10 Youngest Emmy Nominees: Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Shortly after ABC made “Marcus Welby, MD” its closest Tuesday night lineup in 1969, the freshman drama series proved to be one of the network’s biggest hits to date. That much. It ended up being the most nominated program at the 1970 Emmy Awards and won Best Drama Series as well as acting trophies for leading man. Robert Young and support player James Brolin. A year later, it became the first ABC property to rank as the number one show on television.

“Marcus Welby, MD” featured Young and Brolin as a pair of doctors whose conflicting methods of treatment formed the basis of the series’ initial plot. Both men made history with their 1970 victories, the former becoming the oldest winner in his class at 63 and the latter becoming the youngest in his at 29. Five decades later, they’ve both moved up to No. 3 on their respective lists, and both land at No. 10 among all of their fellow nominees. Most of the young actors who have passed Brolin did so before the turn of the century, as only three have joined the group in the last 20 years.

The television academy has recognized the work of supporting actors on continuing drama programs since the sixth Emmys in 1954. The first recipient of the award was Denis Tisserand (“Gunsmoke”), while the most recent was Tobias Menzies (“The crown”).

Scroll through our photo gallery to see who ranks ahead of Brolin on the list of 10 youngest Emmy nominees for Outstanding Dramatic Actor.

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