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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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1,491 1,142
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle

2
827 735
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
705 634
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
I Love Lucy

4
839 849
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
615 447
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
692 539
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Office

7
860 694
James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Sopranos

8
634 651
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
534 418
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
565 467
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation

11
783 629
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones

12
633 529
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
441 383
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Blue Bloods, Magnum, P.I.

14
570 667
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boardwalk Empire

15
446 371
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
503 338
Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock

17
462 372
Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Modern Family, Married... with Children

18
499 460
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time

19
367 307
Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, Frasier, Medium

20
409 423
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
True Detective

21
548 706
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
House of Cards

22
387 341
Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series

23
361 210
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
440 267
Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show

25
454 487
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
390 367
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

27
519 505
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Columbo

28
308 317
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
CSI: NY

29
487 455
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Happy Days, Arrested Development

30
318 126
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
M*A*S*H, The West Wing, The Big C

31
278 229
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Cheers, True Detective, Game Change

32
289 315
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
369 319
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Taxi

34
356 507
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
383 294
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series, Boston Legal, Bleep My Dad Says

36
399 406
Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dexter, Six Feet Under

37
345 322
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Boston Legal, The Practice, The Blacklist

38
225 196
Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie

39
345 299
John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Roseanne, Treme

40
381 377
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

41
272 334
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Game of Thrones, Legends

42
230 207
Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Futurama, Sons of Anarchy, Married... with Children

43
247 199
Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The Honeymooners

44
199 179
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
212 307
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
316 247
Mark Harmon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
NCIS, St. Elsewhere, Boston Public

47
243 206
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Moonlighting, The Twilight Zone, Bruno the Kid

48
257 233
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
The West Wing

49
186 162
Raymond Burr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
Perry Mason

50
171 59
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Actors of All Time
LisaBamberger added The Andy Griffith Show, Three's Company, Fantasy Island