Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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Not to be confused with the Daytime Emmy Award with the same name.
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Awarded for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held by Bobby Cannavale,
Boardwalk Empire (2013)
Official website http://www.emmys.com/

This is a list of the winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In early Emmy ceremonies, the supporting categories were not always genre, or even gender, specific. Beginning with the 22nd Emmys supporting actors in drama have competed alone. However, these dramatic performances often included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below.


Superlatives[edit]

Superlative Lead Actor - Drama Series Supporting Actor - Drama Series Guest Actor - Drama Series Overall
Actor with most awards Dennis Franz 4 Stuart Margolin,
Michael Conrad, Larry Drake,
Ray Walston, Aaron Paul
2 Patrick McGoohan,
Charles S. Dutton,
John Lithgow
2 Dennis Franz 4
Actor with most nominations Raymond Burr,
Peter Falk, Dennis Franz
8 Will Geer, Bruce Weitz,
Ed Begley, Jr., Jimmy Smits
6 Michael J. Fox 5 Jimmy Smits 12
Actor with most nominations
without ever winning
Martin Sheen,
Hugh Laurie, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm
6 Ed Begley, Jr. 6 Robert Morse 4 Ed Begley, Jr.,
Martin Sheen, Hugh Laurie, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm
6
Television program with most wins NYPD Blue 4 L.A. Law, The West Wing 4 The Practice 6 The Practice 8
Television program with most nominations 14 Hill Street Blues 16 ER 14 The West Wing, ER 28
Television program with most nominations without ever winning Law & Order 8 ER 8 The Good Wife 8 Mad Men 17

Award winners[edit]

1950s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1953-1954
(6th)
[note 1]
Art Carney The Jackie Gleason Show Ed Norton CBS
Ben Alexander Dragnet Officer Frank Smith NBC
William Frawley I Love Lucy Fred Mertz CBS
Tony Randall Mister Peepers Harvey Weskitt NBC
Carl Reiner Your Show of Shows Various Characters
1954-1955
(7th)
[note 1]
Art Carney The Jackie Gleason Show Ed Norton CBS
Ben Alexander Dragnet Officer Frank Smith NBC
Don DeFore The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Thorny ABC
William Frawley I Love Lucy Fred Mertz CBS
Gale Gordon Our Miss Brooks Osgood Conklin
1955-1956
(8th)
[note 1]
Art Carney The Honeymooners Ed Norton CBS
Ed Begley, Sr. # Patterns Andy Sloane NBC
William Frawley I Love Lucy Fred Mertz CBS
Carl Reiner Caesar's Hour Various Characters NBC
Cyril Ritchard # Peter Pan Mr. Darling/Captain Hook
1956-1957
(9th)
[note 1]
Carl Reiner Caesar's Hour Various Characters NBC
Art Carney The Jackie Gleason Show Ed Norton CBS
Paul Ford The Phil Silvers Show Col. John T. Hall
William Frawley I Love Lucy Fred Mertz
Ed Wynn # Requiem for a Heavyweight Army
1957-1958
(10th)
[note 1]
Carl Reiner Caesar's Hour Various Characters NBC
Paul Ford The Phil Silvers Show Col. John T. Hall CBS
William Frawley I Love Lucy Fred Mertz
Louis Nye The Steve Allen Show Various Characters NBC
Dennis Weaver Gunsmoke Chester Goode CBS
1958-1959
(11th)
Dennis Weaver Gunsmoke Chester Goode CBS
Herschel Bernardi Peter Gunn Lt. Jacoby NBC
Johnny Crawford The Rifleman Mark McCain ABC
William Hopper Perry Mason Paul Drake CBS

