Tom Courtenay Overview:

Actor, Tom Courtenay, was born Thomas Daniel Courtenay on Feb 25, 1937 in Hull, Humberside. As of December 2022, Tom Courtenay was 85 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:

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.

Brown, House Master: Just describe the action to me in your own words, put me in the picture.
Colin Smith: Got over the wall of this baker's yard, broke into his office.
Brown, House Master: Hmm, I think you can do a bit better than this, Smith, um, surely your nerves were on edge weren't they, you felt afraid?
Colin Smith: If I felt afraid I wouldn't have broken in, would I?

Brown, House Master: So, uh, how do you come to be here?
Colin Smith: [puzzled] I got sent, didn't I?
Brown, House Master: [chuckles] Yes, I know you got sent, but why?
Colin Smith: I got caught. Didn't run fast enough!

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An Associate Member of RADA.

Second cousin of British Actor Paul Popplewell.

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

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