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Emmy Winners of the Past

Published: 7/8/2010

Emmy AwardsWith the Emmy nominees just announced, we thought it would be a fitting occasion to look back at just a few of the notable Emmy winners from the past.

Don Knotts – His 50-year career included seven TV series and more than two dozen films, but it was his role as lovably inept Deputy Barney Fife that earned him a record five Emmys.

Fred Rogers – Host of public television’s "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for more than 30 years. We’re not 100% certain, but we’d wager he’s also the only ordained Presbyterian minister on this list as well. One of his famous cardigan sweaters hangs in the Smithsonian Institution.

John Ritter – Youngest son of actor and musician Tex Ritter, he received an Emmy for playing Jack Tripper in the smash 1970s comedy series "Three's Company" and appeared in more than 25 TV movies and a host of films.

Estelle Getty – After struggling to find steady work as an actor for nearly 40 years, she won two Emmys as the spry octogenarian Sophia on “The Golden Girls.” Her work there helped win her a number of late-career film roles.

Peter Boyle – He’d already had a long and successful career before being cast as the curmudgeonly Frank Barone in the long-running “Everyone Loves Raymond.” Though he was nominated for the role, he actually won his Emmy for a guest-starring turn in an episode of “The X-Files.”

Bob Keeshan – You might not immediately recognize the name, but you likely remember his most famous character – the mustachioed Captain Kangaroo. The beloved children's show ran on national TV for 36 years and won no less than 6 daytime Emmy Awards.

Isabel Sanford – Became the first African-American woman to receive the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Weezie on “The Jeffersons.” She also appeared in the classic 1964 film “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?”

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