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List Rules Male actors, primarily known for TV work, who have been eligible for an Emmy award in an acting category - but haven't won.

What do Steve Carrell, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ed O'Neill have in common? No, it's not fame, fortune, or prestige. (Although they all have those too.) All three are one of TV's most iconic actors who have never won an Emmy. Shocked? You should be.

Michael Landon never won an Emmy for his stellar work on Little House on the Prairie after nine years on the show and his white hot run as Joe Cartwright. “Why didn’t you win an Emmy, Pa?” Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls might have said. Shoot, even Nellie Oleson felt bad for him. The Emmy snub for Landon is not rare. There are many actors who never won an Emmy. It’s a shocking list.

Jackie Gleason? Entertained millions night after night, but never won an Emmy. Hugh Laurie, who’s British and classically trained, acted his thespian hindquarters off season after season on House. But no Emmy for the cantankerous doctor. Jerry Seinfeld? He changed American culture, changed comedy on TV, and created new archetypes. He never won an Emmy. What’s the deal with all of these actors getting the big finger from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences?

Could any one of these Emmy snubs be blamed on politics, bad memories, or an aversion to consistent talent and hard work? Whatever the reasoning, it certainly doesn’t follow any kind of logic. George Clooney and Chistopher Meloni got the Emmy Snub, along with Jason Alexander despite his eight Emmy nominations.  

American’s beloved single dad, Andy Griffith, was never counted among those who won Emmys no matter how many times he took Opie fishing. Or how about Ed O’Neill? He’s been hilarious since Married with Children and he’s had to watch his Modern Family costars outshine his decades-long career.

Of all of the talented actors who never won an Emmy on this list, who was most deserving of the recognition? Vote up the Emmy snubs that you're most surprised by below. It might be hard to believe that each actor below has never won an Emmy for acting on television, even though he was eligible or even nominated. But it's true!

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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Hugh Laurie age 58 - House M.D. as Gregory House (Nom. Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Hugh Dancy age 42 - Elizabeth I as Earl of Essex (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 2006);Hannibal as Will Graham

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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Steve Carell age 55 - The Office as Michael Scott (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 2006 - 2011)

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Steve Buscemi age 60 - Boardwalk Empire as Nucky Thompson (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2011 - 2012), The Sopranos as Tony Blundetto (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 2004)

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
George Clooney age 56 - ER as Doug Ross (Nom. Lead Actor in a Drama Series 1995 - 1996)

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Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Chris Pratt age 38 - Parks and Recreation as Andy Dwyer

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Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Ed O'Neill age 71 - Modern Family as Jay Pritchett (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 2011 - 2013)

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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Henry Winkler age 72 - Happy Days as Arthur Fonzarelli (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 1976 - 1978)

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Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Andy Griffith Died at 86 (1926-2012) - The Andy Griffith Show as Andy Griffith

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Christopher Meloni is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Christopher Meloni age 56 - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Det. Elliot Stabler (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2006)

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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Bernie Mac Died at 51 (1957-2008) - The Bernie Mac Show (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 2002 - 2003)

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Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Rob Lowe age 53 - The West Wing as Sam Seaborn (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2001); Parks and Recreation as Chris Traeger

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Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Michael C. Hall age 46 - Dexter as Dexter Morgan (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2008 - 2012), Six Feet Under as David Fisher (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2002)

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David Duchovny is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
David Duchovny age 57 - X-Files as Fox Mulder (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 1997 - 1998); Californication as Hank Moody

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Desi Arnaz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Desi Arnaz Died at 69 (1917-1986) - I Love Lucy as Ricky Ricardo

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Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Jason Alexander age 58 - Seinfeld as George Costanza (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 1992 - 1998)

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Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Nick Offerman age 47 - Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson

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Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Redd Foxx Died at 69 (1922-1991) - Sanford and Son as Fred Sanford (Nom. Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series 1972 - 1974)

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Jonathan Banks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Jonathan Banks age 70 - Breaking Bad as Mike Ehrmantraut (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 2008), Better Call Saul as Mike Ehrmantraut (Nom. Outstanding Support Actor in a Drama Series 2015 - 2016)

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Scott Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Scott Wilson age 75 - The Walking Dead as Hershel Greene

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Michael Landon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Michael Landon Died at 55 (1936-1991) - Little House on the Prairie as Charles Ingalls

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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Jerry Seinfeld age 63 - Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 1992 - 1996)

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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Jackie Gleason Died at 71 (1916-1987) - The Honeymooners as Ralph Kramden (Nom. Best Actor 1956), The Jackie Gleason Show (Nom. Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series 1955)

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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Sean Bean age 58

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Michael K. Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Michael K. Williams age 51 - Boardwalk Empire as Chalky White, The Wire as Omar Little

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Jim Nabors is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Jim Nabors age 87 - Gomer Pyle: USMC as Pvt. Gomer Pyle

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Sazonana added Jeremy Irons age 69

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Sazonana added Jonathan Rhys Meyers age 40

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Andre Braugher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
VeryCloseTalking added Andre Braugher age 55

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Ian McShane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Ian McShane age 75 - Deadwood as Al Swearengen (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2005)

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John Slattery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
John Slattery age 55 - Mad Men as Roger Sterling, Jr. (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 2008 - 2011)

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Tony Goldwyn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
olitzdiva added Tony Goldwyn age 57 - Scandal as Fitzgerald Grant III

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Neil Breen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
TaylorJohnson added Neil Breen

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Wendell Pierce is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Wendell Pierce age 55 - Treme as Antoine Batiste, The Wire as Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

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Michael Kelly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Michael Kelly age 48 - House of Cards as Doug Stamper (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 2013)

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John Noble is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Oj Branković added John Noble age 69 - Fringe as Dr. Walter Bishop