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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.
list ordered by
1
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle
2
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
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos
4
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office
5
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones
6
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland
7
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy
8
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House, Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie
9
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
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation
11
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Sherlock, Parade's End, The Last Enemy
12
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
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.
14
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
15
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
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire
17
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock
18
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium
19
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, True Detective, Game Change
20
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children
21
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective
22
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards
23
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series
24
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show
25
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