Tom Courtenay Overview:

Actor, Tom Courtenay, was born Thomas Daniel Courtenay on Feb 25, 1937 in Hull, Humberside. As of December 2020, Tom Courtenay was 83 years old.



Although Courtenay was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1965Best Supporting ActorDoctor Zhivago (1965)Pasha Antipov/StrelnikoffNominated
1983Best ActorThe Dresser (1983)NormanNominated

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Tom Courtenay Quotes:

Colin Smith: The best thing to do is be cunning and stay where you are. I'm going to let them think they've got me house trained, but they never will, the bastards. To get me beat, they'll have to stick a rope around my neck.

Gatiss: [to Caroline about Eberlin] I do believe you two would have gone on well together. You haven't got a past, and he hasn't got a future. None at all.

Colin Smith: Running's always been a big thing in our family, especially running away from the police.

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Subject of the song "Tom Courtenay" by Yo La Tengo.

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama.

Was nominated for two Tony Awards as Best Actor (Play): in 1977 for "Otherwise Engaged," and in 1982 for "The Dresser," a part recreated in his Oscar-nominated performance in the film of the same name, The Dresser (1983).

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