Video: Watch Hinton Battle Receive His 3 Tony Awards | Playbill

Video Video: Watch Hinton Battle Receive His 3 Tony Awards

The late Broadway actor-singer-dancer received a remarkable three Tonys in a 10-year span.

Hinton Battle in The Tap Dance Kid Martha Swope

Hinton Battle, the magnetic singer-actor-dancer, passed away January 29 at the age of 67. The stage and screen star, who made his Broadway debut as the Scarecrow in the original company of The Wiz, won an astounding three Tony Awards in a 10-year period, beginning in 1981 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in the Tony-winning revue Sophisticated Ladies.

Mr. Battle would go on to win two other Tonys in the same category: in 1984 for playing Dipsey in The Tap Dance Kid and in 1991 for his portrayal of American G.I. John in Miss SaigonTo date, he's the most-awarded actor in the category.

Watch the actor accept his three Tonys in the videos below.

Best Featured Actor in a Musical: 1981

"This is something I never expected. I'd like to thank the company of Sophisticated Ladies for being so supportive to me. And the producers and just everyone for being so wonderful and helping me out and helping me keep myself together. Thank you very much."

Best Featured Actor in a Musical: 1984

"Whoa! This is wonderful. First, I'd like to thank the producers of The Tap Dance Kid for sticking it out and helping us make the show what it is and the cast for being there, and Danny Daniels for giving me a such a great number to do. And Leah Bass, who's been a great support, and Charles Blackwell, and everyone that's just been wonderful. And this is for my mom."

Best Featured Actor in a Musical: 1991

"Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness. You know, the first two times I was up here, it was because my feet were doing all the talking. And this time I get to not dance as much, or dance at all. I have to thank the producers, Cameron Mackintosh and the Shubert Organization, and the creative staff and the creative people of Miss Saigon for giving me the opportunity to come to Broadway doing something other than dancing and singing. I only sing this time and I act this time, and I have to thank you for that. 

"Also, I'd like to thank the producers for being colorblind, I really must do this, because they took a chance and was daring with their casting, and it works. And I know it works because every night when I go out there and I sing the 'Bui Doi' song and I look in the audience and I see tears in the people's eyes, I know that they're colorblind as well. And I hope this sort of casting can continue. And I have to thank the cast and everybody, Willy Falk, and Lea [Salonga] and Jonathan Pryce, and the crew. Oh my God, I can't even think anymore. And the American Tony Award, because this means a lot to me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

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