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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In early Primetime Emmy Award ceremonies, the supporting categories were not always genre, or even gender, specific. Beginning with the 22nd Primetime Emmy Awards, 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:

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
First awarded 1954
Currently held by John Lithgow,
The Crown (2017)
Website emmys.com

Contents

Winners and nominationsEdit

1950sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19531954
(6th)
[note 1]
Art Carney Ed Norton The Jackie Gleason Show CBS
Ben Alexander Officer Frank Smith Dragnet NBC
William Frawley Fred Mertz I Love Lucy CBS
Tony Randall Harvey Weskitt Mister Peepers NBC
Carl Reiner Various Characters Your Show of Shows
19541955
(7th)
[note 1]
Art Carney Ed Norton The Jackie Gleason Show CBS
Ben Alexander Officer Frank Smith Dragnet NBC
Don DeFore Thorny The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet ABC
William Frawley Fred Mertz I Love Lucy CBS
Gale Gordon Osgood Conklin Our Miss Brooks
19551956
(8th)
[note 1]
Art Carney Ed Norton The Honeymooners CBS
Ed Begley, Sr. # Andy Sloane Patterns NBC
William Frawley Fred Mertz I Love Lucy CBS
Carl Reiner Various Characters Caesar's Hour NBC
Cyril Ritchard # Mr. Darling/Captain Hook Peter Pan
19561957
(9th)
[note 1]
Carl Reiner Various Characters Caesar's Hour NBC
Art Carney Ed Norton The Jackie Gleason Show CBS
Paul Ford Col. John T. Hall The Phil Silvers Show
William Frawley Fred Mertz I Love Lucy
Ed Wynn # Army Requiem for a Heavyweight
19571958
(10th)
[note 1]
Carl Reiner Various Characters Caesar's Hour NBC
Paul Ford Col. John T. Hall The Phil Silvers Show CBS
William Frawley Fred Mertz I Love Lucy
Louis Nye Various Characters The Steve Allen Show NBC
Dennis Weaver Chester Goode Gunsmoke CBS
19581959
(11th)
Dennis Weaver Chester Goode Gunsmoke CBS
Herschel Bernardi Lt. Jacoby Peter Gunn NBC
Johnny Crawford Mark McCain The Rifleman ABC
William Hopper Paul Drake Perry Mason CBS

1960sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19591960
(12th)
No Award
19601961
(13th)
[note 1]
Don Knotts Dep. Barney Fife The Andy Griffith Show CBS
Abby Dalton Lt. Martha Hale Hennesey CBS
Barbara Hale Della Street Perry Mason
19611962
(14th)
[note 1]
Don Knotts Dep. Barney Fife The Andy Griffith Show CBS
Sam Jaffe Dr. David Zorba Ben Casey ABC
Barry Jones # The Dean Victoria Regina NBC
Horace McMahon Lt. Mike Parker Naked City ABC
George C. Scott § Dr. Karl Anders Ben Casey
19621963
(15th)
[note 1]
Don Knotts Dep. Barney Fife The Andy Griffith Show CBS
Tim Conway Ens. Charles Parker McHale's Navy ABC
Paul Ford # Col. Wainwright Purdy III The Teahouse of the August Moon NBC
Hurd Hatfield # Lionel Rothschild The Invincible Mr. Disraeli
Robert Redford # George Laurents The Voice of Charlie Pont ABC
19631964
(16th)
[note 1]
Albert Paulsen # Lt. Volkoval One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich NBC
Sorrell Booke § Julius Orloff Dr. Kildare NBC
Conlan Carter Doc Combat! ABC
Carl Lee § Lonnie Hill The Doctors and the Nurses CBS
19641965
(17th)
No Award
19651966
(18th)
James Daly # Dr. O'Meara Eagle in a Cage NBC
David Burns § The Great McGonigle The Trials of O'Brien CBS
Leo G. Carroll Alexander Waverly The Man from U.N.C.L.E. NBC
19661967
(19th)
Eli Wallach # Happy Locarno The Poppy Is Also a Flower ABC
Leo G. Carroll Alexander Waverly The Man from U.N.C.L.E. NBC
Leonard Nimoy Spock Star Trek
19671968
(20th)
Milburn Stone Doc Gunsmoke CBS
Joseph Campanella Lew Wickersham Mannix CBS
Lawrence Dobkin # Dr. Gettlinger Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Leonard Nimoy Spock Star Trek NBC
19681969
(21st)
[note 1]
Werner Klemperer Col. Wilhelm Klink Hogan's Heroes CBS
Greg Morris Barney Collier Mission: Impossible CBS
Leonard Nimoy Spock Star Trek NBC

