My Alternate Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Winners

by jmpatison003 | created - 12 Jan 2013 | updated - 02 Jul 2013 | Public

This list contains my alternate choices for the Emmy Award for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series from 1990-2012. Some of the choices are personal favorites of mine, while others are series that time has shown to have been unfairly passed over. I also included 5 alternate nominees (in order to equate the current number of total nominees with the older number and in order to give myself greater ability to recognize ignored shows). For nominees: * indicates nominee and ** indicates winner. Some other information has also been included. Enjoy!

1. Patrick McGoohan

Actor | The Prisoner

Though born in America, Irish actor Patrick McGoohan rose to become the number-one British TV star in the 1950s to 1960s era. His parents moved to Ireland when he was very young and McGoohan acquired a neutral accent that sounds at home in British or American dialogue. He was an avid stage actor ...

2. John Lithgow

Actor | 3rd Rock from the Sun

If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was ...

3. James Coco

Actor | Murder by Death

Born in New York City of humble means, character player James Coco was the son of Feliche, an Italian shoemaker, and Ida (Detestes) Coco. Shining shoes as a youngster with his father, his interest in acting occurred early on as a child. At age 17 he toured with a children's theatre troupe for three...

4. Patrick McGoohan

Actor | The Prisoner

Though born in America, Irish actor Patrick McGoohan rose to become the number-one British TV star in the 1950s to 1960s era. His parents moved to Ireland when he was very young and McGoohan acquired a neutral accent that sounds at home in British or American dialogue. He was an avid stage actor ...

Year: 1990 Series: Columbo Episode: Agenda for Murder Role: Oscar Finch Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees: Miguel Ferrer as Albert Rosenfeld in Twin Peaks (Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer)

5. Dabney Coleman

Actor | WarGames

For decades, Dabney Coleman has often appeared as a smarmy, selfish, nervous person, often with money, who is mostly out for himself. He did such a good job in this type of part that he's made a career of it in film.

Dabney Wharton Coleman was born in Austin, Texas, to Mary Wharton (Johns) and ...

Year: 1991 Series: Columbo Episode: The Murder of a Rock Star Role: Hugh Creighton Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees:

6. Christopher Lloyd

Actor | Back to the Future

Christopher Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA as Christopher Allen Lloyd. He is an actor, known for Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Addams Family Values (1993). He has been married to Lisa Loiacono since November 23, 2016. He was ...

Year: 1992 Series: Road to Avonlea Episode: Facts and Fictions Role: Alistair Dimple Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Kirk Douglas as General Kalthrob in Tales from the Crypt (Yellow); Richard Kiley as Doug Spaulding in The Ray Bradbury Theater (The Utterly Perfect Murder); Harrison Page as Reverend Walters in Quantum Leap (Song for the Soul)

7. Richard Kiley

Actor | Jurassic Park

Although Richard Kiley's rich baritone and strong vocal talent was much in evidence and received due respect with his award of a Tony for "Man of La Mancha", it was little used in his television and movie appearances. Won two Tony Awards as Best Actor (Musical): in 1959 for "Redhead" and in 1966 ...

Year: 1993 Series: Picket Fences Episode: N/A Role: Hayden Langston Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

8. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

Year: 1994 Series: Homicide: Life on the Street Episode: Bop Gun Role: Robert Ellison Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees:

9. Paul Winfield

Actor | The Terminator

Signifying intelligence, eloquence, versatility and quiet intensity, one of the more important, critically acclaimed black actors to gain a Hollywood foothold in the 1970s was Paul Winfield. Born in 1939 in Los Angeles, he lived there in his early years before moving with his family to Los Angeles'...

Year: 1995 Series: Picket Fences Episode: Enemy Lines Role: Judge Harold Nance Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

10. Peter Boyle

Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond

A bold, blunt instrument of hatred and violence at the onset of his film career, Peter Boyle recoiled from that repugnant, politically incorrect "working class" image to eventually play gruff, gentler bears and even comedy monsters in a career that lasted four decades.

He was born on October 18, ...

