Blake played the tough talking and quick moving detective from 1975 through 1978. Tony Baretta presumably worked in Newark, New Jersey, solving crimes with the help of his pet cockatoo Fred. Baretta tried to look and act like the average man in the street and he would put on various disguises to hide his identity. Blake had a thick New Jersey accent and liked to spin catch phrases like "Dat's de name of dat tune" when he solved a crime. Blake may have put a fresh enough spin on the role of police detective to win the 1975 best actor award in a drama, but his acting soon became flat and repetitive.
Jack Albertson, Chico and the Man
Albertson starred opposite the late Freddie Prinze in this series and won the 1976 best actor award in a comedy, but it was a strange decision. Prinze was the star of the show and the Hispanic comic carried it every week. Nevertheless, voters decided to honor Albertson, who had earned great reviews for his roles in films like The Poseidon Adventure, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Subject Was Roses. Albertson played tired, old Ed Brown in the series, and it was a role that Albertson played realistically.
John Ritter, Three's Company
Ritter was a nice guy and a decent actor. But was he really Emmy Award material while playing Jack Tripper in the dreadful series Three's Company? Absolutely not. Ritter had a very successful career and was starring in Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter before suddenly passing away in 2003. However, the Three's Company character he portrayed was predictable and lacked an edge. Giving him the 1984 Emmy for best comedy actor was a questionable decision.
Grammer perfected the role of pompous Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers and his own spinoff series Frasier. Grammer did a fine job of presenting Crane as a windbag with a sense of humor, but his portrayal was predictable. Crane would always make some pie-in-the-sky pronouncement that he could not prove and by the end of the show he was a whining schoolboy with a series of lame excuses. Did that make him worthy of the 1998 best actor award in a comedy? No way.
Michael Chiklis, The Shield
Chiklis the 2002 award for best actor in a drama series. Considering that the 2000, 2001 and 2003 Emmy awards went to James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in the Sopranos, it makes it hard to understand how Chiklis could have stolen the honor in 2002. Chiklis was a modern version of Robert Blake's Baretta and did not compare with the legendary Gandolfini's Soprano character.