Sterling K. Brown, originally from Olivette, Missouri, has taken home an Emmy for his role in “This is Us.” He plays Randall Pearson, the adopted brother of a white family in the television drama.
It has been 19 years since an African American won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
In Brown’s acceptance speech, he said his castmates are “the best white TV family that a brother has ever had.”
“What I love so much about the show and about the character of Randall is that he is black on purpose,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
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His win was the only one of the five for which the the show was nominated. Last year, he won Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Limited Series for his role as Chris Darden on “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Family.”