Actors who should have won a Primetime Emmy Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Here are ten actors who should have won, or who should win, a Primetime Emmy Award.

Desi Arnaz in "I Love Lucy" - 1951-1957 

Emmys, you’ve got some splainin’ to do. Arnaz played Lucy’s Cuban conga-playing, short-tempered and loving husband Ricky Ricardo. While the show won Emmys for Best Situation Comedy twice and Lucille Ball was nominated four times and won once, Arnaz never received an Emmy nomination for his performance. 

Andy Griffith in "The Andy Griffith Show" - 1960-1968

The lead actor in the comedy never received a single Emmy nomination for playing widower Sheriff Andy. Griffith’s co-star, Don Knotts, collected five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Deputy Barney Fife. 

Phylicia Rashad in "The Cosby Show" - 1984-1992

Rashad portrayed one of the most memorable mothers on television, Clair Hanks Huxtable. The mother of five was a tough and intelligent businesswoman who loved her kids and her comical husband. Rashad received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The show itself received numerous Emmy nominations and wins.  

Angela Lansbury in "Murder, She Wrote" - 1984-1996

Lansbury holds the record for the most Emmy losses by a performer with a total of 18 nominations. Twelve of them were for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series-Drama for her performance as famed mystery writer and solver Jessica Fletcher. 

Jerry Seinfeld in "Seinfeld" - 1989-1998

With a puffy shirt and arguments with the “soup nazi,” Seinfeld was able to make us laugh for years in a show about, well, nothing. The actor never won an Emmy for his acting; he was nominated five times in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category. Seinfeld took home an Emmy as a producer of the show when it won Outstanding Comedy Series in 1993.  

Hugh Laurie in "House, M.D." - 2004-2012

Laurie portrayed Dr. Gregory House, one of the most arrogant, selfish and addiction-addled doctors on television, for eight years. His performance, full of quick delivery and wit, led him to six Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series but never a win. 

Steve Carell in "The Office" - 2005-2011

Carell portrayed embarrassing and endearing regional manager Michael Scott in “The Office.” One of Scranton’s best, Michael had zero social skills and had no idea how difficult he made his own life and the life of his employees, but you could always see how much he cared about his employees who were also his friends. Carell was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category six times, but never won. 

Connie Britton in "Friday Night Lights" - 2006-2011

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Britton’s character Tami Taylor, wife of the town’s football coach, had one of the biggest hearts in the show. She was a school counselor who wanted the best for every child that walked through her school. Her character was the personification of love and support for her family. Britton received two nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the show but no wins.  

Jon Hamm in "Mad Men" - 2007 - Present 

Hamm plays Don Draper, the director of the creative department in “Mad Men.” He’s been nominated seven times for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and three times as a producer for Outstanding Drama Series. His seventh comes this year, but his competition is pretty stiff: Bryan Cranston, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Daniels, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. It looks like he’s probably going to end up empty handed – again. 

Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black" - 2013 - Present

Maslany has played not one but NINE different characters in the BBC America show “Orphan Black.” The characters are all clones in this science fiction series, and each is very different and complex. Maslany morphs into each one brilliantly, so much so that you forget she’s one woman playing so many different people. Twitter buzzed after Maslany’s name was left off the 2014 Emmy Award nominations list. The show’s own Twitter handle tweeted out, “Next year, #CloneClub. #EmmyForMaslany.”  #EmmyForMaslany became a worldwide trending topic soon after. 

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