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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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1,495 1,144
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle

2
829 738
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
708 637
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy

4
842 852
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie

5
865 695
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos

6
618 448
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
695 540
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office

8
638 653
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
570 468
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation

10
538 420
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy

11
787 631
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones

12
638 530
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
442 386
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

14
572 667
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire

15
449 373
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine

16
507 339
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock

17
463 374
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children

18
500 463
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

19
369 308
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium

20
409 426
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective

21
549 709
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards

22
389 343
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series

23
364 212
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
443 269
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show

25
458 488
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
stefan-komisch added Brothers & Sisters, From the Earth to the Moon, Gidget

26
395 368
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

27
522 506
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo

28
308 319
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
CSI: NY

29
282 229
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, True Detective, Game Change

30
488 458
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Happy Days, Arrested Development

31
321 129
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
M*A*S*H, The West Wing, The Big C

32
291 316
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

33
371 319
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Taxi

34
357 508
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards, Santa Barbara, A TV Dante

35
385 295
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series, Boston Legal, Bleep My Dad Says

36
399 408
Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dexter, Six Feet Under

37
346 323
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boston Legal, The Practice, The Blacklist

38
225 198
Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie

39
274 335
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones, Legends

40
347 300
John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Roseanne, Treme

41
383 379
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

42
231 208
Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Futurama, Sons of Anarchy, Married... with Children

43
249 202
Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Honeymooners

44
200 181
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Following, Bored to Death, The Closer

45
213 308
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

46
318 248
Mark Harmon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
NCIS, St. Elsewhere, Boston Public

47
243 208
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Moonlighting, The Twilight Zone, Bruno the Kid

48
258 234
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The West Wing

49
188 163
Raymond Burr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Perry Mason

50
249 300
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Walking Dead, Strike Back, Afterlife