TV’s 14 Most Talented Actors of All Time
If someone asked you to name the actor or actress with the most Emmy wins, who would you guess? Jon Hamm? James Gandolfini? Bryan Cranston? Angela Lansbury? None of those is correct, actually. In fact, Hamm and Lansbury have never won. (Lansbury has a whopping 18 nominations and no wins.)
The following are the performers with the most Emmys for acting. (Tracey Ullman, for instance, has 7 Emmys, but some are for writing, directing, and producing.) Notice how the names of the awards changed frequently — sometimes in consecutive years.
Ed Asner: 7
Asner, perhaps best known to younger audiences as the square-headed, bespectacled old man in Up, was the master of comedic timing. His articulate way of speaking was integral to his sharp delivery on Mary Tyler Moore, which lived and died on its acerbic wit. Contrary to the grumpy old man he plays in Up, Asner was a great team player on MTM, bickering and riffing with his co-players with finesse.
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, 1980: Lou Grant
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, 1978: Lou Grant
- Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series, 1977: Roots
- Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series, 1976: Rich Man, Poor Man
- Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, 1975: Mary Tyler Moore
- Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, 1972: Mary Tyler Moore
- Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, 1971: Mary Tyler Moore