Ty Burrell has been nominated for Best Comedy Supporting Actor at the Emmys every year “Modern Family” has been on the air (2010-2017), and he has won twice (2011, 2014). In fact, he’s the last man standing among the cast of the ABC sitcom: in 2016 and 2017 he was the only actor from the show to make the cut. This year he’s on the threshold of a new milestone: if he receives his ninth nomination this year he will tie as the second most nominated actor in the history of the category.
As it stands Burrell’s eight bids place him third on the all-time list. The record is currently held by David Hyde Pierce, who earned Comedy Supporting Actor noms for all of his 11 seasons as Niles Crane on “Frasier” (1994-2004). Pierce won the award four times (1995, 1998-1999, 2004). The second biggest nominee in the category is currently Harry Morgan, who contended nine times: once for playing Pete Porter in “December Bride” in 1959 and then eight times for his role as Col. Sherman Potter in “M*A*S*H” (1976-1983). He won only once, in 1980.
That means Burrell is already tied as the second biggest nominee for playing a single role. A ninth bid for playing lovable dad Phil Dunphy would set him apart from Morgan for second place in that regard. But can he hold on for that historic nom? “Modern Family” was once an Emmy juggernaut, tying “Frasier” by winning Best Comedy Series a record five times, but it has waning in recent years, down to three nominations in 2017: Comedy Series, Comedy Supporting Actor for Burrell and Sound Mixing (Half-Hour).
But Burrell is backed for a nomination by 5 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Emmy nominations, and by 5 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Emmy noms, so don’t count him out just yet. “Modern Family” is still popular enough with the television academy that it hasn’t fallen out of the Best Comedy Series lineup yet, so we mustn’t underestimate its most popular star.
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