Gerald McRaney (‘This Is Us’) would be first multiple Best Drama Guest Actor Emmy winner for the same role

Can Dr. K go 2-for-2? Gerald McRaney is back in the Best Drama Guest Actor Emmy race for his beloved turn as Dr. K on “This Is Us,” and if he pulls of a second straight victory, he’ll be the first person to win the category twice for the same role.

McRaney would be the fourth person to win drama guest actor twice — no one has won more than that — but the first three champs triumphed for different roles. Patrick McGoohan won the very first guest award in 1975 for “Columbo: By Dawn’s Early Light” and took home the same prize for a different character on “Columbo” in 1990. John Lithgow earned his first guest Emmy in 1986 for “Amazing Stories” and received his second one in 2010 after scaring the crap out of all of us on “Dexter.” Charles S. Dutton went back-to-back in 2002 and 2003 for “The Practice” and “Without a Trace,” respectively. So you can sort of say Dutton defended his crown, but McRaney would be the first to defend for the same role.

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It’s not a surprise there’s been no repeat winner for the same role before — these are for guest appearances after all — but many actors have reaped numerous nominations for the same part. Michael J. Fox holds the record in the category with seven nominations — five of which were for playing Louis Canning on “The Good Wife,” but he never won for that. On the actress side, however, there have been two repeat champs for the same role: Patricia Clarkson for “Six Feet Under (2002, 2006) and Margo Martindale for “The Americans,” who went back-to-back in 2015 and 2016.

McRaney, who prevented Hank Azaria from scoring two straight wins for “Ray Donovan” last year, returned last season in “The Car” to console Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and offer some words of advice about moving on after Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) death. Though he was No. 1 throughout Phase 1, McRaney is second in our early odds to win behind Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”). He’s ahead of his co-star Ron Cephas Jones, Matthew Goode (“The Crown”), F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland”) and Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”).

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