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The Best TV Actors And Actresses Of All Time

Updated April 6, 2021 136.6k votes 9.1k voters 91.9k views452 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

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    James Gandolfini

    Westwood, New Jersey

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    Peter Dinklage

    Mendham Township, New Jersey

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    Betty White

    Oak Park, Illinois

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    Dick Van Dyke

    West Plains, Missouri

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    Robin Williams

    Chicago, Illinois

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    Andy Griffith

    Mount Airy, North Carolina

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    Steve Carell

    Concord, Massachusetts

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    Alan Alda

    The Bronx, New York

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    Ted Danson

    San Diego, California

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    Mary Tyler Moore

    New York City, New York

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    Carol Burnett

    San Antonio, Texas

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    Patrick Stewart

    Mirfield, United Kingdom

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    Caroll O'Connor

    Manhattan, New York City

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    Lucille Ball

    Jamestown, New York

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    New York City, New York

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    Danny DeVito

    Neptune Township, New Jersey

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    Woody Harrelson

    Midland, Texas

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    Kelsey Grammer

    Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands

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    Matthew Perry

    Williamstown, Massachusetts

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    Tom Selleck

    Detroit, Michigan

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    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Hammersmith, London

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    Michael J. Fox

    Edmonton, Canada

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    Ed O'Neill

    Youngstown, Ohio

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    Jackie Gleason

    Bushwick, New York City

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