Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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1.
John Lithgow
If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was born in Puerto Plata...
“ 2017: The Crown ” - ajc91995
 
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Ben Mendelsohn
Actor, Rogue One
Despite his prominence in Hollywood as a character actor known for playing villains and criminals, Ben Mendelsohn has been a leading man in Australia since starting acting as a teenager. Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Carole Ann (Ferguson), a nurse, and Frederick Arthur Oscar Mendelsohn...
“ 2016: Bloodline ” - ajc91995
 
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Peter Dinklage
Peter Hayden Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Diane (Hayden), an elementary school teacher, and John Carl Dinklage, an insurance salesman. He is of German, Irish, and English descent. In 1991, he received a degree in drama from Bennington College and began his career. His exquisite theatre work that expresses brilliantly the unique range of his acting qualities...
“ 2015 & 2011: Game of Thrones ” - ajc91995
 
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Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul was born Aaron Paul Sturtevant in Emmett, Idaho, to Darla (Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a retired Baptist minister. While growing up, Paul took part in church programs, and performed in plays. He attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. It was there, in eighth grade, that Aaron decided he wanted to become an actor...
“ 2014, 2012 & 2010: Breaking Bad ” - ajc91995
 
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Bobby Cannavale
Actor, Ant-Man
In both career and in real life, Bobby Cannavale tends to choose the unconventional way of doing things. In the beginning, his decisions may have cost the dark, swarthily good-looking actor some acting roles and/or good-paying money but, in the end, his strong work ethic and sense of self, despite a lack of formal training...
“ 2013: Boardwalk Empire ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 2009: Lost ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 2008: Damages ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 2007: Lost ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 2006: The West Wing ” - ajc91995
 
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William Shatner
Actor, Star Trek
William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner was born in Côte Saint-Luc...
“ 2005: Boston Legal ” - ajc91995
 
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Michael Imperioli
Imperioli was born James Michael Imperioli in Mt. Vernon, New York on March 26, 1966. His film work began in the late 1980s. An early part that brought him recognition was in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, as Spider, a local kid who works for the gangsters and has a run-in with a psychopathic mob soldier played by Joe Pesci...
“ 2004: The Sopranos ” - ajc91995
 
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Joe Pantoliano
Actor, Memento
With more than 100 film, television and stage credits to his name, Joseph Peter Pantoliano is a prolific American character actor who has played many diverse and memorable roles, from Guido in Risky Business to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run, Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive, Cypher in The Matrix and Teddy in Memento...
“ 2003: The Sopranos ” - ajc91995
 
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John Spencer
John Spencer was born John Speshock, Jr. in New York City, the only son of Mildred (Benzeroski), a homemaker and occasional waitress, and John Speshock, a truck driver. He grew up near Paterson, New Jersey, and left at age 16 to attend the Professional Children's School. In 1963, he landed a recurring role on The Patty Duke Show...
“ 2002: The West Wing ” - ajc91995
 
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Bradley Whitford
Bradley Whitford's credits in film, television and theater include work with some of the most noted writers, directors and playwrights in the arts, and constitute a career worthy of a Juilliard-trained actor -- which he is. But stardom is something else altogether, and it remained elusive, at least until 1999 and his appearance on NBC's acclaimed political drama, The West Wing...
“ 2001: The West Wing ” - ajc91995
 
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Richard Schiff
Richard was born in Bethesda, Maryland, the middle of three sons of Edward, a real estate lawyer, and Charlotte, a cable TV and publishing executive. His parents divorced when he was 12. He dropped out of high school but obtained an equivalency diploma. He tried studying at the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1973...
“ 2000: The West Wing ” - ajc91995
 
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Michael Badalucco
Michael Badalucco, a Brooklyn native, got his start in the entertainment industry at a very young age, going to work with his father Giuseppe, a Sicilian-born immigrant, who worked as a carpenter on movie sets. In 1963, during the filming of Fail Safe starring Henry Fonda, a photo of a young boy was needed...
“ 1999: The Practice ” - ajc91995
 
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Gordon Clapp
Actor, NYPD Blue
Gordon Clapp is best known as the Emmy-winning, Tony-nominated actor who charmed audiences as Det. Greg Medavoy on NYPD Blue and as loudmouth instigator Dave Moss in the 2005 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross. He will appear in the upcoming DreamWorks feature Flags of our Fathers...
“ 1998: NYPD Blue ” - ajc91995
 
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Hector Elizondo
Hector Elizondo was born in New York City, New York, where he was raised, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He is the son of Carmen Medina Reyes and Martín Echevarría Elizondo. Hector is of Basque and Puerto Rican descent, and "Elizondo" means "at the foot of the church" in Basque. His lifestyle in his pre-acting days was as diverse as the roles he plays today...
“ 1997: Chicago Hope ” - ajc91995
 
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Ray Walston
Ray Walston was born on December 2, 1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and began his acting career in 1939, receiving his first big break when cast as the reporter in the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur classic "The Front Page". Later, he came to the New York critics' attention with the play "The Alchemist"...
“ 1996 & 1995: Picket Fences ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 1994: Picket Fences ” - ajc91995
 
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Chad Lowe
Chad Lowe is an American actor, director, and producer. He was born Charles Davis Lowe II in Dayton, Ohio, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a school teacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a trial lawyer. He is the younger brother of actor Rob Lowe. Chad first appeared opposite Rob in the movie Oxford Blues...
“ 1993: Life Goes On ” - ajc91995
 