Year: 1996 Series: The X-Files Episode: Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose Role: Clyde Bruckman Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

11. David Boreanaz

Actor | Angel

David was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Patti, a travel agent, and weatherman Dave Roberts (Boreanaz). His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of half Slovak ancestry. At the age of seven he decide to be an actor, which eventually ...

Year: 1997 Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode: Angel Role: Angel Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Mark Metcalf as The Master in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Prophecy Girl)

12. James Marsters

Actor | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

James graduated from Davis High School and attended Juilliard, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and the American Conservatory Theatre. After spending ten years doing stage work he finally moved to L.A. to pursue a career in film and television. After appearing in several guest roles...

Year: 1998 Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode: School Hard Role: Spike Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Seth Green as Oz Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Phases)

13. Harry Groener

Actor | A Cure for Wellness

Harry Groener was born on September 10, 1951 in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. He is an actor, known for A Cure for Wellness (2016), Patch Adams (1998) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). He has been married to Dawn Didawick since September 19, 1978.

Year: 1999 Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode: Graduation Day, Part II Role: Mayor Richard Wilkins Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: **Edward Herrmann as Anderson Pearson in The Practice; Danny Strong as Jonathan Levinson in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Earshot); Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Bad Girls)

14. Timothy Busfield

Actor | The West Wing

Timothy Busfield is a producer, director and Emmy Award-winning actor with over 650 professional credits. As an actor he has been a series regular or recurring character in 14 series including "Thirtysomething", "The West Wing", "Entourage", "Sleepy Hollow", Secrets and Lies", "ED", "Studio 60 on ...

Year: 2000 Series: The West Wing Episode: The Short List Role: Danny Concannon Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Seth Green as Oz Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Wild at Heart); **James Whitmore as Raymond Oz in The Practice (N/A); Edward James Olmos as Roberto Mendoza in The West Wing (Celestial Navigation); *Alan Alda as Dr. Gabriel Lawrence in ER (N/A); James Marsters as Spike in Angel (In the Dark)

15. Michael Emerson

Actor | Lost

Michael Emerson was born on September 7, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. He is an actor, known for Lost (2004), Person of Interest (2011) and Saw (2004). He has been married to Carrie Preston since September 5, 1998.

Year: 2001 Series: The Practice Episode: N/A Role: William Hinks Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees: *James Cromwell as Bishop Stewart in ER (N/A); *Patrick Dempsey as Aaron Brooks in Once and Again (N/A); Timothy Busfield as Danny Concannon in The West Wing (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part II); *Oliver Platt as Oliver Babish in The West Wing (The Fall's Gonna Kill You); Marc Blucas as Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Into the Woods)

16. Ron Silver

Actor | Timecop

Ron Silver was born on July 2, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Ronald Arthur Silver. He was an actor and director, known for Timecop (1994), Reversal of Fortune (1990) and Find Me Guilty (2006). He was married to Lynne Miller. He died on March 15, 2009 in New York City.

Year: 2002 Series: The West Wing Episode: The Indians in the Lobby Role: Bruno Gianelli Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees: Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Grave (Part 2)); Joshua Malina as Will Bailey in The West Wing (The California 47th); **Charles S. Dutton as Leonard Marshall in The Practice (N/A); *Mark Harmon as Agent Simon Donovan in The West Wing (Posse Comitatus); Marc Blucas as Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (As You Were)

17. Matthew Perry

Actor | Friends

Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Suzanne Marie (Langford), a Canadian journalist, and John Bennett Perry, an American actor. His ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian.

Perry was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, where he became a top-ranked ...

Year: 2003 Series: The West Wing Episode: Life on Mars Role: Joe Quincy Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees: *Tim Matheson as Vice President John Hoynes in The West Wing (Swiss Diplomacy); Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Empty Places); Tom Lenk as Andrew Wells in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Storyteller); Jonathan M. Woodward as Holden Webster in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Conversations with Dead People); Nathan Fillion as Caleb in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dirty Girls)

18. William Shatner

Actor | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, displaying heady comedic talent and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise.

Shatner was born ...

Year: 2004 Series: The Practice Episode: N/A Role: Denny Crane Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees: Gary Cole as Vice President Bob Russell in The West Wing (Han); James Cromwell as President D. Wire Newman in The West Wing (The Stormy Present); John Goodman as Acting President Glen Allen Walken in The West Wing (Shutdown); *Matthew Perry as Joe Quincy in The West Wing (Separation of Powers)

19. Charles Durning

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most ...

