TV 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.
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1,545 1,181
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle

2
860 771
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
732 671
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy

4
733 560
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office

5
870 882
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
910 724
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos

7
648 468
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland

8
663 674
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
567 440
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
593 485
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation

11
824 650
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones

12
661 553
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
462 402
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

14
587 689
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire

15
531 351
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock

16
478 393
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children

17
462 396
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
521 485
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

19
385 322
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium

20
426 443
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective

21
564 736
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards

22
405 355
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series

23
385 225
Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hot in Cleveland

24
466 281
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show

25
543 514
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo