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 (2014)
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. Beginning with the 18th Emmys, leading actors in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below.

Award winners and nominations[edit]

1950s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1953
(6th)
[note 1]
Donald O'Connor The Colgate Comedy Hour Himself NBC
Sid Caesar Your Show of Shows Various Characters NBC
Wally Cox Mr. Peepers Robinson Peepers
Jackie Gleason The Jackie Gleason Show Ralph Kramden CBS
Jack Webb Dragnet Sgt. Joe Friday NBC
1954
(7th)
[note 1]
Danny Thomas Make Room for Daddy Danny Williams ABC
Richard Boone Medic Dr. Konrad Styner NBC
Bob Cummings My Hero Robert Beanblossom
Jackie Gleason The Jackie Gleason Show Ralph Kramden CBS
Jack Webb Dragnet Sgt. Joe Friday NBC
1955
(8th)
[note 1]
Phil Silvers The Phil Silvers Show MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko CBS
Bob Cummings The Bob Cummings Show Bob Collins CBS
Jackie Gleason The Jackie Gleason Show Ralph Kramden
Danny Thomas Make Room for Daddy Danny Williams ABC
Robert Young Father Knows Best Jim Anderson CBS
1956
(9th)
Sid Caesar Caesar's Hour Various Characters NBC
Jack Benny The Jack Benny Program Various Characters CBS
Bob Cummings The Bob Cummings Show Bob Collins
Ernie Kovacs The Ernie Kovacs Show Himself NBC
Phil Silvers The Phil Silvers Show MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko CBS
1957
(10th)
[note 1]
Robert Young Father Knows Best Jim Anderson NBC
James Arness Gunsmoke Marshal Matt Dillon CBS
Bob Cummings The Bob Cummings Show Bob Collins CBS NBC
Phil Silvers The Phil Silvers Show MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko CBS
Danny Thomas The Danny Thomas Show Danny Williams ABC CBS
1958-1959
(11th)
Jack Benny The Jack Benny Program Various Characters NBC
Walter Brennan The Real McCoys Grandpa Amos McCoy CBS NBC
Bob Cummings The Bob Cummings Show Bob Collins NBC
Phil Silvers The Phil Silvers Show MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko CBS
Danny Thomas The Danny Thomas Show Danny Williams ABC CBS
Robert Young Father Knows Best Jim Anderson CBS NBC

1960s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1959-1960
(12th)
[note 1]
Robert Stack The Untouchables Eliot Ness ABC
Raymond Burr Perry Mason Perry Mason CBS
Richard Boone Have Gun–Will Travel Paladin
1960-1961
(13th)
[note 1]
Raymond Burr Perry Mason Perry Mason CBS
Jackie Cooper Hennesey Chick Hennesey CBS
Robert Stack The Untouchables Eliot Ness
1961-1962
(14th)
[note 1]
E. G. Marshall The Defenders Lawrence Preston CBS
Paul Burke Naked City Adam Flint ABC
Jackie Cooper Hennesey Chick Hennesey CBS
Vincent Edwards Ben Casey Ben Casey ABC
George Maharis Route 66 Buz Murdock CBS
1962-1963
(15th)
[note 1]
E. G. Marshall The Defenders Lawrence Preston CBS
Ernest Borgnine McHale's Navy Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale CBS
Paul Burke Naked City Det. Adam Flint ABC
Vic Morrow Combat! Sgt. Sanders
Dick Van Dyke The Dick Van Dyke Show Rob Petrie CBS
1963-1964
(16th)
[note 1]
Dick Van Dyke The Dick Van Dyke Show Rob Petrie CBS
Richard Boone The Richard Boone Show Various Characters NBC
Dean Jagger Mr. Novak Principal Albert Vane
David Janssen The Fugitive Dr. Richard Kimble ABC
George C. Scott East Side/West Side Neil Brock CBS
1964-1965
(17th)
No Award
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
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 Episode Network
19891990
(42nd)
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone "Cry Harder, Part 2" NBC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner "Born to Be Wild" ABC
Richard Mulligan Empty Nest Dr. Harry Weston "Still Growing After All These Years" NBC
Craig T. Nelson Coach Hayden Fox "If Keith Jackson Calls, I'll Be At My Therapist's" ABC
Fred Savage The Wonder Years Kevin Arnold "Good-Bye"
19901991
(43rd)
Burt Reynolds Evening Shade Wood Newton "A Day in the Life of Wood Newton" CBS
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone "Bad Neighbor Sam" NBC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner "Her Boyfriend's Back" ABC
Richard Mulligan Empty Nest Dr. Harry Weston "The Mentor" NBC
Craig T. Nelson Coach Hayden Fox "The Break-Up" ABC
19911992
(44th)
Craig T. Nelson Coach Hayden Fox "A Real Guy’s Guy" ABC
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone "Go Make" NBC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner "The Back Story" ABC
Kelsey Grammer § Wings Dr. Frasier Crane "Planes, Trains, and Visiting Cranes" NBC
Burt Reynolds Evening Shade Wood Newton "Callous Hearts of Rage" CBS
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld "The Boyfriend" NBC
19921993
(45th)
Ted Danson Cheers Sam Malone "The Guy Can’t Help It" NBC
Tim Allen Home Improvement Tim Taylor "Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way" ABC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner "Terms of Estrangement, Part 2"
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld "The Opera" NBC
Garry Shandling The Larry Sanders Show Larry Sanders "What Have You Done for Me Lately?" HBO
19931994
(46th)
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane "The Good Son" NBC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner "Guilt By Imagination" ABC
John Larroquette The John Larroquette Show John Hemingway "Pilot" NBC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman "Virtual Reality"
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld "The Puffy Shirt"
19941995
(47th)
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane "Adventures in Paradise, Part 2" NBC
John Goodman Roseanne Dan Conner "The Blaming of the Shrew" ABC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman "Cake Fear" NBC
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld "The Diplomat's Club"
Garry Shandling The Larry Sanders Show Larry Sanders "The Mr. Sharon Stone Show" HBO
19951996
(48th)
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon "Dick Smoker" NBC
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane "You Can Go Home Again" NBC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman "Dream Weaver"
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld "The Gum"
Garry Shandling The Larry Sanders Show Larry Sanders N/A HBO
19961997
(49th)
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon "See Dick Continue to Run" NBC
Michael J. Fox Spin City Mike Flaherty "Prototype" ABC
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane "Ham Radio" NBC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman "The Birth"
Garry Shandling The Larry Sanders Show Larry Sanders "Everybody Loves Larry" HBO
19971998
(50th)
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane "Frasier's Imaginary Friend" NBC
Michael J. Fox Spin City Mike Flaherty "The Goodbye Girl" ABC
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon "Stuck with Dick" NBC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman "The Conversation"
Garry Shandling The Larry Sanders Show Larry Sanders "Flip" HBO
19981999
(51st)
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon "What’s Love Got to Do, Got to Do with Dick?" NBC
Michael J. Fox Spin City Mike Flaherty "Gone with the Wind" ABC
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz" NBC
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman "The Final Frontier"
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone "How They Met" CBS

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Episode Network
19992000
(52nd)
Michael J. Fox Spin City Mike Flaherty "Goodbye" ABC
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane "Radio Wars" NBC
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon "Frankie Goes to Rutherford"
Eric McCormack Will & Grace Will Truman "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, He's Kept Me in the Closet and I'm So Sad"
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone "Bad Moon Rising" CBS
20002001
(53rd)
Eric McCormack Will & Grace Will Truman "Lows in the Mid-Eighties" NBC
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane "Frasier's Edge" NBC
John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun Dick Solomon "Red, White, and Dick"
Frankie Muniz Malcolm in the Middle Malcolm Wilkerson "Bowling" Fox
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone "Ray's Journal" CBS
20012002
(54th)
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone "The Breakup Tape" CBS
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane "Love You Fake" NBC
Matt LeBlanc Friends Joey Tribbiani "The One Where Joey Tells Rachel"
Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show Bernie McCullough "Now You Got It" Fox
Matthew Perry Friends Chandler Bing "The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath" NBC
20022003
(55th)
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk "Mr. Monk and the Airplane" USA
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David "The Special Section" HBO
Matt LeBlanc Friends Joey Tribbiani "The One in Barbados" NBC
Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show Bernie McCullough "The Incredible Bulk" Fox
Eric McCormack Will & Grace Will Truman "The Kid Stays Out of the Picture" NBC
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone "Counseling" CBS
20032004
(56th)
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane "The Doctor is Out" NBC
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David "Opening Night" HBO
Matt LeBlanc Friends Joey Tribbiani "The One Where The Stripper Cries" NBC
John Ritter 8 Simple Rules Paul Hennessy "Premiere" ABC
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk "Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater" USA
20042005
(57th)
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine" USA
Jason Bateman Arrested Development Michael Bluth "Good Grief" Fox
Zach Braff Scrubs John "J.D." Dorian "My Last Chance" NBC
Eric McCormack Will & Grace Will Truman "Queens for a Day"
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone "The Power of No" CBS
20052006
(58th)
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head" USA
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott "The Injury" NBC
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David "The Ski Lift" HBO
Kevin James The King of Queens Doug Heffernan "Pole Lox" CBS
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper "The Unfortunate Little Schnauzer"
20062007
(59th)
Ricky Gervais Extras Andy Millman "Sir Ian McKellen" HBO
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy "Hiatus" NBC
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott "Business School"
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk "Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink" USA
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper "Who's Vod Kanockers" CBS
20072008
(60th)
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy "Rosemary's Baby" NBC
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott "Goodbye, Toby" NBC
Lee Pace Pushing Daisies Ned "Pie-lette" ABC
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man" USA
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper "Is There a Mrs. Waffles?" CBS
20082009
(61st)
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy "Generalissimo" NBC
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott "Broke" NBC
Jemaine Clement Flight of the Conchords Jemaine "Unnatural Love" HBO
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" CBS
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk "Mr. Monk and the Miracle" USA
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper "Is It the 'Ocu' or 'Pado'?" CBS

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Episode Network
20092010
(62nd)
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper "The Pants Alternative" CBS
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy "Don Geiss, America, and Hope" NBC
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott "The Cover-Up"
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David "Seinfeld" HBO
Matthew Morrison Glee Will Schuester "Mash-Up" Fox
Tony Shalhoub Monk Adrian Monk "Mr. Monk and the End" USA
20102011
(63rd)
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper "The Agreement Dissection" CBS
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy "Respawn" NBC
Steve Carell The Office Michael Scott "Goodbye, Michael"
Louis C.K. Louie Louie "Bully" FX
Johnny Galecki The Big Bang Theory Dr. Leonard Hofstadter "The Benefactor Factor" CBS
Matt LeBlanc Episodes Matt LeBlanc "Episode Seven" Showtime
20112012
(64th)
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men Dr. Alan Harper "Frodo's Headshots" CBS
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy "Live from Studio 6H" NBC
Louis C.K. Louie Louie "Duckling" FX
Don Cheadle House of Lies Marty Kaan "The Gods of Dangerous Financial Instruments" Showtime
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David "Palestinian Chicken" HBO
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper "The Werewolf Transformation" CBS
20122013
(65th)
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper "The Habitation Configuration" CBS
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock Jack Donaghy "A Goon's Deed in a Weary World" NBC
Jason Bateman Arrested Development Michael Bluth "Flight of the Phoenix" Netflix
Louis C.K. Louie Louie "Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 1" FX
Don Cheadle House of Lies Marty Kaan "Hostile Takeover" Showtime
Matt LeBlanc Episodes Matt LeBlanc "Episode Two"
20132014
(66th)
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Dr. Sheldon Cooper "The Relationship Diremption" CBS
Louis C.K. Louie Louie "Model" FX
Don Cheadle House of Lies Marty Kaan "Wreckage" Showtime
Ricky Gervais Derek Derek Noakes "Episode 2.06" Netflix
Matt LeBlanc Episodes Matt LeBlanc "Episode Six" Showtime
William H. Macy Shameless Frank Gallagher "Lazarus"

Total awards[edit]

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

Multiple wins[edit]

Multiple nominations[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Early Emmy ceremonies did not have genre specific acting categories

See also[edit]