Actors with the Most Oscars
From 1933 to 1981 Katherine Hepburn won four Oscars for best lead actress. Spanning almost 50 years between the first and last Katherine Hepburn commanded the screen and broke new ground for all other great actress after her, she is not only the actor with the most Oscars, but she is a fierce presence on screen and all her performances deserve a viewing.
At the 6th (1932/33) Academy Awards Katherine Hepburn was the winner in the Best ACTRESS category for Morning Glory' in the role of Eva Lovelace.
At the 40th (1967) Academy Awards Katherine Hepburn was the winner in the Best ACTRESS category for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' in the role of Christina Drayton.
At the 41st (1968) Academy Awards Katherine Hepburn was the winner in the Best ACTRESS category for The Lion in Winter' in the role of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. This was the year that she tied with Barbara Streisand as the winner, Streisand won for Funny Girl' in the role of Fanny Brice.
At the 54th (1981) Academy Awards Katherine Hepburn was the winner in the Best ACTRESS category for On Golden Pond' in the role of Ethel Thayer.
Right behind Katherine Hepburn in the number of wins for a woman is Ingrid Bergman. Three wins spanning over a 30-year period, her wins, films, and the roles she played are listed below.
At the 17th (1944) Academy Awards Ingrid Bergman was the winner in the Best ACTRESS category for Gaslight' in the role of Paula Alquist.
At the 29th (1956) Academy Awards Ingrid Bergman was the winner in the Best ACTRESS category for Anastasia' in the role of Anna Koreff/Anastasia.
At the 47th (1974) Academy Awards Ingrid Bergman was the winner in the Best SUPPORTING ACTRESS category for Murder on the Orient Express' for the role of Greta Ohlsson.
For Leading and Supporting men there are two men who have more Academy Awards than any others. Walter Brennan and Jack Nicholson both have three awards, Brennan has all of his for supporting actor, and Nicholson has two for Actor and one for supporting actor.
Walter Brennan might be best remembered as a television actor, he played on many a television series including The Real McCoys'. He won all of his supporting actor awards within a four year period.
At the 9th (1936) Academy Awards Walter Brennan was the winner in the Best SUPPORTING ACTOR category for Come and Get It' for the role of Swan Bostrom.
At the 11th (1938) Academy Awards Walter Brennan was the winner in the Best SUPPORTING ACTOR category for Kentucky' for the role of Peter Goodwin.
At the 13th (1940) Academy Awards Walter Brennan was the winner in the Best SUPPORTING ACTOR category for The Westerner' for the role of Judge Roy Bean.
The only actor among the top four to still be eligible to win another Academy Award is Jack Nicholson. He ties Katherine Hepburn with the number of nominations that he has had (both have 12 nominations), and is well on his way to tying her for the all time winning spot.
At the 48th (1975) Academy Awards Jack Nicholson was the winner in the Best ACTOR category for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest' for the role of Randle Patrick McMurphy.
At the 56th (1983) Academy Awards Jack Nicholson was the winner in the Best SUPPORTING ACTOR category for Terms of Endearment' in the role of Garrett Breedlove.
At the 70th (1997) Academy Awards Jack Nicholson was the winner in the Best ACTOR category for As Good As It Gets' in the role of Melvin Udall
Gary Cooper is an exception, with his 2 wins (Best Actor 1941 (Sergeant York) & 1952 (High Noon)) and one honorary award (1960), he also had 3 awards, but only 2 of them by actual win. He is listed below with the actors that WON 2 awards.
There are quite a few actors and actresses that have two awards for acting, weather the awards are for a Lead role, a Supporting role, or both, the most current lists are as follows:
Marlon Brando Best Actor 1954 (On the Waterfront) & 1972 (The Godfather)
Michael Caine Best Supporting Actor 1986 (Hannah and Her Sisters) & 1999 (The Cider House Rules)
Gary Cooper Best Actor 1941 (Sergeant York) & 1952 (High Noon) & (also Honorary Award in 1960)
Robert De Niro Best Supporting Actor 1974 (The Godfather Part II); Best Actor 1980 (Raging Bull)
Melvyn Douglas Best Supporting Actor 1963 (Hud) & 1979 (Being There)
Gene Hackman Best Actor 1971(The French Connection); Best Supporting Actor 1992 (Unforgiven)
Tom Hanks Best Actor 1993 (Philadelphia) & 1994 (Forrest Gump)
Dustin Hoffman Best Actor 1979 (Kramer vs. Kramer) & 1988 (RainMan)
Jack Lemmon Best Supporting Actor 1955 (Mister Roberts); Best Actor 1973 (Save the Tiger)
Fredric March Best Actor 1931/32 (Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) & 1946 (The Best Years of Our Lives)
Anthony Quinn Best Supporting Actor 1952 (Viva Zapata) & 1956 (Lust for Life)
Jason Robards Best Supporting Actor 1976 (All the Presidents Men) & 1977 (Julia)
Kevin Spacey Best Supporting Actor 1995 (The Usual Suspects); Actor 1999 (American Beauty)
Spencer Tracy Best Actor 1937 (Captains Courageous) & 1938 (Boys Town)
Peter Ustinov Best Supporting Actor 1960 (Spartacus) & 1964 (Topkapi)
Denzel Washington Best Supporting Actor 1989 (Glory); Best Actor 2001 (Training Day)
Bette Davis Best Actress 1935 (Dangerous) & 1938 (Jezebel)
Olivia de Havilland Best Actress 1946 (To Each His Own) & 1949 (The Heiress)
Sally Field Best Actress 1979 (Norma Rae) 1984 (Places in the Heart)
Jane Fonda Best Actress 1971 (Klute) & 1978 (Coming Home)
Jodie Foster Best Actress 1988 (The Accused) & 1991 (The Silence of the Lambs)
Helen Hayes Best Actress 1931/32 (The Sin of Madelon Claudet); Best Supporting Actress 1970 (Airport)
Glenda Jackson Best Actress 1970 (Women in Love) & 1973 (A Touch of Class)
Jessica Lange Best Supporting Actress 1982 (Tootsie); Best Actress 1994 (Blue Sky)
Vivien Leigh Best Actress 1939 (Gone with the Wind) & 1951 (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Luise Rainer Best Actress 1936 (The Great Ziegfeld) & 1937 (The Good Earth)
Maggie Smith Best Actress 1969 (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie); Best Supporting Actress 1978 (California Suite)
Meryl Streep Best Supporting Actress 1979 (Kramer vs. Kramer); Best Actress 1982 (Sophie's Choice)
Hilary Swank Best Actress 1999 (Boys Don't Cry) & 2004 (Million Dollar Baby)
Elizabeth Taylor Best Actress 1960 (Butterfield 8) & 1966 (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf)
Dianne Wiest Supporting Actress 1986 (Hannah and Her Sisters) & 1994 (Bullets Over Broadway)
Shelley Winters Supporting Actress 1959 (Diary of Anne Frank) & 1965 (A Patch of Blue)