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Donald Glover's The First PoC To Win The Emmy For Lead Actor In A Comedy In 32 Years

The last man of color to win the award was Robert Guillaume in 1985 for Benson.

Posted on September 17, 2017, at 10:42 p.m. ET

Glover took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy series at the 69th Emmy Awards* for his performance in Atlanta, which he also created.



In winning, Glover also made a bit of Emmys history: He is the first person of color to win the award in 32 years.


Earlier in the evening, Glover also won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for Atlanta, which made him the first black director to ever win in that category.

The last person of color to win the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy award was Robert Guillaume, who took home the Emmy for his work in the sitcom Benson.

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More than three decades later, Glover was one of three people of color nominated for the award on Sunday. The others were Anthony Anderson of Black-ish and Aziz Ansari of Master of None.

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"I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list," Glover said in his speech. "He's the reason I'm probably up here."

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Congrats, Donald!