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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

The appeal of a guest role is obvious as an actor can often make the maximum impact in minimum screen time. That’s why previous winners love to drop in on other shows, such as Hank Azaria showing up on “Ray Donovan,” Michael J. Fox popping over to “The Good Wife” and Brad Garrett showing his dramatic range on “Law & Order: SVU.”

Last year, Reg E. Cathey took home the prize for his work on “House of Cards” after two nominations. He’s likely to receive another nomination for the role of Freddy, though his co-star Mahershala Ali could also figure into the mix.

There are certain shows that tend to do well time and again in the guest category. One is “The Good Wife,” which has a plethora of potential nominees, from the aforementioned Fox to Denis O’Hare and Blair Underwood, both involved in a powerful gun control episode. Another is “SVU”; in addition to Garrett, juicy performances came from the likes of Dallas Roberts, Robert John Burke, Alex Karpovsky and Peter Gallagher.

Though “Scandal” has a great supporting cast, its actors are often recognized in the guest category. Both Joe Morton [now a series regular] and Dan Bucatinsky have won for their guest spots, and this year the show has three actors who could break in. Jon Tenney had a juicy episode that ended with a shocker, while Gregg Henry had a blast as a Trump-esque candidate. And Norm Lewis delivered a fantastic monologue in the penultimate episode of the season.

Be on the lookout for veterans Max von Sydow [“Game of Thrones”] and Elliott Gould [“Ray Donovan”] to lend some star power to the lineup, while Robert Wagner [“NCIS”] could land his first nomination since 1970.

Frontrunners

Hank Azaria
RAY DONOVAN

Reg E. Cathey
HOUSE OF CARDS

Andrew Dice Clay
VINYL

Michael J. Fox
THE GOOD WIFE

Brad Garrett
LAW & ORDER: SVU

Elliott Gould
RAY DONOVAN

Jon Tenney
SCANDAL

Max von Sydow
GAME OF THRONES

Robert Wagner
NCIS

B.D. Wong
MR. ROBOT

On the Bubble

Beau Bridges
CODE BLACK

Josh Charles
THE GOOD WIFE

Vincent D’Onofrio
MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL

Tom Hardy
PEAKY BLINDERS

Gregg Henry
SCANDAL

Norm Lewis
SCANDAL

Clark Middleton
THE PATH

John Cameron Mitchell
VINYL

Brian Stokes Mitchell
THE PATH

Rob Morrow
BILLIONS

Mark Proksch
BETTER CALL SAUL

Jussie Smollett
UNDERGROUND

Stephen Spinella
THE KNICK

Dark Horses

Mahershala Ali
HOUSE OF CARDS

Bruce Altman
MR. ROBOT

Richard Armitage
HANNIBAL

Beau Bridges
BLOODLINE

Clancy Brown
CHICAGO P.D.

Robert John Burke
LAW & ORDER: SVU

Simon Callow
OUTLANDER

Jon Cryer
NCIS

Jerry Ferrara
POWER

Peter Gallagher
LAW & ORDER: SVU

Victor Garber
POWER

Alex Karpovsky
LAW & ORDER: SVU

Mark Margolis
THE AFFAIR

Benito Martinez
CODE BLACK

Gerald McRaney
LONGMIRE

Graham McTavish
OUTLANDER

Jeffrey Dean Morgan
THE WALKING DEAD

Denis O’Hare
THE GOOD WIFE

Michael O’Keefe
LAW & ORDER: SVU

Clarke Peters
MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES

Dallas Roberts
LAW & ORDER: SVU

Pablo Schreiber
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Stephen Spinella
CODE BLACK

Blair Underwood
THE GOOD WIFE

Wilmer Valderrama
GREY’S ANATOMY

 

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