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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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588 528
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Lucille Ball I Love Lucy

3
677 628
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 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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688 724
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie House, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie

5
473 367
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Betty White The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland

6
461 397
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation

7
701 620
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
James Gandolfini The Sopranos

8
510 444
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Steve Carell The Office

9
523 579
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Michael J. Fox Family Ties, Spin City, The Michael J. Fox Show

10
406 329
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy

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622 558
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones

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409 282
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Andy Griffith The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock

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512 451
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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485 605
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire

49 Famous Couples with Huge Age Differences

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339 325
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Tom Selleck Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

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368 318
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Ed O'Neill Modern Family, Married... with Children

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338 303
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 17 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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321 280
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Leonard Nimoy Star Trek: The Original Series

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285 250
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kelsey Grammer Cheers, Frasier, Medium

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281 164
Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 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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323 353
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Matthew McConaughey True Detective

Television Actors Who Overact Way Too Hard

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477 595
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kevin Spacey House of Cards

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388 377
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

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401 438
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
stefan-komisch added Sally Field Brothers & Sisters, From the Earth to the Moon, Gidget

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348 229
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dick Van Dyke The Dick Van Dyke Show

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451 461
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Peter Falk Columbo

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295 296
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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244 267
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Gary Sinise CSI: NY

Current TV Comedies You Wish You Were A Character On

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221 87
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Alan Alda M*A*S*H, The West Wing, The Big C

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417 412
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Henry Winkler Happy Days, Arrested Development

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315 239
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 31 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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232 252
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Tina Fey 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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313 446
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Robin Wright House of Cards, Santa Barbara, A TV Dante

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345 353
Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Michael C. Hall Dexter, Six Feet Under

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300 276
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Danny DeVito It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Taxi

The Best Current Action TV Series

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178 159
Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Larry Hagman Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie

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316 319
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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275 283
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
James Spader Boston Legal, The Practice, The Blacklist

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206 163
Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jackie Gleason The Honeymooners

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208 190
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Woody Harrelson Cheers, True Detective, Game Change

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224 290
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Game of Thrones, Legends

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181 173
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

The Best Action Shows On Amazon Prime

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283 266
John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
John Goodman Roseanne, Treme

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153 144
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kevin Bacon The Following, Bored to Death, The Closer

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176 257
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

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215 249
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Andrew Lincoln The Walking Dead, Strike Back, Afterlife

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260 207
Mark Harmon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Mark Harmon NCIS, St. Elsewhere, Boston Public

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196 167
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Bruce Willis Moonlighting, The Twilight Zone, Bruno the Kid

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212 197
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Martin Sheen The West Wing

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142 125
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Michael Douglas The Streets of San Francisco