It’s hard to believe that after six year of nominations, Carell never won an Emmy for his lead role in The Office. After Carell’s 2011 loss, co-star Rainn Wilson tweeted, “The world of TV should be ashamed of itself that Steve Carell never won an Emmy for Michael Gary Scott. Goodnight.”
The 46-year-old actress has been nominated four years in a row (2010-2013) for three different series -- Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story and Nashville -- but Britton has yet to win for anything.
Despite five consecutive nominations (1991-1996) for playing a version of himself in his iconic self-titled comedy, Jerry Seinfeld never took home an Emmy for acting. The show itself, however, won for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1993.
With back-to-back (1985-1986) nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as Clair Huxtable in The Cosby Show, Rashad never won an Emmy in the show’s eight seasons. She was nominated again 22 years later for her role as Lena Younger in ABC’s TV movie A Raisin in the Sun.
Hamm skyrocketed to fame for his portrayal of Don Draper in AMC’s Mad Men, but he might be the most notable of the series' Emmy-less actors. After five back-to-back nominations, the 42-year-old actor is up for another one in 2013.
The former Married… With Children star, who played father/shoe salesman/former Polk High football stand-out Al Bundy for 11 years, has yet to take home an Emmy. O’Neill has been nominated for the past three years for his portrayal of patriarch Jay Pritchett in Modern Family. The producers of the hit ABC sitcom have expressed their disappointment at the actor failing to receive an Emmy nod, though co-stars Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet have all nabbed wins.
With 18 Emmy nominations and zero wins, Lansbury can stake her claim as one of the longest-tenured Emmy snub-ees in history. Most often considered for Outstanding Lead Actress for her portrayal of sleuth Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote, the actress also has been nominated for roles in drama series Law & Order and TV movies The Blackwater Lightship and Little Gloria… Happy at Last.
While Griffith was never even nominated for his title role in the '60s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, his co-star Don Knotts won five Emmys for his supporting performance. Griffith’s only Emmy nomination was for his supporting role in NBC’s 1981 TV movie Murder in Texas.
Laurie was nominated six times for his lead role as the grumpy Dr. Gregory House in Fox’s House M.D., but the series ended before he could snag a win.
For four consecutive years (2005-2009), Wilson was nominated for her role as Dr. Miranda Bailey at the height of Grey’s Anatomy's popularity, but she never went home with a statuette.
Meloni’s 12-year run as Detective Elliot Stabler in NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit only earned him one 2006 Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Co-star Mariska Hargitay, who remains on the series, has garnered eight nominations and one win.
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Hall’s lead role as sympathetic serial killer Dexter Morganhas earned him five nominations -- but zero wins. Before Dexter, he earned his first nomination (and loss) for playing David Fisher in HBO’s Six Feet Under.
Not only did she never win an Emmy for her role as Monica in Friends, but Cox never even earned a nomination. Co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston had better luck, nabbing one Emmy each with six nominations for Kudrow and five for Aniston. “I had a hard time not taking it personally when it was both Lisa and Jennifer at the same time,” Cox said about being snubbed. “Both girls and not me? It hurt.”
While NBC’s ER won 22 of the 124 Emmy Awards for which it was nominated, Clooney's mantel remained empty. He was nominated twice for playing Dr. Doug Ross in the long-running medical drama. The lack of Emmy wins, however, probably doesn't bother Clooney as much as some others, what with his shelf full of Oscars and Golden Globes.
Alexander gathered seven consecutive comedy supporting actor nominations for playing George Costanza on Seinfeld. But like his co-star Jerry Seinfeld, Alexander always hit the afterparties empty-handed.