‘When They See Us’ star Jharrel Jerome is on track to break Darren Criss’ brand new SAG Awards record

Sorry, Darren Criss, but your reign as the youngest Screen Actors Guild Award winner for limited series/TV movie actor looks to be short-lived. “When They See Us” star and Emmy champ Jharrel Jerome is the frontrunner to take the prize in January, and like Criss just did, he’d destroy the record.

Criss was nine days shy of his 32nd birthday when he prevailed on Jan. 27 for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” becoming the first person in his 30s to win the award and shaving nine years off of the previous record held by Gary Sinise, who was 40 when he won for “Truman” in 1996. Sinise took home a second statuette two years later, for “George Wallace,” and currently occupies two spots in the top five youngest winners.

At 22, Jerome would, obviously, be the first twentysomething to win — just like he was at the Emmys — and knock off another nine years. (He is not the youngest Emmy winner in that category, as then-17-year-old Anthony Murphy won for “Tom Brown’s Schooldays” in 1973.)

SEE ‘When They See Us’ star Jharrel Jerome looks to set new ‘youngest ever’ record at Golden Globes

Just like the Emmys and Golden Globes, where Jerome is also attempting to be the corresponding category’s youngest champ, the SAG Awards favors older gents in this category. Before Criss’ win, the average winner’s age was 54.9, skewed thanks to two icons who never had a chance to win a SAG Award for their film work in their primes, Paul Newman (“Empire Falls,” 2006), who was 81 at the time of his victory, and Jack Lemmon (“Tuesdays with Morrie,” 2000), who was 75.

Jerome is the youngest by far of our predicted top five. His Emmy rivals, who sit in second through fourth, Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”), Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”) and Mahershala Ali (“True Detective”) are 58, 51 and 45, respectively. In fifth place is Aaron Paul (“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”), who despite his youthful face is now 40, because we’re all getting old.

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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