My Alternate Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series Winners

This list contains my alternate choices for the Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series from 1970-2013. 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 5-8 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.
Mike Connors
Actor, Mannix
He once jokingly described himself as 'a frustrated song-and-dance man' who wound up typecast as a TV crime fighter. Tall, handsome Armenian-American Mike Connors had a minor career in the movies before becoming a star on the small screen as the impeccably dressed macho sleuth Joe Mannix. Towards the end of the series...
“ Year: 1970
Series: Mannix
Role: Joe Mannix
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 45
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Raymond Burr as Robert T. Ironside in Ironside; Kenneth More as "Young" Jolyon Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga; Eric Porter as Soames Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga; *Robert Wagner as Al Mundy in It Takes a Thief; **Robert Young as Dr. Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, M.D. ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on television...
“ Year: 1971
Series: The Bold Ones: The Senator
Role: Hays Stowe
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 46
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Raymond Burr as Robert T. Ironside in Ironside; *Mike Connors as Joe Mannix in Mannix; Chad Everett as Dr. Joe Gannon in Medical Center; John Neville as John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough in The First Churchills; **Robert Young as Dr. Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, M.D. ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
Peter Falk
Actor, Columbo
Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, and...
“ Year: 1972
Series: Columbo
Role: Lieutenant Columbo
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 45
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Raymond Burr as Robert T. Ironside in Ironside; *Mike Connors as Joe Mannix in Mannix; Chad Everett as Dr. Joe Gannon in Medical Center; *Keith Michell as King Henry VIII of England in The Six Wives of Henry VIII; *Robert Young as Dr. Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, M.D. ” - jmpatison003
 
4.
“ Year: 1973
Series: The Waltons
Role: John-Boy Walton
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 22
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu; *William Conrad as Frank Cannon in Cannon; *Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo in Columbo; Jack Lord as Detective Steve McGarrett in Hawaii Five-O; *Karl Malden as Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone in The Streets of San Francisco ” - jmpatison003
 
5.
Telly Savalas
Actor, Kojak
Son of Greek immigrants. Soldier during World War II. Studied psychology. Worked as journalist for ABC News. The bald-headed actor played character roles, often as sadistic or psychotic types. He became a TV favorite in the 1970s when his role as Det. Theo Kojak in the TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders was expanded into the gritty Kojak TV series, lasting from 1973-78.
“ Year: 1974
Series: Kojak
Role: Lieutenant Theo Kojak
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 52
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo in Columbo; *Karl Malden as Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone in The Streets of San Francisco; Tony Musante as Detective David Toma in Toma; James Stewart as Billy Jim Hawkins in Hawkins; *Richard Thomas as John-Boy Walton in The Waltons ” - jmpatison003
 
6.
Robert Blake
Actor, Baretta
American actor who began as a child in Our Gang comedies and reappeared as a powerful adult performer of leading and character roles. Born in New Jersey, the young Mickey Gubitosi won a role in MGM's Our Gang series at the age of 5. As one of the more prominent children in the Gang, he gained attention for his cute good looks and his lovable, if somewhat melancholy, personality...
“ Year: 1975
Series: Baretta
Role: Detective Tony Baretta
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 42
Episode Submission:
Nominees: David Janssen as Harry Orwell in Harry O; *Karl Malden as Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone in The Streets of San Francisco; *Barry Newman as Anthony J. Petrocelli in Petrocelli; *Telly Savalas as Lieutenant Theo Kojak in Kojak; Richard Thomas as John-Boy Walton in The Waltons ” - jmpatison003
 
7.
Peter Falk
Actor, Columbo
Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, and...
“ Year: 1976
Series: Columbo
Role: Lieutenant Columbo
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 49
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Robert Blake as Detective Tony Baretta in Baretta; *James Garner as Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files; Barry Newman as Anthony J. Petrocelli in Petrocelli; *Karl Malden as Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone in The Streets of San Francisco; Telly Savalas as Lieutenant Theo Kojak in Kojak ” - jmpatison003
 
8.
James Garner
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman...
“ Year: 1977
Series: The Rockford Files
Role: Jim Rockford
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 49
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Robert Blake as Detective Tony Baretta in Baretta; Robert Conrad as Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington in Baa Baa Black Sheep; *Jack Klugman as Dr. R. Quincy in Quince, M.E.; *Karl Malden as Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone in The Streets of San Francisco; Telly Savalas as Lieutenant Theo Kojak in Kojak ” - jmpatison003
 