1970sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19691970
(22nd)
James Brolin Dr. Steven Kiley Marcus Welby, M.D. ABC
Tige Andrews Capt. Adam Greer The Mod Squad ABC
Greg Morris Barney Collier Mission: Impossible CBS
19701971
(23rd)
David Burns # (posthumously) Mr. Solomon ITV Sunday Night Theatre NBC
James Brolin Dr. Steven Kiley Marcus Welby, M.D. ABC
Robert Young # Senator Earl Gannon Vanished NBC
19711972
(24th)
Jack Warden # George Halas Brian's Song ABC
James Brolin Dr. Steven Kiley Marcus Welby, M.D. ABC
Greg Morris Barney Collier Mission: Impossible CBS
19721973
(25th)
Scott Jacoby # Nick Salter That Certain Summer ABC
James Brolin Dr. Steven Kiley Marcus Welby, M.D. ABC
Will Geer Zebulon Walton The Waltons CBS
19731974
(26th)
Michael Moriarty # Jim O'Connor The Glass Menagerie ABC
Michael Douglas Steve Keller The Streets of San Francisco ABC
Will Geer Zebulon Walton The Waltons CBS
Sam Waterston # Tom Wingfield The Glass Menagerie ABC
19741975
(27th)
Will Geer Zebulon Walton The Waltons CBS
J.D. Cannon Peter B. Clifford McCloud NBC
Michael Douglas Steve Keller The Streets of San Francisco ABC
19751976
(28th)
Anthony Zerbe LT K.C. Trench Harry O ABC
Michael Douglas Steve Keller The Streets of San Francisco ABC
Will Geer Zebulon Walton The Waltons CBS
Ray Milland # Duncan Calderwood Rich Man, Poor Man ABC
Robert Reed # Teddy Boylan
19761977
(29th)
Gary Frank Willie Lawrence Family ABC
Noah Beery Jr. Joseph "Rocky" Rockford The Rockford Files NBC
David Doyle John Bosley Charlie's Angels ABC
Tom Ewell Billy Truman Baretta
Will Geer Zebulon Walton The Waltons CBS
19771978
(30th)
Robert Vaughn # Frank Flaherty Washington: Behind Closed Doors ABC
Ossie Davis # Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. King NBC
Will Geer (posthumously) Zebulon Walton The Waltons CBS
Sam Wanamaker # Moses Weiss Holocaust NBC
David Warner # Heydrich
19781979
(31st)
Stuart Margolin Evelyn "Angel" Martin The Rockford Files NBC
Mason Adams Charlie Hume Lou Grant CBS
Noah Beery Jr. Joseph "Rocky" Rockford The Rockford Files NBC
Joe Santos Det. Dennis Becker
Robert Walden Joe Rossi Lou Grant CBS

