Knowledge Identifier: $Actor
There were a number of secular plays staged in the Middle Ages, the earliest of which is "The Play of the Greenwood" by Adam de la Halle in 1276
After 1660 in England, when women first started to appear on stage, the terms "actor" or "actress" were initially used interchangeably for female performers, but later, influenced by the French , "actress" became the commonly used term for women in theater and film
According to Anton Kaes, a silent film scholar from the University of Wisconsin, American silent cinema began to see a shift in acting techniques between 1913 and 1921, influenced by techniques found in German silent film
The pervading presence of stage actors in film was the cause of this outburst from director Marshall Neilan in 1917: "The sooner the stage people who have come into pictures get out, the better for the pictures
Ronald Colman - His first major talkie success was in 1930, when he was nominated for the Academy *award for Best Actor for two roles — "Condemned" and "Bulldog Drummond"
Victor McLaglen - The highlight of his career was an Academy *award for Best Actor for his role in "The Informer" , based on a novel by Liam O'Flaherty; Frank Tashlin's 1938 cartoon "Have You Got Any Castles-" features a caricature of McLaglen emerging from the novel and literally informing someone about some shady characters
James Gleason - He was nominated for an Academy *award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as boxing manager Max 'Pop' Corkle in the 1941 film "Here Comes Mr. Jordan"
Ronald Colman - He won the Golden Globe *award for Best Actor in 1947 for his role in "A Double Life"
Cecil Kellaway - He was twice nominated for an Academy *award for Best Supporting Actor, for "The Luck of the Irish" in 1948 and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in 1967
Richard Todd - Todd was nominated for the Academy *award for Best Actor for the role in 1949
Vyacheslav Tikhonov - After graduating VGIK with honours in 1950, he began his acting career on stage of Theatre Studio of Film Actor, where he worked for six years
Dan O'Herlihy - He was nominated for the Academy *award for Best Actor for the 1954 "Adventures of Robinson Crusoe"
Maurice Denham - He was nominated for the BAFTA *award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Blore in 1954's "The Purple Plain"
Raymond Burr - Burr won the Emmy *award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series twice, in 1959 and 1961, for his performance as Perry Mason
Valentin Zubkov - In 1960 he joined the Theatre Studio of Film Actor
Sam Levene - Levene was nominated for the 1961 Tony *award for Best Actor in a Play for "The Devil's Advocate"
Roland Culver - He was nominated for the 1966 Tony *award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for "Ivanov"
Oskar Werner - Werner received an Academy *award nomination in 1966, two BAFTA *award nominations in 1966 and 1967, and won a Golden Globe *award for Best Supporting Actor in 1966
William Daniels - Refused 1969 Tony *award nomination for Featured Actor in a Musical in "1776
Telly Savalas - Best known for playing the title role in the 1970s crime drama "Kojak", Savalas was nominated for an Academy *award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Birdman of Alcatraz"
Michael Constantine - Prior to that, he was well known for his extensive TV work, especially as the long-suffering high school principal Seymour Kaufman on "Room 222" for which he won an Emmy *award as Best Supporting Actor in 1970
Telly Savalas - He was nominated for an Emmy *award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series two years in a row, winning the Emmy in 1974
Peter Barkworth - Barkworth twice won the BAFTA TV *award for Best Actor, in 1975 for Crown Matrimonial and in 1978 for his roles in "Professional Foul" and "The Country Party"
Burgess Meredith - He won an Emmy *award as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special for the 1977 television film "Tail Gunner Joe", a fictitious study of U.S. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, the anti-communist leader of the 1950s
Roy Hudd - In 1983 , he was *awarded the "Best Actor in a Musical" Laurence Olivier Theatre *award for his role in "Underneath the Arches", as Bud Flanagan
Barry Miller (actor) - He won Broadway's 1985 Tony Award as Best Actor for his performance as 'Arnold Epstein' in "Biloxi Blues"
Edna Turnblad in "Hairspray" was played by Divine in the 1988 original film, Harvey Fierstein in the Broadway musical, and John Travolta in the 2007 movie musical
Lou Diamond Phillips - In 1988, Phillips co-starred with Edward James Olmos in the inner-city high school drama "Stand and Deliver", in a role for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe *award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture"
Charles Kimbrough - In 1990, his performance in the role earned him a nomination for an Emmy *award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series"
Charles Kimbrough - Mr. Kimbrough was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990
Ken Wahl - The show ran until 1990 and brought Wahl a Golden Globe *award and Emmy *award nominations for Best Actor
