My Alternate Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Winners

This list contains my alternate choices for the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series from 1970-2012. Some of the choices are personal favorites of mine, while others are series that time has shown to have been unfairly passed over. I also included 5-7 alternate nominees depending on the strength of the year. For nominees: * indicates nominee and ** indicates winner. Some other information has also been included. Enjoy!
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1.
“ Year: 1970
Series: The Mod Squad
Role: Captain Adam Greer
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 50
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Philip Abbott as Arthur Ward in The F.B.I.; **James Brolin as Dr. Steven Kiley in Marcus Welby, M.D.; Harry Morgan as Officer Bill Gannon in Dragnet; *Greg Morris as Barney Collier in Mission: Impossible; Milburn Stone as Dr. G. "Doc" Adams in Gunsmoke ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
“ Year: 1971
Series: Marcus Welby, M.D.
Role: Dr. Steven Kiley
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 31
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer in The Mod Squad; Zalman King as Aaron Silverman in The Young Lawyers; Greg Morris as Barney Collier in Mission: Impossible; Milburn Stone as Dr. G. "Doc" Adams in Gunsmoke; Michael Tolan as Jordan Boyle in The Bold Ones: The Senator (Some Day, They'll Elect a President) ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
“ Year: 1972
Series: Marcus Welby, M.D.
Role: Dr. Steven Kiley
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 32
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer in The Mod Squad; Don Galloway as Detective Sergeant Ed Brown in Ironside; *Greg Morris as Barney Collier in Mission: Impossible; Stephen Murray as Sir Francis Walsingham in Elizabeth R (Shadow in the Sun); Milburn Stone as Dr. G. "Doc" Adams in Gunsmoke; ” - jmpatison003
 
4.
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...
“ Year: 1973
Series: The Waltons
Role: Grandpa Zeb Walton
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 71
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *James Brolin as Dr. Steven Kiley in Marcus Welby, M.D.; J.D. Cannon as Chief of Detectives Peter B. Clifford in McCloud; Michael Douglas as Inspector Steve Keller in The Streets of San Francisco; James MacArthur as Detective Sergeant Danny "Danno" Williams in Hawaii Five-O; Murray Matheson as Felix Mulholland in Banacek ” - jmpatison003
 
5.
Michael Douglas
Actor, The Game
An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns...
“ Year: 1974
Series: The Streets of San Francisco
Role: Inspector Steve Keller
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 30
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Richard Anderson as Oscar Goldman in The Six Million Dollar Man; J.D. Cannon as Chief of Detectives Peter B. Clifford in McCloud; *Will Geer as Grandpa Zeb Walton in The Waltons; Gordon Jackson as Mr. Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs; Strother Martin as R.J. Hawkins in Hawkins ” - jmpatison003
 
6.
Michael Douglas
Actor, The Game
An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns...
“ Year: 1975
Series: The Streets of San Francisco
Role: Inspector Steve Keller
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 31
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *J.D. Cannon as Chief of Detectives Peter B. Clifford in McCloud; Henry Darrow as Lieutenant Manny Quinlan in Harry O; **Will Geer as Grandpa Zeb Walton in The Waltons; Earl Holliman as Sergeant William "Bill" Crowley in Police Woman; Gordon Jackson as Mr. Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs ” - jmpatison003
 
7.
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...
“ Year: 1976
Series: Upstairs, Downstairs
Role: Mr. Angus Hudson
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 53
Episode Submission: The Beastly Hun
Nominees: Christopher Beeny as Edward Barnes in Upstairs, Downstairs; *Michael Douglas as Inspector Steve Keller in The Streets of San Francisco; *Will Geer as Grandpa Zeb Walton in The Waltons; David Langton as Richard Bellamy, 1st Viscount of Haversham in Upstairs, Downstairs; **Anthony Zerbe as Lieutenant K.C. Trench in Harry O ” - jmpatison003
 
