Tony Hale won’t win a third Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy for “Veep” this year, since the series is sitting out the season, but he could take home a third career statuette for his other Emmy-winning comedy, “Arrested Development.” If Hale does manage to pull it off, he’d join Art Carney as the only multiple winners of the category for two different shows.
While the early years of the Emmys didn’t have genre-specific acting categories, Carney won the first three supporting actor awards: two for “The Jackie Gleason Show” and one for “The Honeymooners.” Since the latter sitcom was based on the popular recurring sketch of the same name on “The Jackie Gleason Show” and Carney played Gleason’s sidekick Ed Norton on both, along with other sketch characters on the variety show, Hale would be the first multiple winner for playing two different characters on two different, unrelated series.
Fourteen other people have won this category more than once, but they were all for the same show, including five-time winner Don Knotts (“The Andy Griffith Show”) and four-timers John Larroquette (“Night Court”) and David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”). Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”), Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”), Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) all have three victories. The other two-time champs are Carl Reiner (“Caesar’s Hour”), Werner Klemperer (“Hogan’s Heroes”), Ted Knight (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”), Rob Reiner (“All in the Family”), Christopher Lloyd (“Taxi”), and “Modern Family”’s Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell.
Hale won in 2013 and 2015 for his hopelessly loyal and put-upon bag man Gary Walsh on “Veep” and has three more nominations for the show. He has never been nominated for “Arrested Development,” though his co-stars Jeffrey Tambor and Will Arnett were shortlisted in this category during the series’ original run. Part 1 of Season 5 of “Arrested” doesn’t drop until May 29, but Hale’s Buster Bluth is fan favorite and he can ride the “Veep” love from the past few years. And who knows, there might be a voter or two who just sees “Tony Hale” on the ballot and assumes it’s for “Veep.”
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