Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Awarded for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held by Tony Hale,
Veep (2013)
Official website http://www.emmys.com/

This is a list of the winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In early Emmy ceremonies, the supporting categories were not always genre, or even gender, specific. Beginning with the 22nd Emmys supporting actors in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic 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 - Comedy Series Supporting Actor - Comedy Series Guest Actor - Comedy Series Overall
Actor with most awards Carroll O'Connor,
Michael J. Fox,
Kelsey Grammer
4 Don Knotts 5 Mel Brooks 3 Don Knotts 5
Actor with most nominations Alan Alda,
Ted Danson,
Kelsey Grammer
11 David Hyde Pierce 11 Fred Willard,
Will Arnett,
Nathan Lane
4 Kelsey Grammer 13
Actor with most nominations
without ever winning
Hal Linden, John Goodman 7 Jason Alexander, Peter Boyle 7 Jason Alexander 8
Television program with most wins All in the Family, Frasier 4 The Andy Griffith Show,
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 Mad About You 4 Frasier 10
Television program with most nominations M*A*S*H, Cheers 11 M*A*S*H 21 30 Rock 14 34
Television program with most nominations without ever winning Barney Miller, Roseanne 7 Barney Miller 8 The Golden Girls, Seinfeld 5 Barney Miller 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)
Tom Poston The Steve Allen Show Various Characters NBC
Richard Crenna The Real McCoys Luke McCoy ABC
Paul Ford The Phil Silvers Show Col. John T. Hall CBS
Maurice Gosfield Pvt. Duane Doberman
Billy Gray Father Knows Best Bud CBS, NBC
Harry Morgan December Bride Pete Porter 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)
Don Knotts § The Andy Griffith Show Dep. Barney Fife CBS
Morey Amsterdam The Dick Van Dyke Show Buddy Sorrell CBS
Frank Gorshin Batman The Riddler ABC
Werner Klemperer Hogan's Heroes Col. Wilhelm Klink CBS
1966-1967
(19th)
Don Knotts § The Andy Griffith Show Dep. Barney Fife CBS
Gale Gordon The Lucy Show Mr. Theodore J. Mooney CBS
Werner Klemperer Hogan's Heroes Col. Wilhelm Klink
1967-1968
(20th)
Werner Klemperer Hogan's Heroes Col. Wilhelm Klink CBS
Jack Cassidy He & She Oscar North CBS
William Demarest My Three Sons Uncle Charley O'Casey
Gale Gordon The Lucy Show Mr. Theodore J. Mooney
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)
Michael Constantine Room 222 Principal Seymour Kaufman ABC
Werner Klemperer Hogan's Heroes Col. Wilhelm Klink CBS
Charles Nelson Reilly The Ghost & Mrs. Muir Claymore Gregg ABC
1970-1971
(23rd)
Ed Asner The Mary Tyler Moore Show Lou Grant CBS
Michael Constantine Room 222 Principal Seymour Kaufman ABC
Gale Gordon Here's Lucy Harrison Otis 'Uncle Harry' Carter CBS
1971-1972
(24th)
Ed Asner The Mary Tyler Moore Show Lou Grant CBS
Ted Knight The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ted Baxter CBS
Rob Reiner All in the Family Michael Stivic
1972-1973
(25th)
Ted Knight The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ted Baxter CBS
Ed Asner The Mary Tyler Moore Show Lou Grant CBS
Gary Burghoff M*A*S*H Corp. "Radar" O’Reilly
Rob Reiner All in the Family Michael Stivic
McLean Stevenson M*A*S*H Lt. Col. Henry Blake
1973-1974
(26th)
Rob Reiner All in the Family Michael Stivic CBS
Ed Asner The Mary Tyler Moore Show Lou Grant CBS
Gary Burghoff M*A*S*H Corp. "Radar" O’Reilly
Ted Knight The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ted Baxter
McLean Stevenson M*A*S*H Lt. Col. Henry Blake
1974-1975
(27th)
Ed Asner The Mary Tyler Moore Show Lou Grant CBS
Gary Burghoff M*A*S*H Corp. "Radar" O’Reilly CBS
Ted Knight The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ted Baxter
Rob Reiner All in the Family Michael Stivic
McLean Stevenson M*A*S*H Lt. Col. Henry Blake
1975-1976
(28th)
Ted Knight The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ted Baxter CBS
Ed Asner The Mary Tyler Moore Show Lou Grant CBS
Gary Burghoff M*A*S*H Corp. "Radar" O’Reilly
Harry Morgan Col. Sherman Potter
Abe Vigoda Barney Miller Sgt. Philip K. Fish ABC
1976-1977
(29th)
Gary Burghoff M*A*S*H Corp. "Radar" O’Reilly CBS
Ed Asner The Mary Tyler Moore Show Lou Grant CBS
Ted Knight Ted Baxter
Harry Morgan M*A*S*H Col. Sherman Potter
Abe Vigoda Barney Miller Sgt. Philip K. Fish ABC
1977-1978
(30th)
Rob Reiner All in the Family Michael Stivic CBS
Tom Bosley Happy Days Howard Cunningham ABC
Gary Burghoff M*A*S*H Corp. "Radar" O’Reilly CBS
Harry Morgan Col. Sherman Potter
Vic Tayback Alice Mel Sharples
1978-1979
(31st)
Robert Guillaume Soap Benson DuBois ABC
Gary Burghoff M*A*S*H Corp. "Radar" O’Reilly CBS
Danny DeVito Taxi Louie De Palma ABC
Max Gail Barney Miller Det. Stan “Wojo” Wojciehowicz
Harry Morgan M*A*S*H Col. Sherman Potter CBS

