Emmys: Norman Lear Becomes Oldest Winner Ever at 97
He passed Our Planet narrator Sir David Attenborough, 93, who also won an Emmy on Saturday night, for the title of oldest Emmy winner. Attenborough would have held the record if Lear hadn’t won.
At 97 years old, Lear received his first nomination since 1991 with the live ABC special broadcast of All in the FamilyandThe Jeffersons, in which Lear won as an executive producer in the outstanding variety special (live) category on Saturday. He beat Carl Reiner for the title of oldest nominee ever by six months.
“The fact of my life is, I don’t think about it a lot,” said Lear backstage at the Emmys, in reference to his age. “I suppose I’m thinking about it more now… I’m 96 [fellow executive producer Jimmy Kimmel corrected him, saying he was 97]. I like waking up in the morning… “