9.
James Garner
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman...
“ Year: 1978
Series: The Rockford Files
Role: Jim Rockford
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 50
Episode Submission:
Nominees: **Edward Asner as Lou Grant in Lou Grant; *Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo in Columbo; Derek Jacobi as Claudius in I, Claudius; *Jack Klugman as Dr. R. Quincy in Quincy, M.E.; Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
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...
“ Year: 1979
Series: Lou Grant
Role: Lou Grant
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 50
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *James Garner as Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files; Lorne Greene as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica; Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo in Battlestar Galactica; Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie; **Ron Leibman as Martin "Kaz" Kazinsky in Kaz ” - jmpatison003
 
11.
Larry Hagman
Actor, Dallas
The son of a legendary actress (Mary Martin) and a district attorney, Larry Martin Hagman was born on September 21, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas. After his parents' divorce, he moved to Los Angeles, California to live with his grandmother. When he was 12, his grandmother died and he moved back to his mother's place...
“ Year: 1980
Series: Dallas
Role: J.R. Ewing
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 49
Episode Submission:
Nominees: **Edward Asner as Lou Grant in Lou Grant (Lou); Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing in Dallas; *James Garner as Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files; Ken Howard as Coach Ken Reeves in The White Shadow; *Jack Klugman as Dr. R. Quincy in Quincy, M.E. ” - jmpatison003
 
12.
Daniel J. Travanti
The highly regarded actor Daniel J. Travanti was born Danielo Giovanni Travanty in the southeastern part of Wisconsin on March 7, 1940, but raised for a time in Iowa before returning to his native state. The youngest son of an American Motors auto worker, he showed both athletic and academic prowess in high school on both the football and debate teams...
“ Year: 1981
Series: Hill Street Blues
Role: Captain Frank Furillo
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 41
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Edward Asner as Lou Grant in Lou Grant; Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing in Dallas; *Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing in Dallas; *Pernell Roberts as Dr. "Trapper" John McIntyre; Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I. (Missing in Action) ” - jmpatison003
 
13.
Daniel J. Travanti
The highly regarded actor Daniel J. Travanti was born Danielo Giovanni Travanty in the southeastern part of Wisconsin on March 7, 1940, but raised for a time in Iowa before returning to his native state. The youngest son of an American Motors auto worker, he showed both athletic and academic prowess in high school on both the football and debate teams...
“ Year: 1982
Series: Hill Street Blues
Role: Captain Frank Furillo
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 42
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Edward Asner as Lou Grant in Lou Grant; *John Forsythe as Blake Carrington in Dynasty; *James Garner as Bret Maverick in Bret Maverick; Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing in Dallas; *Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I. ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
Tom Selleck
Thomas William Selleck is an American actor and film producer, known for his starring role as Hawaii-based private investigator "Thomas Magnum" on the 1980s television series, Magnum, P.I.. Selleck was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Martha S. (Jagger), a homemaker, and Robert Dean Selleck, a real estate investor and executive...
“ Year: 1983
Series: Magnum, P.I.
Role: Thomas Magnum
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 38
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere; **Ed Flanders as Dr. Donald Westphall in St. Elsewhere; *John Forsythe as Blake Carrington in Dynasty; *Daniel J. Travanti as Captain Frank Furillo in Hill Street Blues; Robert Wagner as Jonathan Hart in Hart to Hart ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
Tom Selleck
Thomas William Selleck is an American actor and film producer, known for his starring role as Hawaii-based private investigator "Thomas Magnum" on the 1980s television series, Magnum, P.I.. Selleck was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Martha S. (Jagger), a homemaker, and Robert Dean Selleck, a real estate investor and executive...
“ Year: 1984
Series: Magnum, P.I.
Role: Thomas Magnum
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 39
Episode Submission: Home from the Sea
Nominees: James Brolin as Peter McDermott in Hotel; *William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere; Ed Flanders as Dr. Donald Westphall in St. Elsewhere; *John Forsythe as Blake Carrington in Dynasty; *Daniel J. Travanti as Captain Frank Furillo in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
16.
“ Year: 1985
Series: St. Elsewhere
Role: Dr. Mark Craig
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 58
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Ed Flanders as Dr. Donald Westphall in St. Elsewhere; *Don Johnson as Detective Sonny Crockett in Miami Vice (No Exit); *Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I.; Philip Michael Thomas as Detective Ricardo Tubbs in Miami Vice (Calderone's Return: Calderone's Demise (Part 2)); *Daniel J. Travanti as Captain Frank Furillo in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
17.
“ Year: 1986
Series: St. Elsewhere
Role: Dr. Mark Craig
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 59
Episode Submission: Haunted
Nominees: *Ed Flanders as Dr. Donald Westphall in St. Elsewhere; *Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I.; Daniel J. Travanti as Captain Frank Furillo in Hill Street Blues; *Bruce Willis as David Addison in Moonlighting; *Edward Woodward as Robert McCall in The Equalizer ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
Bruce Willis
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19...
“ Year: 1987
Series: Moonlighting
Role: David Addison
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 32
Episode Submission: Big Man on Mulberry Street
Nominees: *Corbin Bersen as Arnie Becker in L.A. Law; *William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere; *Ed Flanders as Dr. Donald Westphall in St. Elsewhere; Harry Hamlin as Michael Kuzak in L.A. Law; Daniel J. Travanti as Captain Frank Furillo in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
Corbin Bernsen
Actor, L.A. Law
Corbin Bernsen made his initial mark on the seminal television series L.A. Law as opportunistic divorce lawyer "Arnie Becker" earning him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations over the show's eight-year run. He proved along the way the role was not to be a dead-end stereotype, maintaining a steady career in both television and film over the course of three decades...
“ Year: 1988
Series: L.A. Law
Role: Arnie Becker
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 34
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Andy Griffith as Ben Matlock in Matlock; Harry Hamlin as Michael Kuzak in L.A. Law; Carroll O'Connor as Chief Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night; Ken Olin as Michael Steadman in thirtysomething; *Edward Woodward as Robert McCall in The Equalizer ” - jmpatison003
 
20.
Ken Wahl
Actor, Wiseguy
After graduating from Bremen High School in Midlothia, Chicago. Wahl began to drift through a variety of jobs before heading to California with a burning desire to succeed in the dramatic arts. Wahl was tall, handsome and athletically gifted, plus he oozed on screen appeal. Wahl's first key role was as the lead character of Richie Genaro, the head of a Bronx street gang, in The Wanderers...
“ Year: 1989
Series: Wiseguy
Role: Vinnie Terranova
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 35
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Corbin Bernsen as Arnie Becker in L.A. Law; Gary Cole as Jack Killian in Midnight Caller; Harry Hamlin as Michael Kuzak in L.A. Law; Michael Murphy as Jack Tanner in Tanner '88; **Carroll O'Connor as Chief Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night; Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
Kyle MacLachlan
Actor, Twin Peaks
The "boy next door, if that boy spent lots of time alone in the basement", is how Rich Cohen described Kyle MacLachlan in a 1994 article for "Rolling Stone" magazine. That distinctly askew wholesomeness made MacLachlan a natural to become famous as the alter ego of twisted director David Lynch...
“ Year: 1990
Series: Twin Peaks
Role: Dale Cooper
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 31
Episode Submission: Pilot
Nominees: *Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap; **Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo in Columbo (Agenda for Murder); Andy Griffith as Ben Matlock in Matlock; Ken Olin as Michael Steadman in thirtysomething; Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation ” - jmpatison003
 
22.
Scott Bakula
Scott Stewart Bakula was born on October 9, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Sally (Zumwinkel) and J. Stewart Bakula, a lawyer. He is of German, as well as Czech, Austrian, Scottish, and English ancestry. He comes from a musical family. In the fourth grade, he started a rock band and wrote songs for them...
“ Year: 1991
Series: Quantum Leap
Role: Dr. Sam Beckett
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 36
Episode Submission: Shock Theater: October 3, 1954
Nominees: Andy Griffith as Ben Matlock in Matlock; **James Earl Jones as Gabriel Bird in Gabriel's Fire (Pilot); *Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks (Arbitrary Law); *Michael Moriarty as Ben Stone in Law & Order (Indifference); Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
Patrick Stewart
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he quit when his editor told him he was spending too much time at the theatre and not enough working...
“ Year: 1992
Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Role: Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 52
Episode Submission: The Inner Light
Nominees: *Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap (Dreams: February 28, 1979); Mark Harmon as Detective Dickie Cobb in Reasonable Doubts; *Michael Moriarty as Ben Stone in Law & Order (The Wages of Love); *Rob Morrow as Dr. Joel Fleischman in Northern Exposure (Jules et Joel); *Sam Waterston in I'll Fly Away as Forrest Bedford (Hard Lessons Master Magician) ” - jmpatison003
 
