“Young Sheldon” premiered last month on CBS to great ratings and critical praise, especially for its nine-year-old star Iain Armitage. The single-camera comedy casts Armitage as the younger version of Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons for the past 11 years on “The Big Bang Theory.” Should Armitage receive an Emmy nomination for the role in 2018, it would make him the youngest male performer ever to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy and the second youngest person overall.
As it stands now Keshia Knight-Pulliam holds the overall youngest Emmy nominee title ever for her work on “The Cosby Show.” She was only six years old when she received a Best Comedy Supporting Actress nomination in 1986. On the male side the current record holder is Fred Savage who was nominated as Best Comedy Actor for “The Wonder Years” at the age of 13. Millie Bobby Brown recently became the second youngest nominee overall when she received a nomination for “Stranger Things” this year.
Armitage first came to public attention for a series of YouTube videos he and his parents made where they taped his reviews of various Broadway shows. He started acting this year with a guest role on “Law and Order: SVU” and an appearance in the film “The Glass Castle.” He was also featured prominently in the HBO limited series “Big Little Lies” where he played the son of Shailene Woodley‘s character. “Big Little Lies” took home eight Emmys at last month’s ceremony.
Parsons won four Emmys in the role of Sheldon Cooper (2010-2011, 2013-2014), tying him for the most ever in the category with such TV icons as Michael J. Fox (“Family Ties”), Kelsey Grammer (“Fraiser”) and Carroll O’Connor (“All in the Family”). Might Armitage continue following in his footsteps?
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