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1979-1980
(32nd)
Harry Morgan M*A*S*H Col. Sherman Potter CBS
Mike Farrell M*A*S*H Cap. BJ Hunnicutt CBS
Max Gail Barney Miller Det. Stan “Wojo” Wojciehowicz ABC
Howard Hesseman WKRP in Cincinnati Dr. Johnny Fever CBS
Steve Landesberg Barney Miller Arthur P. Deitrich ABC
1980-1981
(33rd)
Danny DeVito Taxi Louie De Palma ABC
Howard Hesseman WKRP in Cincinnati Dr. Johnny Fever CBS
Steve Landesberg Barney Miller Arthur P. Deitrich ABC
Harry Morgan M*A*S*H Col. Sherman Potter CBS
David Ogden Stiers Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III
1981-1982
(34th)
Christopher Lloyd Taxi Reverend Jim Ignatowski ABC
Danny DeVito Taxi Louie De Palma ABC
Ron Glass Barney Miller Det. Ron Harris
Steve Landesberg Arthur P. Deitrich
Harry Morgan M*A*S*H Col. Sherman Potter CBS
David Ogden Stiers Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III
1982-1983
(35th)
Christopher Lloyd Taxi Reverend Jim Ignatowski NBC
Nicholas Colasanto Cheers Coach Ernie Pantusso NBC
Danny DeVito Taxi Louie De Palma
Harry Morgan M*A*S*H Col. Sherman Potter CBS
Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live Various Characters NBC
1983-1984
(36th)
Pat Harrington, Jr. One Day at a Time Dwayne Schneider CBS
Rene Auberjonois Benson Clayton Endicott III ABC
Nicholas Colasanto Cheers Coach Ernie Pantusso NBC
Tom Poston Newhart George Utley CBS
George Wendt Cheers Norm Peterson NBC
1984-1985
(37th)
John Larroquette Night Court Dan Fielding NBC
Nicholas Colasanto (posthumous) Cheers Coach Ernie Pantusso NBC
Michael J. Fox Family Ties Alex P. Keaton
John Ratzenberger Cheers Cliff Clavin
George Wendt Norm Peterson
1985-1986
(38th)
John Larroquette Night Court Dan Fielding NBC
Tom Poston Newhart George Utley CBS
John Ratzenberger Cheers Cliff Clavin NBC
Malcolm-Jamal Warner The Cosby Show Theo Huxtable
George Wendt Cheers Norm Peterson
1986-1987
(39th)
John Larroquette Night Court Dan Fielding NBC
Woody Harrelson Cheers Woody Boyd NBC
Tom Poston Newhart George Utley CBS
Peter Scolari Michael Harris
George Wendt Cheers Norm Peterson NBC
1987-1988
(40th)
John Larroquette Night Court Dan Fielding NBC
Kelsey Grammer Cheers Frasier Crane NBC
Woody Harrelson Woody Boyd
Peter Scolari Newhart Michael Harris CBS
George Wendt Cheers Norm Peterson NBC
1988-1989
(41st)
Woody Harrelson Cheers Woody Boyd NBC
Joe Regalbuto Murphy Brown Frank Fontana CBS
Peter Scolari Newhart Michael Harris
Meshach Taylor Designing Women Anthony Bouvier
George Wendt Cheers Norm Peterson NBC

