Oscar: Supporting Actors–Age at First Nomination

The two supporting acting categories were established in 1936.

Many actors have been nominated several times, and some have won multiple times.

In 90 years, 74 men have won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and 221 have been nominated for one (or more).

Total number of Best Supporting Actors (winners and nominees) is 295

Walter Brennan still holds the record among the men with four Best Supporting Actor Oscars, 1936, 1938, 1940, and 1941.

My study examines the age of the actor when he received his first Supporting Actor nomination.

1936

Walter Brennan, Come and Get It, 42

Auer, Michael, My Man Godfrey, 31

Erwin, Stuart, Pigskin Parade, 33

Rathbone, Basil, Romeo and Juliet, 44

Tamiroff, Akim, The General Died at Dawn, 37

1937

Schildkraut, Joseph, The Story of Emile Zola, 42

Bellamy, Ralph, The Awful Truth, 33

Warner, H.B., Lost Horizon, 62

Young, Roland, Topper, 50

1938

Walter Brennan, Kentucky, 44

Garfield, John, Four Daughters, 25

Lockhart, Gene, Algiers, 47

Marley, John, Marie Antoinette, 31

1939

Mitchell, Thomas, Stagecoach, 47

Aherne, Brian, Juarez, 37

Carey, Harry, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 61

Donlevy, Brian, Beau Geste, 38

Rains, Claude, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 50

1940

Brennan, Walter, The Westerner, 46

Basserman, Albert, Foreign Correspondent, 73

Gargan, William, They Knew What They Wanted, 35

Oakie, Jack, The Great Dictator, 37

Stephenson, James, The Letter, 51

 

1941

Crisp, Donald, How Green Was My Valley, 59

Gleason, James, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, 59

Greenstreet, Sidney, The Maltese Falcon, 62

1942

Hefflin, Van, Johnny Eager, 32

Bendix, William, Wake Island, 36

Morgan, Frank, Tortilla Flat, 52

Travers, Henry, Mrs. Miniver, 68

1943

Coburn, Charles, The More the Merrier, 66

Bickford, Charles, The Song of Bernadette, 52

Naish, J. Carrol, Sahara, 47

1944

Fitzgerald, Barry, Going My Way, 56

Cronyn, Hume, The Seventh Cross, 33

Webb, Clifton, Laura, 55

Wolley, Monty, Since You Went Away, 56

1945

Dunn, James, Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 44

Chekhov, Michael, Spellbound, 54

Dall, John, The Corn Is Green, 27

Mitchum, Robert, The Story of G.I. Joe, 28

1946

Russell, Harold, The Best years of Our Lives, 32

Demarest, William, The Jolson Story, 54

1947

Gwenn, Edmund, The Miracle on 34th Street, 70

Gomez, Thomas, Ride  the Pink Horse, 42

Ryan, Robert, Crossfire, 38

Widmark, Richard, Kiss of Death, 33

 

1948

Huston, Walter, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 64

Ferrer, Jose, Joan of Arc, 36

Homolka, Oscar, I Remember Mama, 50

1949

Jagger, Dean, Twelve O’clock High, 46

Ireland, John, All the King’s Men, 35

Kellaway, Cecil, The Luck of the Irish, 57

Kennedy, Arthur, Champion, 35

Richardson, Ralph, The heiress, 47

Whitmore, James, Battleground, 28

 

1950

Sanders, George, All About Eve, 44

Chandler, Jeff, Broken Arrow, 32

Jaffe, Sam, The Asphalt Jungle, 59

Von Stroheim, J.  Sunset Boulevard, 65

1951

Malden, Karl, A Streetcar Named Desire, 39

Genn, Leo, Quo Vadis? 46

McCarthy, Kevin, Death of a Salesman, 37

 

1952

Quinn, Anthony, Viva Zapata! 37

Burton, Richard, My Cousin Rachel, 27

Hunnicutt, Arthur, The Big Sky, 42

McLaglen, Victor, The Quiet Man, 66

 

1953

Sinatra, Frank, From Here to Eternity, 38

Albert, Eddie, Roman Holiday, 47

De Wilde, Brandon, Shane, 11

Strauss, Robert, Stalag 17, 40

 

