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Total Nerd Oscar-Nominated Actors Who Also Played Comic Book Characters  

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List Rules Oscar-nominated AND played a comic or graphic novel-based character. Vote up the best comic character performance.

List of Oscar-nominated actors who also played a comic book character. Academy Award nominees and Oscar winners who appeared in comic based movies. The actors listed had to both play a comic based character AND be nominated for an Academy Award at some point in their career. The award does not have to be for the same role. (There are only a handful of people who have achieved that honor.) The Oscar has to be for an acting role. Writing, directing, etc does not count. (Sorry, Danny DeVito and Kris Kristofferson.) The movies are all based on a comic book, comic strip, or a graphic novel. 
 
These characters may come from the best superhero movies ever made, as well as the worst superhero movies ever made. Other characters come from movies most people do not realize are based on comics/graphic novels. Road to Perdition and History of Violence are based on graphic novels and resulted in Oscar wins. One movie even came from a one-time, 4-page comic that was written as page filler to meet a deadline. 

Check out the list, and vote up your favorite actors who were nominated for Academy Awards for portraying a comic book character.
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Oscar-Nominated Actors Who Also Played Comic Book Characters
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Tom Hanks


Comic Book Movie:
Road to Perdition (2002)  

Character:
Michael Sullivan   

Oscar Movies:
Big (Nominated - Best Actor) 
Philadelphia (Won - Best Actor)
Forrest Gump (Won - Best Actor)
Saving Private Ryan (Nominated - Best Actor)
Cast Away (Nominated - Best Actor)

Also Ranked

#1 on The Best Actors Working Today

#1 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#1 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#1 on The Best Living American Actors

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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Oscar-Nominated Actors Who Also Played Comic Book Characters
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Heath Ledger


Comic Book Movie
The Dark Knight (2008)

Character
Joker

Oscar Movie Nominations
Brokeback Mountain (2005) - Best Actor
The Dark Knight (2008) - Won: Best Supporting Actor

Also Ranked

#24 on The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps

#51 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#43 on The Best Actors in Film History

#58 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Oscar-Nominated Actors Who Also Played Comic Book Characters
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Robert Downey Jr.


Comic Book Movies
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
The Avengers (2012)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
 


Character
Tony Stark

Oscar Movie Nominations
Chaplin (1992) - Best Actor
Tropic Thunder (2008) - Best Supporting Actor

Also Ranked

#14 on The Best Actors Working Today

#33 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#45 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#25 on The Best Living American Actors

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Oscar-Nominated Actors Who Also Played Comic Book Characters
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Hugh Jackman


Comic Book Movies:
X-Men (2000)
X2: X-Men United (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) 
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The Wolverine (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Character
Logan / Wolverine

Oscar Movie Nomination
Les Misérables (2012) - Best Actor

Also Ranked

#27 on The Best Actors Working Today

#66 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#23 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#12 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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