Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) could become the first person to ever win as Best Drama Supporting Actor three times. He is currently tied with Michael Conrad (“Hill Street Blues”), Larry Drake (“L.A. Law”), Stuart Margolin (“The Rockford Files”), and Ray Walston (“Picket Fences”) with two wins each.
No nominee in this category is a rookie at the Emmys. Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”), and Paul are past winners while Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad”) and Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”) are previous nominees.
Cannavale is a double nominee this year. He also has a bid as Comedy Guest Actor for “Nurse Jackie.”
Carter is married to Imelda Staunton, an Emmy nominee this year as TV Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress for “The Girl.”
It has been 24 years since the last Emmy nomination for Banks who contended in this same category for “Wiseguy” in 1989. That is the longest period between bids for any acting nominee this year. Banks is also the only person ever nominated in this category for two different shows.
Most Drama Supporting Actor wins (2): Michael Conrad (“Hill Street Blues”), Larry Drake (“L.A. Law”), Stuart Margolin (“The Rockford Files”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Ray Walston (“Picket Fences”).
Most Drama Supporting Actor nominations (6): Ed Begley, Jr. (“St. Elsewhere”), Jimmy Smits (“L.A. Law”), Bruce Weitz (“Hill Street Blues”).
Most Drama Supporting Actor nominations with no wins (6): Ed Begley, Jr. (“St. Elsewhere”).
Program with most Drama Supporting Actor nominations (16): “Hill Street Blues” (Taurean Blacque, Michael Conrad, Charles Haid, James B. Sikking, Joe Spano, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz).
Nomination totals as Best Drama Supporting Actor: Aaron Paul (4), Peter Dinklage (3), Jonathan Banks (2), Jim Carter (2), Bobby Cannavale (1), Mandy Patinkin (1).
Emmy career nominations and wins for 2013 contenders: Aaron Paul (2 wins; 4 noms), Bobby Cannavale (1 win; 4 noms), Mandy Patinkin (1 win; 4 noms), Peter Dinklage (1 win; 3 noms), Jonathan Banks(0 wins, 2 noms), Jim Carter (0 wins, 2 noms).
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