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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.
list ordered by
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1,685 1,260
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle
2
942 833
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
1,011 768
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos
4
792 730
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy
5
926 947
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
813 616
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office
7
927 689
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones
8
710 713
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Family Ties, Spin City, The Michael J. Fox Show
9
714 512
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland
10
655 525
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation
11
639 486
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy
12
724 605
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
631 723
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire
14
515 439
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.
15
574 382
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock
16
505 431
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine
17
515 425
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children
18
569 542
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
19
424 356
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium
20
595 780
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards
21
466 490
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective
22
431 377
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series
23
501 529
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
stefan-komisch added Brothers & Sisters, From the Earth to the Moon, Gidget
24
512 299
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show
25
573 543
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo