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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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1,618 1,228
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle
2
906 806
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
777 704
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy
4
955 752
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos
5
782 596
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office
6
901 920
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
689 492
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
693 696
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Family Ties, Spin City, The Michael J. Fox Show
9
873 674
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones
10
610 468
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
628 512
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation
12
693 588
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
498 424
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.
14
611 711
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire
15
561 367
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock
16
411 342
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium
17
485 419
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
548 517
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
19
498 414
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children
20
447 472
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective
21
578 765
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards
22
422 367
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series
23
495 291
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show
24
562 528
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo
25
402 235
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