Bryan Cranston’s Walter White is the one who knocks … out all the other Emmy winners this decade. Gold Derby readers overwhelmingly voted Cranston’s performance in “Breaking Bad” as the best Drama Actor Emmy winner of the 2010s in our recent poll. The actor dominated with 60% of the vote, decidedly more than all six other Emmy winners combined.
Coming in at second place was Cranston’s fellow AMC star Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) at 12%. Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) followed close behind at 9%, then Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) at 7%, and Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), this year’s winner, at 6%. Finally, Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”) and Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”) each received 3% of the vote.
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Cranston’s iconic role as Walter White in “Breaking Bad” is one of the most celebrated in Emmy history, racking up four wins. The beloved actor won for each of the show’s first three seasons from 2008-10 and was nominated every single year until the farewell season, where he picked up his fourth trophy in 2014. He is tied with Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”) for the most Drama Actor Emmy wins to date.
On top of his four Emmy wins (plus two as a producer when “Breaking Bad” won Best Drama Series), Cranston has also won at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards and TCA Awards. The actor’s performance as Walter White is so legendary that Brown even referenced him in this year’s acceptance speech, exclaiming, “This one right here, when I think about it, like — Walter White held this joint!”
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