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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Awarded for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held by Richard Jenkins,
Olive Kitteridge (2015)
Official website

This is a list of winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.


  • Award winners 1
    • 1950s 1.1
    • 1960s 1.2
    • 1970s 1.3
    • 1980s 1.4
    • 1990s 1.5
    • 2000s 1.6
    • 2010s 1.7
  • Most wins 2
  • Multiple nominations 3
  • See also 4

Award winners





Year Actor Program Role Network
Powers Boothe Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Jim Jones CBS
Tony Curtis Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War David O. Selznick NBC
Henry Fonda Gideon's Trumpet Clarence Earl Gideon CBS
Jason Robards F.D.R.: The Last Year Franklin Delano Roosevelt NBC
Anthony Hopkins The Bunker Adolf Hitler CBS
Richard Chamberlain Shōgun John Blackthorne / "Anjin-san" NBC
Toshirō Mifune Lord Yoshi Toranaga
Peter O'Toole Masada Cornelius Flavius Silva ABC
Peter Strauss Eleazar Ben Yair
Mickey Rooney Bill Bill Sackter CBS
Anthony Andrews Brideshead Revisited Sebastian Flyte ITV
Philip Anglim The Elephant Man John Merrick ABC
Anthony Hopkins The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo CBS
Jeremy Irons Brideshead Revisited Charles Ryder ITV
Tommy Lee Jones The Executioner's Song Gary Gilmore NBC
Robert Blake Blood Feud Jimmy Hoffa OPT
Richard Chamberlain The Thorn Birds Ralph de Bricassart ABC
Alec Guinness Smiley's People George Smiley Syndicated
Roger Rees The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Nicholas Nickleby Syndicated
Laurence Olivier King Lear King Lear Syndicated
Ted Danson Something About Amelia Steven Bennett ABC
Louis Gossett, Jr. Sadat Anwar al-Sadat OPT
Mickey Rooney Bill: On His Own Bill Sackter CBS
Daniel J. Travanti Adam John Walsh NBC
Richard Crenna The Rape of Richard Beck Richard Beck ABC
Richard Chamberlain Wallenberg: A Hero's Story Raoul Wallenberg NBC
James Garner Heartsounds Harold Lear ABC
Richard Kiley Do You Remember Love George Hollis CBS
George C. Scott A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge
Dustin Hoffman Death of a Salesman Willy Loman CBS
Kirk Douglas Amos Amos Lasher CBS
Ben Gazzara An Early Frost Nick Pierson NBC
John Lithgow Resting Place Maj. Kendall Laird CBS
Aidan Quinn An Early Frost Michael Pierson NBC
James Woods Promise D.J. CBS
Alan Arkin Escape from Sobibor Leon Feldhendler CBS
James Garner Promise Bob Beuhler
Louis Gossett, Jr. A Gathering of Old Men Mathu
Randy Quaid LBJ: The Early Years Lyndon B. Johnson NBC
Jason Robards Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond NBC
Hume Cronyn Foxfire Hector Nations CBS
Danny Glover Mandela Nelson Mandela HBO
Stacy Keach Hemingway Ernest Hemingway Syndicated
Jack Lemmon The Murder of Mary Phagan Gov. John Marshall Slaton NBC
James Woods My Name Is Bill W. Bill Wilson ABC
Robert Duvall Lonesome Dove Gus McCrae CBS
John Gielgud War and Remembrance Aaron Jastrow ABC
Tommy Lee Jones Lonesome Dove Woodrow F. Call CBS
Ben Kingsley Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story Simon Wiesenthal HBO


