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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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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Steve Carell age 56 - The Office as Michael Scott (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 2006 - 2011)

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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Hugh Laurie age 59 - House M.D. as Gregory House (Nom. Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Steve Buscemi age 61 - 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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Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Chris Pratt age 39 - Parks and Recreation as Andy Dwyer

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Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Ed O'Neill age 72 - Modern Family as Jay Pritchett (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 2011 - 2013)

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Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Nick Offerman age 48 - Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson

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Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 7 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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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
George Clooney age 57 - ER as Doug Ross (Nom. Lead Actor in a Drama Series 1995 - 1996)

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Christopher Meloni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Christopher Meloni age 57 - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Det. Elliot Stabler (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2006)

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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
voting closed at #9 Henry Winkler age 73 - Barry as Gene Cousineau (Winner: Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 2018); Happy Days as Arthur Fonzarelli (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 1976 - 1978)

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Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Michael C. Hall age 47 - 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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Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Rob Lowe age 54 - 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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Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Dimos Dicoudis added Jason Bateman age 49

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Donna DeBlasio added Patrick Stewart age 78

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Hugh Dancy age 43 - 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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Jonathan Banks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Jonathan Banks age 71 - 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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Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Jason Alexander age 59 - Seinfeld as George Costanza (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 1992 - 1998)

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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Jerry Seinfeld age 64 - Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 1992 - 1996)

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Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Dimos Dicoudis added Don Cheadle age 54

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David Duchovny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
David Duchovny age 58 - X-Files as Fox Mulder (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 1997 - 1998); Californication as Hank Moody

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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Scott Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Scott Wilson age 76 - The Walking Dead as Hershel Greene

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Desi Arnaz is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Sean Bean age 59

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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Michael Landon is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Freddie Highmore is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
starwarssuperfan added Freddie Highmore age 26

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Matt LeBlanc is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Dimos Dicoudis added Matt LeBlanc age 51

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Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Dimos Dicoudis added Zach Galifianakis age 48

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Ian McShane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Ian McShane age 76 - Deadwood as Al Swearengen (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2005)

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Sazonana added Jeremy Irons age 70

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Michael K. Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Michael K. Williams age 52 - Boardwalk Empire as Chalky White, The Wire as Omar Little

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Norman Reedus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Norman Reedus age 49

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Kevin James is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Dimos Dicoudis added Kevin James age 53

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Jim Nabors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Jim Nabors age 88 - Gomer Pyle: USMC as Pvt. Gomer Pyle

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Andre Braugher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
VeryCloseTalking added Andre Braugher age 56

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John Slattery is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
John Slattery age 56 - Mad Men as Roger Sterling, Jr. (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 2008 - 2011)

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Larry David is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Dimos Dicoudis added Larry David age 70

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Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Dimos Dicoudis added Johnny Galecki age 42

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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Kristen Wiig age 45

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Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
voting closed at #37 Dimos Dicoudis added Bill Hader age 40 - Barry as Barry (Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)

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Anthony Anderson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Dimos Dicoudis added Anthony Anderson age 48

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Kevin Spacey age 59

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)

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Ray Romano is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Dimos Dicoudis added Ray Romano age 61

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Hal Linden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Hal Linden age 86

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Jane Kaczmarek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)

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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Robin Wright age 52

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Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (For Acting)
Dimos Dicoudis added Aziz Ansari age 35