1960s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1959-1960
(12th)
No Award
1960-1961
(13th)
[note 1]
Don Knotts The Andy Griffith Show Dep. Barney Fife CBS
Abby Dalton Hennesey Lt. Martha Hale CBS
Barbara Hale Perry Mason Della Street
1961-1962
(14th)
[note 1]
Don Knotts The Andy Griffith Show Dep. Barney Fife CBS
Sam Jaffe Ben Casey Dr. David Zorba ABC
Barry Jones # Victoria Regina The Dean NBC
Horace McMahon Naked City Lt. Mike Parker ABC
George C. Scott § Ben Casey Dr. Karl Anders
1962-1963
(15th)
[note 1]
Don Knotts The Andy Griffith Show Dep. Barney Fife CBS
Tim Conway McHale's Navy Ens. Charles Parker ABC
Paul Ford # The Teahouse of the August Moon Col. Wainwright Purdy III NBC
Hurd Hatfield # The Invincible Mr. Disraeli Lionel Rothschild
Robert Redford # The Voice of Charlie Pont George Laurents ABC
1963-1964
(16th)
[note 1]
Albert Paulsen # One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Lt. Volkoval NBC
Sorrell Booke § Dr. Kildare Julius Orloff NBC
Conlan Carter Combat! Doc ABC
Carl Lee § The Doctors and the Nurses Lonnie Hill CBS
1964-1965
(17th)
No Award
1965-1966
(18th)
James Daly # Eagle in a Cage Dr. O'Meara NBC
David Burns § The Trials of O'Brien The Great McGonigle CBS
Leo G. Carroll The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Alexander Waverly NBC
1966-1967
(19th)
Eli Wallach # The Poppy Is Also a Flower Happy Locarno ABC
Leo G. Carroll The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Alexander Waverly NBC
Leonard Nimoy Star Trek Spock
1967-1968
(20th)
Milburn Stone Gunsmoke Doc CBS
Joseph Campanella Mannix Lew Wickersham CBS
Lawrence Dobkin # Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Dr. Gettlinger
Leonard Nimoy Star Trek Spock NBC
1968-1969
(21st)
[note 1]
Werner Klemperer Hogan's Heroes Col. Wilhelm Klink CBS
Greg Morris Mission: Impossible Barney Collier CBS
Leonard Nimoy Star Trek Spock NBC


1970s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1969-1970
(22nd)
James Brolin Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Steven Kiley ABC
Tige Andrews The Mod Squad Capt. Adam Greer ABC
Greg Morris Mission: Impossible Barney Collier CBS
1970-1971
(23rd)
David Burns # (posthumous) The Price Mr. Solomon NBC
James Brolin Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Steven Kiley ABC
Robert Young # Vanished Senator Earl Gannon NBC
1971-1972
(24th)
Jack Warden # Brian's Song George Halas ABC
James Brolin Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Steven Kiley ABC
Greg Morris Mission: Impossible Barney Collier CBS
1972-1973
(25th)
Scott Jacoby # That Certain Summer Nick Salter ABC
James Brolin Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Steven Kiley ABC
Will Geer The Waltons Zebulon Walton CBS
1973-1974
(26th)
Michael Moriarty # The Glass Menagerie Jim O'Connor ABC
Michael Douglas The Streets of San Francisco Steve Keller ABC
Will Geer The Waltons Zebulon Walton CBS
Sam Waterston # The Glass Menagerie Tom Wingfield ABC
1974-1975
(27th)
Will Geer The Waltons Zebulon Walton CBS
J.D. Cannon McCloud Peter B. Clifford NBC
Michael Douglas The Streets of San Francisco Steve Keller ABC
1975-1976
(28th)
Anthony Zerbe Harry O Harry Orwell ABC
Michael Douglas The Streets of San Francisco Steve Keller ABC
Will Geer The Waltons Zebulon Walton CBS
Ray Milland # Rich Man, Poor Man Duncan Calderwood ABC
Robert Reed # Teddy Boylan
1976-1977
(29th)
Gary Frank Family Willie Lawrence ABC
Noah Beery Jr. The Rockford Files Joseph "Rocky" Rockford NBC
David Doyle Charlie's Angels John Bosley ABC
Tom Ewell Baretta Billy Truman
Will Geer The Waltons Zebulon Walton CBS
1977-1978
(30th)
Robert Vaughn # Washington: Behind Closed Doors Frank Flaherty ABC
Ossie Davis # King Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. NBC
Will Geer (posthumous) The Waltons Zebulon Walton CBS
Sam Wanamaker # Holocaust Moses Weiss NBC
David Warner # Heydrich
1978-1979
(31st)
Stuart Margolin The Rockford Files Evelyn "Angel" Martin NBC
Mason Adams Lou Grant Charlie Hume CBS
Noah Beery Jr. The Rockford Files Joseph "Rocky" Rockford NBC
Joe Santos Det. Dennis Becker
Robert Walden Lou Grant Joe Rossi CBS

