Can Michael J. Fox overcome Emmy curse of playing oneself with guest bid for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’?

While Michael J. Fox has enjoyed great success at the Emmys over the years — five wins from 13 nominations — prevailing for playing himself on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” may be beyond even his reach.


Only two of the 14 celebs who reaped guest comedy acting bids for lampooning themselves won: Betty White (“The John Larroquette Show,” 1996) and Emma Thompson (“Ellen,” 1998). To see all those who contended for playing exaggerated versions of themselves VIEW GALLERY

Fox is nominated as Comedy Guest Actor for his turn as a frustrated neighbor of the visiting Larry David. Our odds currently have him just ahead of Jimmy Fallon for his guest hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live.” If Fox fails to win, he will be in good company. 

Six of the Emmy also-rans guested on “The Larry Sanders Show”: Carol Burnett (1993), Dana Carvey (1993), Rosie O’Donnell (1996), Mandy Patinkin (1996), Ellen DeGeneres (1997), and David Duchovny (1997).

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Four featured on Ricky Gervais‘ “Extras”:  Patrick Stewart (2006), Ben Stiller (2006), Kate Winslet (2006) and Ian McKellen (2007)

The first two celebs to contend in these categories were Stevie Wonder (“The Cosby Show,” 1986) and, in her final TV appearance, Gilda Radner (“It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” 1988).

Even if this bid turns out to be a lost cause for Fox, he is a strong contender in Drama Guest Actor with his second consecutive bid for a recurring role on “The Good Wife.”

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