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The Best TV Actors And Actresses Of All Time

Updated April 27, 2021 131.1k votes 9.2k voters 94.6k views349 items

List RulesVote up your favorite actors and actresses who have ever been a part of a TV show, not just a guest appearance.

This is a list of the greatest TV actors and actresses of all time. Some stars are just such famous TV actors that you can't help but remember their small screen performances. For example, Lucille Ball, one of the best TV show actresses, is iconic in I Love Lucy

Steve Carell is another memorable leading actor in TV as Michael Scott on NBC's hit, The Office. Michael J. Fox, Andy Griffith, and John Goodman are beloved male sitcom actors. Whether they've won Emmys and Golden Globes, or have become cult favorites, stars like Amy Poehler, Tony Shalhoub, and Gillian Anderson are among the top TV series actors. 

Who do you think are the best TV actors ever? Vote up the television stars you think are the all-time best. Then check back to see if your favorites topped our list! 

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    Bryan Cranston

    Hollywood, Los Angeles

    Credits (TV)Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle, Your Honor, Sneaky Pete, Seinfeld

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    James Gandolfini

    Westwood, New Jersey

    Credits (TV)The Sopranos

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    Peter Dinklage

    Mendham Township, New Jersey

    Credits (TV)Game of Thrones, My Dinner with Hervé, Threshold, Nip/Tuck

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    Betty White

    Oak Park, Illinois

    Credits (TV)The Golden Girls/The Golden Palace, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland, The Betty White Show, Mama's Family

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    Dick Van Dyke

    West Plains, Missouri

    Credits (TV)The Dick Van Dyke Show, Diagnosis: Murder, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Murder 101, The Carol Burnett Show

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    Robin Williams

    Chicago, Illinois

    Credits (TV)Mork & Mindy, The Crazy Ones, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour, Sesame Street

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    Andy Griffith

    Mount Airy, North Carolina

    Credits (TV)The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock, The New Andy Griffith Show, Salvage 1, Centennial

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    Ted Danson

    San Diego, California

    Credits (TV)Cheers, The Good Place, Mr Mayor, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Fargo

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    Alan Alda

    The Bronx, New York

    Credits (TV)M*A*S*H, The West Wing, Ray Donovan, Scientific American Frontiers, The Good Fight

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    Mary Tyler Moore

    New York City, New York

    Credits (TV)The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, Hot in Cleveland, Rhoda

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    Steve Carell

    Concord, Massachusetts

    Credits (TV)The Office, The Morning Show, Space Force, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Saturday Night Live

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    Patrick Stewart

    Mirfield, Yorkshire

    Credits (TV)Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Picard, Blunt Talk, Family Guy, American Dad!

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    Carol Burnett

    San Antonio, Texas

    Credits (TV)The Carol Burnett Show, The Garry Moore Show, Mama's Family, Mad About You, A Little Help with Carol Burnett

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    Caroll O'Connor

    New York, New York

    Credits (TV)All in the Family, Archie Bunker's Place, In the Heat of the Night, Mad About You, Party of Five

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    Lucille Ball

    Jamestown, New York

    Credits (TV)I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Carol Burnett Show

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    New York City, New York

    Credits (TV)Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Saturday Night Live, Curb Your Enthusiasm

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    Danny DeVito

    Neptune Township, New Jersey

    Credits (TV)It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Taxi, The Simpsons, The Ratings Game, Saturday Night Live

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    Tom Selleck

    Detroit, Michigan

    Credits (TV)Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I., Friends, Jesse Stone series

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    Kelsey Grammer

    Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands

    Credits (TV)Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, Proven Innocent, You're Not a Monster

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    Woody Harrelson

    Midland, Texas

    Credits (TV)Cheers, True Detective, Game Change, Will & Grace, Saturday Night Live

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    Ed O'Neill

    Youngstown, Ohio

    Credits (TV)Modern Family, Married... with Children, L.A Dragnet, John from Cincinnati, The West Wing

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    Matthew Perry

    Williamstown, Massachusetts

    Credits (TV)Friends, Go On, The Odd Couple, Mr. Sunshine, The Good Wife/The Good Fight

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    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Hammersmith, London

    Credits (TV)Sherlock, Patrick Melrose, Parade's End, Brexit: The Uncivil War, The Hollow Crown

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    Michael J. Fox

    Edmonton, Canada

    Credits (TV)Family Ties, Spin City, The Michael J. Fox Show, The Good Wife/The Good Fight, Designated Survivor

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    Henry Winkler

    New York, New York

    Credits (TV)Happy Days, Arrested Development, Barry, Monsters at Work, The Practice

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