1954

O’Brien, Edmond, The Barefoot Contessa, 39

Cobb, Lee J., On the Waterfront, 43

Steiger, Rodd, On the Waterfront, 29

Tully, Tom, The Caine Mutiny, 46

 

1955

Lemmon, Jack, Mister Roberts, 30

Mantell, Joe, Marty, 40

Mineo, Sal, Rebel Without a Cause, 16

O’Connell, Arthur, Picnic, 47

 

1956

Quinn, Anthony, Lust for Life, 41

Murray, Don, Bus Stop, 27

Perkins Anthony, Friendly Persuasion, 24

Rooney, Micky, The Bold and the Brave, 36

Stack, Robert, Written on the Wind, 37

1957

Buttons, Red, Sayonara, 39

De Sica, Vittorio, A Farewll to Arms, 56

Hayakawa, S, The Bridge on the River Kwai, 68

Tamblyn, Russ, Peyton Place, 23

 

1958

Ives, Burl, The Big Country, 49

Bikel, Theodore, The Defiant Ones, 34

 

1959

Griffith, Hugh, Ben-Hur, 47

Scott, George C., Anatomy of Murder, 32

Vaughn, Robert, The Young Philadelphians, 27

Wynn, Ed, The Diary of Anne Frank, 73

 

1960

Ustinov, Peter, Spartacus, 39

Falk, Peter, Murder Inc., 33

Kruschen, Jack, The Apartment, 38

Wills, Chill, The Alamo, 57

 

1961

Chakiris, George, West Side Story, 27

Clift, Montgomery, Judgment at Nuremberg, 41

Gleason, Jackie, The Hustler, 45

 

1962

Begley, Ed, Sweet Bird of Youth, 61

Buono, Victor, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 24

Savalas, Telly, The Birdman of Alcatraz, 40

Sharif, Omar, Lawrence of Arabia, 30

Stamp, Terence, Billy Budd, 24

 

1963

Douglas, Melvyn, Hud, 62

Adams, Nick, Twilight of Honor, 32

Darin, Bobby, Captain Newman MD, 27

Huston, John, The Cardinal, 57

 

1964

Ustinov, Peter, Topkapi, 43

Holloway, Stanley, My Fair Lady, 74

Tracy, Lee, The Best Man, 66

 

1965

Balsam, Martin, A Thousand Clowns, 46

Bannen, Ian, Flight of the Phoenix, 37

Courtenay, Tom, Dr. Zhivago, 28

Dunn, Michael, Ship of Fools, 31

Finlay, Frank, Othello, 39

 

1966

Matthau, Walter, The Fortune Cookie, 46

Mako, The Sand Pebbles, 33

Mason, James, Georgy Girl, 57

Segal, George, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 32

Shaw, Robert, A Man for All Seasons,39

 

1967

Kennedy, George, Cool Hand Luke, 42

Cassavetes, John, The Dirty Dozen, 38

Pollard, Michael, Bonnie and Clyde, 28

1968

Albertson, Jack, The Subject Was Roses, 61

Cassel, Seymour, Faces, 33

Massey, Daniel, Star! 35

Wild, Jack, Oliver! 16

Wilder, Gene, The Producers, 35

1969

Young, Gig, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? 56

Crosse, Rupert, The Reivers, 42

Gould, Elliott, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, 31

Quayle, Anthony, Anne of the Thousand Days, 56

 

1970

Mills, John, Ryan’s Daughter, 62

Castellano, Richard, Lovers and Other Strangers, 37

Chief Dan George, Little Big Man, 71

Marley, John, Love Story, 63

 

1971

Johnson, Ben, The Last Picture Show, 53

Bridges, Jeff, The Last Picture Show, 22

Frey, Leonard, Fiddler on the Roof, 33

Jaeckel, Richard, Sometimes a Great Nation, 45

Scheider, Roy, The French Connection, 33

 

1972

Grey, Joel, Cabaret, 40

Caan, James, The Godfather, 32

Duvall, Robert, The Godfather, 41

Pacino, Al, The Godfather, 32

 