8.
Gary Frank
A long time member of the famed Actor's Studio, Gary Frank began studying with Lee Strasberg in 1969, as well s being a student of renowned teachers Peggy Feury and Bill Traylor. Gary's career on film began in 1974 when he was cast by director Dick Donner in the television movie "Senior Year", which went on to become the CBS TV series "Sons and Daughters"...
“ Year: 1977
Series: Family
Role: Willie Lawrence
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 27
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Noah Beery, Jr. as Joseph Rockford in The Rockford Files; *Tom Ewell as Billy Truman in Baretta; *Will Geer as Grandpa Zeb Walton in The Waltons; Richard Hatch as Inspector Dan Robbins in The Streets of San Francisco; Gordon Jackson as Mr. Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs ” - jmpatison003
 
9.
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...
“ Year: 1978
Series: The Waltons
Role: Grandpa Zeb Walton
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 76
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Mason Adams as Charlie Hume in Lou Grant; *Noah Beery, Jr. as Joseph Rockford in The Rockford Files; *Gary Frank as Willie Lawrence in Family; Stuart Margolin as Angel Martin in The Rockford Files; *Robert Walden as Joe Rossi in Lou Grant ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
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...
“ Year: 1979
Series: The Rockford Files
Role: Angel Martin
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 39
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Mason Adams as Charlie Hume in Lou Grant; Dirk Benedict as Lieutenant Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica; Herbert Jefferson, Jr. as Lieutenant Boomer in Battlestar Galactica; *Joe Santos as Sergeant Dennis Becker in The Rockford Files; *Robert Walden as Joe Rossi in Lou Grant ” - jmpatison003
 
11.
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...
“ Year: 1980
Series: The Rockford Files
Role: Angel Martin
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 40
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Mason Adams as Charlie Hume in Lou Grant; *Noah Beery, Jr. as Joseph Rockford in The Rockford Files; Gary Frank as Willie Lawrence in Family; Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs in Dallas; *Robert Walden as Joe Rossi in Lou Grant ” - jmpatison003
 
12.
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...
“ Year: 1981
Series: Hill Street Blues
Role: Sergeant Phil Esterhaus
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 56
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Mason Adams as Charlie Hume in Lou Grant; *Charles Haid as Officer Andy Renko in Hill Street Blues; *Robert Walden as Joe Rossi in Lou Grant; Michael Warren as Officer Bobby Hill in Hill Street Blues; *Bruce Weitz as Detective Mick Belker in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
13.
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...
“ Year: 1982
Series: Hill Street Blues
Role: Sergeant Phil Esterhaus
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 57
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Taurean Blacque as Detective Neal Washington in Hill Street Blues; *Charles Haid as Officer Andy Renko in Hill Street Blues; Joe Spano as Sergeant Henry Goldblume in Hill Street Blues; *Michael Warren as Officer Bobby Hill in Hill Street Blues; *Bruce Weitz as Detective Mick Belker in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
“ Year: 1983
Series: Hill Street Blues
Role: Detective Mick Belker
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 40
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Ed Begley, Jr. as Dr. Victor Ehrlich in St. Elsewhere; *Michael Conrad as Sergeant Phil Esterhaus in Hill Street Blues; John Hillerman as Jonathan Higgins in Magnum, P.I.; David Morse as Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison; *Joe Spano as Sergeant Henry Goldblume in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
“ Year: 1984
Series: Hill Street Blues
Role: Detective Mick Belker
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 41
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Ed Begley, Jr. as Dr. Victor Ehrlich in St. Elsewhere; *Michael Conrad as Sergeant Phil Esterhaus in Hill Street Blues; *John Hillerman as Jonathan Higgins in Magnum, P.I.; David Morse as Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison in St. Elsewhere; *James B. Sikking as Lieutenant Howard Hunter in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
16.
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...
“ Year: 1985
Series: Miami Vice
Role: Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 38
Episode Submission: Golden Triangle
Nominees: Alec Baldwin as Joshua Rush in Knots Landing; Mark Harmon as Dr. Robert Caldwell in St. Elsewhere; *John Hillerman as Jonathan Higgins in Magnum, P.I.; David Morse as Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison in St. Elsewhere; *Bruce Weitz as Detective Mick Belker in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
17.
“ Year: 1986
Series: Magnum, P.I.
Role: Jonathan Higgins
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 54
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Ed Begley, Jr. as Dr. Victor Ehrlich in St. Elsewhere; Mark Harmon as Dr. Robert Caldwell in St. Elsewhere; **John Karlen as Harvey Lacey in Cagney & Lacey (Lottery); *Edward James Olmos as Lieutenant Martin Castillo in Miami Vice; *Bruce Weitz as Detective Mick Belker in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
“ Year: 1987
Series: L.A. Law
Role: Victor Sifuentes
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 32
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Ed Begley, Jr. as Dr. Victor Ehrlich in St. Elsewhere; **John Hillerman as Jonathan Higgins in Magnum, P.I. (Autumn Warrior); *John Karlen as Harvey Lacey in Cagney & Lacey; *Michael Tucker as Stuart Markowitz in L.A. Law; Bruce Weitz as Detective Mick Belker in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
“ Year: 1988
Series: L.A. Law
Role: Victor Sifuentes
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 33
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Ed Begley, Jr. as Dr. Victor Ehrlich in St. Elsewhere; *Timothy Busfield as Elliot Weston in thirtysomething; **Larry Drake as Benny Stulwicz in L.A. Law (Full Martial Jacket OR The Brothers Grimm); *Alan Rachins as Douglas Brackman in L.A. Law; Michael Tucker as Stuart Markowitz in L.A. Law ” - jmpatison003
 
