Best Actor Oscar Winner for playing someone mentally or physically handicapped

by jalapenoman | created - 17 Jul 2014 | updated - 18 Jul 2014 | Public

Of these Oscar winners for Best Actor for the role, which actor that played a character that was severely mentally or physically handicapped or disabled do you think gave the best performance?

Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/flat/232284721

Note 1: This poll does not include roles where actors had a disease, such as Tom Hanks in Philadelphia. It also does not include roles where the actor suffers from drug or alcohol addiction.

Note 2: Watch for the list of actresses also.

Note 3: The words used to describe the handicap or disability of the character are directly from this website. Whether or not they are "politically correct" is unimportant.

1. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | Tootsie

Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...

Raymond Babbitt in "Rain Man" (Autistic Savant)

2. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym Nicholas Blake), Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and ...

Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" (Cerebral Palsy)

3. Cliff Robertson

Actor | Spider-Man

Clifford Parker Robertson III became a fairly successful leading man through most of his career without ever becoming a major star. Following strong stage and television experience, he made an interesting film debut in a supporting role in Picnic (1956). He then played Joan Crawford's deranged ...

Charly Gordon in "Charly" (Mentally Retarded)

4. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

Alfredo James "Al" 'Pacino established himself as a film actor during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

He was born April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to Italian-American parents, Rose (nee Gerardi)...

Frank Slade in "Scent of a Woman" (Blind)

5. Tom Hanks

Producer | Cast Away

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...

Title character in "Forrest Gump" (Simple Man with Low IQ)

6. Jack Nicholson

Actor | Chinatown

Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the...

Melvin Udall from "As Good As It Gets" (Obsessive/Compulsive)

7. John Wayne

Actor | True Grit

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.

Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, ...

THE Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit" (Blind in one eye)

8. Jamie Foxx

Actor | Django Unchained

Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the biographical film Ray (2004). The same year, he was nominated for the Academy...

Ray Charles in "Ray" (Blind)

9. Fredric March

Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives

Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of ...

Al Stephenson in "The Best Years of Our Lives" (PTSD)

10. Colin Firth

Actor | A Single Man

Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's...

King George VI in "The King's Speech" (Stuttering)



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