Lead Actor - Drama

Peter Krause

Series: “Six Feet Under”

Years on show: 2

Emmy pedigree: First nomination

Episode submitted: “In the Game”

2001-02 shining moment: The times that Nate Fisher is forced to deal with his own immortality as a brain condition may end his life at any moment.

Pro: The stories involving Krause’s character have sometimes been sexier — literally and figuratively — than the ones with Michael C. Hall. That could get him more attention from Emmy voters.

Con: Many of the complexities in Nate’s character are subtle ones and could work against his getting noticed.

Quotable: “It’s really compelling for me because it’s a deeper psychological portrait than you’ll find elsewhere on TV. What I find the most interesting about Nate is on the surface he appears to be this normal guy who’s got everything together and he works really hard to project that. His own problems, fears and things like that are buried quite deep within.”

Critical viewpoint: “His character on ‘Six Feet’ allows him a little more range, to get inside his own character’s head and act out all those fears and contradictions. His character going from the outside, getting pumped back into the family and having all these doubts in his head. … He has just been great.” Tim Goodman, the San Francisco Chronicle

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