This year’s Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actor went to Hank Azaria, giving Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” its first-ever victory. This marks Azaria’s second on-screen Emmy following his previous win for “Tuesdays With Morrie” (2000). He also prevailed four times for his voice work on “The Simpsons” (2015, 2003, 2001, 1998).
Azaria beat out three “House of Cards” players — Mahershala Ali, Paul Sparks and last year’s champ Reg E. Cathey — as well as Michael J. Fox (“The Good Wife”) and Max Von Sydow (“Game of Thrones”).
He first guested on Season 2 of “Ray Donovan” as Ed Cochran, FBI Director of the LA Office. However, because of a new Emmy rule that year (2015) Azaria was deemed ineligible for a guest nomination because he appeared in too many episodes. He returned this season seeking revenge on the title character, played by Liev Shreiber, and submitted the episode “One Night in Yerevan.”
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