Tony Soprano named favorite TV character of 2000s

Tony Soprano has muscled his way to the top of the heap again. The New Jersey mobster, portrayed by three-time Emmy champ James Gandolfini on the HBO drama “The Sopranos,” was chosen by Gold Derby forum posters as their favorite TV character of the first decade of the 21st century.

The top five lineup also included Liz Lemon (Tina Fey, “30 Rock“) in second place, John Locke (Terry O’Quinn, “Lost”) in third, Michael Scott (Steve Carell, “The Office“) in fourth, and Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland, “24”) in fifth.

Performers for 19 of the top 20 characters earned Emmy nominations; the exception was Michael K. Williams for his work as Omar Little on “The Wire.” Nine of them won at least one Emmy. 

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1. Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), “The Sopranos”
2. Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), “30 Rock
3. John Locke (Terry O’Quinn), “Lost”
4. Michael Scott (Steve Carell), “The Office
5. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), “24”
6. Ben Linus (Michael Emerson), “Lost”
7. Walter White (Bryan Cranston), “Breaking Bad
8. Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), “Damages
9. Ruth Fisher (Frances Conroy), “Six Feet Under”
10. Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), “Deadwood”
11. Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter), “Arrested Development”
12. Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco), “The Sopranos”
13. Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen), “The West Wing”
14. Don Draper (Jon Hamm), “Mad Men
15. Karen Walker (Megan Mullally), “Will and Grace”
16. Omar Little (Michael K. Williams), “The Wire”
17. GOB Bluth (Will Arnett), “Arrested Development”
18. Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), “Sex and the City”
19. Tami Taylor (Connie Britton), “Friday Night Lights
20. Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), “Dexter

Just missing the cut

21. Bree Van De Camp (Marcia Cross), “Desperate Housewives
22. Eric Cartman (Trey Parker), “South Park
23. Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), “30 Rock”
24. C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney), “The West Wing”
25. Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths), “Six Feet Under”

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