5 Actors With Most Emmy Wins: Bryan Cranston Has Shockingly Lesser Awards Than 1 Marvel Actress Despite Breaking Bad Fame

Julia Louis-Dreyfus ties the list with Cloris Leachman for the actor with the most number of Emmy wins.

5 Actors With Most Emmy Wins: Bryan Cranston Has Shockingly Lesser Awards Than 1 Marvel Actress Despite Breaking Bad Fame

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  • The Emmy Awards have been honoring television personalities since 1949.
  • Many actors have been part of Emmy history, including the likes of legends such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston.
  • Here are the top 5 actors with the most number of Emmy wins in history.
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The Emmy Awards have been honoring television personalities from both behind and front of the screen since 1949. With the 75th Television Academy Awards upon us soon, people are excited to see who will take away the prestigious awards this time around.

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Bryan Cranston as Walter white in a still from Breaking bad
Bryan Cranston as Walter white in a still from Breaking bad

In the extensive Emmy history of nearly 75 years now, many actors and TV shows have created history. Some actors have the privilege of winning the most awards, while some shows have the honor of winning the maximum number of awards after multiple seasons. One would think an actor like Bryan Cranston, who played the role of Walter White in Breaking Bad for 5 long seasons would make the top 5 list at least, but there are many others who have left the actor behind in the category.

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Here are the top 5 actors with the most number of Emmy wins in history.

5. Ed Asner – 7 Emmy wins

Ed Asner
Ed Asner

American actor Ed Asner has won 7 Emmy Awards from a total of 17 nominations. He won most of his awards for playing the character of Lou Grant, a character he played in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as well as Lou Grant, a spin-off of the former. In his later years, he gave voice to many characters, including the main protagonist, Carl Fredricksen, in the Academy Award winning movie, Up (2009).

4. Mary Tyler Moore – 7 Emmy wins

Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore became well-known for her roles in on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977). With 15 nominations to her name, Moore won 7 of them, mostly for her leading role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The actress was also inducted into the Emmy Hall of Fame in the year 1986.

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3. Allison Janney – 7 Emmy wins

Allison Janney
Allison Janney

Allison Janney has been wowing audiences since the 90s. With 12 nominations to her name, Janney has won 7 Emmy awards, 4 for her role of C.J. – the White House press secretary in the Bartlet administration, who later goes on to become the Chief of Staff in The West Wing. Her other wins include 2 for supporting actress in a comedy for Mom, and one for her appearance in Masters of Sex.

2. Cloris Leachman – 8 Emmy wins

Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman in a still from Phyllis

Cloris Leachman ties for the first place for the most Emmy wins for an actor with 8 wins to her name. With almost an eight-decades long career, Leachman also has the most number of Emmy nominations to her name – 22. She has also won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

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1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus – 8 Emmy wins

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won six consecutive Emmy awards for Veep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won six consecutive Emmy awards for Veep

The other side of the tie sees Julia Louis-Dryfus, who again, not only has the most number of Emmy wins to their name – 8, but also the most number of Emmy nominations as well – 22. Often labeled as one of the greatest performers in Television history, she has won six consecutive Emmys for the leading actress in a comedy series category for Veep from 2012 to 2017.

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