Stars you might be surprised have won Tony Awards

Stars you might be surprised have won Tony Awards

The Tony Awards are upon us! In celebration of Broadway’s biggest night on Sept. 26, 2021, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at some of the stars you might be surprised to know have won Tonys, starting with Scarlett Johansson. In 2010, the “Avengers” actress took home a Tony for best featured actress for her Broadway performance as Catherine in “A View From the Bridge.”

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Neil Patrick Harris took a break from “How I Met Your Mother” to star as Hedwig in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway in 2014. He won the Tony Award for best leading actor in a musical for his performance.

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Viola Davis is a master of television, film and theater. The “How To Get Away With Murder” actress won her first Tony Award for best actress in 2001 for her performance as Tonya in “King Hedley II.” Nine years later, Viola took home another best actress Tony for her work as Rose Maxson in “Fences” (she won a Oscar for playing same character in the movie version in 2016).

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If you’ve ever seen the film “Les Miserables,” this one shouldn’t be too surprising. Hugh Jackman, aka the only action star who can sing flawlessly, is a Tony winner. He won the prize for best featured actor in a musical for his portrayal of Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz” in 2004.

Glenn Close might have missed out on the Oscar all seven times she was nominated for an Academy Award, but she has three Tony Awards at home to make it all better. The “Fatal Attraction” star won her first Tony in 1984 for her performance as Annie in “The Real Thing.” She then took home the Tony for best actress in a play for her work as Paulina Salas Escobar in 1992’s “Death and the Maiden,” and the Tony for best actress in a musical for “Sunset Boulevard” in 1995.

Television fans know Bryan Cranston best from his Emmy-winning work on “Breaking Bad” and his Emmy-nominated work on “Malcolm in the Middle.” But he’s also a lauded Broadway performer who has two Tonys on his mantle: He took home one for his portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way” in 2014 and one for his portrayal of newsman Howard Beale in “Network” in 2019.   

Ferris Bueller himself, actor Matthew Broderick, is a two-time Tony winner. He won his first trophy for “Brighton Beach Memoirs” in 1983 and took home a Tony for best actor in a musical in 1995 for his performance as J. Pierrepont Finch in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

“Sex and the City” star. Politician. Tony winner. Cynthia Nixon does it all! She took home a Tony Award for best actress in a play in 2006 for her performance as Becca Corbett in “Rabbit Hole.”

Jason Alexander is no stranger to Broadway musicals. The “Seinfeld” alum has starred in several stage productions and delivered a Tony-winning performance in “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway” in 1989.

Long before he was known as Detective Lennie Briscoe on “Law & Order,” Jerry Orbach was an award-winning actor on Broadway. Back in 1969, Jerry won a Tony for best actor in a musical for his portrayal of Chuck Baxter in “Promises, Promises.”

Audrey Hepburn was one of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars, and she took home quite a few awards — including a Tony — during her career. She won the Tony for best leading actress in a play for her performance as the title character in “Ondine” in 1954. Audrey went on to achieve EGOT status after she also earned an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar.

John Lithgow’s talent knows no bounds — as evidenced by his Tony Award win. He took home the trophy for best actor in a play for his portrayal of J.J. Hunsecker in “Sweet Smell of Success” in 2002.

Mary-Louise Parker became a Tony winner way back in 2001. She won the prize for best actress in a play for her performance as Catherine in “Proof.”

Phylicia Rashad became a Tony winner in 2004 when she took home the prize for best actress in a play for her performance as Lena Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun.”

The role that first made Dick Van Dyke famous also won him a Tony Award. The “Mary Poppins” alum took home the trophy for best featured actor for his performance as Albert Peterson in Broadway’s “Bye Bye Birdie” a few years before he reprised the character on the big screen.

She’s got four Oscars, two Emmys and a Tony: Frances McDormand won her Tony Award in 2011 for best actress in a play for her performance as Margie Walsh in “Good People.”

Christopher Plummer was an icon on the screen and on the stage. The actor won his first Tony Award in 1974 for his performance as Cyrano de Bergerac in “Cyrano.” Twenty-three years later, Christopher took home another Tony for his work in “Barrymore.”

Judi Dench added Tony winner to her resume in 1999 when she won the trophy for best actress in a play for her performance as Esme Allen in “Amy’s View.”

David Hyde Pierce returned to the stage in 2007 after making a name for himself starring as Dr. Niles Crane on “Frasier.” He won a Tony Award for best actor in a musical that year for his portrayal of Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in “Curtains.”

Alan Cumming became a Tony winner in 1998 when he took home the trophy for best actor for his portrayal of The Master of Ceremonies in “Cabaret.”

Marcia Gay Harden has excelled in film, television and on stage. The “Pollock” star won a Tony Award for best actress in a play in 2009 for her performance as Veronica in “God of Carnage.”

Blythe Danner added Tony winner to her list of accomplishments in 1970. She took home the prize for best featured actress in a play that year for her performance as Jill Tanner in “Butterflies Are Free.”

Comedy star Martin Short aced his portrayal of several characters in Little Me” on Broadway, winning the Tony Award for best actor in a musical in 1999.

Lily Tomlin is one of Hollywood’s most talented stars, as evidenced by her Tony Award win. The “Grace and Frankie” star took home the trophy for best actress in a play in 1986 for her performance in “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.”

Rita Moreno is a Hollywood legend with a host of accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. The actress — who’s the first Latina woman to become an EGOT — won her Tony back in 1975 for her performance as Googie Gomez in “The Ritz.”

Gregory Hines showed off his incredible dancing skills while performing in “Jelly’s Last Jam” in 1992. For his stellar performance, he won the Tony for best featured actor.




























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