20.
“ Year: 1989
Series: L.A. Law
Role: Benny Stulwicz
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 39
Episode Submission: Hey, Lick Me Over OR I'm in the Nude for Love OR America the Beautiful
Nominees: *Jonathan Banks as Frank McPike in Wiseguy; *Timothy Busfield as Elliot Weston in thirtysomething; *Richard Dysart as Leland McKenzie in L.A. Law; *Jimmy Smits as Victor Sifuentes in L.A. Law; Blair Underwood as Jonathan Rollins in L.A. Law ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
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"...
“ Year: 1990
Series: thirtysomething
Role: Elliot Weston
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 33
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Larry Drake as Benny Stulwicz in L.A. Law; James Marshall as James Hurley in Twin Peaks (Pilot); **Jimmy Smits as Victor Sifuentes in L.A. Law (The Unsterile Cuckoo OR Blood, Sweat and Fears); *Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci in Quantum Leap; Blair Underwood as Jonathan Rollins in L.A. Law ” - jmpatison003
 
22.
Dean Stockwell
Photogenic American child actor of the 1940s, popular due in no small measure to his air of innocence and his beautiful, cherubic face with its dimples and his sparkling eyes, topped with a crown of curls. Still an actor in demand while well into his middle years, he is one of the few juvenile performers to succeed lifelong in films...
“ Year: 1991
Series: Quantum Leap
Role: Al Calavicci
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 55
Episode Submission: The Leap Home OR Shock Theater
Nominees: **Timothy Busfield as Elliot Weston in thirtysomething (Sifting the Ashes OR Second Look); *David Clennon as Miles Drentell in thirtysomething (Out the Door OR A Stop at Willoughby); *Richard Dysart as Leland McKenzie in L.A. Law (The Beverly Hills Hangers OR Mutinies on the Banzai); *Jimmy Smits as Victor Sifuentes in L.A. Law (God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman OR The Gods Must Be Lawyers); Ray Wise as Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks (May the Giant Be with You) ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
Dean Stockwell
Photogenic American child actor of the 1940s, popular due in no small measure to his air of innocence and his beautiful, cherubic face with its dimples and his sparkling eyes, topped with a crown of curls. Still an actor in demand while well into his middle years, he is one of the few juvenile performers to succeed lifelong in films...
“ Year: 1992
Series: Quantum Leap
Role: Al Calavicci
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 56
Episode Submission: The Leap Back OR Dreams
Nominees: *Edward Asner as Walter Kovatch in The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (Happy Birthday or Elsie OR Knock, Knock); Kyle Chandler as Jeff Metcalf in Homefront; *John Corbett as Chris Stevens in Northern Exposure (Only You OR Burning Down the House); **Richard Dysart as Leland McKenzie in L.A. Law (Monkey on My Back Lot OR P.S. Your Shrink Is Dead); *Jimmy Smits as Victor Sifuentes in L.A. Law (Steal It Again, Sam OR Say Goodnight Gracie) ” - jmpatison003
 
