It’s been a while since his last acting win at the Emmys, but Bryan Cranston finally triumphed for the fourth time on Monday night. He is now tied with Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”) for the record in the Best Drama Actor category.
Cranston won for the first three seasons of “Breaking Bad” in 2008, 2009, and 2010. He was not eligible in 2011 when Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”) prevailed. He then suffered losses to Damian Lewis (“Homeland“) in 2012 and Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom“) in 2013.
On the AMC drama, he played Walter White, a former science professor who turned to a life of crime as a drug kingpin. He submitted the acclaimed episode “Ozymandias” to the Emmy judging panel. In this show, he witnesses the murder of his brother-in-law (Dean Norris), gets in a major battle with his wife (Anna Gunn), and kidnaps his own baby.
Since “Breaking Bad” has completed its run, Cranston will have to settle for the tie with Franz. To top him, he would need to star in another drama later on in his career. Franz won for his role as Det. Andy Sipowicz on the police drama in 1994, 1996, 1997, and 1999.