NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. The award was first given in 1972 and has also been called Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie. Currently LL Cool J holds the record for most wins in this category with four.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

1970s[edit]

Year Actor Series Ref
1972
Redd Foxx Sanford and Son [1]
1973 – 79 N/A

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Series Ref
1980 – 81 N/A
1982
Paul Winfield The Sophisticated Gents [2]
1983
Howard Rollins For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story [3]
1984 – 88 N/A
1989
Howard Rollins In the Heat of the Night [4]

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Series Ref
1990
Danny Glover Mandela [5]
1991 N/A
1992
Blair Underwood Murder in Mississippi [6]
1993
James Earl Jones Gabriel's Fire [7]
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs The Jacksons: An American Dream
1994
Dorian Harewood I'll Fly Away [8]
1995
Blair Underwood L.A. Law [9]
1996
Malik Yoba New York Undercover [10]
André Braugher Homicide: Life on the Street
Avery Brooks Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Yaphet Kotto Homicide: Life on the Street
Eriq La Salle ER
1997
Malik Yoba New York Undercover [11]
André Braugher Homicide: Life on the Street
Avery Brooks Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Yaphet Kotto Homicide: Life on the Street
Eriq La Salle ER
1998
Malik Yoba New York Undercover [12]
André Braugher Homicide: Life on the Street
Yaphet Kotto
Eriq La Salle ER
Richard Roundtree 413 Hope St.
1999
Eriq La Salle ER [13]
André Braugher Homicide: Life on the Street
Rocky Carroll Chicago Hope
Steve Harris The Practice
Yaphet Kotto Homicide: Life on the Street

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Series Ref
2000
Eriq La Salle ER [14]
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Oz
Michael Beach Third Watch
Steve Harris The Practice
Jesse L. Martin Law & Order
2001
Blair Underwood City of Angels [15]
André Braugher Gideon's Crossing
Steve Harris The Practice
Eriq La Salle ER
Jesse L. Martin Law & Order
2002
Eriq La Salle ER [16]
André Braugher Gideon's Crossing
Steve Harris The Practice
Ving Rhames UC: Undercover
Courtney B. Vance Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2003
Michael Beach Third Watch [17]
Bill Bellamy Fastlane
André Braugher Hack
Dennis Haysbert 24
Mykelti Williamson Boomtown
2004
Steve Harris The Practice [18]
Gary Dourdan CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Dennis Haysbert 24
Jesse L. Martin Law & Order
Wendell Pierce The Wire
2005
Taye Diggs Kevin Hill [19]
Gary Dourdan CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Hill Harper CSI: NY
Steve Harris The Practice
Jesse L. Martin Law & Order
2006
Isaiah Washington Grey's Anatomy [20]
Omar Epps House
Hill Harper CSI: NY
Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Jesse L. Martin Law & Order
2007
Isaiah Washington Grey's Anatomy [21]
Hill Harper CSI: NY
Dennis Haysbert The Unit
Jesse L. Martin Law & Order
Michael K. Williams The Wire
2008
Hill Harper CSI: NY [22]
Anthony Anderson K-Ville
Dennis Haysbert The Unit
Jesse L. Martin Law & Order
Jimmy Smits Cane
2009
Hill Harper CSI: NY [23]
Anthony Anderson Law & Order
Omar Epps House
Dennis Haysbert The Unit
Blair Underwood In Treatment

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Series Ref
2010
Hill Harper CSI: NY [24]
Anthony Anderson Law & Order
Taye Diggs Private Practice
Laurence Fishburne CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
LL Cool J NCIS: Los Angeles
2011
LL Cool J NCIS: Los Angeles [25]
Anthony Anderson Law & Order
Laurence Fishburne CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Hill Harper CSI: NY
Blair Underwood The Event
2012
LL Cool J NCIS: Los Angeles [26]
André Braugher Men of a Certain Age
Taye Diggs Private Practice
Hill Harper CSI: NY
Wendell Pierce Treme
2013
LL Cool J NCIS: Los Angeles [27]
Michael Clarke Duncan The Finder
Hill Harper CSI: NY
Dulé Hill Psych
Wendell Pierce Treme
2014
LL Cool J NCIS: Los Angeles [28]
Michael Ealy Almost Human
Shemar Moore Criminal Minds
James Pickens Jr. Grey's Anatomy
Wendell Pierce Treme
2015
Shemar Moore Criminal Minds [29]
Taye Diggs Murder in the First
Omar Epps Resurrection
Omari Hardwick Being Mary Jane
LL Cool J NCIS: Los Angeles
2016
Terrence Howard Empire [30]
Morris Chestnut Rosewood
Omari Hardwick Power
LL Cool J NCIS: Los Angeles
Wesley Snipes The Player
2017
Sterling K. Brown This Is Us [31]
Mike Colter Marvel's Luke Cage
Omari Hardwick Power
Terrence Howard Empire
Kofi Siriboe Queen Sugar

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Wins[edit]

Nominations[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "1990 Image Award Winners". IMDb. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "1992 Image Awards". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "1993 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ "1994 Image Award Winners". IMDb. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ "1995 Image Award Winners". IMDb. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
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  11. ^ "1997 Image Award Winners". IMDb. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ "1998 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
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  17. ^ "2003 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  18. ^ "2004 Image Award Winners". IMDb. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  19. ^ "2005 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  20. ^ "2006 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  21. ^ "2007 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  22. ^ "2008 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  23. ^ "2009 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  24. ^ "2010 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  25. ^ "2011 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  26. ^ "2012 Image Award Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  27. ^ Couch, Aaron (February 1, 2013). "2013 Image Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  28. ^ Couch, Aaron (February 22, 2014). "2014 Image Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  29. ^ Washington, Arlene (February 6, 2015). "2015 Image Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  30. ^ "2016 Image Winners". Variety. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
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