As Gold Derby predicted, Gerald McRaney has just won the Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actor for playing Dr. K on NBC’s “This Is Us.” McRaney had leading 5/4 odds to prevail heading into the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, September 10. Amazingly, this was his first-ever career nomination after working in television for more than 40 years. Watch McRaney’s press room video above.
The other five nominees in this category were Hank Azaria (“Ray Donovan”), Brian Tyree Henry (“This Is Us”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”), Denis O’Hare (“This Is Us”) and BD Wong (“Mr. Robot”). Azaria prevailed last year in this race, while Mendelsohn took home the supporting trophy at last year’s Primetime ceremony.
After a long TV career in acclaimed dramas like “Deadwood” and “Justified,” as well as headlining long-running shows “Simon & Simon” and “Major Dad,” McRaney finally received overdue recognition from the TV academy this year. McRaney won for his recurring role as Dr. K, an elderly widower who delivers the children of Rebecca and Jack Pearson (Mandy Moore and Emmy nominee Milo Ventimiglia). He won specifically for his performance in the episode “The Big Day,” which he submitted to Emmy voters.
McRaney now joins a long line of veteran performers to prevail in the Drama Guest Actor race, including Paul Winfield (“Picket Fences”), James Whitmore (“The Practice”), William Shatner (“The Practice”), Joe Morton (“Scandal”) and John Lithgow (“Dexter”).
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