Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Awarded for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held by Jim Parsons,
The Big Bang Theory (2013)
Official website http://www.emmys.com/

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series is an Emmy presented to the best performance by a lead actor in a television comedy series.

From the 18th Primetime Emmy Awards up until and including the 25th Primetime Emmy Awards, the category was called "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series." Prior to then, there was no category that recognized lead acting performances specifically in the comedy genre, and an award was given for "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead)," combining roles in dramatic and comedic series.


Superlatives[edit]

Superlative Actor/program Number of awards
Actor with most awards Carroll O'Connor, Michael J. Fox, Kelsey Grammer 4
Actor with most nominations Alan Alda, Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer 11
Actor with most nominations without ever winning Hal Linden, John Goodman 7
Television program with most wins All in the Family, Frasier 4
Television program with most nominations M*A*S*H, Cheers 11
Television program with most nominations without ever winning Barney Miller, Roseanne 7

Winners and nominees[edit]

The following tables, divided by decade, display the winners and Nominees of the "Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" award, according to the Primetime Emmy Awards database.

1960s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19651966
(18th)
Dick Van Dyke The Dick Van Dyke Show Rob Petrie CBS
Don Adams Get Smart Maxwell Smart NBC
Bob Crane Hogan's Heroes Colonel Robert E. Hogan CBS
19661967
(19th)
Don Adams Get Smart Maxwell Smart NBC
Bob Crane Hogan's Heroes Colonel Robert E. Hogan CBS
Brian Keith Family Affair Bill Davis
Larry Storch F Troop Corporal Randolph Agarn ABC
19671968
(20th)
Don Adams Get Smart Maxwell Smart NBC
Richard Benjamin He & She Dick Hollister CBS
Sebastian Cabot Family Affair Giles French
Brian Keith Bill Davis
Dick York Bewitched Darrin Stephens ABC
19681969
(21st)
Don Adams Get Smart Maxwell Smart NBC
Brian Keith Family Affair Bill Davis CBS
Edward Mulhare The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Captain Daniel Gregg NBC
Lloyd Nolan Julia Dr. Morton Chegley

1970s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19691970
(22nd)
William Windom My World and Welcome to It John Monroe NBC
Bill Cosby The Bill Cosby Show Chet Kincaid NBC
Lloyd Haynes Room 222 Pete Dixon ABC
19701971
(23rd)
Jack Klugman The Odd Couple Oscar Madison ABC
Ted Bessell That Girl Donald Hollinger ABC
Bill Bixby The Courtship of Eddie's Father Tom Corbett
Carroll O'Connor All in the Family Archie Bunker CBS
Tony Randall The Odd Couple Felix Unger ABC
19711972
(24th)
Carroll O'Connor All in the Family Archie Bunker CBS
Redd Foxx Sanford and Son Fred Sanford NBC
Jack Klugman The Odd Couple Oscar Madison ABC
Tony Randall Felix Unger
19721973
(25th)
Jack Klugman The Odd Couple Oscar Madison ABC
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Redd Foxx Sanford and Son Fred Sanford NBC
Carroll O'Connor All in the Family Archie Bunker CBS
Tony Randall The Odd Couple Felix Unger ABC
19731974
(26th)
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Redd Foxx Sanford and Son Fred Sanford NBC
Jack Klugman The Odd Couple Oscar Madison ABC
Carroll O'Connor All in the Family Archie Bunker CBS
Tony Randall The Odd Couple Felix Unger ABC
19741975
(27th)
Tony Randall The Odd Couple Felix Unger ABC
Jack Albertson Chico and the Man Ed Brown NBC
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Jack Klugman The Odd Couple Oscar Madison ABC
Carroll O'Connor All in the Family Archie Bunker CBS
19751976
(28th)
Jack Albertson Chico and the Man Ed Brown NBC
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller ABC
Henry Winkler Happy Days Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli ABC
19761977
(29th)
Carroll O'Connor All in the Family Archie Bunker CBS
Jack Albertson Chico and the Man Ed Brown NBC
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller ABC
Henry Winkler Happy Days Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli ABC
19771978
(30th)
Carroll O'Connor All in the Family Archie Bunker CBS
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller ABC
John Ritter Three's Company Jack Tripper
Henry Winkler Happy Days Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli
19781979
(31st)
Carroll O'Connor All in the Family Archie Bunker CBS
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Judd Hirsch Taxi Alex Reiger ABC
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller
Robin Williams Mork & Mindy Mork

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19791980
(32nd)
Richard Mulligan Soap Burt Campbell ABC
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Robert Guillaume Benson Benson DuBois ABC
Judd Hirsch Taxi Alex Reiger
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller
19801981
(33rd)
Judd Hirsch Taxi Alex Reiger ABC
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller ABC
Richard Mulligan Soap Burt Campbell
John Ritter Three's Company Jack Tripper
19811982
(34th)
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Robert Guillaume Benson Benson DuBois ABC
Judd Hirsch Taxi Alex Reiger
Hal Linden Barney Miller Barney Miller
Leslie Nielsen Police Squad! Frank Drebin
19821983
(35th)
Judd Hirsch Taxi Alex Reiger NBC
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Dabney Coleman Buffalo Bill Bill Bittinger NBC
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone
Robert Guillaume Benson Benson DuBois ABC
19831984
(36th)
John Ritter Three's Company Jack Tripper ABC
Dabney Coleman Buffalo Bill Bill Bittinger NBC
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone
Robert Guillaume Benson Benson DuBois ABC
Sherman Hemsley The Jeffersons George Jefferson CBS
19841985
(37th)
Robert Guillaume Benson Benson DuBois ABC
Harry Anderson Night Court Judge Harry Stone NBC
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone
Bob Newhart Newhart Dick Loudon CBS
Jack Warden Crazy Like a Fox Harry Fox
19851986
(38th)
Michael J. Fox Family Ties Alex P. Keaton NBC
Harry Anderson Night Court Judge Harry Stone NBC
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone
Bob Newhart Newhart Dick Loudon CBS
Jack Warden Crazy Like a Fox Harry Fox
19861987
(39th)
Michael J. Fox Family Ties Alex P. Keaton NBC
Harry Anderson Night Court Judge Harry Stone NBC
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone
Bob Newhart Newhart Dick Loudon CBS
Bronson Pinchot Perfect Strangers Balki Bartokomous ABC
19871988
(40th)
Michael J. Fox Family Ties Alex P. Keaton NBC
Dabney Coleman The Slap Maxwell Story Slap Maxwell ABC
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone NBC
Tim Reid Frank's Place Frank Parrish CBS
John Ritter Hooperman Det. Harry Hooperman ABC
19881989
(41st)
Richard Mulligan Empty Nest Dr. Harry Weston NBC
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone NBC
Michael J. Fox Family Ties Alex P. Keaton
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner ABC
Fred Savage The Wonder Years Kevin Arnold

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19891990
(42nd)
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone NBC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner ABC
Richard Mulligan Empty Nest Dr. Harry Weston NBC
Craig T. Nelson Coach Hayden Fox ABC
Fred Savage The Wonder Years Kevin Arnold
19901991
(43rd)
Burt Reynolds Evening Shade Wood Newton CBS
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone NBC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner ABC
Richard Mulligan Empty Nest Dr. Harry Weston NBC
Craig T. Nelson Coach Hayden Fox ABC
19911992
(44th)
Craig T. Nelson Coach Hayden Fox ABC
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone NBC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner ABC
Kelsey Grammer Cheers Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
Burt Reynolds Evening Shade Wood Newton CBS
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld NBC
19921993
(45th)
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone NBC
Tim Allen Home Improvement Tim Taylor ABC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld NBC
Garry Shandling The Larry Sanders Show Larry Sanders HBO
19931994
(46th)
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner ABC
John Larroquette The John Larroquette Show John Hemingway NBC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld
19941995
(47th)
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner ABC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman NBC
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld
Garry Shandling The Larry Sanders Show Larry Sanders HBO
19951996
(48th)
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon NBC
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld
Garry Shandling The Larry Sanders Show Larry Sanders HBO
19961997
(49th)
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon NBC
Michael J. Fox Spin City Mike Flaherty ABC
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman
Garry Shandling The Larry Sanders Show Larry Sanders HBO
19971998
(50th)
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
Michael J. Fox Spin City Mike Flaherty ABC
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon NBC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman
Garry Shandling The Larry Sanders Show Larry Sanders HBO
19981999
(51st)
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon NBC
Michael J. Fox Spin City Mike Flaherty ABC
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone CBS

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19992000
(52nd)
Michael J. Fox Spin City Mike Flaherty ABC
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon
Eric McCormack Will & Grace Will Truman
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone CBS
20002001
(53rd)
Eric McCormack Will & Grace Will Truman NBC
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon
Frankie Muniz Malcolm in the Middle Malcolm Wilkerson Fox
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone CBS
20012002
(54th)
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone CBS
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
Matt LeBlanc Friends Joey Tribbiani
Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show Bernie McCullough Fox
Matthew Perry Friends Chandler Bing NBC
20022003
(55th)
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk USA
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David HBO
Matt LeBlanc Friends Joey Tribbiani NBC
Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show Bernie McCullough Fox
Eric McCormack Will & Grace Will Truman NBC
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone CBS
20032004
(56th)
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane NBC
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David HBO
Matt LeBlanc Friends Joey Tribbiani NBC
John Ritter 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Paul Hennessy ABC
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk USA
20042005
(57th)
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk USA
Jason Bateman Arrested Development Michael Bluth Fox
Zach Braff Scrubs John "J.D." Dorian NBC
Eric McCormack Will & Grace Will Truman
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone CBS
20052006
(58th)
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk USA
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott NBC
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David HBO
Kevin James The King of Queens Doug Heffernan CBS
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper
20062007
(59th)
Ricky Gervais Extras Andy Millman HBO
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy NBC
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk USA
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper CBS
20072008
(60th)
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy NBC
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott NBC
Lee Pace Pushing Daisies Ned ABC
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk USA
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper CBS
20082009
(61st)
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy NBC
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott NBC
Jemaine Clement Flight of the Conchords Jemaine HBO
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper CBS
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk USA
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper CBS

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
20092010
(62nd)
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper CBS
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy NBC
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David HBO
Matthew Morrison Glee Will Schuester Fox
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk USA
20102011
(63rd)
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper CBS
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy NBC
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott
Louis C.K. Louie Louie FX
Johnny Galecki The Big Bang Theory Dr. Leonard Hofstadter CBS
Matt LeBlanc Episodes Matt LeBlanc Showtime
20112012
(64th)
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men Dr. Alan Harper CBS
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy NBC
Louis C.K. Louie Louie FX
Don Cheadle House of Lies Marty Kaan Showtime
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David HBO
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper CBS
20122013
(65th)
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper CBS
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy NBC
Jason Bateman Arrested Development Michael Bluth Netflix
Louis C.K. Louie Louie FX
Don Cheadle House of Lies Marty Kaan Showtime
Matt LeBlanc Episodes Matt LeBlanc

Total awards[edit]

  • NBC: 22
  • CBS: 12
  • ABC: 9
  • USA: 3
  • HBO: 1

Multiple awards[edit]

4 awards
3 awards
2 awards

Multiple nominations[edit]

11 nominations
8 nominations
7 nominations
6 nominations
5 nominations
4 nominations
3 nominations
2 nominations

See also[edit]