Year Actor Program Role Network
Hume Cronyn Age-Old Friends Cooper HBO
Michael Caine Jekyll & Hyde Henry Jekyll/Harry Hyde ABC
Art Carney Where Pigeons Go to Die Da NBC
Albert Finney The Image Jason Cromwell HBO
Tom Hulce Murder in Mississippi Mickey Schwerner NBC
John Gielgud Summer's Lease Haverford Downs PBS
James Garner Decoration Day Albert Sidney Finch NBC
Dennis Hopper Paris Trout Paris Trout Showtime
Sidney Poitier Separate but Equal Thurgood Marshall ABC
Christopher Walken Sarah, Plain and Tall Jacob Witting CBS
Beau Bridges Without Warning: The James Brady Story James Brady HBO
Rubén Blades Crazy from the Heart Ernesto Ontiveros TNT
Hume Cronyn Christmas on Division Street Cleveland Merriweather CBS
Brian Dennehy To Catch a Killer John Wayne Gacy Syndication
Maximilian Schell Miss Rose White Mordechai Weiss NBC
Robert Morse Tru Truman Capote PBS
Robert Blake Judgment Day: The John List Story John List CBS
Robert Duvall Stalin Joseph Stalin HBO
James Garner Barbarians at the Gate F. Ross Johnson
James Woods Citizen Cohn Roy Cohn
Hume Cronyn To Dance with the White Dog Sam Peek CBS
Michael Caine World War II: When Lions Roared Joseph Stalin NBC
James Garner Breathing Lessons Ira Moran CBS
Matthew Modine And the Band Played On Don Francis HBO
Sam Waterston I'll Fly Away: Then and Now Forrest Bedford PBS
Raúl Juliá The Burning Season Chico Mendes HBO
Charles S. Dutton The Piano Lesson Boy Willie Charles CBS
John Goodman Kingfish: The Story of Huey P. Long Huey P. Long TNT
John Lithgow My Brother's Keeper Tom Bradley/Bob Bradley CBS
James Woods Indictment: The McMartin Trial Danny Davis HBO
Alan Rickman Rasputin Grigori Rasputin HBO
Alec Baldwin A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski CBS
Beau Bridges Kissinger and Nixon Richard Nixon TNT
Laurence Fishburne The Tuskegee Airmen Hannibal Lee HBO
Gary Sinise Truman Harry Truman
Armand Assante Gotti John Gotti HBO
Beau Bridges Hidden in America Bill Januson Showtime
Robert Duvall The Man Who Captured Eichmann Adolf Eichmann TNT
Laurence Fishburne Miss Evers' Boys Caleb Humphries HBO
Sidney Poitier Mandela and De Klerk Nelson Mandela Showtime
Gary Sinise George Wallace George Wallace TNT
Jack Lemmon 12 Angry Men Juror #8 Showtime
Sam Neill Merlin Merlin NBC
Ving Rhames Don King: Only in America Don King HBO
Patrick Stewart Moby Dick Captain Ahab USA
Stanley Tucci Winchell Walter Winchell HBO
Don Cheadle A Lesson Before Dying Grant Wiggins HBO
Ian Holm King Lear King Lear PBS
Jack Lemmon Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond Showtime
Sam Shepard Dash and Lilly Dashiell Hammett A&E