Gildor Roy - He was nominated for a Genie in the 1992 Genie Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for "Requiem pour un beau sans-coeur"
Rudolf Lucieer - In 1992 he won the Golden Calf for Best Actor for his role in the movie The Northerners
Jeffrey DeMunn - In 1995, he won a CableACE *award as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for his portrayal of serial killer Andrei Chikatilo in the HBO film "Citizen X" and received a Primetime Emmy *award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie nomination for his performance
Christopher Eccleston - Eccleston won in the Best Actor categories at the 1997 Broadcasting Press Guild *awards and the Royal Television Society *awards, winning for "Our Friends in the North"
Baek Yoon-sik - Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival - Playing an arrogant company executive -- believed by the film's hero to be an alien from Andromeda Galaxy -- Baek's performance won him a Best Actor *award from the 2003 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, as well as numerous best supporting actor mentions from local *awards ceremonies
Toby Jones - His comic turn as Arthur earned him the Olivier *award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and when the play moved to Broadway in 2003, he was nominated for a Tony *award
Christopher Eccleston - In 2003 he won the RTS Best Actor *award for a second time, for his performance in "Flesh and Blood"
Felicity Huffman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for playing Bree Osbourne in 2005's "Transamerica"
Salim Kumar - Earlier he had won a Kerala State Film *award for the Second Best Actor in 2005 for his role as Samuel in "Achanurangatha Veedu"
Ulrich Muhe - He played the role of Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler in the Oscar-winning film "Das Leben der Anderen" , for which he received the gold *award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, at the "Deutscher Filmpreis" ; and the Best Actor *award at the 2006 European Film *awards
David Tennant - He won the National Television *awards *award for Most Popular Actor in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010
Stephen Merchant - Merchant won a 2006 British Comedy *award for Best TV Actor for his performance as Lamb
Al Pacino - The film was never released theatrically but was later released as part of the Pacino: An Actor's Vision box set in 2007.
John Simm - The show won the Pioneer Audience *award for Best Programme at the 2007 BAFTA TV *awards, Simm was nominated but lost out on the *award for Best Actor
Brian Kerwin - He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category in 2008, 2010 and 2011 for his work on "One Life to Live"
Jansen Panettiere - In 2008 Panettiere was nominated for a Young Artist *award at the Young Artist *awards for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special by a Leading Young Actor for "The Last Day of Summer"
Ben James-Ellis - James-Ellis won the "Best Supporting Actor in a Musical" award at the 8th annual Whatsonstage Theatregoers' Choice Awards on 24 February 2008
Christoph Waltz - Cannes Film Festival - He received international acclaim for his portrayal of SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in the 2009 film "Inglourious Basterds", for which he won the Best Actor *award at the Cannes Film Festival and the BAFTA, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild *award and Academy *award for Best Supporting Actor in 2009
Bob Hoskins - For this role he received his first Emmy when he won Best Actor at the 2010 International Emmys
David Tennant - For this role he was nominated as Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Programme *awards 2010
Salim Kumar - He won the National *award for Best Actor for his performance in "Adaminte Makan Abu" in 2010
Fred Willard - In 2010, he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the ABC TV series "Modern Family" as Phil Dunphy's father, Frank Dunphy
Robert Pattinson - On 14 November 2010, Pattinson received two BBC Radio 1 Teen *awards, Best Dressed and Best Actor
As of 2011, radio drama has a minimal presence on terrestrial radio in the United States
Gulshan Grover - He won the Best Actor International on 18 August 2011 at the New York City Film Festival for his performance as the Indian holy man Dada Bhagwan in the film "Desperate Endeavors"
Gulshan Grover - He won the Best Actor award on 24 September 2011 for the same role at the Houston Film Festival
Ma Tianyu - In 2013, Ma made his big-screen debut in the movie "The Cosplayers", and was chosen as the Movie Actor with the Most Potential at the 4th LeTV *awards
Karan Grover - Karan V Grover won Kalakar *award for the Best Actor in 2014
Chiwetel Ejiofor - On January 16th 2014, Ejiofor was officially nominated for Best Actor for the 86th Academy *awards on March 2nd
Chiwetel Ejiofor - On 16 January 2014, Ejiofor was officially nominated for Best Actor for the 86th Academy *awards on 2 March
Matthew James Thomas - In 2015, Thomas was nominated for the Helen Hayes *award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for his performance in "Diner"