In a single week in April 1964, CBS’ “East Side/West Side” wrapped up its season-long run and racked up eight Primetime Emmy nominations. The show, which featured George C. Scott as a New York City social worker, was reportedly canceled due to its sensitive subject matter, making it unsuitable for advertisers. Nonetheless, it was recognized by Emmy voters as one of the best drama series of the year and snagged an award for its direction. Scott was also nominated for his role, as were the guest artists James Earl Jones and Diana Sands.
Jones (33) and Sands (29) appeared together in the episode “Who Do You Kill?” as a young Harlem couple struggling to support themselves and their baby daughter. At the time, they were both among the youngest actors to contest the Emmys, with Jones being the youngest guest artist ever recognized. Almost 60 years later, he ranks 10th youngest, with five other young men having joined the group over the past decade.
The television academy has recognized guest actors’ work on continuing drama programs since the 14th Emmys in 1962. The first recipient of the award was Jack Klugman (“The Defenders”), while the most recent was Courtney B. Vance (“Lovecraft Country”). The honor has been awarded on an annual basis since 1993 and has been awarded occasionally before then.
Scroll through our photo gallery to see who ranks ahead of Jones on the list of 10 youngest Emmy nominees for Best Guest Actor.
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