Entertainment 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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1,675 1,256
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle
2
937 829
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
1,005 767
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos
4
788 728
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy
5
923 942
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
804 615
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office
7
919 688
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones
8
710 509
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland
9
709 711
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
653 524
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation
11
635 484
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
720 603
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
629 722
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire
14
512 438
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.
15
573 382
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock
16
502 431
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
514 424
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children
18
567 540
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
19
422 356
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium
20
594 778
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards
21
466 488
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective
22
430 376
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series
23
511 298
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show
24
500 528
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
stefan-komisch added Brothers & Sisters, From the Earth to the Moon, Gidget
25
571 542
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo