Winner - Carroll O'Connor "All in the Family"
Runners Up - Michael J. Fox "Family Ties", Alan Alda "M*A*S*H", Ted Danson "Cheers", Dick Van Dyke "The Dick Van Dyke"
Commentary - Archie Bunker was racist, xenophobic grouch, and that was exactly the point. His over the top hilarity and ridiculousness painted an incredible portrait of just how ignorant and ridiculous racism really was. In some ways it was a groundbreaking show. A lot of people didn't really understand its subtleties, but decades later we can appreciate the kind of character the great Carroll O'Connor was trying to portray. He tried, and he not only succeeded, but exceeded all expectations.