No friend of Oscar: Peter O'Toole as Lawrence of Arabia

Question: I'm just curious which actors have been nominated the most times for Oscars without winning.


Answer: Peter O'Toole has been nominated for a total of seven best-actor Oscars — starting with Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 and most recently for My Favorite Year (1982) — and never won once. Among the ladies, Deborah Kerr received six best-actress nominations throughout her long and distinguished career, including nods for The King and I (1956) and From Here to Eternity (1953), but never went home with an Oscar. In the supporting categories, legendary character actress Thelma Ritter was nominated six times without ever winning, and Arthur Kennedy was a four-time supporting-actor nominee who also scored one best-actor nomination (for Bright Victory in 1951). He didn't win any of them.