Age ain’t nothing but a number: Darren Criss is the youngest SAG Award winner for limited series/TV movie actor

Darren Criss not only completed his awards sweep at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” but he’s now the youngest winner ever in the limited series/TV movie actor category.

Criss, who turns 32 on Feb. 5, is the first person to win the award in his 30s and is nine years younger than the former record holder, Gary Sinise, who was 40 at the time of his victory for “Truman” in 1996. Sinise won a second statuette two years later for “George Wallace” and is twice in the top five youngest champs of all time.

Like the corresponding Emmy and Golden Globe categories, older actors rule this SAG Awards winners roll call, but the former two groups have given their awards to younger men. Criss is the second youngest Emmy champ behind Anthony Murphy (“Tom Brown’s Schooldays”), who was 17 at the 1973 Emmys, and is the third youngest Globe winner behind James Franco, who was 23 when he won for “James Dean” in 2002, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who was 28 during his victory for “Elvis” in 2006.

SEE SAG Awards: Get the full list of winners

Criss, who was the predicted winner in our odds, was the youngest nominee by far in this race, up against 58-year-old Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”), 58-year-old Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”), 81-year-old Anthony Hopkins (“King Lear”) and 64-year-old Bill Pullman (“The Sinner”) — all veterans that SAG voters typically go for. But he had enough heat with his Emmy, Globe and Critics’ Choice wins to overcome any age bias that may have been there.

See the SAG Awards’ winners for limited series/TV movie actor from youngest to oldest below.

1. Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (2019): 31

2. Gary Sinise, “Truman” (1996): 40

3. Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” (2018): 41 years, 149 days

4. Paul Giamatti, “John Adams” (2009): 41 years, 233 days

5. Gary Sinise, “George Wallace” (1998): 42

6. Idris Elba, “Luther” (2016): 43

7. Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail” (2012): 44

8. Christopher Reeve, “Rear Window” (1999): 46

9. Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” (2015): 47

10. Alan Rickman, “Rasputin” (1997): 51 years, 1 day

11. Kevin Bacon, “Taking Chance” (2010): 51 years, 199 days

12. William H. Macy, “Door to Door” (2003): 52

13. Geoffrey Rush, “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” (2005): 53

14. Raul Julia, “The Burning Season” (1995): 54 (posthumous)

15. Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys” (2013): 58 years, 9 days

16. Ben Kingsley, “Anne Frank: The Whole Story” (2002): 58 years, 69 days

17. Jeremy Irons, “Elizabeth I” (2007): 58 years, 131 days

18. Kevin Kline, “As You Like It” (2008): 60 years, 95 days

19. Bryan Cranston, “All the Way” (2017): 60 years, 328 days

20. Brian Dennehy, “Death of a Salesman” (2001): 62

21. Al Pacino, “Angels in America” (2004): 63

22. Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra” (2014): 69

23. Al Pacino, “You Don’t Know Jack” (2011): 70

24. Jack Lemmon, “Tuesdays with Morrie” (2000):  75

25. Paul Newman, “Empire Falls” (2006): 81

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