24.
“ Year: 1993
Series: Picket Fences
Role: Douglas Waumbaugh
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 71
Episode Submission: Thanksgiving OR The Body Politic
Nominees: *Barry Corbin as Maurice Minnifield in Northern Exposure (Sleeping with the Enemy OR The Big Feast); *John Cullum as Holling Vincouver in Northern Exposure (Learning Curve OR Mud and Blood); **Chad Lowe as Jesse McKenna in Life Goes On (Bedfellows OR Lost Weekend); Jon Polito as Detective Steve Crosetti in Homicide: Life on the Street; Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation; *Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci in Quantum Leap (Lee Harvey Oswald OR Killin' Time) ” - jmpatison003
 
25.
“ Year: 1994
Series: Picket Fences
Role: Douglas Wambaugh
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 72
Episode Submission: Turpitude OR Squatter's Rights
Nominees: *Gordon Clapp as Detective Greg Medavoy in NYPD Blue (Ice Follies OR Abandando Abandoned); Daniel Baldwin as Detective Beau Felton in Homicide: Life on the Street (Bop Gun); Ned Beatty as Detective Stanley Bolander in Homicide: Life on the Street (A Many Splendored Thing); Yaphet Kotto as Lieutenant Al "Gee" Giardello in Homicide: Life on the Street (Black and Blue); Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation; *Nicholas Turturro as Sergeant James Martinez in NYPD Blue (Up on the Roof OR Guns 'N' Rosaries); *Ray Walston as Henry Bone in Picket Fences (Abomindable Snowmen OR Blue Christmas) ” - jmpatison003
 
26.
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"...
“ Year: 1995
Series: Picket Fences
Role: Henry Bone
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 81
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Fyvush Finkel as Douglas Wambaugh in Picket Fences; *Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton in ER (9 1/2 Hours OR Everything Old Is New Again); Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano in My So-Called Life; Scott Wolf as Bailey Salinger in Party of Five; *Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter in ER (Hit and Run OR Sleepless in Chicago) ” - jmpatison003
 
27.
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...
“ Year: 1996
Series: Chicago Hope
Role: Dr. Phillip Watters
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 60
Episode Submission: A Coupla Stiffs OR Sweet Surrender
Nominees: Fyvush Finkel as Douglas Wambaugh in Picket Fences; *Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton in ER; *Stanley Tucci as Richard Cross in Murder One (Chapter One OR Chapter Twenty); **Ray Walton as Henry Bone in Picket Fences (Witness for the Prosecution OR My Romance); *Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter in ER ” - jmpatison003
 
28.
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...
“ Year: 1997
Series: Chicago Hope
Role: Dr. Phillip Watters
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 61
Episode Submission: The Son Also Rises OR A Time to Kill
Nominees: *Adam Arkin as Dr. Aaron Shutt in Chicago Hope (The Son Also Rises OR Missed Conception); Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nightmares); Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nightmares); *Nicholas Turturro as Sergeant James Martinez in NYPD Blue (Where'd the Van Gogh OR Yes, We Have No Canolis); *Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter in ER ” - jmpatison003
 
29.
David Boreanaz
Actor, Bones
David was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Patti, a travel agent, and weatherman Dave Roberts (Boreanaz). His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of half Slovak ancestry. At the age of seven he decide to be an actor, which eventually led him to study cinema and photography at Ithaca College in New York...
“ Year: 1998
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Role: Angel
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 29
Episode Submission: Passion
Nominees: Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered); *Héctor Elizondo as Dr. Phillip Watters in Chicago Hope (Bridge Over Troubled Watters OR Psychodrama); Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Passion); *Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton in ER; *Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter in ER ” - jmpatison003
 
30.
Nicholas Brendon
Nicholas Brendon was born three minutes after his identical twin brother, actor Kelly Donovan on April 12, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Chatsworth High School, where he struggled with stuttering but was also a starter on the baseball team. He had dreams of playing for the L.A. Dodgers, but had to pursue other options when he hurt his arm about a year after graduating high school...
“ Year: 1999
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Role: Xander Harris
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 28
Episode Submission: The Zeppo
Nominees: **Michael Badalucco as Jimmy Berluti in The Practice; David Boreanaz as Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Amends); *Benjamin Bratt as Detective Rey Curtis in Law & Order; *Steve Harris as Eugene Young in The Practice; Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Helpless) ” - jmpatison003
 