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1989-1990
(42nd)
Alex Rocco The Famous Teddy Z Al Floss CBS
Kelsey Grammer Cheers Frasier Crane NBC
Woody Harrelson Woody Boyd
Charles Kimbrough Murphy Brown Jim Dial CBS
Jerry Van Dyke Coach Luther Van Dam ABC
1990-1991
(43rd)
Jonathan Winters Davis Rules Gunny Davis CBS
Charles Durning Evening Shade Herlan Eldridge CBS
Woody Harrelson Cheers Woody Boyd NBC
Michael Jeter Evening Shade Herman Stiles CBS
Jerry Van Dyke Coach Luther Van Dam ABC
1991-1992
(44th)
Michael Jeter Evening Shade Herman Stiles CBS
Jason Alexander Seinfeld George Costanza NBC
Charles Durning Evening Shade Herlan Eldridge CBS
Harvey Fierstein § Cheers Mark Newberger NBC
Jay Thomas § Murphy Brown Jerry Gold CBS
Jerry Van Dyke Coach Luther Van Dam ABC
1992-1993
(45th)
Michael Richards Seinfeld Cosmo Kramer NBC
Jason Alexander Seinfeld George Costanza NBC
Michael Jeter Evening Shade Herman Stiles CBS
Jeffrey Tambor The Larry Sanders Show Hank Kingsley HBO
Rip Torn Artie
1993-1994
(46th)
Michael Richards Seinfeld Cosmo Kramer NBC
Jason Alexander Seinfeld George Costanza NBC
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Dr. Niles Crane
Rip Torn The Larry Sanders Show Artie HBO
Jerry Van Dyke Coach Luther Van Dam ABC
1994-1995
(47th)
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Dr. Niles Crane NBC
Jason Alexander Seinfeld George Costanza NBC
Michael Richards Cosmo Kramer
David Schwimmer Friends Ross Geller
Rip Torn The Larry Sanders Show Artie HBO
1995-1996
(48th)
Rip Torn The Larry Sanders Show Artie HBO
Jason Alexander Seinfeld George Costanza NBC
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Dr. Niles Crane
Michael Richards Seinfeld Cosmo Kramer
Jeffrey Tambor The Larry Sanders Show Hank Kingsley HBO
1996-1997
(49th)
Michael Richards Seinfeld Cosmo Kramer NBC
Jason Alexander Seinfeld George Costanza NBC
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Dr. Niles Crane
Jeffrey Tambor The Larry Sanders Show Hank Kingsley HBO
Rip Torn Artie
1997-1998
(50th)
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Dr. Niles Crane NBC
Jason Alexander Seinfeld George Costanza NBC
Phil Hartman (posthumous) NewsRadio Bill McNeal
Jeffrey Tambor The Larry Sanders Show Hank Kingsley HBO
Rip Torn Artie
1998-1999
(51st)
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Dr. Niles Crane NBC
Peter Boyle Everybody Loves Raymond Frank Barone CBS
Peter MacNicol Ally McBeal John Cage Fox
John Mahoney Frasier Martin Crane NBC
David Spade Just Shoot Me! Dennis Finch

