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Emmys 2012: 'Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer wins Comedy Actor

09/23/2012 by Corinne Heller

Jon Cryer has won his second Emmy - for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his role on the CBS show "Two and a Half Men," ending a two-year winning streak for Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory."

This marks Cryer's seventh Emmy nomination. The 47-year-old actor also beat nominees Alec Baldwin of NBC's "30 Rock," Louis C.K. of FX's "Louie," Larry David of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Don Cheadle of Showtime's "House of Lies."

"I'm stunned," Cryer said in his speech. "Okay, I didn't actually win this. This did not just happen."

Cryer has played Alan Harper on the CBS series since it began in 2003. Angus T. Jones portrays his son, Jake. Sheen played Harper's brother, Charlie, before the actor was axed in March 2011 amid a public meltdown. (Check out Charlie Sheen's craziest quotes from his meltdown.) Kutcher was then cast as a new character, a broken-hearted Internet billionaire. The upcoming 10th season, which premieres on September 27, is set to feature guest star Miley Cyrus, who will play Jake's love interest.

"Two and a Half Men" had until this year won six Emmys. The sitcom has been nominated 45 times since its debut and Sheen had received four nods before his firing - which was written into the series as a character death.

This year, "Two and a Half Men" received four Emmy nominations. At last week's Creative Arts Emmys, a preliminary primetime Emmys ceremony, Kathy Bates took home an Emmy for her guest role as Sheen's character's ghost. Kutcher and the rest of the other cast members were not nominated for an Emmy this year.

On Sept. 19, 2011, Cryer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the day of the ninth season premiere of "Two and a Half Men," which featured the debut of Ashton Kutcher following the firing of Charlie Sheen.

Cryer began his acting career in the 1980s, appearing in the Broadway play "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and starring in the 1984 romantic comedy movie "No Small Affair" with Demi Moore. But Cryer's breakout role came in 1986, when he played awkward Phil "Duckie" Dale in the 1986 film "Pretty in Pink," which stars Molly Ringwald and was written by the late John Hughes.

Cryer went on to appear in the 1991 movie "Hot Shots!," which also stars Sheen. In addition to acting on "Two and a Half Men," Cryer in recent years had a recurring role on the Disney Channel show "Hannah Montana" and made a cameo in the movie "Due Date" as his "Two and a Half Men" character.

In April 2011, he returned to his stage roots and appeared alongside "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris, "Raising Hope" and "Goonies" actress Marth Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose from "The Princess and the Frog" and Broadway star Patti Lupone in a New York Philharmonic's production of "Company."

Cryer recently filmed a comedy movie called "Ass Backwards" with Alicia Silverstone. The movie is about two women who take a road trip back to the their hometown to try and win a beauty pageant. Cryer also stars in the animated movie "Planes," which is set to hit theaters in 2013.

The 2012 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 23 and aired on ABC. The event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who also hosts the network's hit late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!."

Check out a full list of 2012 Emmy nominees and winners.

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