniel Craig Othello Iago
David Hyde Pierce A Life Nate Martin
John Douglas Thompson Jitney Jim Becker
Andrew Garfield Angels in America Prior Walter
Johnny Flynn Hangmen Mooney
Tom Hollander Travesties Henry Carr
James McArdle Angels in America Louis Ironson
Paul Sparks Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo Jerry
Jay O. Sanders Uncle Vanya Vanya
Jeff Biehl Life Sucks Vanya
Edmund Donovan Lewiston/Clarkston Chris
Raúl Esparza The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Arturo Ui
Russell Harvard I Was Most Alive With You Knox


Year Actor Play Character
Edmund Donovan Greater Clements Joe
Charles Busch The Confession of Lily Dare Lily Dare
Raúl Esparza Seared Harry
Francis Jue Cambodian Rock Band Duch
Triney Sandoval 72 Miles to Go... Billy
Kyle Soller The Inheritance Eric Glass
2021 No awards: New York theatres shuttered, March 2020 to September 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City[1]
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Lackawanna Blues Various
Brandon J. Dirden Skeleton Crew Reggie
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Take Me Out Mason Marzac
Jacob Ming-Trent Merry Wives Falstaff
John Douglas Thompson The Merchant of Venice Shylock

Multiple wins

3 wins
2 wins

See also


  1. ^ Evans, Greg (2021-05-05). "Broadway To Reopen Sept. 14, Says Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Broadway League "Cautiously Optimistic"". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2023-06-02. Retrieved 2023-12-03.

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