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At least they won

Sarah Walch
Ryan Seacrest
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Ryan Seacrest

The once and future American Idol host has 12 nominations to his name for Idol, including seven for reality or reality-competition program host. But his only Emmy win came in 2010 for producing reality program champ Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Maybe he can finally get that elusive Emmy for Idol with the revival.

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Robin Williams

The late actor lost his only nomination for Mork & Mindy to All in the Family's Carroll O'Connor in 1979. Eight years later, he won back-to-back variety performance Emmys for the specials Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin and ABC Presents A Royal Gala.

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Peter Scolari

Neither Scolari nor Tom Hanks were nominated for Bosom Buddies, but Scolari received three nominations for Newhart. He won a comedy guest actor Emmy for Girls in 2016 as a replacement nominee after Veep's Peter MacNicol's nomination was revoked for appearing in too many episodes. (For the record, Hanks has won seven Emmys as a producer on projects like John Adams, Band of Brothers and Game Change.)

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Peter Boyle

Boyle was the only adult cast member of Everybody Loves Raymond not to have won for the show, losing three of his seven bids to co-star Brad Garrett. This, however, is a rare instance where he won an Emmy, in drama guest actor, for another famous TV role: Clyde Bruckman on The X-Files.

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Neil Patrick Harris

The 2009 ceremony seemed too perfect for an NPH win: He was hosting, How I Met Your Mother received its first and only comedy series nomination, and the Barney-Robin ship was at its peak. Alas, Harris lost to Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer. To make it up to him, the TV Academy gave him two Emmys the following year: comedy guest actor for Glee and special class program for the 63rd Tony Awards, which he hosted. Harris has since won two more special class program Emmys for the Tonys.

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Patty Duke

Sixteen-year-old Duke was already an Oscar winner, for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, when The Patty Duke Show, in which she played "identical cousins," premiered in 1963. Duke received one Emmy nod for it during its three-season run before later winning for the TV movie My Sweet Charlie (1970), the miniseries Captains and the Kings (1976) and the 1979 TV movie The Miracle Worker, in which she played Annie Sullivan.

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Marlo Thomas

That Girl didn't get Thomas an Emmy despite four nominations. She later won three Emmys for her children's programs Marlo Thomas and Friends in Free to Be... You and Me (1974) and Free to Be... A Family (1989), and for her performance in the TV movie Nobody's Child (1986).

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Danny Strong

Strong will always be Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Jonathan and Gilmore Girls' Doyle, but he won his two Emmys for producing and writing the 2012 TV movie Game Change. He also has another nomination for Recount, but none for his most recent creation, Empire.

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Dan Harmon

Community was infamously snubbed by the Emmys, receiving only five nominations and one win (animation for "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas"). Harmon got his Emmy three days after Community premiered in 2009 -- for co-writing Hugh Jackman's opening number from the Oscars earlier that year (still one of the best Oscar openings ever). The music and lyrics category, normally presented at the Creative Arts Emmys, was moved to the main show because producers were expecting another win for Saturday Night Live, after "Dick in a Box," this time for "Motherlover." "I think they moved this award to the primetime [show] because there was an increase in sex appeal in the nominees," Harmon deadpans in his speech. "And you guys gave the award to the nerdiest, ugliest people. We apologize for that."

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Christina Applegate

Married... with Children only earned seven below-the-line nominations during its 11-year run. Applegate has since received two nominations each for her guest turn on Friends as Rachel's sister Amy and her short-lived sitcom Samantha Who?, winning in 2003 for the former.

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Bob Newhart

The icon never won for either of his eponymous series, The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, and had to wait until 2013 to collect his first Emmy: comedy guest actor for The Big Bang Theory. Newhart received a standing ovation when he presented at the main show a week later.

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Anthony LaPaglia

LaPaglia spent seven seasons on Without a Trace, earning a Golden Globe win and an Emmy nod. He received two more Emmy nominations for his guest appearances as Simon, Daphne's alcoholic brother, on Frasier, taking home the gold in 2002.

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Anthony Edwards

Edwards went 0-4 in drama actor for ER (his Season 1 loss for the legendary episode "Love's Labor Lost" was especially "heartbreaking" for the producers). He had to wait until 2010 to win for producing TV movie champ Temple Grandin.

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Bill Maher

Maher was the biggest Emmy loser -- at 0-32 -- before he won as a producer on information series or special champ Vice in 2014. He still has not won for Real Time with Bill Maher, which is 0-19.

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David Simon

Simon was never nominated for Homicide: Life on the Street and only received two writing nominations for The Wire. He does have two Emmys for his 2000 miniseries The Corner, based on his book The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood.

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Jane Seymour

An Emmy was not what the doctor ordered for Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Seymour got two nods for the Western, but won her only Emmy for the 1988 TV movie Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, in which she played Maria Callas.

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John Goodman

Goodman went 0-7 for Roseanne, finally winning in 2007 for his guest appearance on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. What are the chances he'll win for the Roseanne reboot?

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Karl Malden

Malden received four nominations for his '70s cop drama The Streets of San Francisco, but didn't win that Emmy to go with his Oscar until 1985, for his supporting performance in the miniseries Fatal Vision.

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Martin Sheen

While his co-stars Allison Janney (four times!), Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, John Spencer, Stockard Channing and Alan Alda all took home Emmys, Sheen never won for The West Wing. At least he started the show as an Emmy winner: He won drama guest actor for his stint on Murphy Brown in 1994. Still, it's disgraceful he went Emmy-less for bringing President Bartlet to life. Just stand there in your wrongness and be wrong and get used to it, Emmys.

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Piper Laurie

The Twin Peaks star won a Golden Globe for playing Catherine Martell, but failed to convert either of her two Emmy nods into wins. She won an Emmy years earlier in 1986 for her turn in the TV movie Promise.

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S. Epatha Merkerson

Merkerson was never nominated during her 17 seasons on Law & Order. (Fun fact: SVU star Mariska Hargitay is the only regular in the Law & Order franchise to win an Emmy.) In 2005, Merkerson swept the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and the Emmy for her performance in the TV movie Lackawanna Blues.

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William Shatner

Star Trek: The Original Series went 0-13 at the Emmys and Shatner was never nominated for his Captain Kirk. He won back-to-back Emmys for playing the same character, Denny Crane, on different shows and in different categories in 2004 and 2005: drama guest actor for The Practice and then drama supporting actor on its spin-off Boston Legal.