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Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
Primetime Emmy Award
Awarded for "outstanding continuing or single voice-over performance in a series or a special"
Presented by Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Country United Statesmarker
First awarded 1992
Most recent winner Dan Castellaneta, The Simpsons (2009)
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The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance is a creative arts Emmy Award given out by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is awarded to a performer for an outstanding "continuing or single voice-over performance in a series or a special." Prior to 1992, voice-actors could be nominated for their performance in the live action acting categories. The award was first given in 1992 when six voice actors from The Simpsons shared the award. From 1992 to 2008 it was a juried award, so there were no nominations and there would be multiple or no recipients in one year. In 2009, the rules were changed to a category award, with five nominees.

Usually the winner is a voice actor from an animated show, but some narrators of live action shows have won such as Keith David in 2005 and 2008. No winner was named in 1996 or 2007.

Eight voice actors from The Simpsons have won a combined 13 Emmys. Of those, Dan Castellaneta has won four and Hank Azaria has won three. Ja'Net DuBois and Keith David have both won two. Voice actors from shows on Fox have won 15 of 24 of the awards.


While most of the Primetime Emmy Awards choose winners from a group of nominees, the award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance is juried. Each entrant is screened by a panel of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences members from the Animation branch as well as members of the Acting branch with voiceover credits. Potential nominees must submit a DVD that contains an edited version of a single episode and a picture of the character(s) that were voiced. Submissions that are less than 30 minutes in length must be edited to be shorter than five minutes; entries longer than 30 minutes are edited to be less than ten. Prior to 2007, the maximum edited lengths were ten and fifteen minutes respectively. Each entrant with majority approval goes on to a second panel. Emmy winners must be unanimous choices of this second panel, except that for every 12 persons or fraction thereof on the panel, one "no" vote is allowed, except from the head of the panel.

In 2009, the Academy changed the award from a "juried" award to a "category", with five nominees and one winner.

Winners (1992–2008)

Year Winner Character(s) Series or special Network Ref.
1992 Bart Simpson The Simpsons Fox
1992 Homer Simpson The Simpsons Fox
1992 Marge Simpson The Simpsons Fox
1992 Rabbi Krustofski The Simpsons Fox
1992 Lisa Simpson The Simpsons Fox
1992 Edna Krabappel The Simpsons Fox
1993 Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson and other characters The Simpsons Fox
1994 Narrator Madeline Family
1995 Dr. Katz Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Comedy Central
1997 Siegfried Sassoon The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century PBS
1997 Mr. Toad The Willows in Winter Family
1998 Apu The Simpsons Fox
1999 Mrs. Avery The PJs Fox
2000 Stewie Griffin Family Guy Fox
2000 Susan B. Anthony Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony PBS
2001 Comic Book Guy, Apu, Carl Carlson, Lou,
Clancy Wiggum and Moe Syzlak
The Simpsons Fox
2001 Mrs. Avery The PJs The WB
2002 Narrator Animated Tales of the World HBO
2002 Bobby Hill, Clark Peters and Chane Wassanasong King of the Hill Fox
2003 Moe Syzlak, Carl Carlson, Clancy Wiggum,
Apu, Johnny Tightlips, Bumblebee Man and Cletus
The Simpsons Fox
2004 Krusty the Clown, Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson,
Groundskeeper Willie, Sideshow Mel, Barney and Itchy
The Simpsons Fox
2005 Narrator Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson PBS
2006 Sideshow Bob The Simpsons Fox
2008 Narrator The War PBS

Nominees and winners (2009–present)

Year Result Nominee Character(s) Series or special Episode Network Ref.
2009 Won Dan Castellaneta Homer Simpson The Simpsons "Father Knows Worst" Fox
Nominee Ron Rifkin Narrator American Masters "Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About" PBS
Seth MacFarlane Peter Griffin Family Guy "I Dream of Jesus" Fox
Seth Green Various Robot Chicken "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II" Cartoon Network
Hank Azaria Moe Syzlak The Simpsons "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe" Fox
Harry Shearer Mr. Burns, Smithers,
Kent Brockman and Lenny
The Simpsons "The Burns and the Bees" Fox


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