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1979-1980
(32nd)
Stuart Margolin The Rockford Files Evelyn "Angel" Martin NBC
Mason Adams Lou Grant Charlie Hume CBS
Noah Beery, Jr. The Rockford Files Joseph "Rocky" Rockford NBC
Robert Walden Lou Grant Joe Rossi CBS
1980-1981
(33rd)
Michael Conrad Hill Street Blues Sgt. Phil Esterhaus NBC
Mason Adams Lou Grant Charlie Hume CBS
Charles Haid Hill Street Blues Officer Andy Renko NBC
Robert Walden Lou Grant Joe Rossi CBS
Bruce Weitz Hill Street Blues Det. Mick Belker NBC
1981-1982
(34th)
Michael Conrad Hill Street Blues Sgt. Phil Esterhaus NBC
Taurean Blacque Hill Street Blues Det. Neal Washington NBC
Charles Haid Officer Andy Renko
Michael Warren Officer Bobby Hill
Bruce Weitz Det. Mick Belker
1982-1983
(35th)
James Coco § St. Elsewhere Arnie NBC
Ed Begley, Jr. St. Elsewhere Dr. Victor Ehrlich NBC
Michael Conrad Hill Street Blues Sgt. Phil Esterhaus
Joe Spano Sgt. Henry Goldblume
Bruce Weitz Det. Mick Belker
1983-1984
(36th)
Bruce Weitz Hill Street Blues Det. Mick Belker NBC
Ed Begley, Jr. St. Elsewhere Dr. Victor Ehrlich NBC
Michael Conrad (posthumous) Hill Street Blues Sgt. Phil Esterhaus
John Hillerman Magnum, P.I. Jonathan Higgins CBS
James B. Sikking Hill Street Blues Lt. Howard Hunter NBC
1984-1985
(37th)
Edward James Olmos Miami Vice Lt. Martin Castillo NBC
Ed Begley, Jr. St. Elsewhere Dr. Victor Ehrlich NBC
John Hillerman Magnum, P.I. Jonathan Higgins CBS
John Karlen Cagney & Lacey Harvey Lacey
Bruce Weitz Hill Street Blues Det. Mick Belker NBC
1985-1986
(38th)
John Karlen Cagney & Lacey Harvey Lacey CBS
Ed Begley, Jr. St. Elsewhere Dr. Victor Ehrlich NBC
John Hillerman Magnum, P.I. Jonathan Higgins CBS
Edward James Olmos Miami Vice Lt. Martin Castillo NBC
Bruce Weitz Hill Street Blues Det. Mick Belker
1986-1987
(39th)
John Hillerman Magnum, P.I. Jonathan Higgins CBS
Ed Begley, Jr. St. Elsewhere Dr. Victor Ehrlich NBC
John Karlen Cagney & Lacey Harvey Lacey CBS
Jimmy Smits L.A. Law Victor Sifuentes NBC
Michael Tucker Stuart Markowitz
1987-1988
(40th)
Larry Drake L.A. Law Benny Stulwicz NBC
Ed Begley, Jr. St. Elsewhere Dr. Victor Ehrlich NBC
Timothy Busfield thirtysomething Elliot Weston ABC
Alan Rachins L.A. Law Douglas Brackman NBC
Jimmy Smits Victor Sifuentes
1988-1989
(41st)
Larry Drake L.A. Law Benny Stulwicz NBC
Jonathan Banks Wiseguy Frank McPike CBS
Timothy Busfield thirtysomething Elliot Weston ABC
Richard Dysart L.A. Law Leland McKenzie NBC
Jimmy Smits Victor Sifuentes

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1989-1990
(42nd)
Jimmy Smits L.A. Law Victor Sifuentes NBC
Timothy Busfield thirtysomething Elliot Weston ABC
Larry Drake L.A. Law Benny Stulwicz NBC
Richard Dysart Leland McKenzie
Dean Stockwell Quantum Leap Al Calavicci
1990-1991
(43rd)
Timothy Busfield thirtysomething Elliot Weston ABC
David Clennon thirtysomething Miles Drentell ABC
Richard Dysart L.A. Law Leland McKenzie NBC
Jimmy Smits Victor Sifuentes
Dean Stockwell Quantum Leap Al Calavicci
1991-1992
(44th)
Richard Dysart L.A. Law Leland McKenzie NBC
Edward Asner The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Walter Kovacs CBS
John Corbett Northern Exposure Chris Stevens
Richard Kiley § The Ray Bradbury Theater Doug Spaulding HBO
Jimmy Smits § L.A. Law Victor Sifuentes NBC
Dean Stockwell Quantum Leap Al Calavicci
1992-1993
(45th)
Chad Lowe Life Goes On Jesse McKenna ABC
Barry Corbin Northern Exposure Maurice Minnifield CBS
John Cullum Holling Vincouver
Fyvush Finkel Picket Fences Douglas Wambaugh
Dean Stockwell Quantum Leap Al Calavicci NBC
1993-1994
(46th)
Fyvush Finkel Picket Fences Douglas Wambaugh CBS
Gordon Clapp NYPD Blue Greg Medavoy ABC
Barry Corbin Northern Exposure Maurice Minnifield CBS
Nicholas Turturro NYPD Blue James Martinez ABC
Ray Walston Picket Fences Henry Bone CBS
1994-1995
(47th)
Ray Walston Picket Fences Henry Bone CBS
Hector Elizondo Chicago Hope Phillip Watters CBS
James Earl Jones Under One Roof Neb Langston
Eriq La Salle ER Peter Benton NBC
Noah Wyle John Carter
1995-1996
(48th)
Ray Walston Picket Fences Henry Bone CBS
Hector Elizondo Chicago Hope Phillip Watters CBS
James McDaniel NYPD Blue Arthur Fancy ABC
Stanley Tucci Murder One Richard Cross
Noah Wyle ER John Carter NBC
1996-1997
(49th)
Hector Elizondo Chicago Hope Phillip Watters CBS
Adam Arkin Chicago Hope Aaron Shutt CBS
Eriq La Salle ER Peter Benton NBC
Nicholas Turturro NYPD Blue James Martinez ABC
Noah Wyle ER John Carter NBC
1997-1998
(50th)
Gordon Clapp NYPD Blue Greg Medavoy ABC
Hector Elizondo Chicago Hope Phillip Watters CBS
Steven Hill Law & Order Adam Schiff NBC
Eriq La Salle ER Peter Benton
Noah Wyle John Carter
1998-1999
(51st)
Michael Badalucco The Practice Jimmy Berluti ABC
Benjamin Bratt Law & Order Rey Curtis NBC
Steve Harris The Practice Eugene Young ABC
Steven Hill Law & Order Adam Schiff NBC
Noah Wyle ER John Carter

