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Jeremy Strong Wins First Tony Award

Jeremy Strong Wins First Tony Award

Jeremy Strong won his first Tony Award on Sunday night.

The Succession star took home the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play for An Enemy of the People. He seemed visibly surprised when accepting the award onstage. He thanked the cast and creatives behind the production along with the people who work at the theater.

“I want to thank the ushers and the front-of-house staff,” he said, receiving loud applause, “who see me walking in every day looking like I’ve just been run over by a truck and, and see me walk out looking somehow even worse with like bits of pretzels … in my hair.”

Strong stars with Michael Imperioli in the revival of Henrik Ibsen’s play, portraying a small-town doctor who considers himself a proud, upstanding member of his close-knit community. When he discovers a catastrophe that risks the lives of everyone in town, he raises the alarm. But he is shaken to his core when those in power, including his own brother (Imperioli), not only try to silence him but they also try to destroy him.

The adaptation is from Amy Herzog and directed by Sam Gold. It’s also nominated for best revival of a play. Its other nominations included best lighting design, best scenic design and best costume design (those categories were presented during the Act One preshow that aired on Paramount’s free, ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV).

Strong’s list of thank-yous included Herzog and Gold. He noted that the last time he did a play with Herzog, The Great God Pan, he met his wife, Emma.

Addressing Gold, he added: “Thank you for being everything an actor could hope for and a director and for bringing new meaning to the term ‘ice bucket challenge.’” That comment was a reference to the play, in which the cast literally throws ice at Strong’s character during the show, as he hides under a bar.

“This play is a cry from the heart and an exhortation to face up to the difficult truths that are staring us all down right now,” Strong added.

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Strong beat out fellow nominees William Jackson Harper (Uncle Vanya), Leslie Odom Jr. (Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch) and Liev Schreiber (Doubt: A Parable).

Strong previously won an Emmy and Golden Globe, among other accolades, for his role as Kendall Roy on HBO’s Succession.

Ariana DeBose is hosting the live broadcast from the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. The ceremony airs live from 8-11 p.m. ET/5-8 p.m. PT on June 16 on CBS and streams on Paramount+ in the U.S. (See the red carpet photos.)

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