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13 LGBT Actors Emmy-Nominated For Playing LGBT Characters: Nathan Lane

13 LGBT Actors Emmy-Nominated For Playing LGBT Characters: Nathan Lane

In this series of posts leading up to this year’s Emmy Awards (going down on August 25th), we’re highlighting the 13 LGBT actors who were nominated for playing LGBT characters in years past, in honor of the fact that a whopping 7 new additions to that list have been nominated this year (Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Laverne Cox, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, Joe Mantello and Kate McKinnon — though notably Cox and Lane already lost their awards as the guest acting categories are announced a week in advance).  

We’re going in chronological order, with the posts so far looking John Glover and his nomination for 1985’s TV movie “An Early Frost” (read that here, along with some more background on Emmy’s history with LGBT nominees), Ian McKellen and Ellen DeGeneres, who collectively are the only two LGBT people to receive two different nominations for playing LGBT characters, Angelina Jolie, the only bisexual person ever nominated for an Emmy for playing another bisexual personSean HayesVictor Garber and Leslie Jordan — all for “Will & Grace” (and two of them winners), Jesse Tyler Ferguson for “Modern Family” and Chris Colfer for “Glee.”  So that’s 10 down, 3 to go… 

Nathan Lane

Nominated For: In 2011, Lane received his first of three Emmy nods for playing Pepper Saltzman on “Modern Family.” They are among six Primetime Emmy nominations and three Daytime Emmy  nominations that Lane has nabbed since getting his first in 1995 for guest starring on “Frasier.”
Did He Win?: No… He lost all three times for “Modern Family” (including this year to Jimmy Fallon in a special ceremony last weekend). But he has won two Daytime Emmys (for voicing “Teacher’s Pet” and “Timon & Pumbaa”).
Significance: By this point, there wasn’t much: By the time Lane finally got a nod for playing an LGBT character, it was almost yearly occurrence for white gay men being nominated for playing white gay men.  Of the 10 examples so far, they accounted for 8 of them, with Angelina Jolie and Ellen DeGeneres the only female examples…
Either way, here’s a brief (but fabulous) clip of Lane as Pepper to enjoy:

Check back tomorrow for the next nominee… and check out the previous posts below:

John Glover

Ian McKellen

Ellen DeGeneres

Angelina Jolie

Sean Hayes

Victor Garber

Leslie Jordan

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Chris Colfer

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