tv The Best TV Actors of All Time

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List Rules Any actor who has ever been a part of a TV show and not simply a guest star.

The greatest TV actors of all time. Some of these actors have been in movies, some of them are even more well known at this point for their work in films rather than on TV but all of these actors have really shown off some impressive chops on the small screen.

From Bryan Cranston to Hugh Laurie and beyond, these are the best TV actors ever. From Emmy winners to simply fan favorites. Don't see your favorite actor from a TV show on this list? Add them! And make sure to vote for all of your favorites. Vote up who you think deserves the top spot, and vote down anyone that you think is overrated.

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Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kevin Spacey House of Cards

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire

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James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
James Gandolfini The Sopranos

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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie House, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Robin Williams Mork & Mindy, The Crazy Ones, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Lucille Ball I Love Lucy

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Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Michael J. Fox Family Ties, Spin City, The Michael J. Fox Show

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Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Tom Selleck Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Robin Wright House of Cards, Santa Barbara, A TV Dante

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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones

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Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Neil Patrick Harris How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Doogie Howser

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Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Gary Sinise CSI: NY

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Betty White The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Matthew McConaughey True Detective

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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Steve Carell The Office

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Hugh Dancy Hannibal, The Big C, The New Adventures of Robin Hood

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Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Leonard Nimoy Star Trek: The Original Series

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine

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Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Michael C. Hall Dexter, Six Feet Under

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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sally Field Brothers & Sisters, From the Earth to the Moon, Gidget

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Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Andy Griffith The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock

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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy

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Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kelsey Grammer Cheers, Frasier, Medium

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Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Ed O'Neill Modern Family, Married... with Children

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Tina Fey 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hot in Cleveland

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Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Peter Falk Columbo

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Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Henry Winkler Happy Days, Arrested Development

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Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Danny DeVito It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Taxi

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Nathan Fillion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Nathan Fillion Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Castle

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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jackie Gleason The Honeymooners

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John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
John Goodman Roseanne, Treme

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William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
William Shatner Star Trek: The Original Series, Boston Legal, Bleep My Dad Says

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Patrick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Patrick Dempsey Grey's Anatomy, Fast Times

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Mark Harmon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Mark Harmon NCIS, St. Elsewhere, Boston Public

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

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James Spader is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
James Spader Boston Legal, The Practice, The Blacklist

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Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Katey Sagal Futurama, Sons of Anarchy, Married... with Children

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Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Andrew Lincoln The Walking Dead, Strike Back, Afterlife

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Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Larry Hagman Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie

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Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

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Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Martin Sheen The West Wing

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Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dick Van Dyke The Dick Van Dyke Show

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Jack Klugman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jack Klugman The Odd Couple, Quincy, M.E.

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
George Clooney ER, The Facts of Life