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The Best TV Actors of All Time  

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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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Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle
2
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos
3
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie
4
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy
5
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office
6
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Mork & Mindy, The Crazy Ones, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
7
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation
8
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy
9
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Family Ties, Spin City, The Michael J. Fox Show
10
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones
11
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.
12
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland
13
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire
14
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine
15
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock
16
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
17
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Doogie Howser
18
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium
19
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, True Detective, Game Change
20
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children
21
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series
22
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show
23
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
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards
25
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
CSI: NY