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Episode(s) Network
1999-2000
(52nd)
Richard Schiff The West Wing Toby Ziegler "Five Votes Down" + "In Excelsis Deo" NBC
Michael Badalucco The Practice Jimmy Berlutti N/A ABC
Dominic Chianese The Sopranos Junior Soprano N/A HBO
Steve Harris The Practice Eugene Young N/A ABC
John Spencer The West Wing Leo McGarry "Five Votes Down" + "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet" NBC
2000-2001
(53rd)
Bradley Whitford The West Wing Josh Lyman "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part II" + "Noël" NBC
Dominic Chianese The Sopranos Junior Soprano "Another Toothpick" + "Second Opinion" HBO
Michael Imperioli Christopher Moltisanti "Fortunate Son" + "Pine Barrens"
Richard Schiff The West Wing Toby Ziegler "The Leadership Breakfast" + "17 People" NBC
John Spencer Leo McGarry "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part I" + "The Leadership Breakfast"
2001-2002
(54th)
John Spencer The West Wing Leo McGarry "Bartlet for America" + "We Killed Yamamoto" NBC
Victor Garber Alias Jack Bristow "Color Blind" + "Almost 30 Years" ABC
Dulé Hill The West Wing Charlie Young "Hartsfield's Landing" + "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" NBC
Freddy Rodriguez Six Feet Under Federico Diaz "The Trip" + "I'll Take You" HBO
Richard Schiff The West Wing Toby Ziegler "Night Five" + "Hartsfield's Landing" NBC
Bradley Whitford Josh Lyman "H. Con-172" + "The Two Bartlets"
2002-2003
(55th)
Joe Pantoliano The Sopranos Ralph Cifaretto "Christopher" + "Whoever Did This" HBO
Victor Garber Alias Jack Bristow "Passage (Part 2)" + "Endgame" ABC
Michael Imperioli The Sopranos Christopher Moltisanti "The Strong, Silent Type" + "Whoever Did This" HBO
John Spencer The West Wing Leo McGarry "The Red Mass" + "Twenty Five" NBC
Bradley Whitford Josh Lyman "20 Hours in America" + "Evidence of Things Not Seen"
2003-2004
(56th)
Michael Imperioli The Sopranos Christopher Moltisanti "Irregular Around the Margins" + "Long Term Parking" HBO
Steve Buscemi The Sopranos Tony Blundetto "Rat Pack" + "Marco Polo" HBO
Brad Dourif Deadwood Doc Cochran "Deep Water" + "No Other Sons or Daughters"
Victor Garber Alias Jack Bristow "Breaking Point" + "Hourglass" ABC
John Spencer The West Wing Leo McGarry "An Khe" + "Memorial Day" NBC
2004-2005
(57th)
William Shatner Boston Legal Denny Crane "It Girls and Beyond" + "Tortured Souls" ABC
Alan Alda The West Wing Arnold Vinick "King Corn" + "In God We Trust" NBC
Naveen Andrews Lost Sayid Jarrah "Solitary" + "The Greater Good" ABC
Terry O'Quinn John Locke "Walkabout" + "The Moth"
Oliver Platt Huff Russell Tupper "That Fucking Cabin" + "Crazy Nuts & All Fucked Up" Showtime
2005-2006
(58th)
Alan Alda The West Wing Arnold Vinick "Two Weeks Out" + "The Last Hurrah" NBC
Michael Imperioli The Sopranos Christopher Moltisanti "Luxury Lounge" + "The Ride" HBO
Gregory Itzin 24 President Charles Logan "Day 5: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m." + "Day 5: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m." Fox
Oliver Platt Huff Russell Tupper "Red Meat" + "So… What Brings You to Armageddon?" Showtime
William Shatner Boston Legal Denny Crane "Witches of Mass Destruction" + "Live Big" ABC
2006-2007
(59th)
Terry O'Quinn Lost John Locke "The Man from Tallahassee" ABC
Michael Emerson Lost Ben Linus "The Man Behind the Curtain" ABC
Michael Imperioli The Sopranos Christopher Moltisanti "Walk Like a Man" HBO
T.R. Knight Grey's Anatomy Dr. George O'Malley "Six Days (Part 1)" + "Six Days (Part 2)" ABC
Masi Oka Heroes Hiro Nakamura "Five Years Gone" NBC
William Shatner Boston Legal Denny Crane "Son of the Defender" ABC
2007-2008
(60th)
Željko Ivanek Damages Ray Fiske "I Hate These People" FX
Ted Danson Damages Arthur Frobisher "Jesus, Mary, and Joe Cocker" FX
Michael Emerson Lost Ben Linus "The Shape of Things to Come" ABC
William Shatner Boston Legal Denny Crane "Mad About You"
John Slattery Mad Men Roger Sterling, Jr. "Long Weekend" AMC
2008-2009
(61st)
Michael Emerson Lost Ben Linus "Dead Is Dead" ABC
Christian Clemenson Boston Legal Jerry Espenson "Roe" ABC
William Hurt Damages Daniel Purcell "Hey! Mr. Pibb!" FX
Aaron Paul Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman "Peekaboo" AMC
William Shatner Boston Legal Denny Crane "Made in China" + "Last Call" ABC
John Slattery Mad Men Roger Sterling, Jr. "Six Month Leave" AMC

