It might be hard to believe, but some of Hollywood's most talented and acclaimed actors have repeatedly been nominated for Emmys without ever taking one home. In celebration of the 71st Annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, 2019, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at a few of those winless stars, starting with Keri Russell. The kick-butt actress has been nominated three times — for her work on the hit show "The Americans" — but has yet to win an Emmy. Keep reading to see which other stars have surprisingly never won the prize either…
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George Clooney received two Emmy nominations for his performance as Dr. Doug Ross on "ER" but went home empty-handed both times. The A-list Oscar winner eventually received some Emmy recognition, however. George took home the honorary Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2010 Emmys.
We all loved Kerry Washington's take on super-fierce gladiator Olivia Pope, but the Television Academy wasn't as enamored. The actress was nominated twice for her work on "Scandal" but never took home the Emmy. She also received two nominations for her work on the HBO movie "Confirmation."
"The Office" might have been the funniest show on television in its heyday but its star, Steve Carell, was never rewarded for his comedic efforts. The actor was nominated a total of six times for his performance as bumbling boss Michael Scott but never won.
Can you believe Hugh Laurie has never won an Emmy?! The acclaimed actor received eight nominations for his work as Dr. Gregory House on the hit FOX show "House," one nom for "The Night Manager" and one for "Veep" but never took home the prize.
Hollywood icon Angela Lansbury has been nominated a record 18 times but has never won an Emmy! The acclaimed actress received 12 consecutive nominations for every season of "Murder, She Wrote" plus nods for her work on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Blackwater Lightship" and more.
Don Cheadle received four Emmy nominations for his performance as Marty Kaan on the Showtime series "House of Lies" but never took home any trophies. He was also nominated for his performances in three TV movies and a guest spot on "ER."
Jason Alexander has earned eight Emmy nominations but lost each time. The actor received seven nods for his performance as George Costanza on "Seinfeld" and one nomination for a guest spot on "Dream On."
Kristen Wiig is laugh-out-loud funny but that hasn't translated into any Emmy wins. The hilarious actress earned six Emmy nominations for her work on "Saturday Night Live" and two other noms for her performances on "The Looney Tunes Show" and "The Spoils of Babylon."
Michael C. Hall is one of Hollywood's best actors, but he has never won an Emmy. The star landed his first nomination in 2002 for his work as David Fisher on "Six Feet Under" and later earned six nominations for his performance on the creepily good Showtime series "Dexter."
Matt LeBlanc has earned quite a few Emmy nominations but has yet to win an award. The actor was nominated three times for his performance as Joey Tribbiani on "Friends" and received four nominations for playing himself on "Episodes."
Phylicia Rashad was America's mom while playing Claire Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," but her perfect performance wasn't enough to snag an Emmy. The actress earned two nominations for her work as Claire and one nom for her work in the TV movie "A Raisin in the Sun."
Robin Wright dominated as Claire Underwood on "House of Cards," but her performance hasn't landed her an Emmy. The talented blonde beauty received consecutive nominations in the outstanding lead actress category between 2013 and 2017 and two nominations as a producer on the show.
Ed O'Neill snagged three nominations for his work as patriarch Jay Pritchett on the award-winning sitcom "Modern Family" but the "Married… With Children" alum has yet to take home the trophy.
Jane Krakowski's hilarious performances have earned her five Emmy nominations — four for her work on "30 Rock" and one for her performance on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" — but none have translated into actual wins.
Christina Hendricks earned six consecutive nominations for her performance as sophisticated Joan Holloway on AMC's award-winning drama "Mad Men" but never landed an Emmy win.
Funnyman Tracy Morgan was nominated twice for an Emmy — once for "30 Rock" and once for "Saturday Night Live" — but never brought home the gold.
David Duchovny is a talented actor who has not yet had an Emmy win. The star received two Emmy nominations for his work on "The X-Files" and two nominations for guest spots on "Life With Bonnie" and "The Larry Sanders Show" but never won.
Connie Britton has brought her talents to numerous award-winning shows but has never snagged her own Emmy. The actress was nominated four times across three different shows — "Friday Night Lights," "American Horror Story" and "Nashville" — without a single win.
Mayim Bialik received four consecutive Emmy nominations for her work as neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" but never took home the award.
Kim Cattrall slayed us all as high-powered publicist and sex aficionado Samantha Jones on "Sex and the City," but her stellar performance didn't snag her an Emmy. The actress has been nominated five times but gone home empty-handed after each and every ceremony.
Kim Cattrall's "Sex and the City" co-star Kristin Davis was also nominated for an Emmy for her performance as demure Charlotte York on the HBO show, but she also never scored a win.
Denis Leary received four Emmy nominations for his acting and writing on the FX show "Rescue Me" but never landed a win.
Lena Dunham received universal praise for her hit HBO show "Girls," including eight Emmy nominations, but never brought home Emmy gold.
Meredith Baxter is a five-time Emmy Award nominee — one of her nominations was for 1992's "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" — but she's never won the coveted prize.