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Calling Charlie's angels: Why didn't John Forsythe win an Emmy?

April 2, 2010 |  2:06 pm
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It's a mystery worthy of investigation by Charlie's angels: Why didn't John Forsythe – one of TV's most popular, respected and enduring stars – ever win TV's top award?

Prior to his death today at age 92, John Forsythe had been nominated for — and lost — four Emmys. Three of those bids were for starring as Blake Carrington, a debonair oil tycoon pursued by dueling divas (Joan Collins, Linda Evans) on "Dynasty." He lost best drama actor to Daniel J. Travanti of "Hill Street Blues" in 1982, Ed Flanders of "St. Elsewhere" in 1983 and Tom Selleck of "Mangum, P.I." in 1984.

When John Forsythe was nominated back in 1953 it was for a more general category – best TV actor of the year – in recognition of his diverse starring roles in drama anthologies like "Studio One," "The Pulitzer Prize Playhouse" and "The Philco Television Playhouse." He lost to Thomas Mitchell.

However, John Forsythe did claim two chunks of trophy gold during his career. He won two Golden Globe Awards (1983, 1984) for best TV drama actor for "Dynasty."He was never nominated at either the Globes or Emmys for performing the disembodied voice of Charlie on "Charlie's Angels."

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