1980sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19791980
(32nd)
Stuart Margolin Evelyn "Angel" Martin The Rockford Files NBC
Mason Adams Charlie Hume Lou Grant CBS
Noah Beery Jr. Joseph "Rocky" Rockford The Rockford Files NBC
Robert Walden Joe Rossi Lou Grant CBS
19801981
(33rd)
Michael Conrad Sgt. Phil Esterhaus Hill Street Blues NBC
Mason Adams Charlie Hume Lou Grant CBS
Charles Haid Officer Andy Renko Hill Street Blues NBC
Robert Walden Joe Rossi Lou Grant CBS
Bruce Weitz Det. Mick Belker Hill Street Blues NBC
19811982
(34th)
Michael Conrad Sgt. Phil Esterhaus Hill Street Blues NBC
Taurean Blacque Det. Neal Washington Hill Street Blues NBC
Charles Haid Officer Andy Renko
Michael Warren Officer Bobby Hill
Bruce Weitz Det. Mick Belker
19821983
(35th)
James Coco § Arnie St. Elsewhere NBC
Ed Begley Jr. Dr. Victor Ehrlich St. Elsewhere NBC
Michael Conrad Sgt. Phil Esterhaus Hill Street Blues
Joe Spano Sgt. Henry Goldblume
Bruce Weitz Det. Mick Belker
19831984
(36th)
Bruce Weitz Det. Mick Belker Hill Street Blues NBC
Ed Begley Jr. Dr. Victor Ehrlich St. Elsewhere NBC
Michael Conrad (posthumously) Sgt. Phil Esterhaus Hill Street Blues
John Hillerman Jonathan Higgins Magnum, P.I. CBS
James Sikking Lt. Howard Hunter Hill Street Blues NBC
19841985
(37th)
Edward James Olmos Lt. Martin Castillo Miami Vice NBC
Ed Begley Jr. Dr. Victor Ehrlich St. Elsewhere NBC
John Hillerman Jonathan Higgins Magnum, P.I. CBS
John Karlen Harvey Lacey Cagney & Lacey
Bruce Weitz Det. Mick Belker Hill Street Blues NBC
19851986
(38th)
John Karlen Harvey Lacey Cagney & Lacey CBS
Ed Begley Jr. Dr. Victor Ehrlich St. Elsewhere NBC
John Hillerman Jonathan Higgins Magnum, P.I. CBS
Edward James Olmos Lt. Martin Castillo Miami Vice NBC
Bruce Weitz Det. Mick Belker Hill Street Blues
19861987
(39th)
John Hillerman Jonathan Higgins Magnum, P.I. CBS
Ed Begley Jr. Dr. Victor Ehrlich St. Elsewhere NBC
John Karlen Harvey Lacey Cagney & Lacey CBS
Jimmy Smits Victor Sifuentes L.A. Law NBC
Michael Tucker Stuart Markowitz
19871988
(40th)
Larry Drake Benny Stulwicz L.A. Law NBC
Ed Begley Jr. Dr. Victor Ehrlich St. Elsewhere NBC
Timothy Busfield Elliot Weston thirtysomething ABC
Alan Rachins Douglas Brackman L.A. Law NBC
Jimmy Smits Victor Sifuentes
19881989
(41st)
Larry Drake Benny Stulwicz L.A. Law NBC
Jonathan Banks Frank McPike Wiseguy CBS
Timothy Busfield Elliot Weston thirtysomething ABC
Richard Dysart Leland McKenzie L.A. Law NBC
Jimmy Smits Victor Sifuentes