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Richard Dysart
Actor, The Thing
Richard Dysart served for four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. He received the Drama Desk Award in 1972 and a Emmy Award in 1992. He was good friends with Diana Muldaur, who played Rosalind Shays on L.A. Law.
“ 1992: L.A. Law ” - ajc91995
 
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Timothy Busfield
Timothy Busfield is a Producer, Director and Emmy Award winning actor with over 650 professional credits. As an actor he has been a series regular or recurring character in 14 series including "Thirtysomething", "The West Wing", "Entourage", "Sleepy Hollow", Secrets and Lies", "ED", "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"...
“ 1991: thirtysomething ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 1990: L.A. Law ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 1989 & 1988: L.A. Law ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 1987: Magnum, P.I. ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 1986: Cagney & Lacey ” - ajc91995
 
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Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music...
“ 1985: Miami Vice ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 1984: Hill Street Blues ” - ajc91995
 
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James Coco
Born in New York City of humble means, character player James Coco was the son of Feliche, an Italian shoemaker, and Ida (Detestes) Coco. Shining shoes as a youngster with his father, his interest in acting occurred early on as a child. At age 17 he toured with a children's theatre troupe for three years portraying Old King Cole and Hans Brinker...
“ 1983: St. Elsewhere ” - ajc91995
 
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Michael Conrad
Michael Conrad was a stalwart American character actor who appeared frequently on television, best known for his recurring role as the desk sergeant Phil Esterhaus on Hill Street Blues, for which he won twice Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy Awards, in 1981-1982. Conrad died from urethral cancer during the shooting of the police drama's fourth season...
“ 1982 & 1981: Hill Street Blues ” - ajc91995
 
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Stuart Margolin
Stuart Margolin, the Emmy Award-winning actor and director, was born in Davenport, Iowa. He won two Best Supporting Actor Emmies playing James Garner's former cell-mate "Angel" Martin in The Rockford Files. Margolin made his debut in The Gertrude Berg Show before becoming a series regular on Ensign O'Toole the following year. His acting career has now spanned more than 50 years...
“ 1980 & 1979: The Rockford Files ” - ajc91995
 
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Ricardo Montalban
Handsome Ricardo Montalban was the epitome of continental elegance, charm and grace on film and television and in the late 1940s and early 1950s reinvigorated the Rudolph Valentino / Ramon Novarro "Latin Lover" style in Hollywood without achieving top screen stardom. Moreover, unlike most minority actors of his time...
“ SINGLE PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA SERIES
1978: How the West Was Won ” - ajc91995
 
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Gary Frank
A long-time member of the famed Actor's Studio, Gary Frank began studying with Lee Strasberg in 1969, as well as renowned teachers Peggy Feury and Bill Traylor. Gary's career on film began in 1974 when he was cast by director Richard Donner in the television movie "Senior Year", which went on to become the CBS TV series Sons and Daughters...
“ 1977: Family ” - ajc91995
 
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Edward Asner
Actor, Up
Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts him tied with Mary Tyler Moore, both of whom rank second to their "Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star, Cloris Leachman who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 nods for a Primetime Emmy and three for a Daytime award...
“ SINGLE PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA SERIES
1977: Roots ” - ajc91995
 
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Anthony Zerbe
Hailing from Long Beach, California, talented character actor Anthony Zerbe has kept busy in Hollywood and on stage since the late 1960s, often playing villainous or untrustworthy characters, with his narrow gaze and unsettling smirk. Zerbe was born May 20, 1936 in Long Beach, and served a stint in...
“ 1976: Harry O ” - ajc91995
 
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Gordon Jackson
Gordon Cameron Jackson was born on December 19, 1923, in Glasgow, Scotland, the youngest of five children, whose father taught painting in the city. His interest in acting began during his school years, when he took part in many amateur productions. This led to him being spotted by the BBC, and that led to work in such radio shows such as "Children's Hour" followed...
“ SINGLE PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA SERIES
1976: Upstairs, Downstairs ” - ajc91995
 
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Will Geer
Will Geer was born William Aughe Ghere in Frankfort, Indiana, to Katherine (Aughe), a teacher, and Roy Aaron Ghere, a postal worker. Will admired his grandfather, a man who said hello to trees by their Latin names and who had used what he brought back to Indiana from the California gold rush to build Frankfort's first opera house...
“ 1975: The Waltons ” - ajc91995
 
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“ 1970: Marcus Welby, M.D. ” - ajc91995
 
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Milburn Stone
Actor, Gunsmoke
Character actor Milburn Stone, the beloved "Doc Adams" on TV's long-running western classic Gunsmoke, was born in Kansas on July 5, 1904. Acting must have been in his blood as the nephew of Broadway comedian Fred Stone for Milburn left home as a teenager to find work with touring repertory troupes...
“ 1968: Gunsmoke ” - ajc91995
 
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Roddy McDowall
Roderick McDowall was born in London, the son of a Merchant Mariner father and a mother who had always wanted to be in movies. He was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family, playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of sisters played by Jessica Tandy and Glynis Johns...
“ 1961: Sunday Showcase ” - ajc91995
 
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Dennis Weaver
Actor, Gunsmoke
He also did the series McCloud in the 70's playing as a New Mexico police officer who moved to New York city and joined the police force as a detective.He played as Sam McCloud. A detective in Taos, New Mexico.The series ended in 1977. Much unlike the character Chester that he played in Gunsmoke.
“ 1959: Gunsmoke ” - ajc91995