Silver Bear for Best Actor
Silberner Bär/Bester Darsteller  (German)
Sidney Poitier was the first actor to win the award twice
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actor
CountryGermany
Presented byBerlin International Film Festival
First awarded1956
Last awarded2020
Currently held byElio Germano
Hidden Away (2020)
Websitewww.berlinale.de

The Silver Bear for Best Actor (German: Silberner Bär/Bester Darsteller) was an award presented at the Berlin International Film Festival. It is given to an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance and chosen by the jury from the films in official competition slate at the festival. As of the 2020 festival, Elio Germano is the most recent winner in this category for his work on Hidden Away.

History

The award was first presented in 1956, and can be for lead or supporting roles. The prize was not awarded in 1969, 1973 and 1974. Additionally, in 1970 no awards were given as the festival was called off mid-way due to the controversy with official selection film o.k. by Michael Verhoeven which led to resignation of the international jury. The entire male cast of A Separation was the recipient of the award in 2011. Sidney Poitier, Jean Gabin, Fernando Fernán Gómez, and Denzel Washington has won the most awards in this category, each winning twice. The last of this award was given out in 2020, after which it was replaced with a gender-neutral Best Leading Performance and Best Supporting Performance the following year.

Winners

Table key
# Indicates Ex-aequo winners
Year Actor Role Film Original title Ref.
1950s
1956 United States Burt Lancaster Mike Ribble Trapeze [1]
1957 Mexico Pedro Infante Tizoc Tizoc [2]
1958 The Bahamas / United States Sidney Poitier Noah Cullen The Defiant Ones [3]
1959 France Jean Gabin Joseph Hughes Guillamume Boutier-Blainville / Archimède Archimède le clochard [4]
1960s
1960 United States Fredric March Matthew Harrison Brady Inherit The Wind [5]
1961 Australia / United Kingdom Peter Finch Johnnie Byrne No Love for Johnnie [6]
1962 United States James Stewart Roger Hobbs Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation [7]
1963 The Bahamas / United States Sidney Poitier Homer Smith Lilies of the Field [8]
1964 United States Rod Steiger Sol Nazerman The Pawnbroker [9]
1965 United States Lee Marvin Kid Shellen and Tim Strawn Cat Ballou [10]
1966 France Jean-Pierre Léaud Paul Masculin Féminin [11]
1967 Switzerland Michel Simon Pépé The Two of Us Le vieil homme et l’enfant [12]
1968 France Jean-Louis Trintignant Jan Robin / Boris Varissa The Man Who Lies L’Homme qui ment [13]
1969
No award given that year
1970s
1970
No awards given that year because of the controversy surrounding the participation in the main competition of director Michael Verhoeven's film o.k. that led to the resignation of the international jury before the festival ended
1971 France Jean Gabin Julien Bouin Le Chat [14]
1972 Italy Alberto Sordi Giusseppe Di Noi In Prison Awaiting Trial Detenuto in attesa di giudizio [15]
1973
No award given that year
1974
No award given that year
1975 Czechoslovakia Vlastimil Brodský Jakob Heym Jacob the Liar Jakob der Lügner [16]
1976 West Germany Gerhard Olschewski Cioska A Lost Life Verlorenes Leben [17]
1977 Spain Fernando Fernán Gómez Fernando The Anchorite El anacoreta [18]
1978 Canada Craig Russell Robin Turner Outrageous! [19]
1979 Italy Michele Placido The Man Ernesto [20]
1980s
1980 Poland Andrzej Seweryn Adam Pietryk The Orchestra Conductor Dyrygent [21]
1981 United States Jack Lemmon # Scottie Templeton Tribute [22]
