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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Before 1975, supporting actors featured in a miniseries or movie were included in categories such as comedy or drama. From 1975 to 1978, the award was called Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special. Despite the category's name, actors appearing in many episodes of a miniseries were included. In 1979, the award was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special. The award was renamed again in 1986 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special. By 1998, the award was renamed Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Awarded for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded 1975
Currently held by Sterling K. Brown,
The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016)


Winners and nominationsEdit


Year Actor Program Role Network
Anthony Quayle QB VII Tom Banniester ABC
Ralph Bellamy The Missiles of October Adlai Stevenson ABC
Jack Hawkins QB VII Justice Gilroy
Trevor Howard The Count of Monte Cristo Abbé Faria NBC
Ed Flanders A Moon for the Misbegotten Phil Hogan ABC
Ray Bolger The Entertainer Billy Rice NBC
Art Carney Katherine Thornton Alman ABC
Burgess Meredith Tail Gunner Joe Joseph N. Welch NBC
Martin Balsam Raid on Entebbe Daniel Cooper ABC
Mark Harmon Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years Robert Hugo Dunlap
Yaphet Kotto Raid on Entebbe Idi Amin
Walter McGinn (posthumously) Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years Louis Howe
Howard Da Silva Verna: USO Girl Eddie PBS
James Farentino Jesus of Nazareth Simon Peter NBC
Burgess Meredith The Last Hurrah Cardinal Burke
Donald Pleasence The Defection of Simas Kudirka Vladimir Popov CBS
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. A Family Upside Down Mike Long NBC
Marlon Brando Roots: The Next Generations George Lincoln Rockwell ABC
Al Freeman Jr. Roots: The Next Generations Malcolm X ABC
Ed Flanders Backstairs at the White House Calvin Coolidge NBC
Paul Winfield Roots: The Next Generations Dr. Horace Huguley ABC
Robert Vaughn Backstairs at the White House Woodrow Wilson NBC


Year Actor Program Role Network
George Grizzard The Oldest Living Graduate Floyd Kincaid NBC
Ernest Borgnine All Quiet on the Western Front Stanislaus Katczinsky CBS
John Cassavetes Flesh & Blood Gus Caputo
Charles Durning Attica Commissioner Russell Oswald ABC
Harold Gould The Scarlett O'Hara War Louis B. Mayer NBC
David Warner Masada Pomponius Falco ABC
Andy Griffith Murder in Texas Ash Robinson NBC
Yuki Meguro Shōgun Omi
Anthony Quayle Masada Rubrius Gallus ABC
John Rhys-Davies Shōgun Vasco Rodrigues NBC
Laurence Olivier Brideshead Revisited Lord Marchmain PBS
Jack Albertson (posthumously) My Body, My Child Poppa MacMahon ABC
John Gielgud Brideshead Revisited Edward Ryder PBS
Derek Jacobi Inside the Third Reich Adolf Hitler ABC
Leonard Nimoy A Woman Called Golda Morris Meyerson Syndicated
Richard Kiley The Thorn Birds Paddy Cleary ABC
Ralph Bellamy The Winds of War Franklin D. Roosevelt ABC
Bryan Brown The Thorn Birds Luke O'Neill
Christopher Plummer Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese
David Threlfall The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Smike Syndicated
Art Carney Terrible Joe Moran Tony CBS
Keith Carradine Chiefs Foxy Funderburke CBS
John Gielgud The Master of Ballantrae Lord Durrisdeer
John Lithgow The Day After Joe Huxley ABC
Randy Quaid A Streetcar Named Desire Harold "Mitch" Mitchell
David Ogden Stiers The First Olympics: Athens 1896 William Milligan Sloane NBC
Karl Malden Fatal Vision Freddy Kassab NBC
Richard Burton (posthumously) Ellis Island Phipps Ogden CBS
John Gielgud Romance on the Orient Express Theodore Woodward NBC
Richard Masur The Burning Bed Aryon Greydanus
Rip Torn The Atlanta Child Murders Lewis Slaton CBS
John Malkovich Death of a Salesman Biff Loman CBS
Charles Durning Death of a Salesman Charley CBS
John Glover An Early Frost Victor DiMato NBC
Harold Gould Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry Dr. Marvin Elias CBS
Pat Morita Amos Tommy Tanaka
Dabney Coleman Sworn to Silence Martin Costigan ABC
Stephen Collins The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Billy Grenville Jr. NBC
John Glover Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder Richard Behrens
Laurence Olivier Lost Empires Harry Burrard PBS
Eli Wallach Something in Common Norman Voss CBS
John Shea Baby M Bill Stern ABC
Dabney Coleman Baby M Gary Skoloff ABC
Anthony Quinn Onassis: The Richest Man in the World Socrates Onassis
Ron Silver Billionaire Boys Club Ron Levin ABC
Bruce Weitz Baby M Rick Whitehead ABC
Derek Jacobi The Tenth Man The Imposter CBS
Armand Assante Jack the Ripper Richard Mansfield CBS
Danny Glover My Name Is Bill W. Bob Smith
James Garner Lonesome Dove Joshua Deets
Corin Nemec I Know My First Name is Steven Steven Stayner NBC


