Co-Star Wars: 15 Legendary Emmy Rivalries

Before 'True Detective''s leads compete for the Best Actor award, check out the Emmys' biggest intershow face-offs

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Dennis Franz vs Jimmy Smits

Show: NYPD Blue
Rivalry years: 1995-1999
Who won: Franz, 3
As detective Andy Sipowicz, Franz currently holds the record for the most wins in the Best Actor in a Dramatic series category, with four Emmys statuettes to his name. (Though Bryan Cranston could tie him if he wins this year for Breaking Bad.) Three of those meant that Smits (Bobby Simone) left empty-handed, in 1996, 1997 and 1999. Two other times, both men lost (in 1995, when Mandy Patinkin triumphed for Chicago Hope, and in 1998, when Andre Braugher won for Homicide: Life on the Street). Franz's first win, in 1994, came at the expense of NYPD Blue co-star David Caruso (John Kelly). Franz was the only actor who starred on the revolving-door series for its entirety, from 1993-2005.

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