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The Best TV Actors of All Time 

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Updated May 4, 2020 126.2k votes 8.1k voters 82k views 461 items

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
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle
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James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos
3
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland
4
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones
5
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Mork & Mindy, The Crazy Ones, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
6
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office
7
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show
8
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock
9
Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hot in Cleveland
10
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation
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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy
12
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium
13
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine
14
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.
15
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
M*A*S*H, The West Wing, The Big C
16
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Doogie Howser
17
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children
18
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy
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Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, True Detective, Game Change
21
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Family Ties, Spin City, The Michael J. Fox Show
22
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series, Boston Legal, Bleep My Dad Says
23
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Happy Days, Arrested Development
24
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Taxi
25
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie