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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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1,574 1,198
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle

2
880 784
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Mork & Mindy, The Crazy Ones, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

3
755 680
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy

4
926 734
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos

5
881 895
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie

6
663 475
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland

7
750 578
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office

8
845 656
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones

9
584 449
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy

10
672 683
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Family Ties, Spin City, The Michael J. Fox Show

11
606 492
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation

12
671 565
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Doogie Howser

13
478 407
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

14
598 696
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire

15
544 357
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock

16
489 398
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children

17
471 403
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine

18
527 501
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

19
391 330
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium

20
432 455
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective

21
411 358
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series

22
567 748
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards

23
476 285
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show

24
391 230
Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hot in Cleveland

25
552 519
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo