Magazine article Variety

Dramatic Actors Thank You for Your Support

Magazine article Variety

Dramatic Actors Thank You for Your Support

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WHILE IT'S UNDOUBTEDLY nice to be the leading star in a series, there's something to be said for the supporting players. They're often the ones who steal scenes and become fan favorites, whether they're veterans of the medium (69-year-old Jonathan Banks of "Better Call Saul") or virtual newcomers (Maisie Williams in "Game of Thrones," her first professional TV role).


Jonathan Banks (1)

"Better Call Saul" (AMC)

This is Banks' fourth Emmy nomination for playing the humorless and fast-thinking ex-cop Mike Ehrmantraut on "Better Call Saul" and its predecessor, "Breaking Bad." In "Bali Ha'i," the sixth episode of "Saul's" second season, audiences learn more about Mike's history with cartel leader Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) and his mute and menacing nephews, characters well known in the "Bad" universe. It also offers a chance for Banks to show a usually unflappable Mike very much concerned for his and his family's safety as he wonders if he has finally irked the wrong man.

Peter Dinklage (2)

"Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Dinklage has two Emmy Awards and four nominations for playing Tyrion, perhaps the cleverest Lannister of the bunch (an easy feat when not much is expected of you). In "No One," Tyrion proves what he had previously stated were his best strengths - drinking and knowing things - as he sends Varys (Conleth Hill) off to find allies and attempts to teach humor to the very nervous Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) as they try to maintain their hold on the city of Meereen.

Kit Harington (3)

"Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Harington's Jon Snow came back from the dead in this season of "Game of Thrones" only to lead his army into possibly the most gruesome battle ever depicted on television. But Harington, who this year received his first Emmy nomination for the role, didn't just show Jon's survival instincts in the season's penultimate episode, "Battle of the Bastards." He also showed the emotional impulsivity of his character as he tries - and fails - to rescue Rickon (Art Parkinson), the slaughtered innocent lamb whom he believes to be his youngest half-brother.

Michael Kelly (4)

"House of Cards" (Netflix)

Twice-nominated Kelly's troubled Doug Stamper has been waiting his whole career to clean up the two giant messes in "Chapter 44," hoping to prove himself once and for all to his beloved Underwoods. In the midst of an attempted assassination on Frank (Kevin Spacey), Doug not only has to find ways to hide the salacious truths spouted in Lucas' (Sebastian Arcelus) suicide note, but he also has the thrill of getting enough dirt on Seth (Derek Cecil), his nemesis who stands in the way of the Underwoods' affections, to pull a memorable power play.

Ben Mendelsohn (5)

"Bloodline" (Netflix)

A character this entertaining just can't stay dead. Although Mendelsohn's Rayburn family black sheep, Danny, was preordained to die in season one, he still visits his favorite haunts as a ghost or in flashbacks in season two. In that season's finale, "Part 23", Mendelsohn displays why this is his second Emmy nomination for this role as we see the corners that Danny's father Robert (Sam Shepard) backs him into as continued punishment for his sister's death and why he is the devil on the shoulder of his more upstanding brother, John (Kyle Chandler).

Jon Voight (6)

"Ray Donovan" (Showtime)

The highlights of "Ray Donovan" have always been the debauchery that ensnarls Voight's Mickey Donovan, particularly when it involves dancing. …

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