Year Actor Program Role Network
Jack Lemmon Tuesdays with Morrie Morrie Schwartz ABC
Beau Bridges P. T. Barnum P. T. Barnum A&E
Brian Dennehy Death of a Salesman Willy Loman Showtime
William H. Macy A Slight Case of Murder Terry Thorpe TNT
Liev Schreiber RKO 281 Orson Welles HBO
Kenneth Branagh Conspiracy Reinhard Heydrich HBO
Andy García For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Arturo Sandoval HBO
Gregory Hines Bojangles Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Showtime
Ben Kingsley Anne Frank: The Whole Story Otto Frank ABC
Barry Pepper 61* Roger Maris HBO
Albert Finney The Gathering Storm Winston Churchill HBO
Kenneth Branagh Shackleton Ernest Shackleton A&E
Beau Bridges We Were the Mulvaneys Michael Mulvaney Lifetime
James Franco James Dean James Dean TNT
Michael Gambon Path to War Lyndon B. Johnson HBO
William H. Macy Door to Door Bill Porter TNT
Brad Garrett Gleason Jackie Gleason CBS
Paul Newman Our Town Stage Manager Showtime
Tom Wilkinson Normal Roy Applewood HBO
James Woods Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story Rudy Giuliani USA
Al Pacino Angels in America Roy Cohn HBO
Antonio Banderas And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Pancho Villa HBO
James Brolin The Reagans Ronald Reagan Showtime
Mos Def Something the Lord Made Vivien Thomas HBO
Alan Rickman Dr. Alfred Blalock
Geoffrey Rush The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Peter Sellers HBO
Kenneth Branagh Warm Springs Franklin D. Roosevelt HBO
Ed Harris Empire Falls Miles Roby
William H. Macy The Wool Cap Gigot TNT
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Elvis Elvis Presley CBS
Andre Braugher Thief Nick Atwater FX
Charles Dance Bleak House Mr. Tulkinghorn PBS
Ben Kingsley Mrs. Harris Dr. Herman Tarnower HBO
Donald Sutherland Human Trafficking Bill Meehan Lifetime
Jon Voight Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II CBS
Robert Duvall Broken Trail Prentice "Prent" Ritter AMC
Jim Broadbent Longford Lord Longford HBO
William H. Macy Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King: Umney's Last Case Det. Clyde Umney / Sam Landry TNT
Matthew Perry The Ron Clark Story Ron Clark
Tom Selleck Jesse Stone: Sea Change Det. Jesse Stone CBS
Paul Giamatti John Adams John Adams HBO
Ralph Fiennes Bernard and Doris Bernard Lafferty HBO
Ricky Gervais Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale Andy Millman
Kevin Spacey Recount Ron Klain
Tom Wilkinson James Baker
Brendan Gleeson Into the Storm Winston Churchill HBO
Kevin Bacon Taking Chance Michael Strobl HBO
Kenneth Branagh Wallander: One Step Behind Kurt Wallander PBS
Kevin Kline Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac
Ian McKellen King Lear King Lear
Kiefer Sutherland 24: Redemption Jack Bauer Fox


Year Actor Program Role Network
Al Pacino You Don’t Know Jack Dr. Jack Kevorkian HBO
Jeff Bridges A Dog Year Jon Katz HBO
Ian McKellen The Prisoner Number Two / Curtis AMC
Dennis Quaid The Special Relationship Bill Clinton HBO
Michael Sheen Tony Blair
Barry Pepper The Kennedys Robert F. Kennedy ReelzChannel
Idris Elba Luther John Luther BBC America
Laurence Fishburne Thurgood Thurgood Marshall HBO
William Hurt Too Big to Fail Henry Paulson
Greg Kinnear The Kennedys John F. Kennedy ReelzChannel
Édgar Ramírez Carlos Ilich Ramírez Sánchez
(a.k.a. Carlos the Jackal)
Sundance Channel
Kevin Costner Hatfields & McCoys Devil Anse Hatfield History
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock: “A Scandal in Belgravia Sherlock Holmes PBS
Idris Elba Luther John Luther BBC America
Woody Harrelson Game Change Steve Schmidt HBO
Clive Owen Hemingway & Gellhorn Ernest Hemingway
Bill Paxton Hatfields & McCoys Randolph McCoy History
Michael Douglas Behind the Candelabra Liberace HBO
Benedict Cumberbatch Parade’s End Christopher Tietjens HBO
Matt Damon Behind the Candelabra Scott Thorson
Toby Jones The Girl Alfred Hitchcock
Al Pacino Phil Spector Phil Spector
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock: “His Last Vow Sherlock Holmes PBS
Chiwetel Ejiofor Dancing on the Edge Louis Lester Starz
Idris Elba Luther John Luther BBC America
Martin Freeman Fargo Lester Nygaard FX
Mark Ruffalo The Normal Heart Ned Weeks HBO
Billy Bob Thornton Fargo Lorne Malvo FX
Richard Jenkins Olive Kitteridge Henry Kitteridge HBO
Adrien Brody Houdini Harry Houdini History
Ricky Gervais Derek: The Special Derek Noakes Netflix
Timothy Hutton American Crime Russ Skokie ABC
David Oyelowo Nightingale Peter Snowden HBO
Mark Rylance Wolf Hall Thomas Cromwell PBS

Most wins

2 wins

4 wins

Multiple nominations

2 nominations

3 nominations

4 nominations

5 nominations

See also

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