Scott Clifton (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) surprised us in 2017 by winning Best Actor at the Daytime Emmys for his role as Liam Spencer. He ranked last in our racetrack odds and was an uncharacteristically young winner at age 32. He also made history as the first man to win the Emmy trifecta of younger, supporting and lead categories. So now that he’s already made history, can he do it again? The television academy loves repeat winners, and when they like you they really like you. Of the nine actors who have won Best Actor multiple times, six of them won back-to-back. Clifton would be lucky number-seven.
The six back-to-back champs are a who’s who of soap opera history: Macdonald Carey (“Days of Our Lives,” 1974-1975), Douglass Watson (“Another World,” 1980-1981), David Canary (“All My Children,” 1988-1989), Peter Bergman (“The Young and the Restless,” 1991-1992), Anthony Geary (“General Hospital,” 1999-2000) and Michael Park (“As the World Turns,” 2010-2011). Clifton, now 33, would be the youngest back-to-back champ by far.
What’s especially interesting is that even the two biggest Best Actor winners of all time never went back-to-back more than once. Geary won a record eight Emmys for Best Actor, but only had one set of consecutive victories; his other six wins before retiring from “GH” were in 1982, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2015. And the late, great Canary was a five-time champ, whose other three wins were in 1986, 1993 and 2001.
Three other men have won Best Actor multiple times, but not consecutively: Christian LeBlanc (“The Young and the Restless,” 2005, 2007, 2009), Larry Bryggman (“As the World Turns,” 1984, 1987) and Justin Deas (“Guiding Light,” 1995, 1997). But even though they didn’t string together back-to-back titles they won again within just a couple of years. so even if this year doesn’t do the trick for Clifton he’d better strike again while the iron is hot.
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