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Winkler ’67 “Clears the Table” at Emmys, Joins Other Alumni Winners

Henry Winkler ’67 collects the first award of the night at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, held Monday, September 17. Photo/Lester Cohen/WireImage

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards opened Monday night with a long-awaited win for Emerson alumnus Henry Winkler ’67, who took home Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of acting coach Gene Cousineau on HBO’s Barry.

Joking that he wrote his acceptance speech 43 years ago, Winkler, who was getting his first win after six nominations, recalled something Hollywood attorney Skip Brittenham told him years ago.

“If you sit at the table long enough, the chips come to you,” said Winkler, who was nominated three times between 1976 and 1978 for his role as the Fonz on Happy Days. “And tonight I get to clear the table.”

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Winkler joins a number of Emerson alumni who went home with statuettes this year.

Randy Barbato ’82, executive producer of RuPaul’s Drag Race, won for Outstanding Reality Competition Program. RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked and Barbato also were nominated this year for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

Barbato has nine Emmy nominations — for his work on RuPaul’s Drag Race (2018, 2017), HBO’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016); Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York (2015, 2014); and in 2011, HBO’s Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking and OWN’s Becoming Chaz.

Music editor David Klotz ’94 won in the Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series category for his work on Netflix’s Stranger Things. Klotz was nominated in the same category this year for HBO’s Game of Thrones, as well as in Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special for work on American Horror Story: Cult (FX).

This year marks Klotz’s fifth Emmy win; he took home awards in 2017 for Stranger Things, 2015 and 2012 for Game of Thrones, and 2013 for American Horror Story: Asylum. He has 10 nominations dating back to 2012, for Game of Thrones and American Horror Story.

Kirk J. Miller ’12 won his first Emmy for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Directon for a Variety Special as a lighting director on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC). The win follows two nominations in the same category: for NBC’s Hairspray Live! in 2017 and The Wiz Live! In 2016.

Tesha Kondrat ’13 got her first nomination and win Monday night as a writer for Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, which won Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program.

And in what was perhaps the most emotional moment of the night, an Emerson parent, Glenn WeissP’19, won his second Emmy for directing the Oscars before proposing to his girlfriend, Jan, onstage.

“You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend,” Weiss told her. “Because I want to call you my wife.”

She said yes.

Note: This story may be updated with additional winners. 

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