24.
Tom Skerritt
Actor, Alien
Lean, ruggedly handsome leading man and supporting actor whose "outdoor" looks have improved with age, Tom Skerritt attended Wayne State University and UCLA, and was first noticed in a UCLA production of "The Rainmaker" before making his movie debut in War Hunt. However, he spent most of the next decade in television...
“ Year: 1993
Series: Picket Fences
Role: Sheriff Jimmy Brock
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 60
Episode Submission: High Tidings
Nominees: *Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap; Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch in Homicide: Life on the Street; Andre Braugher as Detective Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street; Michael Moriarty as Ben Stone in Law & Order (Night and Fog); *Rob Morrow as Dr. Joel Fleischman in Northern Exposure (Kaddish for Uncle Manny); Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation; *Sam Waterston as Forrest Bedford in I'll Fly Away (All in the Life) ” - jmpatison003
 
25.
David Caruso
Actor, CSI: Miami
His low-keyed intensity, deep-voiced somberness, pale skin, puffy-eyed baby face and crop of carrot-red hair are all obvious and intriguing trademarks of TV star David Caruso. A hugely popular item in the 1990s as a result of a smash crime series, he got way too caught up in all the hoopla surrounding him...
“ Year: 1994
Series: NYPD Blue
Role: Detective John Kelly
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 38
Episode Submission: Pilot
Nominees: Andre Braugher as Detective Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street (Black and Blue); David Duchovny as Special Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files (Conduit); **Dennis Franz as Detective Andy Sipowicz in NYPD Blue (NYPD Lou); *Michael Moriarty as Ben Stone in Law & Order (Sanctuary); *Tom Skerritt as Jimmy Brock in Picket Fences (Dairy Queen); Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation (And in the End...) ” - jmpatison003
 
26.
Anthony Edwards
Actor, ER
Anthony Edwards was born in Santa Barbara, California, on July 19, 1962, to a well-blended family. He is the youngest of five children, and the son of Erika Kem (Weber), a landscape painter and artist, and Peter Edwards, an architect. His mother was of German descent, and his father was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Spanish-Mexican ancestry...
“ Year: 1995
Series: ER
Role: Dr. Mark Greene
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 33
Episode Submission: Love's Labor Lost
Nominees: Andre Braugher as Detective Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street; *George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross (Long Day's Journey); David Duchovny as Special Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files (One Breath); *Dennis Franz as Detective Andy Sipowicz in NYPD Blue (A.D.A. Sipowicz); **Mandy Patinkin as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger in Chicago Hope (Over the Rainbow); *Jimmy Smits as Detective Bobby Simone in NYPD Blue (The Bookie and the Kooky Cookie); Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy in Law & Order ” - jmpatison003
 
27.
David Duchovny
David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Amram Ducovny, was a writer and publicist who was from a family of Jewish immigrants (from Ukraine and Poland), and worked for the American Jewish Committee. His mother, Margaret (Miller), was a Scottish-born school teacher...
“ Year: 1996
Series: The X-Files
Role: Special Agent Fox Mulder
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 36
Episode Submission: Oubliette
Nominees: Daniel Benzali as Theodore "Ted" Hoffman in Murder One; *Andre Braugher as Detective Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street (For God and Country); *George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross in ER (Hell and High Water); *Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene in ER (A Shift in the Night); **Dennis Franz as Detective Andy Sipowicz in NYPD Blue; Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy in Law & Order ” - jmpatison003
 
28.
“ Year: 1997
Series: Law & Order
Role: Jack McCoy
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 57
Episode Submission: Mad Dog
Nominees: Andre Braugher as Detective Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street; *David Duchovny as Special Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files (Small Potatoes); *Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene in ER (Tribes); **Dennis Franz as Detective Andy Sipowicz in NYPD Blue (Where's Swaldo?); Lance Henriksen as Frank Black in Millennium; *Jimmy Smits as Detective Bobby Simone in NYPD Blue (My Wild Irish Nose) ” - jmpatison003
 
29.
“ Year: 1998
Series: Homicide: Life on the Street
Role: Detective Frank Pembleton
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 34
Episode Submission: Fallen Heroes, Part II
Nominees: Kevin Anderson as Father Francis Xavier "Ray" Reyneaux; *David Duchovny as Special Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files (Redux, Part II); *Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene in ER (Family Practice); Lance Henriksen as Frank Black in Millennium; Dylan McDermott as Bobby Donnell in The Practice; Kyle Secor as Detective Tim Bayliss in Homicide: Life on the Street; Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy in Law & Order ” - jmpatison003
 
30.
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin...
“ Year: 1999
Series: The Sopranos
Role: Tony Soprano
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 38
Episode Submission: Pilot (The Sopranos)
Nominees: Avery Brooks as Captain Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Penumbra); David Duchovny as Special Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files; **Dennis Franz as Detective Andy Sipowicz in NYPD Blue; Lance Henriksen as Frank Black in Millennium; *Dylan McDermott as Bobby Donnell in The Practice (Happily Ever After); Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order; *Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy in Law & Order (Slideshow) ” - jmpatison003
 
31.
Martin Sheen
Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen is one of America's most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen's acting range is striking. Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerard Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, to Mary-Ann (Phelan), an Irish immigrant (from Borrisokane...
“ Year: 2000
Series: The West Wing
Role: President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 60
Episode Submission: Take This Sabbath Day
Nominees: David Boreanaz as Angel in Angel (Five by Five); **James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos (The Happy Wanderer); Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn in The West Wing (Pilot); *Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order (Marathon); *Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy in Law & Order (Killerz) ” - jmpatison003
 
32.
Martin Sheen
Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen is one of America's most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen's acting range is striking. Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerard Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, to Mary-Ann (Phelan), an Irish immigrant (from Borrisokane...
“ Year: 2001
Series: The West Wing
Role: President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 61
Episode Submission: Two Cathedrals
Nominees: David Boreanaz as Angel in Angel (Epiphany); Andre Braugher as Dr. Ben Gideon in Gideon's Crossing (The Lottery); *Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn in The West Wing (Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail); Chi McBride as Steven Harper in Boston Public; William Petersen as Gil Grissom in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; **James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos (Amour Fou) ” - jmpatison003
 
33.
Michael Chiklis
Actor, The Shield
Educated at Boston University's School for the Arts, majoring in acting, before moving to New York City. Michael has numerous theater credits including the roles of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire and Touchstone in Shakespeare's As You Like It.
“ Year: 2002
Series: The Shield
Role: Detective Vic Mackey
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 39
Episode Submission: Pilot
Nominees: David Boreanaz as Angel in Angel (Forgiving); *Michael C. Hall as David Fisher in Six Feet Under (A Private Life); *Peter Krause as Nate Fisher in Six Feet Under (In the Game); *Martin Sheen as President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in The West Wing (Night Five); *Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24 (Day 1: 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.) ” - jmpatison003
 
34.
Nathan Fillion
Actor, Castle
Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the son of Cookie (Early) and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers, and has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of Alberta...
“ Year: 2003
Series: Firefly
Role: Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 32
Episode Submission: Out of Gas
Nominees: David Boreanaz as Angel in Angel (Soulless); *Michael Chiklis as Detective Vic Mackey in The Shield (Falling Dominoes); **James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos (Whitecaps); *Peter Krause as Nate Fisher in Six Feet Under (Death Works Overtime); *Martin Sheen as President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in The West Wing (Twenty Five); *Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24 ” - jmpatison003
 
35.
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin...
“ Year: 2004
Series: The Sopranos
Role: Tony Soprano
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 43
Episode Submission: Where's Johnny?
Nominees: Michael Chiklis as Detective Vic Mackey in The Shield; *Anthony LaPaglia as Special Agent Jack Malone in Without a Trace (Copycat); Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in Deadwood; *Martin Sheen as President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in The West Wing (Memorial Day); **James Spader as Alan Shore in The Practice; *Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24; Dominic West as Detective Jimmy McNulty in The Wire ” - jmpatison003
 
36.
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: 2005
Series: Battlestar Galactica
Role: Commander William Adama
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 58
Episode Submission: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II
Nominees: *Hank Azaria as Craig Huffstodt in Huff (Crazy, Nuts & All *beep* Up); Matthew Fox as Dr. Jack Shephard in Lost; *Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in Deadwood (The Whores Can Come); Timothy Olyphant as Sheriff Seth Bullock in Deadwood; Martin Sheen as President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in The West Wing (Impact Winter); **James Spader as Alan Shore in Boston Legal; Dominic West as Detective Jimmy McNulty in The Wire ” - jmpatison003
 