1990sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19891990
(42nd)
Jimmy Smits Victor Sifuentes L.A. Law NBC
Timothy Busfield Elliot Weston thirtysomething ABC
Larry Drake Benny Stulwicz L.A. Law NBC
Richard Dysart Leland McKenzie
Dean Stockwell Al Calavicci Quantum Leap
19901991
(43rd)
Timothy Busfield Elliot Weston thirtysomething ABC
David Clennon Miles Drentell thirtysomething ABC
Richard Dysart Leland McKenzie L.A. Law NBC
Jimmy Smits Victor Sifuentes
Dean Stockwell Al Calavicci Quantum Leap
19911992
(44th)
Richard Dysart Leland McKenzie L.A. Law NBC
Ed Asner Walter Kovacs The Trials of Rosie O'Neill CBS
John Corbett Chris Stevens Northern Exposure
Richard Kiley § Doug Spaulding The Ray Bradbury Theater HBO
Jimmy Smits § Victor Sifuentes L.A. Law NBC
Dean Stockwell Al Calavicci Quantum Leap
19921993
(45th)
Chad Lowe Jesse McKenna Life Goes On ABC
Barry Corbin Maurice Minnifield Northern Exposure CBS
John Cullum Holling Vincouver
Fyvush Finkel Douglas Wambaugh Picket Fences
Dean Stockwell Al Calavicci Quantum Leap NBC
19931994
(46th)
Fyvush Finkel Douglas Wambaugh Picket Fences CBS
Gordon Clapp Greg Medavoy NYPD Blue ABC
Barry Corbin Maurice Minnifield Northern Exposure CBS
Nicholas Turturro James Martinez NYPD Blue ABC
Ray Walston Henry Bone Picket Fences CBS
19941995
(47th)
Ray Walston Henry Bone Picket Fences CBS
Héctor Elizondo Phillip Watters Chicago Hope CBS
James Earl Jones Neb Langston Under One Roof
Eriq La Salle Peter Benton ER NBC
Noah Wyle John Carter
19951996
(48th)
Ray Walston Henry Bone Picket Fences CBS
Héctor Elizondo Phillip Watters Chicago Hope CBS
James McDaniel Arthur Fancy NYPD Blue ABC
Stanley Tucci Richard Cross Murder One
Noah Wyle John Carter ER NBC
19961997
(49th)
Héctor Elizondo Phillip Watters Chicago Hope CBS
Adam Arkin Aaron Shutt Chicago Hope CBS
Eriq La Salle Peter Benton ER NBC
Nicholas Turturro James Martinez NYPD Blue ABC
Noah Wyle John Carter ER NBC
19971998
(50th)
Gordon Clapp Greg Medavoy NYPD Blue ABC
Héctor Elizondo Phillip Watters Chicago Hope CBS
Steven Hill Adam Schiff Law & Order NBC
Eriq La Salle Peter Benton ER
Noah Wyle John Carter
19981999
(51st)
Michael Badalucco Jimmy Berluti The Practice ABC
Benjamin Bratt Rey Curtis Law & Order NBC
Steve Harris Eugene Young The Practice ABC
Steven Hill Adam Schiff Law & Order NBC
Noah Wyle John Carter ER

2000sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
19992000
(52nd)
Richard Schiff Toby Ziegler The West Wing NBC
Michael Badalucco Jimmy Berlutti The Practice ABC
Dominic Chianese Junior Soprano The Sopranos HBO
Steve Harris Eugene Young The Practice ABC
John Spencer Leo McGarry The West Wing NBC
20002001
(53rd)
Bradley Whitford Josh Lyman The West Wing NBC
Dominic Chianese Junior Soprano The Sopranos HBO
Michael Imperioli Christopher Moltisanti
Richard Schiff Toby Ziegler The West Wing NBC
John Spencer Leo McGarry
20012002
(54th)
John Spencer Leo McGarry The West Wing NBC
Victor Garber Jack Bristow Alias ABC
Dulé Hill Charlie Young The West Wing NBC
Freddy Rodriguez Federico "Rico" Diaz Six Feet Under HBO
Richard Schiff Toby Ziegler The West Wing NBC
Bradley Whitford Josh Lyman
20022003
(55th)
Joe Pantoliano Ralph Cifaretto The Sopranos HBO
Victor Garber Jack Bristow Alias ABC
Michael Imperioli Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos HBO
John Spencer Leo McGarry The West Wing NBC
Bradley Whitford Josh Lyman
20032004
(56th)
Michael Imperioli Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos HBO
Steve Buscemi Tony Blundetto The Sopranos HBO
Brad Dourif Dr. Amos "Doc" Cochran Deadwood
Victor Garber Jack Bristow Alias ABC
John Spencer Leo McGarry The West Wing NBC
20042005
(57th)
William Shatner Denny Crane Boston Legal ABC
Alan Alda Arnold Vinick The West Wing NBC
Naveen Andrews Sayid Jarrah Lost ABC
Terry O'Quinn John Locke
Oliver Platt Russell Tupper Huff Showtime
20052006
(58th)
Alan Alda Arnold Vinick The West Wing NBC
Michael Imperioli Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos HBO
Gregory Itzin President Charles Logan 24 Fox
Oliver Platt Russell Tupper Huff Showtime
William Shatner Denny Crane Boston Legal ABC
20062007
(59th)
Terry O'Quinn John Locke Lost ABC
Michael Emerson Ben Linus Lost ABC
Michael Imperioli Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos HBO
T. R. Knight Dr. George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy ABC
Masi Oka Hiro Nakamura Heroes NBC
William Shatner Denny Crane Boston Legal ABC
20072008
(60th)
Željko Ivanek Ray Fiske Damages FX
Ted Danson Arthur Frobisher Damages FX
Michael Emerson Ben Linus Lost ABC
William Shatner Denny Crane Boston Legal
John Slattery Roger Sterling, Jr. Mad Men AMC
20082009
(61st)
Michael Emerson Ben Linus Lost ABC
Christian Clemenson Jerry Espenson Boston Legal ABC
William Hurt Daniel Purcell Damages FX
Aaron Paul Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad AMC
William Shatner Denny Crane Boston Legal ABC
John Slattery Roger Sterling, Jr. Mad Men AMC

2010sEdit

Year Actor Role Program Network
20092010
(62nd)
[1]
Aaron Paul Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad AMC
Andre Braugher Owen Thoreau, Jr. Men of a Certain Age TNT
Michael Emerson Ben Linus Lost ABC
Terry O'Quinn John Locke
Martin Short Leonard Winstone Damages FX
John Slattery Roger Sterling, Jr. Mad Men AMC
20102011
(63rd)
[2]
Peter Dinklage Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones HBO
Andre Braugher Owen Thoreau, Jr. Men of a Certain Age TNT
Josh Charles Will Gardner The Good Wife CBS
Alan Cumming Eli Gold
Walton Goggins Boyd Crowder Justified FX
John Slattery Roger Sterling, Jr. Mad Men AMC
20112012
(64th)
[3]
Aaron Paul Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad AMC
Jim Carter Charles Carson Downton Abbey PBS
Brendan Coyle John Bates
Peter Dinklage Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones HBO
Giancarlo Esposito Gus Fring Breaking Bad AMC
Jared Harris Lane Pryce Mad Men
20122013
(65th)
[4]
Bobby Cannavale Gyp Rosetti Boardwalk Empire HBO
Jonathan Banks Mike Ehrmantraut Breaking Bad AMC
Jim Carter Charles Carson Downton Abbey PBS
Peter Dinklage Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones HBO
Mandy Patinkin Saul Berenson Homeland Showtime
Aaron Paul Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad AMC
20132014
(66th)
[5]
Aaron Paul Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad AMC
Jim Carter Charles Carson Downton Abbey PBS
Josh Charles Will Gardner The Good Wife CBS
Peter Dinklage Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones HBO
Mandy Patinkin Saul Berenson Homeland Showtime
Jon Voight Mickey Donovan Ray Donovan
20142015
(67th)
[6]
Peter Dinklage Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones HBO
Jonathan Banks Mike Ehrmantraut Better Call Saul AMC
Jim Carter Charles Carson Downton Abbey PBS
Alan Cumming Eli Gold The Good Wife CBS
Michael Kelly Doug Stamper House of Cards Netflix
Ben Mendelsohn Danny Rayburn Bloodline
20152016
(68th)
[7]
Ben Mendelsohn Danny Rayburn Bloodline Netflix
Jonathan Banks Mike Ehrmantraut Better Call Saul AMC
Peter Dinklage Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones HBO
Kit Harington Jon Snow
Michael Kelly Doug Stamper House of Cards Netflix
Jon Voight Mickey Donovan Ray Donovan Showtime
20162017
(69th)
[8]
John Lithgow Winston Churchill The Crown Netflix
Jonathan Banks Mike Ehrmantraut Better Call Saul AMC
David Harbour Jim Hopper Stranger Things Netflix
Ron Cephas Jones William H. Hill This Is Us NBC
Michael Kelly Doug Stamper House of Cards Netflix
Mandy Patinkin Saul Berenson Homeland Showtime
Jeffrey Wright Bernard Lowe Westworld HBO

Multiple awardsEdit

Multiple nominationsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Early Emmy ceremonies did not have genre specific acting categories
  2. ^ Since the separation of the category into Drama and Comedy, Aaron Paul is the only actor to have won three times
  3. ^ Jonathan Banks is the only actor with nominations as a main cast member for three different shows in this category, two of which feature him as the same character

ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit