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Winners: Oscar-Winning Actors

Updated: August 12, 2019

Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Actor, the life and times of Paul Muni
Lawrence, Jerome, 1915-2004.
Call Number: 812.092 M966La

Paul Muni -- Best Actor, 1936 for The Story of Louis Pasteur.

Bing Crosby : a pocketful of dreams : the early years, 1903-1940
Giddins, Gary.
Call Number: 789.14 C949Gi

Bing Crosby—Best Actor, 1944 for Going My Way


Bogie : a celebration of the life and films of Humphrey Bogart
Call Number: 812.092 B674Bog 2010

Humphrey Bogart -- Best Actor, 1951 for The African Queen

Bring on the empty horses
Niven, David, 1910-1983.
Call Number: 822.092 N734-1

Delightful recounting of Niven's early Hollywood years. Hilarious anecdotes about movie stars and moguls from Gable to Goldwyn. A must-read for any film buff.

David Niven—Best Actor, 1958 for Separate Tables



Cagney by Cagney
Cagney, James, 1899-1986.
Call Number: 812.092 C131

James Cagney --  Best Actor, 1942 for Yankee Doodle Dandy

Call me lucky, by Bing Crosby as told to Pete Martin.
Crosby, Bing, 1903-1977.
Call Number: 789.14 C949

Academy Award, Best Actor, 1944.

Charles Laughton, a difficult actor
Callow, Simon, 1949-
Call Number: 822.092 L374Ca

Charles Laughton--Best Actor, 1933 for The Private Life of Henry VIII

Denzel Washington : his films and career
Brode, Douglas, 1943-
Call Number: 812.092 W317Br

Denzel Washington--Best Actor, 2001 for Training Day

The divine comic : the cinema of Roberto Benigni
Celli, Carlo, 1963-
Call Number: 791.92 B467Ce

Roberto Benigni--Best Actor, 1998 for Life is Beautiful

Ernie : the autobiography
Borgnine, Ernest, 1917-2012.
Call Number: 812.092 B733

Ernest Borgnine—Best Actor, 1955 for Marty


Final Gig : the man behind the murder
Eells, George.
Call Number: 812.092 Y72Ee

Gig Young—Best Supporting Actor, 1970 for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?


Gary Cooper
Thomson, David, 1941-
Call Number: 812.092 C776Th

Academy Award, Best Actor, 1941.

Gene Hackman
Hunter, Allan, 1961-
Call Number: 812.092 H123Hu

Gene Hackman--Best Actor, 1972 for French Connection; Best Supporting Actor, 1993 for Unforgiven.

George Arliss : the man who played God
Fells, Robert M., 1950-
Call Number: 822.092 A724Fe

George Arliss--Best Actor, 1929 for Disraeli

Golden boy : the untold story of William Holden
Thomas, Bob, 1922-2014.
Call Number: 812.092 H726Th

William Holden—Best Actor, 1953 for Stalag 17


In the arena : an autobiography
Heston, Charlton.
Call Number: 812.092 H588-2

Charlton Heston—Best Actor, 1959 for Ben-Hur


Jimmy Stewart : a wonderful life
Coe, Jonathan.
Call Number: 812.092 S849Co

Academy Award, Best Actor, 1940.

The measure of a man : a spiritual autobiography
Poitier, Sidney.
Call Number: 812.092 P757-1

Sidney Poitier—Best Actor, 1964 for Lilies of the Field


Memoirs of a professional cad.
Sanders, George, 1906-1972.
Call Number: 812.092 S215

Witty memoir penned by the actor who starred in "All About Eve" and was Zsa Zsa Gabor's third husband. A sensitive heart beat underneath the churlish exterior, however, and Sanders took his own life several years after the book's publication.

George Sanders—Best Supporting Actor, 1951 for All About Eve


My name escapes me : the diary of a retiring actor
Guinness, Alec, 1914-2000.
Call Number: 822.092 G964-1

Alec Guinness—Best Actor, 1957 for The Bridge on the River Kwai


Rage and glory : the volatile life and career of George C. Scott
Sheward, David, 1959-
Call Number: 812.092 S426Sh

George C. Scott, Best Actor, 1970 for Patton.  (Scott refused the award, and even tried to get his name withdrawn as a nominee, claiming that he disliked the entire process of actors' performances being voted on in a competitive process.)

Ronald Colman, a very private person : a biography
Colman, Juliet Benita.
Call Number: 812.092 C716Co

Academy Award, Best Actor, 1947.

Sinatra : the chairman
Kaplan, James, 1951-
Call Number: 789.14 S615Kap-1

Continuing where Kaplan’s first volume, Sinatra: the voice left off, this book explores Sinatra at his very peak. He has just won an Oscar for best supporting actor for From Here to Eternity, and has met his creative match in composer Nelson Riddle. Despite his success, Sinatra still struggles with long held demons. Reading more like a novel than non-fiction, Sinatra: the chairman explores the wonder and enigma of the Chairman of the Board. 

Frank Sinatra—Best Supporting Actor, 1953 for From Here to Eternity



Spencer Tracy : a biography
Curtis, James, 1953-
Call Number: 812.092 T762Cu

A monument of theater and film scholarship that more than justifies its length. The life of a regional theater actor in the 1920s, the inner workings of the Hollywood Studio system from the beginning of sound until its disintegration in the sixties, the techniques of the greatest pre-method actor and the stormy yet grand relationship with Katharine Hepburn are covered with thoroughness and insight. A must read for acting students and film buffs.

Spencer Tracy—Best Actor, 1938 (Captains Courageous) and 1939 (Boys Town)


A twist of Lemmon : a tribute to my father
Lemmon, Chris, 1954-
Call Number: 812.092 L554Le

Jack Lemmon--Best Actor, 1973 for Save the Tiger

We Barrymores, by Lionel Barrymore, as told to Cameron Shipp.
Barrymore, Lionel, 1878-1954.
Call Number: 812.092 B2813

Academy Award, Best Actor, Lionel Barrymore, 1931