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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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459 435
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Lucille Ball I Love Lucy

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540 553
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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587 540
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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575 623
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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360 309
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 6 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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395 364
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Steve Carell The Office

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366 325
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation

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429 508
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

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323 243
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Andy Griffith The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock

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226 200
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kelsey Grammer Cheers, Frasier, Medium

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402 378
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 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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498 498
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones

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414 503
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kevin Spacey House of Cards

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424 546
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire

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291 270
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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265 271
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Tom Selleck Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

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209 130
Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 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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252 238
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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257 256
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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290 256
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy

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346 396
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 22 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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246 295
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Matthew McConaughey True Detective

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396 424
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Peter Falk Columbo

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260 200
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 25 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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280 309
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

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260 200
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dick Van Dyke The Dick Van Dyke Show

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210 230
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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281 387
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Robin Wright House of Cards, Santa Barbara, A TV Dante

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191 225
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Gary Sinise CSI: NY

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141 59
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 31 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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296 307
Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Michael C. Hall Dexter, Six Feet Under

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353 373
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Henry Winkler Happy Days, Arrested Development

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173 203
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Tina Fey 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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426 317
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Hugh Dancy Hannibal, The Big C, The New Adventures of Robin Hood

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160 128
Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jackie Gleason The Honeymooners

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131 119
Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Larry Hagman Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie

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237 245
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Danny DeVito It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Taxi

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252 270
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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117 100
Raymond Burr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Raymond Burr Perry Mason

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216 242
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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136 138
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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152 134
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Bruce Willis Moonlighting, The Twilight Zone, Bruno the Kid

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138 203
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

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233 235
John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
John Goodman Roseanne, Treme

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172 207
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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204 176
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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110 113
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kevin Bacon The Following, Bored to Death, The Closer

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171 195
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

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125 160
Nathan Fillion is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Nathan Fillion Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Castle