Emmys fun facts and trivia: Best Comedy Actor
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Emmy Awards 2013 - Comedy Actor
won Jon Cryer last year for “ Best Comedy Actor Two and a Half Men” but was snubbed this year. The last champ eligible to defend his crown but left off the list of nominees was for “Will and Grace” (2001). Eric McCormack
is the only one of this year’s nominees to contend in this category for two different shows: “Friends” (2002, 2003, 2004) and “ Matt LeBlanc Episodes” (2011, 2013).
is nominated for the final season of “30 Rock.” Among those to win this award for their final seasons were Alec Baldwin Ted Danson (“Cheers,” 1993), (“Spin City,” 2000), Michael J. Fox (“Frasier,” 2004), and Kelsey Grammer (“Extras,” 2007). Ricky Gervais
(“ Louis C.K. Louie”) or LeBlanc wins, he'll be the first to do so for playing himself since 1959 ( Jack Benny, “The Jack Benny Program”).
(“ Don Cheadle House of Lies”) wins, he would be only the second African-American man to do so after Robert Guillaume (“Benson,” 1985).
Baldwin and C.K. are also nominated as producers in the Best Comedy Series category this year.
There are no first-time nominees in the category this year.
(“ Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory”) have each won this category twice. A third win would put them in the company of Don Adams (“Get Smart”), (“3rd Rock from the Sun”), John Lithgow (“Monk”), and Tony Shalhoub Dick Van Dyke (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”).
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Most wins in this category (4): Michael J. Fox (“Family Ties” & “Spin City”), Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”), and
Carroll O’Connor (“All in the Family”).
Most nominations in this category (11):
Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H”), Ted Danson (“Cheers”), and Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier” & “Wings”).
Most nominations in this category with no wins (7):
(“Roseanne”) and John Goodman Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”).
Programs with most nominations in this category (11): “Cheers” (Ted Danson) and “M*A*S*H” (Alan Alda).
Nomination totals as Best Comedy Actor: Alec Baldwin (7), Matt LeBlanc (5), Jim Parsons (5), Louis C.K. (3), Jason Bateman (2), Don Cheadle (2).
Emmy career nominations and wins for 2013 contenders: Louis C.K. (3 wins; 25 noms), Alec Baldwin (2 wins; 16 noms), Jim Parsons (2 wins; 5 noms), Don Cheadle (0 wins; 6 noms), Matt LeBlanc (0 wins, 5 noms), Jason Bateman (0 wins, 2 noms).
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Emmys: Playing Oneself Hard Way To Win
Michael J. Fox, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' (2012)
When actors portray themselves on TV are they really acting? Apparently, Emmy voters don't think so. Only twice in Emmy history have actors won for portraying themselves.
Michael J. Fox was nominated in 2012 for Best Guest Comedy Actor for portraying himself on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." In the segment, he was the angry, revenge-minded neighbor to a visiting Larry David in his New York apartment building. He lost to Jimmy Fallon for his return to "Saturday Night Live."
Click arrow along right side of the photo above to discover which two of the 15 nominees won.