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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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1,452 1,114
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle

2
805 718
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
693 619
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy

4
818 829
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie

5
599 434
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland

6
669 522
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office

7
833 683
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos

8
621 637
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
553 456
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation

10
511 399
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
757 615
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones

12
611 511
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
424 372
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

14
456 359
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children

15
432 356
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine

16
553 657
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire

17
489 328
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock

18
482 447
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

19
351 295
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium

20
538 681
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards

21
399 411
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective

22
379 329
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series

23
349 199
Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hot in Cleveland

24
426 259
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show

25
448 477
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

26
376 351
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

27
510 497
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo

28
300 306
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
CSI: NY

29
305 117
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
M*A*S*H, The West Wing, The Big C

30
478 447
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Happy Days, Arrested Development

31
267 223
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, True Detective, Game Change

32
282 305
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

33
377 283
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series, Boston Legal, Bleep My Dad Says

34
351 498
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards, Santa Barbara, A TV Dante

35
358 312
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Taxi

36
386 398
Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dexter, Six Feet Under

37
337 315
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boston Legal, The Practice, The Blacklist

38
218 190
Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie

39
264 325
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones, Legends

40
371 368
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

41
221 201
Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Futurama, Sons of Anarchy, Married... with Children

42
333 295
John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Roseanne, Treme

43
242 194
Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Honeymooners

44
191 173
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Following, Bored to Death, The Closer

45
208 300
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

46
239 198
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Moonlighting, The Twilight Zone, Bruno the Kid

47
309 241
Mark Harmon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
NCIS, St. Elsewhere, Boston Public

48
250 227
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The West Wing

49
181 158
Raymond Burr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Perry Mason

50
242 291
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Walking Dead, Strike Back, Afterlife