31.
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...
“ Year: 2000
Series: The West Wing
Role: Toby Ziegler
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 45
Episode Submission: In Excelsis Deo
Nominees: Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Restless); James Marsters as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The Yoko Factor); Glenn Quinn as Allen Francis Doyle in Angel (Hero); *John Spencer as Leo McGarry in The West Wing (Let Bartlet Be Bartlet); Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman in The West Wing (Celestial Navigation) ” - jmpatison003
 
32.
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...
“ Year: 2001
Series: The West Wing
Role: Josh Lyman
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 42
Episode Submission: Noël
Nominees: Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The Replacement); *Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos (Fortunate Son OR Pine Barrens); James Marsters as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Fool for Love); *Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler in The West Wing (17 People); *John Spencer as Leo McGarry in The West Wing (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part I) ” - jmpatison003
 
33.
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...
“ Year: 2002
Series: The West Wing
Role: Leo McGarry
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 56
Episode Submission: Bartlet for America
Nominees: Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hell's Bells); *Dulé Hill as Charlie Young in The West Wing (Enemies Foreign and Domestic); James Marsters as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Seeing Red); Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler in The West Wing (The Two Bartlets); *Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman in The West Wing (Night Five) ” - jmpatison003
 
34.
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...
“ Year: 2003
Series: The Sopranos
Role: Ralph Cifaretto
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 52
Episode Submission: Christopher OR Whoever Did This
Nominees: Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Potential); *Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos; James Marsters as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Beneath You); Neal McDonough as David McNorris in Boomtown; Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler in The West Wing (Holy Night); *John Spencer as Leo McGarry in The West Wing (Twenty Five); *Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman in The West Wing (20 Hours in America, Part I) ” - jmpatison003
 
35.
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...
“ Year: 2004
Series: The Sopranos
Role: Christopher Moltisanti
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 38
Episode Submission: Irregular Around the Margins OR Long Term Parking
Nominees: *Steve Buscemi as Tony Blundetto in The Sopranos (Rat Pack OR Marco Polo); *Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran in Deadwood (Deep Water OR No Other Sons or Daughters); *Victor Garber as Jack Bristow in Alias (Breaking Point OR Hourglass); Dennis Haysbert as President David Palmer in 24; *John Spencer as Leo McGarry in The West Wing (An Khe) ” - jmpatison003
 
36.
“ Year: 2005
Series: Battlestar Galactica
Role: Dr. Gaius Baltar
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 34
Episode Submission: Six Degrees of Separation
Nominees: *Alan Alda as Arnold Vinick in The West Wing (In God We Trust); Jamie Bamber as Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama in Battlestar Galactica (You Can't Go Home Again); Michael Hogan as Colonel Saul Tigh in Battlestar Galactica (Bastille Day); *Terry O'Quinn as John Locke in Lost (Walkabout); William Shatner as Denny Crane in Boston Legal; Jimmy Smits as Matt Santos in The West Wing (Opposition Research) ” - jmpatison003
 
37.
“ Year: 2006
Series: The West Wing
Role: Arnold Vinick
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 70
Episode Submission: Two Weeks Out
Nominees: Jamie Bamber as Commander Lee "Apollo" Adama in Battlestar Galactica (The Captain's Hand); Michael Hogan as Colonel Saul Tigh in Battlestar Galactica (Scattered); *Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos (Luxury Lounge OR The Ride); *Oliver Platt as Russell Tupper in Huff; Jimmy Smits as Matt Santos in The West Wing (The Debate) ” - jmpatison003
 
38.
Michael Hogan
Michael Hogan, a prospector's son, was born in Northern Ontario. He trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, where he met his future wife, actress Susan Hogan (nee King). They worked as a package until their their children, Jennie Rebecca Hogan (actress), Gabriel Hogan (actor), and Charlie Hogan (audience member), came along...
“ Year: 2007
Series: Battlestar Galactica
Role: Colonel Saul Tigh
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: unknown
Episode Submission: Occupation/Precipice
Nominees: James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar in Battlestar Galactica (Crossroads, Part 1); *Michael Emerson as Ben Linus in Lost (The Man Behind the Curtain); Walton Goggins as Detective Shane Vendrell in The Shield; *T.R. Knight as Dr. George O'Malley in Grey's Anatomy (Six Days); **Terry O'Quinn as John Locke in Lost (The Man from Tallahassee) ” - jmpatison003
 
39.
“ Year: 2008
Series: Lost
Role: John Locke
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 56
Episode Submission:
Nominees: James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar in Battlestar Galactica (He That Believeth in Me); *Ted Danson as Arthur Frobisher in Damages (Jesus, Mary, and Joe Cocker); *Michael Emerson as Ben Linus in Lost (The Shape of Things to Come); Michael Hogan as Colonel Saul Tigh in Battlestar Galactica (Escape Velocity); **Želko Ivanek as Ray Fiske in Damages (I Hate These People); *John Slattery as Roger Sterling in Mad Men (Long Weekend) ” - jmpatison003
 
40.
Michael Hogan
Michael Hogan, a prospector's son, was born in Northern Ontario. He trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, where he met his future wife, actress Susan Hogan (nee King). They worked as a package until their their children, Jennie Rebecca Hogan (actress), Gabriel Hogan (actor), and Charlie Hogan (audience member), came along...
“ Year: 2009
Series: Battlestar Galactica
Role: Colonel Saul Tigh
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: unknown
Episode Submission: Sometimes a Great Notion
Nominees: **Michael Emerson as Ben Linus in Lost (Dead Is Dead); Walton Goggins as Detective Shane Vendrell in The Shield; *William Hurt as Daniel Purcell in Damages (Hey! Mr. Pibb!); Alessandro Juliani as Lieutenant Felix Gaeta in Battlestar Galactica (Blood on the Scales); *Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad (Peekaboo); Tahmoh Penikett as Captain Karl "Helo" Agathon in Battlestar Galactica (Islanded in a Stream of Stars); *John Slattery as Roger Sterling in Mad Men (Six Month Leave) ” - jmpatison003
 
41.
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...
“ Year: 2010
Series: Breaking Bad
Role: Jesse Pinkman
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 31
Episode Submission: Half Measures
Nominees: *Michael Emerson as Ben Linus in Lost (Dr. Linus); Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in Mad Men; John Noble as Walter Bishop in Fringe; Dean Norris as Hank Schrader in Breaking Bad (One Minute); *Terry O'Quinn as John Locke/The Man in Black in Lost (The Substitute); *John Slattery as Roger Sterling in Mad Men (The Gypsy and the Hobo) ” - jmpatison003
 
42.
Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in numerous films and theatre plays. Since 2011, Dinklage has portrayed Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones. For this he won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series...
“ Year: 2011
Series: Game of Thrones
Role: Tyrion Lannister
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 42
Episode Submission: Baelor
Nominees: *Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder in Justified (The I of the Storm); Shawn Hatosy as Detective Sammy Bryant in Southland; Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in Mad Men; Joel Kinnaman as Detective Steven Holder in The Killing (Stonewalled); *John Slattery as Roger Sterling in Mad Men (Hands and Knees) ” - jmpatison003
 
43.
Giancarlo Esposito
Music Department, The Electric Company
Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, to an Italian carpenter/stagehand father from Naples and an opera-singing African-American mother from Alabama. His parents, working in Europe at the time of his birth, settled in Manhattan by the time he was six, and that's where he grew up...
“ Year: 2012
Series: Breaking Bad
Role: Gus Fring
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 54
Episode Submission: Hermanos
Nominees: *Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones (Blackwater); Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder in Justified; *Jared Harris as Lane Pryce in Mad Men (Commissions and Fees); Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in Homeland; **Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad (End Times) ” - jmpatison003
 
44.
Jonathan Banks
Versatile veteran character actor Jonathan Banks was born in Washington D.C in 1947. While growing up he always had an interest in acting and stage work, so decided to pursue a career in entertainment. To this day he is a very accomplished stage actor. While acting in film, he usually plays sinister types or villains. He can be seen in Better Call Saul as Mike Ehrmantraut.
“ Year: 2013
Series: Breaking Bad
Role: Mike Ehrmantraut
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: TBA
Age in Award Year: 66
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones; Michael Cudlitz as Officer John Cooper in Southland (Chaos); Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones; Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in Homeland; Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad; Corey Stoll as Peter Russo in House of Cards; Sam Waterston as Charlie Skinner in The Newsroom (The 112th Congress) ” - jmpatison003