Year Actor Program Role Network
Vincent Gardenia Age-Old Friends Michael Aylott HBO
Ned Beatty Last Train Home Cornelius Van Horne Family Channel
Brian Dennehy A Killing in a Small Town Ed Reivers CBS
Anthony Hopkins Great Expectations Abel Magwitch Disney Channel
James Earl Jones By Dawn's Early Light Alice HBO
Max von Sydow Red King, White Knight Szaz
James Earl Jones Heat Wave Junius Jackson TNT
Ruben Blades The Josephine Baker Story Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino HBO
David Dukes Jo Bouillon
Richard Kiley Separate But Equal Earl Warren ABC
Leon Russom Long Road Home Titus Wardlow NBC
Hume Cronyn Broadway Bound Ben ABC
Brian Dennehy The Burden of Proof Dixon Hartnell ABC
Héctor Elizondo Mrs. Cage Lieutenant Angel PBS
Jerry Orbach Broadway Bound Jack ABC
Ben Vereen Intruders Randall CBS
Beau Bridges The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Terry Harper HBO
Brian Dennehy Murder in the Heartland John McArthur ABC
Jonathan Pryce Barbarians at the Gate Henry Kravis HBO
Peter Riegert Peter A. Cohen
Maximilian Schell Stalin Vladimir Lenin
Michael A. Goorjian David's Mother David Goodson CBS
Alan Alda And the Band Played On Dr. Robert Gallo HBO
Matthew Broderick A Life in the Theatre John TNT
Richard Gere And the Band Played On The Choreographer HBO
Ian McKellen Bill Kraus
Donald Sutherland Citizen X Viacheslav Fetisov HBO
Jeffrey DeMunn Citizen X Chikatillo HBO
Sam Elliott Buffalo Girls "Wild Bill" Hickok CBS
Ben Kingsley Joseph Potiphar TNT
Edward James Olmos The Burning Season Wilson Pinheiro HBO
Tom Hulce The Heidi Chronicles Peter Patrone TNT
Andre Braugher The Tuskegee Airmen Benjamin O. Davis HBO
John Goodman A Streetcar Named Desire Harold "Mitch" Mitchell CBS
Ian McKellen Rasputin Tsar Nicholas II HBO
Treat Williams The Late Shift Michael Ovitz
Beau Bridges The Second Civil War James Farley HBO
Obba Babatundé Miss Evers' Boys Willie Johnson HBO
Michael Caine Mandela and de Klerk James Farley Showtime
Ossie Davis Miss Evers' Boys Mr. Evers HBO
Joe Mantegna The Last Don Pippi De Lena CBS
George C. Scott 12 Angry Men Juror #3 Showtime
Hume Cronyn 12 Angry Men Juror #9 Showtime
Gregory Peck Moby Dick Father Mapple USA
Martin Short Merlin Frik NBC
J. T. Walsh (posthumously) Hope Ray Percy TNT
Peter O'Toole Joan of Arc Bishop Pierre Cauchon CBS
Beau Bridges Inherit the Wind E. K. Hornbeck Showtime
Don Cheadle The Rat Pack Sammy Davis Jr. HBO
Peter Fonda The Passion of Ayn Rand Frank O'Connor Showtime
Joe Mantegna The Rat Pack Dean Martin HBO


