Norman Lear is Now the Oldest Emmy Award Winner

Norman Lear with Jimmy Kimmel at the 71st Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Picturegroup/Shutterstock (10414336a)

Norman Lear now has a very special title to his name.

In case you were not aware, Lear is the man responsible for bringing to life All in the Family and The Jeffersons, two of the most popular sitcoms of the ‘70s.

At the time, the latter was one of the very few African-American comedies on-screen and considered revolutionary.

Throughout his career, the writer and producer has won 4 Emmy Awards and been nominated 15 times overall.

Now, however, he has received a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special that, at the age of 97, has made him the oldest-ever Emmy winner!

The nonagenarian picked up the honor for his sitcom special Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons, and by doing so, beat Sir David Attenborough for the title of most senior Emmy recipient and Carl Reiner for the most senior nominee.

“The fact of my life is, I don’t think about it a lot,” Lear said backstage at the Emmys when asked about his age. “I suppose I’m thinking about it more now… I’m 96 [Jimmy Kimmel, who executive produced the sitcom with him then reminded him that he is, in fact, 97]. I like waking up in the morning… “