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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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1,706 1,267
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle
2
954 839
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
1,030 774
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos
4
802 732
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy
5
827 625
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office
6
931 955
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie
7
941 698
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones
8
726 512
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
716 717
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
660 529
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation
11
644 491
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
727 612
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
637 731
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire
14
524 443
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.
15
584 384
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock
16
512 439
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
582 549
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
18
521 430
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children
19
432 361
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium
20
600 790
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards
21
468 496
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective
22
442 379
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series
23
506 532
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
520 300
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show
25
576 546
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo