Michael J. Fox won his first Emmy on the drama side for a recurring role on "Rescue Me" as the wheelchair-bound boyfriend of Denis Leary's ex. Fox had contended in this guest actor category in 2006 for a guest spot on "Boston Legal" (he lost to Christian Clemenson on that same show). Fox's four other Emmy wins came for comedy - three consecutive lead actor awards for "Family Ties" (1986-1988) and another for his final season on "Spin City" in 2000.
Fox's competition this year was formidable. Edward Asner picked up his 17th Emmy bid for an appearance on "CSI: NY." Asner already owns seven Emmys won across four categories. Oscar champ Ernest Borgnine ("Marty") was the 21st performer to nab a guest acting nod for an appearance on "ER." Borgnine also lost his previous two Emmy bids (1963 lead actor, "McHale's Navy"; 1980 supporting actor movie/mini, "All Quiet on the Western Front"). Ted Danson earned his 14th Emmy nod for "Damages." He won two of his 11 consecutive lead actor bids for "Cheers." And Jimmy Smits reaped his 12th Emmy bid for his recurring role on "Dexter." He won his only Emmy for the fourth of his six consecutive supporting bids for "LA Law" in 1990.