Primetime Emmy Winners: Comedy Actor

Note: The names of award categories have changed dramatically through the years. Where the difference is significant, the actual title is cited in parentheses below. If the series also won another major program award — like Outstanding New Series, back in the days when there was such a category — it’s also noted. Missing years indicate that the award categories were dropped.

1951 Red Skelton (Best Comedian or Comedienne)

1952 Jimmy Durante (Best Comedian)

1955 Phil Silvers, The Phil Silvers Show

1956 Sid Caesar, Casesar’s Hour

1957 Jack Benny (Best Comedian), Robert Young, Father Knows Best (Best Actor, Comedy or Drama Series)

1958-59 Jack Benny, The Jack Benny Show

1963-64 Dick Van Dyke, The Dick Van Dyke Show (Outstanding Actor in a Series)

1964-65 Dick Van Dyke, The Dick Van Dyke Show (Outstanding Individual Achievement in Entertainment)

1965-66 Dick Van Dyke, The Dick Van Dyke Show

1966-67 Don Adams, Get Smart

1967-68 Don Adams, Get Smart

1968-69 Don Adams, Get Smart

1969-70 William Windom, My World and Welcome to It

1970-71 Jack Klugman, The Odd Couple

1971-72 Carroll O’Connor, All in the Family

1972-73 Jack Klugman, The Odd Couple

1973-74 Alan Alda, M*A*S*H

1974-75 Tony Randall, The Odd Couple

1975-76 Jack Albertson, Chico and the Man

1976-77 Carroll O’Connor, All in the Family

1977-78 Carroll O’Connor, All in the Family

1978-79 Carroll O’Connor, All in the Family

1979-80 Richard Mulligan, Soap

1980-81 Judd Hirsch, Taxi

1981-82 Alan Alda, M*A*S*H

1982-83 Judd Hirsch, Taxi

1983-84 John Ritter, Three’s Company

1984-85 Robert Guillaume, Benson

1985-86 Michael J. Fox, Family Ties

1986-87 Michael J. Fox, Family Ties

1987-88 Michael J. Fox, Family Ties

1988-89 Richard Mulligan, Empty Nest

1989-90 Ted Danson, Cheers

1990-91 Burt Reynolds, Evening Shade

1991-92 Craig T. Nelson, Coach

1992-93 Ted Danson, Cheers

1993-94 Kelsey Grammer, Frasier

1994-95 Kelsey Grammer, Frasier

1995-96 John Lithgow, 3rd Rock from the Sun

1996-97 John Lithgow, 3rd Rock from the Sun

1997-98 Kelsey Grammer, Frasier

1998-99 John Lithgow, 3rd Rock from the Sun

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