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13 LGBT Actors Emmy-Nominated For Playing LGBT Characters: Victor Garber

13 LGBT Actors Emmy-Nominated For Playing LGBT Characters: Victor Garber

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).  

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 person, and Sean Hayes — the first example to actually win.  Today, we at #6, which like Hayes got his nomination from his work on “Will & Grace”:

Victor Garber

Nominated For: In 2005, Garber got his fourth Emmy nomination for playing openly gay Peter Bovington on “Will & Grace.”
Did He Win?: Nope — but someone else from “Will & Grace” did. As the show tended to do thanks to its tendency to have a constant stream of major guest stars on the show, it often did quite well in the categories. This year in particular it had 4 of the 5 guest actor nominees with Garber being nominated alongside Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum and Bobby Cannavale. Cannavale won.
Significance: Like Sean Hayes before him, Garber wasn’t entirely open about his sexuality when he was nominated — though he didn’t hide it either (he’s been with partner Rainer Andereesen since 2000). Either way, Garber became the first LGBT actor to be nominated in the guest acting categories for playing an LGBT character that wasn’t a version of himself (as Ellen DeGeneres and Ian McKellen did before him).
Watch a clip of Garber on “Will & Grace” below (sorry about the quality — its all there is out there).

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

John Glover

Ian McKellen

Ellen DeGeneres

Angelina Jolie

Sean Hayes

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