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Boyd Gaines not only has more Tony Awards than any other actor, but they talk to him

June 15, 2008 |  7:15 pm


Julie Harris remains the biggest winner among all performers at the Tonys, having five trophies, but Boyd Gaines just emerged as the biggest champ among men (four) with his victory for "Gypsy."

But those statuettes are not crowding his mantel at home. "My mother has them in California," he revealed backstage, explaining, "I don't like them around the house because when you walk by them they say, 'Hey, whatcha done lately?' "

What Gaines has been doing is winning Tony Awards. His first win was in 1989 for featured actor in a play for "The Heidi Chronicles," followed five years later with a win for lead actor in a musical for "She Loves Me." He picked up his third Tony in 2000 for featured actor in a musical for "Contact." Last year, he was nominated in the only category he has yet to win -– lead actor in a play -- for the revival of the WWI drama "Journey's End," but he lost to Frank Langella for "Frost/Nixon."

(L.A. Times photo by Tom O'Neil)