Year: 2005 Series: NCIS Episode: Call of Silence Role: Ernie Yost Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees: Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek in Battlestar Galactica (Colonial Day)

20. Richard Hatch

Actor | Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming

Born in Santa Monica, California, USA, Richard Hatch was studying classical piano at the age of eight, and knew he wanted to carve out a career as a performer before he reached his teens. After attending Harbor College in San Pedro, he joined a Los Angeles repertory company with which he traveled ...

Year: 2006 Series: Battlestar Galactica Episode: Fragged Role: Tom Zarek Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Ron Silver as Bruno Gianelli in The West Wing (N/A); Marc Warren as Elton Pope in Doctor Who (Love & Monsters)

21. Mark Sheppard

Actor | Supernatural

Mark Andreas Sheppard was born on May 30, 1964 in London, England. He is an actor director and producer, known for Supernatural (2005), Battlestar Galactica (2004), Firefly (2002), Leverage (2008), Doctor Who (2005) In the Name of the Father (1993) and many others. He has been married to Sarah ...

Year: 2007 Series: Battlestar Galactica Episode: The Son Also Rises Role: Romo Lampkin Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: **John Goodman as Judge Robert Bebe in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (N/A); *Eli Wallach as Eli Weinraub in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (N/A); John Simm as The Master/Harold Saxon in Doctor Who (Last of the Time Lords); John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who (The Sound of Drums)

22. Bernard Cribbins

Actor | Frenzy

An actor since the age of 14, Bernard Cribbins had become a major star on the London stage by his mid-20s, but it was another ten years before he became a national star by his success in film comedies and with a string of hit records. He appeared in several of the "Carry On" series, and also ...

Year: 2008 Series: Doctor Who Episode: Turn Left Role: Wilfred Mott Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: **Charles Durning as Mr. Gavin in Rescue Me (N/A); John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who (The Stolen Earth)

23. Dean Stockwell

Actor | Quantum Leap

Photogenic American child actor of the 1940s, popular due in no small measure to his air of innocence and his beautiful, cherubic face with its dimples and his sparkling eyes, topped with a crown of curls. Still an actor in demand while well into his middle years, he is one of the few juvenile ...

Year: 2009 Series: Battlestar Galactica Episode: No Exit Role: Number One/Brother John Cavil Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Roark Critchlow as Slick in Battlestar Galactica (Somebody to Watch Over Me); Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek (Blood on the Scales)

24. John Lithgow

Actor | 3rd Rock from the Sun

If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was ...

Year: 2010 Series: Dexter Episode: N/A Role: Arthur Mitchell Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees: Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott in Doctor Who (The End of Time); Toby Jones as the Dream Lord in Doctor Who (Amy's Choice); Tony Curran as Vincent van Gogh in Doctor Who (Vincent and the Doctor)

25. Jeremy Davies

Actor | Saving Private Ryan

Jeremy Davies attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. He made his film debut starring in David O. Russell's acclaimed first film, the Indy classic, "Spanking the Monkey", which became a surprise Sundance Film Festival winner, earning Jeremy an Independent Spirit ...

Year: 2011 Series: Justified Episode: N/A Role: Dickie Bennett Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees: Bob Newhart as Dr. Walter Magnus in NCIS (Recruited)

26. Ben Feldman

Actor | Friday the 13th

A native of Washington, DC, Feldman made his first foray into acting at the age of 6 when a camp counselor convinced him to participate in the musical "Annie." In high school, Feldman was involved in the school theater program and participated in many plays. He also hosted the school's yearly ...

Year: 2012 Series: Mad Men Episode: N/A Role: Michael Ginsberg Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees: Iain Glen as Sir Richard Carlisle in Downton Abbey (Episode Five); **Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett in Justified (N/A); *Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning in The Good Wife (N/A); *Jason Ritter as Mark Cyr in Parenthood (N/A); *Mark Margolis as Héctor "Tio" Salamanca in Breaking Bad (N/A)



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