Emmys fun facts and trivia: Best Comedy Actor

Jon Cryer won Best Comedy Actor last year for “Two and a Half Men” but was snubbed this year. The last champ eligible to defend his crown but left off the list of nominees was Eric McCormack for “Will and Grace” (2001).

Matt LeBlanc is the only one of this year’s nominees to contend in this category for two different shows: “Friends” (2002, 2003, 2004) and “Episodes” (2011, 2013).

Alec Baldwin is nominated for the final season of “30 Rock.” Among those to win this award for their final seasons were Ted Danson (“Cheers,” 1993), Michael J. Fox (“Spin City,” 2000), Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” 2004), and Ricky Gervais (“Extras,” 2007).

If Louis C.K. (“Louie”) or LeBlanc wins, he’ll be the first to do so for playing himself since 1959 (Jack Benny, “The Jack Benny Program”).

If Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”) wins, he would be only the second African-American man to do so after Robert Guillaume (“Benson,” 1985).

Baldwin and C.K. are also nominated as producers in the Best Comedy Series category this year.

There are no first-time nominees in the category this year.

Baldwin and Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) have each won this category twice. A third win would put them in the company of Don Adams (“Get Smart”), John Lithgow (“3rd Rock from the Sun”), Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”), and Dick Van Dyke (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”).

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Most wins in this category (4): Michael J. Fox (“Family Ties” & “Spin City”), Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”), and Carroll O’Connor (“All in the Family”).

Most nominations in this category (11): Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H”), Ted Danson (“Cheers”), and Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier” & “Wings”).

Most nominations in this category with no wins (7): John Goodman (“Roseanne”) and Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”).

Programs with most nominations in this category (11): “Cheers” (Ted Danson) and “M*A*S*H” (Alan Alda).

Nomination totals as Best Comedy Actor: Alec Baldwin (7), Matt LeBlanc (5), Jim Parsons (5), Louis C.K. (3), Jason Bateman (2), Don Cheadle (2).

Emmy career nominations and wins for 2013 contenders: Louis C.K. (3 wins; 25 noms), Alec Baldwin (2 wins; 16 noms), Jim Parsons (2 wins; 5 noms), Don Cheadle (0 wins; 6 noms), Matt LeBlanc (0 wins, 5 noms), Jason Bateman (0 wins, 2 noms).

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3 thoughts on “Emmys fun facts and trivia: Best Comedy Actor

  1. Great article, but does one know how Kelsey Grammer was eligible for lead actor for his single episode appearance in ‘Wings’? I know that they didn’t have guest actor category yet, but this seems like a stretch.

  2. That was a one-year mistake the Academy tried where they eliminated the guest categories and allowed those people to compete as leads or supportings. Christopher Lloyd actually won Best Drama Actor for his guest role on “Avonlea”.

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