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The Best TV Actors of All Time 

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Updated May 4, 2020 126.3k 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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Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Ted Danson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
slaft added Cheers, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Fargo
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John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Roseanne, Treme
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Matthew Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
armok added Friends, Scrubs, Go On
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James Spader is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boston Legal, The Practice, The Blacklist
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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Honeymooners
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Mark Harmon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
NCIS, St. Elsewhere, Boston Public
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Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo
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Raymond Burr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Perry Mason
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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
stefan-komisch added Brothers & Sisters, From the Earth to the Moon, Gidget
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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective
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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Producers' Showcase, Running Hollywood, Casablanca (1955)
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Jack Klugman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Odd Couple, Quincy, M.E.
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Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Futurama, Sons of Anarchy, Married... with Children
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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Moonlighting, The Twilight Zone, Bruno the Kid
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Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie
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Barbara Eden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
FranciscodeSouza added I Dream of Jeannie, Harper Valley PTA, How to Marry a Millionaire
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Buddy Ebsen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones
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Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
CSI: NY
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Tony Shalhoub is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Monk, Wings
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Carroll O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
All in the Family, I Spy, In the Heat of the Night
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Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
LisaBamberger added The Andy Griffith Show, Three's Company, Fantasy Island
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Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The West Wing
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Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jesus of Nazareth, Airwolf, McHale's Navy