Bill Hader Wins an Emmy for ‘Barry’
By BERNICE FOX
Pacific Palisades has another Emmy winner for acting.
Drumroll… it’s Bill Hader!
Hader has won for playing Barry on “Barry.”
After bounding up to the stage at Monday’s Emmy Awards, skipping stairs on the way up, Hader’s first words when accepting his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series were “I didn’t think this was going to happen.”
Hader has won an Emmy before, as a producer on “South Park.” But this is his first Emmy for acting.
Hader’s competition in the lead comedy actor category included two other Palisadians, both of them comedy veterans: Ted Danson and Larry David.
But Hader says he was taught in his comedy classes at The Second City in Hollywood that “you should always make other people look good.” So as an executive producer of “Barry,” he “hired a bunch of really great actors that make me look good.”
One of those actors is longtime Brentwood resident Henry Winkler. Despite having been nominated for Emmys three years in a row in the mid-1970s for playing The Fonz on “Happy Days,” as well as being nominated for other shows through the years, Winkler had never won. Until now when he was honored for playing an acting coach to Bill Hader’s hitman on “Barry.”
When accepting this first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Winkler told the show biz audience at the Microsoft Theater, “if you get a chance to work with Bill Hader or (“Barry” co-executive producer) Alec Berg, run, don’t walk.”
Palisadian J.J. Abrams was thanked by the winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Thandie (the “h” is silent) Newton called him “our guardian angel” for guiding the cast and crew in “Westworld.” Abrams is executive producer of this science fiction series.
“Game of Thrones” won Outstanding Drama Series for a third time.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the new Outstanding Comedy Series. “Veep” won the Emmy the last three years. It was not in the running this year because the show was on a break while star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a Palisadian, was treated for breast cancer. “Veep” is expected to be back in competition next year.