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

2
883 786
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
757 683
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy

4
930 737
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos

5
885 896
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
754 578
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office

7
665 476
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland

8
849 657
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones

9
588 450
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy

10
675 684
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Family Ties, Spin City, The Michael J. Fox Show

11
608 493
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation

12
675 566
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
481 408
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

14
600 697
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire

15
545 359
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock

16
490 400
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children

17
473 405
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine

18
531 502
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

19
394 332
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium

20
434 456
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective

21
570 748
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards

22
411 361
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series

23
478 286
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show

24
553 521
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo

25
391 233
Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hot in Cleveland