Julia Louis-Dreyfus Holds Back Tears in Emmys Tribute to Father (Video)

William Louis-Dreyfus died Friday at age 84, the record-breaking award winner said

Last Updated: September 18, 2016 @ 7:34 PM

Julia Louis-Dreyfus shared painful news as she accepted her Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Her father William passed away last week.

The businessman, poet and art collector, who amassed a fortune that Forbes valued at more than $3 billion, died on Friday at the age of 84, according to USA Today.

Trembling while reading from a prepared speech, the actress dedicated her sixth consecutive Emmy trophy “to my father William Louis-Dreyfus who passed away on Friday. And I’m so glad that he liked ‘Veep’ because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”

Louis-Dreyfus said that HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys and network Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler had proved their deep friendship “especially this week.”

Besides thanking her cast and crew, the actress offered some apologies for the absurdity of this year’s presidential election.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate. I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire, but it now feels like a sobering documentary,” said Louis-Dreyfus.

“So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it,” Louis-Dreyfus said on stage.

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