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Episode(s) Network
2009-2010
(62nd)
Aaron Paul Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman "Half Measures" AMC
Andre Braugher Men of a Certain Age Owen Thoreau, Jr. "Powerless" TNT
Michael Emerson Lost Ben Linus "Dr. Linus" ABC
Terry O'Quinn John Locke / The Man in Black "The Substitute"
Martin Short Damages Leonard Winstone "You Haven't Replaced Me" FX
John Slattery Mad Men Roger Sterling, Jr. "The Gypsy and the Hobo" AMC
2010-2011
(63rd)
Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister "Baelor" HBO
Andre Braugher Men of a Certain Age Owen Thoreau, Jr. "Let the Sunshine In" TNT
Josh Charles The Good Wife Will Gardner "Closing Arguments" CBS
Alan Cumming Eli Gold "Silver Bullet"
Walton Goggins Justified Boyd Crowder "The I of the Storm" FX
John Slattery Mad Men Roger Sterling, Jr. "Hands and Knees" AMC
2011-2012
(64th)
Aaron Paul Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman "End Times" AMC
Jim Carter Downton Abbey Charles Carson "Episode Two" PBS
Brendan Coyle John Bates "Episode Seven"
Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister "Blackwater" HBO
Giancarlo Esposito Breaking Bad Gus Fring "Hermanos" AMC
Jared Harris Mad Men Lane Pryce "Commissions and Fees"
2012-2013
(65th)
Bobby Cannavale Boardwalk Empire Gyp Rosetti "Sunday Best" HBO
Jonathan Banks Breaking Bad Mike Ehrmantraut "Say My Name" AMC
Jim Carter Downton Abbey Charles Carson "Episode Six" PBS
Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister "Second Sons" HBO
Mandy Patinkin Homeland Saul Berenson "The Choice" Showtime
Aaron Paul Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman "Buyout" AMC
2013-2014
(66th)
Jim Carter Downton Abbey Charles Carson "Episode One" PBS
Josh Charles The Good Wife Will Gardner "Hitting the Fan" CBS
Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister "The Laws of Gods and Men" HBO
Mandy Patinkin Homeland Saul Berenson "Gerontion" Showtime
Aaron Paul Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman "Confessions" AMC
Jon Voight Ray Donovan Mickey Donovan "Fite Nite" Showtime

Multiple wins[edit]

3 wins

2 wins

Multiple nominations[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Early Emmy ceremonies did not have genre specific acting categories
  2. ^ Jonathan Banks is the only actor with nominations as a main cast member for two different shows in this category

See also[edit]