Daytime Emmys 2017: Will Peter Bergman become the Meryl Streep of soaps with 20th nomination?

Peter Bergman is pre-nominated for Best Actor at the Daytime Emmys this year for his role as Jack Abbott on “The Young and the Restless,” daytime’s top-rated soap. But this isn’t any ordinary contest for Bergman. If he breaks through with a nomination this year that would be the 20th of his career, extending his record as the most nominated man in the category.

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That would make Bergman the Meryl Streep of daytime dramas. Streep just earned her 20th Oscar nomination this year for “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and also like Streep, Bergman has won three times: consecutively in 1991 and 1992, and then again in 2002. His most recent nomination came in 2014, so he’s looking to make a comeback now three years later.

Bergman first rose to fame starring on “All My Children” as Cliff Warner for a decade (1979-1989), but Bergman only earned one of his Best Actor nominations for that role (1983). After leaving “AMC” he was cast as Jack Abbott on “Y&R,” replacing Terry Lester, who had played Jack throughout the 1980s and earned four Emmy nominations, but never won. Bergman has played the role ever since, going strong for 28 years now.

If Bergman wins a fourth trophy this year he’ll stand alone as the third most awarded lead actor in Daytime Emmys history. The current record is held by Anthony Geary (“General Hospital”), who won eight times, tying him as the second most awarded actor of all time in daytime or primetime, behind Cloris Leachman who has won nine acting Emmys. Behind Geary is the late David Canary, who prevailed five times for “AMC.”

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