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Emmys 2011: Kyle Chandler wins lead drama actor

September 18, 2011 |  7:01 pm

Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton 
Kyle Chandler won his first Emmy for lead actor in a drama series on Sunday for his role as Texas high school football coach Eric Taylor in DirecTV/NBC's "Friday Night Lights." The acclaimed series, which was never a ratings blockbuster but had a devoted fan base, ended its five-season run last spring.

Chandler, 46, previously was a regular on the 1990 CBS series "Tour of Duty," the 1991-93 ABC series "Homefront" and the 1996-2000 CBS series "Early Edition." He was also seen on the big screen this summer in J.J. Abrams' "Super 8."

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, and the show is being televised live on Fox TV. 

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— Susan King 

Photo: Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton of "Friday Night Lights." Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times.

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