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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

The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time The Best NBC Dramas of All Time

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421 399
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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505 518
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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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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537 595
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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330 290
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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336 302
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation

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409 482
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 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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208 179
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kelsey Grammer Cheers, Frasier, Medium

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368 337
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Steve Carell The Office

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395 465
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Kevin Spacey House of Cards

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302 229
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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376 357
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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412 527
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire

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237 219
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Leonard Nimoy Star Trek: The Original Series

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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468 479
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones

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186 117
Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 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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240 234
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 18 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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269 255
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Ed O'Neill Modern Family, Married... with Children

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268 232
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy

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242 258
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Tom Selleck Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

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230 276
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Matthew McConaughey True Detective

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328 382
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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244 187
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 24 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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271 369
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Robin Wright House of Cards, Santa Barbara, A TV Dante

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370 416
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Peter Falk Columbo

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259 291
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

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285 293
Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Michael C. Hall Dexter, Six Feet Under

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 29 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

12 TV Actors Reveal Their All Time Favorite Episodes 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

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340 361
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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177 213
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Gary Sinise CSI: NY

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237 193
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dick Van Dyke The Dick Van Dyke Show

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121 51
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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160 188
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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146 120
Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jackie Gleason The Honeymooners

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118 111
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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193 218
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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245 256
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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224 236
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Danny DeVito It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Taxi

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126 128
Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Katey Sagal Futurama, Sons of Anarchy, Married... with Children

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167 181
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

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139 124
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Bruce Willis Moonlighting, The Twilight Zone, Bruno the Kid

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204 232
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
James Spader Boston Legal, The Practice, The Blacklist

Television Actors Who Overact Way Too Hard The Best Women's Running Shoe Brands

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105 94
Raymond Burr is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Raymond Burr Perry Mason

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193 167
Mark Harmon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Mark Harmon NCIS, St. Elsewhere, Boston Public

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220 229
John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
John Goodman Roseanne, Treme

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97 89
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Michael Douglas The Streets of San Francisco

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97 104
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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160 163
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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132 192
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City