Presenting Emmy’s all-time nominations leader: Hector Ramirez

When you think of Emmy legends, the name Hector Ramirez probably doesn’t come to mind.

But this morning, Ramirez received no fewer than five Emmy nominations, which according to the TV Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gives the longtime camera operator an all-time Emmy record of 60.

“You know, I (wasn’t) really aware,” Ramirez told Variety On the Air. “I know that I’ve gotten quite a few, but I really have not been tracking or keeping up with how many. But it’s exciting.”

This is the 21st consecutive year that at least one Emmy nomination has gone to Ramirez, whose first came in 1978 for “CBS: On the Air.” He has won 15 times, including twice in 2008 and every year from 1990-96.

This year, Ramirez is nominated four times with other camerapersons in the “Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special” category, for his work on the “25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert,” “82nd Annual Academy Awards,” “52nd Annual Grammy Awards” and “The Kennedy Center Honors.” He also received a nom in the category’s series counterpart, for “Dancing With the Stars.”

“I’ve been going now for 38 years,” said Ramirez. “I started here in Los Angeles right out of school in 1968, and I’ve been blessed by being able to work my whole life.”

Ramirez said his first job was with a small Spanish station. He worked with ABC for a year and then CBS for 7 1/2 years before going freelance, and has never worked any other job in Hollywood besides camera.

“I think it’s a challenging position for me,” Ramirez said. “It gives me the ability to express myself, visually. Fortunately, I’ve been lucky enough to have directors who like what I do.

“You know in this business, a little luck always helps. If they think you do a great job, and you’re a little lucky, you’re pretty well set up.”

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