1973

Houseman, John, The Paper Chase, 71

Gardenia, Vincent, Bang the Drum Slowly, 53

Gilford, Jack, Save the Tiger, 66

Miller, Jason, The Exorcist, 34

1974

Astaire, Fred, The Towering Inferno, 75

De Niro, Robert, The Godfather, Part II, 31

Gazzo, Michael, The Godfather, Part II, 51

Strasberg, Lee, The Godfather, Part II, 73

 

1975

Burns, George, The Sunshine Boys, 79

Dourif, Brad, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 25

Meredith, Burgess, The Day of the Locust, 68

Sarandon, Chris, Dog Day Afternoon, 33

Warden, Jack, Shampoo, 55

 

1976

Robards, Jason, All the President’s Men, 54

Beatty, Ned, Network, 39

Olivier, Laurence, Marathon Man, 69

Young, Burt, Rocky, 36

 

1977

Robards, Jason, Julia, 55

Barryshnikov, Mikhail, The Turning Point, 29

Firth, Peter, Equus, 24

Guinness, Alec, Star Wars, 63

Schell, Maxmilian, Julia, 47

 

1978

Walken, Christopher, The Deer Hunter, 35

Dern, Bruce, Coming Home, 42

Farnsworth, Richard, Comes a Horseman, 58

Hurt, John, Midnight Express, 38

 

1979

Douglas, Melvyn, Being there, 62

Forrest, Frederic, The Rose, 43

Henry, Justin, Kramer Vs. Kramer, 8

 

1980

Hutton, Tim, Ordinary People, 20

Hirsch, Judd, Ordinary People, 45

O’Keefe, Michael, The Great Santini, 25

 

1981

Gielgud, John, Arthur, 77

Coco, James, Only When I Laugh, 51

Holm, Ian, Chariots of Fire, 50

Rollins, Howard, Ragtime, 31

 

1982

Gossett, Louis Jr., An Officer and a Gentleman, 46

Dunning, Charles, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 60

Lithgow, John, The World According to Garp, 37

Preston, Robert, Victor/Victoria, 1982

 

1983

Nicholson, Jack, A Few Good Men, 46

Durning, Charles, To Be Or Not To Be, 61

Lithgow, John, Terms of Endearment, 38

Shepard, Sam, The Right Stuff, 40

 

1984

Ngor, Hang S. The Killing Fields, 44

Caesar, Adolphe, A Soldier’s Story, 51

Malkovich, John, Plcaes in the heart, 31

Morita, Pat, Karate Kid, 52

 

1985

Ameche, Don, Cocoon, 77

Brandauer, Klaus Maria, Out of Africa, 42

Hickey, William, Prizzi’s Honor, 58

Loggia, Robert, Jagged Edge, 55

Roberts, Eric, Runaway Train, 29

 

1986

Caine, Michael, Hannah and Her Sisters, 53

Berenger, Tom, Platoon, 36

Dafoe, Willem, Platoon, 31

Denholm, Elliott, A Room with a View, 64

Hopper, Dennis, Hoosiers, 50

 

1987

Connery, Sean, The Untouchables, 57

Brooks, Albert, Broadcast News, 40

 

1988

Guinness, Alec, Little Dorritt

Phoenix, River, Running on Empty, 18

 

1989

Aiello, Danny, Do the Right Thing, 56

Aykrotd, Dan, Driving Miss Daisy

Brando, Marlon, A Dry White Season, 63

 

1990

Pesci, Joe, GoodFellas, 47

Davidson, Longtime Companion, 44

Garcia, Andy, The Godfather, Part III, 34

Greene, Graham, Dances With Wolves, 38

 

1991

Palance, Jack, City Slickers, 72

Keitel, Harvey, Bugsy, 52

Kingsley, Ben, Bugsy, 48

Lerner, Michael, Barton Fink, 50

 

1992

Hackman, Gene, Unforgiven, 62 

Davidson, Jaye, The Crying Game, 24

Nicholson, Jack, A Few good Men, 55

Paymer, David, Mr. Saturday Night, 38

 

1993

Jones, Tommy Lee, The Fugitive, 47

DiCaprio, Leonardo, What’s Eating  Gilbert Grape? 19

Fiennes, Ralph, Schindler’s List, 31

Malkovich, John, in the line of Fire, 40

Postlethwaite, Peter, In the Name of the Father, 47

1994

Landau, Martin, Ed Wood, 66

Jackson, Samuel, Pulp Fiction, 46

Palminteri, Chazz, Bullets Over Broadway, 42

Scofield, Paul, Quiz Show, 72

Sinise, Gary, Forrest Gump, 39

 

1995

Spacey, Kevin, The Usual Suspects, 36

Cromwell, James, Babe, 55

Harris, Ed, Apollo 13, 45

Pitt, Brad, 12 Monkeys, 32

Roth, Tim, Rob Roy, 34

 

1996

Gooding, Cuba, Jerry Maguire, 28

Macy, William H. Fargo, 46

Mueller, Stahl, Shine, 66

Norton, Edward, Primal Fear, 27

Woods, James, The Ghosts of Mississippi, 49

 

1997

Williams, Robin, Good Will Hunting, 46

Forster, Robert, Jackie Brown, 56

Hopkins, Anthony, Amistad, 60

Kinnear, Greg, As Good As It Gets, 36

Reynolds, Burt, Boogie Nights, 61

 

1998

Coburn, James, Affliction, 70

Harris, Ed, The Truman Show, 48

Rush, Geoffrey, Shakespeare in Love, 47

Thornton, Billy Bob, A Simple Plan, 43

 

1999

Caine, Michael, The Cider House Rules, 66

Cruise, Tom, Magnolia, 37

Duncan, Michael Clark, 42

Law, Jude, The Talented Mr. Ripley, 27

Osment, Haley Joel, The Sixth Sense, 11

 

2000

Del Toro, Benicio, Traffic, 33

Dafoe, Willem, Shadow of the Vampire, 45

Finney, Albert, Erin Brockovich, 64

Phoenix, Joaquin, Gladiator, 2000

 

2001

Broadbent, Jim, Iris, 52

Hawke, Ethan, Training Day, 31

McKellen, Ian, The Lord of the Rings, 62

Voight, Jon, Ali, 63

 

2002

Cooper, Chris, Adaptation, 51

Harris, Ed, The Hours, 52

Newman, Paul, Road to Perdition, 77

Reilly, John C., Chicago, 37

 

2003

Robbins, Tim, Mystic River, 45

Baldwin, Alec, The Cooler, 45

Hounsou, Djiman, In America, 33

Watanabe, Ken, The Last Samurai, 44

2004

Freeman, Morgan, Million Dollars Baby, 67

Alda, Alan, The Aviator, 68

Haden, Thomas Church, Sideways, 44

Owen, Clive, Closer, 40

 

2005

Clooney, George, Syriana, 44

Dillon, Matt, Crash, 41

Foxx, Jamie, Collateral, 37

Hurt, William, A History of Violence, 55

 

2006

Arkin, Alan, Little Miss Sunshine, 72

Haley, Jackie Earle, Little Children, 45

Hounsou, Djiman, Blood Diamond, 42

Murphy, Eddie, Dreamgirls, 45

Wahlberg, Mark, The Departed, 35

 

2007

Bardem, Javier, No Country for Old Men, 38

Affleck, Casey, The Assassination of Jesse James, 32

Hoffman, Philip Seymour, Charlie’s War, 40

 

2008

Ledger, Heath, The Dark Knight, 29

 

2009

Waltz, Christoph, Inglourious Basterds, 53

 

2010

Bale, Christian, The Fighter, 36

Rush, Geoffrey, The King’s Speech, 59

 

2011

Plummer, Christopher, Beginners, 82

 

2012

Waltz, Christoph, Django Unchained, 56

 

2013

Leto, Jared, Dallas Buyers Club, 42

 

2014

Simmons, J.K. Whiplash, 60

Hawk, Ethan, Boyhood, 44

Norton, Edward, Birdman, 45

 

2015

Rylance, Mark, Bridge of Spies, 55

 

2016

Mahershala, Ali, Moonlight, 42

 

2017

Rockwell, Sam, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Dafoe, Willem, The Florida Project, 62

 

2018

Rockwell, Sam, Vice

 

 

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