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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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499 470
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Lucille Ball I Love Lucy

3
617 655
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie House, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie

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579 583
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 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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400 345
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation

6
631 575
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
James Gandolfini The Sopranos

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399 330
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 7 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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442 395
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Steve Carell The Office

9
466 537
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
333 277
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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545 515
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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449 566
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire

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442 404
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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352 261
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Andy Griffith The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock

The Scariest Movies Ever Made

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440 539
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kevin Spacey House of Cards

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292 293
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Tom Selleck Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

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247 225
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kelsey Grammer Cheers, Frasier, Medium

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277 254
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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287 274
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 19 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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314 292
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Ed O'Neill Modern Family, Married... with Children

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276 318
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Matthew McConaughey True Detective

TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On

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233 149
Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 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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366 420
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 23 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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416 442
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Peter Falk Columbo

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322 340
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

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213 244
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Gary Sinise CSI: NY

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243 260
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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290 217
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dick Van Dyke The Dick Van Dyke Show

12 TV Actors Reveal Their All Time Favorite Episodes

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285 220
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 29 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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292 414
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Robin Wright House of Cards, Santa Barbara, A TV Dante

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379 391
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Henry Winkler Happy Days, Arrested Development

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314 326
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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173 73
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 33 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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196 225
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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263 259
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 Oikos Greek Yogurt Flavors of All Time

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179 144
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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145 138
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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203 264
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Game of Thrones, Legends

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239 260
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
James Spader Boston Legal, The Practice, The Blacklist

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273 294
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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429 340
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 41 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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154 155
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

What Was The Most Popular TV Show The Year You Were Born

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231 187
Mark Harmon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Mark Harmon NCIS, St. Elsewhere, Boston Public

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192 228
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Andrew Lincoln The Walking Dead, Strike Back, Afterlife

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131 114
Raymond Burr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Raymond Burr Perry Mason

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153 230
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

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251 253
John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
John Goodman Roseanne, Treme

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170 176
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Woody Harrelson Cheers, True Detective, Game Change

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171 153
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Bruce Willis Moonlighting, The Twilight Zone, Bruno the Kid

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189 185
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Martin Sheen The West Wing