Year Actor Program Role Network
Hank Azaria Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom ABC
Klaus Maria Brandauer Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Otto Preminger HBO
James Cromwell RKO 281 William Randolph Hearst
Danny Glover Freedom Song Will Walker Showtime
John Malkovich RKO 281 Herman Mankiewicz HBO
Brian Cox Nuremberg Hermann Göring TNT
Alan Alda Club Land Willie Walters Showtime
Colin Firth Conspiracy Stuckart HBO
Victor Garber Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Sidney Luft ABC
Ian Holm The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Patrick HBO
Stanley Tucci Conspiracy Adolf Eichmann
Michael Moriarty James Dean Winton Dean TNT
Alec Baldwin Path to War Robert McNamara HBO
Jim Broadbent The Gathering Storm Desmond Morton
Don Cheadle Things Behind the Sun Chuck Showtime
Jon Voight Uprising Jürgen Stroop NBC
Ben Gazzara Hysterical Blindness Nick Piccolo HBO
Alan Arkin The Pentagon Papers Harry Rowen FX
Chris Cooper My House in Umbria Thomas Riversmith HBO
John Malkovich Napoleon Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord A&E
Peter O'Toole Hitler: The Rise of Evil Paul von Hindenburg CBS
Jeffrey Wright Angels in America Mr. Lies / Norman "Belize" Ariaga / Homeless Man / The Angel Europa / The Antarctic Eskimo HBO
Justin Kirk Angels in America Prior Walter / Leatherman in Park HBO
William H. Macy Stealing Sinatra John Irwin Showtime
Ben Shenkman Angels in America Louis Ironson / The Angel Oceania HBO
Patrick Wilson Joe Pitt
Paul Newman Empire Falls Max Roby HBO
Brian Dennehy Our Fathers Father Dominic Spagnolia Showtime
Philip Seymour Hoffman Empire Falls C.B. Whiting / Charlie Mayne HBO
Christopher Plummer Our Fathers Cardinal Bernard Law Showtime
Randy Quaid Elvis Colonel Tom Parker CBS
Jeremy Irons Elizabeth I Earl of Leicester HBO
Robert Carlyle Human Trafficking Sergei Karpovich Lifetime
Clifton Collins Jr. Thief Jack Hill FX
Hugh Dancy Elizabeth I Earl of Essex HBO
Denis Lawson Bleak House John Jarndyce PBS
Thomas Haden Church Broken Trail Tom Harte AMC
Ed Asner The Christmas Card Luke Spelman Hallmark
Joe Mantegna The Starter Wife Lou Manahan USA
Aidan Quinn Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Henry L. Dawes HBO
August Schellenberg Sitting Bull
Tom Wilkinson John Adams Benjamin Franklin HBO
Bob Balaban Recount Ben Ginsberg HBO
Stephen Dillane John Adams Thomas Jefferson
Denis Leary Recount Michael Whouley
David Morse John Adams George Washington
Ken Howard Grey Gardens Phelan Beale HBO
Len Cariou Into the Storm Franklin D. Roosevelt HBO
Tom Courtenay Little Dorrit William Dorrit PBS
Bob Newhart The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice Judson TNT
Andy Serkis Little Dorrit Rigaud / Blandois PBS


Year Actor Program Role Episode Network
David Strathairn Temple Grandin William Carlock HBO
Michael Gambon Emma Mr. Woodhouse PBS
John Goodman You Don't Know Jack Neal Nicol HBO
Jonathan Pryce Return to Cranford Mr. Buxton PBS
Patrick Stewart Hamlet King Claudius / Ghost
Guy Pearce Mildred Pierce Monty Beragon HBO
Paul Giamatti Too Big to Fail Ben Bernanke HBO
Brían F. O'Byrne Mildred Pierce Bert Pierce
Tom Wilkinson The Kennedys Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. Reelz
James Woods Too Big to Fail Richard "Dick" Fuld Jr. HBO
Tom Berenger Hatfields & McCoys Jim Vance History
Martin Freeman Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Dr. John Watson PBS
Ed Harris Game Change John McCain HBO
Denis O'Hare American Horror Story Larry Harvey FX
David Strathairn Hemingway & Gellhorn John Dos Passos HBO
James Cromwell American Horror Story: Asylum Dr. Arthur Arden FX
Scott Bakula Behind the Candelabra Bob Black HBO
John Benjamin Hickey The Big C: Hereafter Sean Jameson Showtime
Peter Mullan Top of the Lake Matt Mitcham SundanceTV
Zachary Quinto American Horror Story: Asylum Dr. Oliver Thredson FX
Martin Freeman Sherlock: His Last Vow Dr. John Watson PBS
Matt Bomer The Normal Heart Felix Turner HBO
Colin Hanks Fargo Officer Gus Grimly FX
Joe Mantello The Normal Heart Mickey Marcus HBO
Alfred Molina Ben Weeks
Jim Parsons Tommy Boatwright
Bill Murray Olive Kitteridge Jack Kennison "Security" HBO
Richard Cabral American Crime Hector Tontz "Episode Ten" ABC
Damian Lewis Wolf Hall Henry VIII of England "Crows" PBS
Denis O'Hare American Horror Story: Freak Show Stanley "Pink Cupcakes" FX
Michael K. Williams Bessie Jack Gee HBO
Finn Wittrock American Horror Story: Freak Show Daniel "Dandy" Mott "Bullseye" FX
Sterling K. Brown The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Christopher Darden "Manna from Heaven" FX
Hugh Laurie The Night Manager Richard Onslow Roper "Episode 5" AMC
Jesse Plemons Fargo Ed Blumquist "Loplop" FX
David Schwimmer The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Robert Kardashian "Conspiracy Theories"
John Travolta Robert Shapiro "100% Not Guilty"
Bokeem Woodbine Fargo Mike Milligan "Palindrome"
*Winner will be announced on September 17, 2017
Bill Camp The Night Of Dennis Box "Subtle Beast" HBO
Alfred Molina Feud: Bette and Joan Robert Aldrich "Pilot" FX
Alexander Skarsgård Big Little Lies Perry Wright "Living the Dream" HBO
David Thewlis Fargo V.M. Varga "The Narrow Escape Problem" FX
Stanley Tucci Feud: Bette and Joan Jack L. Warner "Pilot"
Michael K. Williams The Night Of Freddy Knight "The Art of War" HBO

Multiple awardsEdit

2 awards

Multiple nominationsEdit

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