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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1,627 1,231
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle
2
909 811
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
778 707
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy
4
962 755
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos
5
782 602
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office
6
903 925
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
690 495
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
884 675
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones
9
695 699
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
614 472
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy
11
629 516
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation
12
696 590
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
499 428
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.
14
614 712
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire
15
561 370
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock
16
413 345
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium
17
550 521
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
18
486 423
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine
19
499 416
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children
20
450 476
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective
21
581 765
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards
22
424 368
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series
23
496 293
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show
24
562 531
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo
25
488 521
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
stefan-komisch added Brothers & Sisters, From the Earth to the Moon, Gidget