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1999-2000
(52nd)
Sean Hayes Will & Grace Jack McFarland NBC
Peter Boyle Everybody Loves Raymond Frank Barone CBS
Brad Garrett Robert Barone
Peter MacNicol Ally McBeal John Cage Fox
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Dr. Niles Crane NBC
2000-2001
(53rd)
Peter MacNicol Ally McBeal John Cage Fox
Peter Boyle Everybody Loves Raymond Frank Barone CBS
Robert Downey, Jr. Ally McBeal Larry Paul Fox
Sean Hayes Will & Grace Jack McFarland NBC
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Dr. Niles Crane
2001-2002
(54th)
Brad Garrett Everybody Loves Raymond Robert Barone CBS
Peter Boyle Everybody Loves Raymond Frank Barone CBS
Bryan Cranston Malcolm in the Middle Hal Fox
Sean Hayes Will & Grace Jack McFarland NBC
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Dr. Niles Crane
2002-2003
(55th)
Brad Garrett Everybody Loves Raymond Robert Barone CBS
Peter Boyle Everybody Loves Raymond Frank Barone CBS
Bryan Cranston Malcolm in the Middle Hal Fox
Sean Hayes Will & Grace Jack McFarland NBC
John Mahoney Frasier Martin Crane
David Hyde Pierce Dr. Niles Crane
2003-2004
(56th)
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Dr. Niles Crane NBC
Peter Boyle Everybody Loves Raymond Frank Barone CBS
Brad Garrett Robert Barone
Sean Hayes Will & Grace Jack McFarland NBC
Jeffrey Tambor Arrested Development George and Oscar Bluth Fox
2004-2005
(57th)
Brad Garrett Everybody Loves Raymond Robert Barone CBS
Peter Boyle Everybody Loves Raymond Frank Barone CBS
Sean Hayes Will & Grace Jack McFarland NBC
Jeremy Piven Entourage Ari Gold HBO
Jeffrey Tambor Arrested Development George and Oscar Bluth Fox
2005-2006
(58th)
Jeremy Piven Entourage Ari Gold HBO
Will Arnett Arrested Development George "G.O.B." Bluth, Jr. Fox
Bryan Cranston Malcolm in the Middle Hal
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men Dr. Alan Harper CBS
Sean Hayes Will & Grace Jack McFarland NBC
2006-2007
(59th)
Jeremy Piven Entourage Ari Gold HBO
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men Dr. Alan Harper CBS
Kevin Dillon Entourage Johnny "Drama" Chase HBO
Neil Patrick Harris How I Met Your Mother Barney Stinson CBS
Rainn Wilson The Office Dwight Schrute NBC
2007-2008
(60th)
Jeremy Piven Entourage Ari Gold HBO
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men Dr. Alan Harper CBS
Kevin Dillon Entourage Johnny "Drama" Chase HBO
Neil Patrick Harris How I Met Your Mother Barney Stinson CBS
Rainn Wilson The Office Dwight Schrute NBC
2008-2009
(61st)
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men Dr. Alan Harper CBS
Kevin Dillon Entourage Johnny "Drama" Chase HBO
Neil Patrick Harris How I Met Your Mother Barney Stinson CBS
Jack McBrayer 30 Rock Kenneth Parcell NBC
Tracy Morgan Tracy Jordan
Rainn Wilson The Office Dwight Schrute

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
2009-2010
(62nd)
Eric Stonestreet Modern Family Cameron Tucker ABC
Ty Burrell Modern Family Phil Dunphy ABC
Chris Colfer Glee Kurt Hummel Fox
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men Dr. Alan Harper CBS
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Modern Family Mitchell Pritchett ABC
Neil Patrick Harris How I Met Your Mother Barney Stinson CBS
2010-2011
(63rd)
Ty Burrell Modern Family Phil Dunphy ABC
Chris Colfer Glee Kurt Hummel Fox
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men Dr. Alan Harper CBS
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Modern Family Mitchell Pritchett ABC
Ed O'Neill Jay Pritchett
Eric Stonestreet Cameron Tucker
2011-2012
(64th)
Eric Stonestreet Modern Family Cameron Tucker ABC
Ty Burrell Modern Family Phil Dunphy ABC
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Mitchell Pritchett
Max Greenfield New Girl Schmidt Hubert Fox
Bill Hader Saturday Night Live Various Characters NBC
Ed O'Neill Modern Family Jay Pritchett ABC
2012-2013
(65th)
Tony Hale Veep Gary Walsh HBO
Ty Burrell Modern Family Phil Dunphy ABC
Adam Driver Girls Adam Sackler HBO
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Modern Family Mitchell Pritchett ABC
Bill Hader Saturday Night Live Various Characters NBC
Ed O'Neill Modern Family Jay Pritchett ABC

Actors with multiple wins[edit]

5 wins

4 wins

3 wins

2 wins

Actors with multiple nominations[edit]

Notes[edit]

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

See also[edit]