37.
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: 2006
Series: Battlestar Galactica
Role: Commander William Adama
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 59
Episode Submission: Pegasus
Nominees: Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy (Let It Be); *James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos; *Peter Krause as Nate Fisher in Six Feet Under (Time Flies); *Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin in Rescue Me (Justice); *Martin Sheen as President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in The West Wing (Tomorrow); **Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24 (Day 5: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.) ” - jmpatison003
 
38.
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin...
“ Year: 2007
Series: The Sopranos
Role: Tony Soprano
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 46
Episode Submission: The Second Coming
Nominees: Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights; *Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House in House; *Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin in Rescue Me (Retards); Edward James Olmos as Admiral William Adama in Battlestar Galactica (A Day in the Life); Matthew Perry as Matt Albie in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; David Tennant as The Doctor in Doctor Who (Human Nature); Bradley Whitford as Danny Tripp in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip ” - jmpatison003
 
39.
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Austrian, German, Irish and Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his grandparents...
“ Year: 2008
Series: Breaking Bad
Role: Walter White
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 52
Episode Submission: Pilot
Nominees: *Gabriel Byrne as Dr. Paul Weston in In Treatment (Paul and Gina: Week 4); *Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in Dexter (There's Something About Harry); *Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men (The Wheel); *Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House in House; Edward James Olmos as Admiral William Adama in Battlestar Galactica (Revelations); David Tennant as The Doctor in Doctor Who (The Doctor's Daughter) ” - jmpatison003
 
40.
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: 2009
Series: Battlestar Galactica
Role: Admiral William Adama
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 62
Episode Submission: Sometimes a Great Notion
Nominees: *Gabriel Byrne as Dr. Paul Weston in In Treatment (Gina: Week 4); **Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad (Phoenix); *Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in Dexter (The Lion Sleeps Tonight); *Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men (The Mountain King); Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House in House; Mark Harmon as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS (Heartland) ” - jmpatison003
 
41.
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Austrian, German, Irish and Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his grandparents...
“ Year: 2010
Series: Breaking Bad
Role: Walter White
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 54
Episode Submission: Full Measure
Nominees: *Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights (East of Dillon); *Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in Dexter (The Getaway); *Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men (The Gypsy and the Hobo); Mark Harmon as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS (Faith); Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Raylan Givens in Justified; Matt Smith as The Doctor in Doctor Who (The Big Bang) ” - jmpatison003
 
42.
Jon Hamm
Actor, Mad Men
“ Year: 2011
Series: Mad Men
Role: Don Draper
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 40
Episode Submission: The Suitcase
Nominees: Sean Bean as Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark in Game of Thrones; *Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire (Return to Normalcy); **Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights (Always); Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead; Donal Logue as Henry "Hank" Dolworth in Terriers; *Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Raylan Givens in Justified (Reckoning); Michael Raymond-James as Britt Pollack in Terriers ” - jmpatison003
 
43.
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Austrian, German, Irish and Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his grandparents...
“ Note: Ties with Kelsey Grammer for Boss
Year: 2012
Series: Breaking Bad
Role: Walter WHite
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 56
Episode Submission: Crawl Space
Nominees: *Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire (Two Boats and a Lifeguard); *Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men (The Other Woman); Jason Isaacs as Detective Michael Britten in Awake (Say Hello to My Little Friend); **Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland (Marine One); William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in Shameless; Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Raylan Givens in Justified ” - jmpatison003
 
44.
Kelsey Grammer
Actor, Cheers
A six-time Emmy Award winner, Kelsey Grammer was born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to Sally (Cranmer), a singer, and Frank Allen Grammer, Jr., a musician and restaurateur. He was raised in New Jersey and Florida. Grammer was drawn to the works of William Shakespeare and spent two years at the prestigious Juilliard School...
“ Note: Tied with Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad
Year: 2012
Series: Boss
Role: Tom Kane
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 57
Episode Submission: Remembered
Nominees: *Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire (Two Boats and a Lifeguard); *Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men (The Other Woman); Jason Isaacs as Detective Michael Britten in Awake (Say Hello to My Little Friend); **Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland (Marine One); William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in Shameless; Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Raylan Givens in Justified ” - jmpatison003
 
45.
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Austrian, German, Irish and Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his grandparents...
“ Year: 2013
Series: Breaking Bad
Role: Walter White
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: TBA
Age in Award Year: 57
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in The Newsroom (The Greater Fool); Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane in Boss (Mania); Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men; Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland; Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Raylan Givens in Justified; Matthew Rhys as Phillip Jennings in The Americans; Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in House of Cards; Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead ” - jmpatison003