Soviet Union Anatoly Solonitsyn # Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky Twenty Six Days from the Life of Dostoyevsky Двадцать шесть дней из жизни Достоевского
1982 France Michel Piccoli # Bertrand Malair Strange Affair Une étrange affaire [23]
Sweden Stellan Skarsgård # Sven The Simple-Minded Murderer Den enfaldige mördaren
1983 United States Bruce Dern George Sitkowski That Championship Season [24]
1984 United Kingdom Albert Finney Sir The Dresser [25]
1985 Spain Fernando Fernán Gómez Don Leopoldo Contreras de Tejada Stico [26]
1986 Turkey Tuncel Kurtiz Hilmi The Smile of the Lamb חיוך הגדי [27]
1987 Italy Gian Maria Volonté Aldo Moro The Moro Affair Il Caso Moro [28]
1988 East Germany Manfred Möck # Hubertus Koschenz Bear Ye One Another's Burden Einer trage des anderen Last [29]
East Germany Jörg Pose # Josef Heiliger
1989 United States Gene Hackman Rupert Anderson Mississippi Burning [30]
1990s
1990 United Kingdom Iain Glen Larry Winters Silent Scream [31]
1991 United Kingdom Maynard Eziashi Mister Johnson Mister Johnson [32]
1992 Germany Armin Mueller-Stahl Baron Kaspar Joachim von Utz Utz [33]
1993 United States Denzel Washington Malcolm X Malcolm X [34]
1994 United States Tom Hanks Andrew Beckett Philadelphia [35]
1995 United States Paul Newman Donald Sullivan Nobody's Fool [36]
1996 United States Sean Penn Matthew Poncelet Dead Man Walking [37]
1997 United States Leonardo DiCaprio Romeo Montague Romeo + Juliet [38]
1998 United States Samuel L. Jackson Ordell Robbie Jackie Brown [39]
1999 Germany Michael Gwisdek Peschke Nightshapes Nachtgestalten [40]
2000s
2000 United States Denzel Washington Rubin "Hurricane" Carter The Hurricane [41]
2001 Puerto Rico / United States Benicio del Toro Javier Rodriguez Traffic [42]
2002 France Jacques Gamblin Jean Devaivre Safe Conduct Laissez-passer [43]
2003 United States Sam Rockwell Chuck Barris Confessions of a Dangerous Mind [44]
2004 Uruguay Daniel Hendler Ariel Makaroff Lost Embrace El abrazo partido [45]
2005 United States Lou Taylor Pucci Justin Cobb Thumbsucker [46]
2006 Germany Moritz Bleibtreu Bruno Atomised Elementarteilchen [47]
2007 Argentina Julio Chávez Juan Desouza The Other El otro [48]
2008 Iran Reza Naji Karim The Song of Sparrows آواز گنجشک‌ها [49]
2009 Burkina Faso Sotigui Kouyaté Ousmane London River [50]
2010s
2010 Russia Grigoriy Dobrygin # Pavel Danilov How I Ended This Summer Как я провёл этим летом [51]
Russia Sergei Puskepalis # Sergei Gulybin
2011 Iran Payman Maadi [A] Nader A Separation جدایی نادر از سیمین [52]
Iran Shahab Hosseini [A] Hodjat
Iran Ali-Asghar Shahbazi [A] Nader's Father
Iran Babak Karimi [A] Judge
2012 Denmark Mikkel Følsgaard King Christian VII of Denmark A Royal Affair En kongelig affære [53]
2013 Bosnia and Herzegovina Nazif Mujić Nazif An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker Epizoda u životu berača željeza [54]
2014 China Liao Fan Zhang Zili Black Coal, Thin Ice Báirì Yànhuǒ [55]
2015 United Kingdom Tom Courtenay Geoff Mercer 45 Years [56]
2016 Tunisia Majd Mastoura Hedi Hedi نحبك هادي [57]
2017 Germany Georg Friedrich Michael Bright Nights Helle nächte [58]
2018 France Anthony Bajon Thomas The Prayer La prière [59]
2019 China Wang Jingchun Liu Yaojun So Long, My Son 地久天长 [60]
2020s
2020 Italy Elio Germano Antonio Ligabue Hidden Away Volevo nascondermi [61]

Multiple winners

The following individuals received two Best Actor awards:

Wins Actor Nationality
2 Fernando Fernán Gómez  Spain
Jean Gabin  France
Sidney Poitier  Bahamas
 United States
Denzel Washington  United States

See also

Notes

A^ : The entire male and female cast of A Separation (جدایی نادر از سیمین) was recipient of this award.

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