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The Best TV Actors And Actresses Of All Time

Updated April 27, 2021 129.6k votes 9.1k voters 92.5k views349 items

List RulesVote up your favorite actors and actresses who have ever been a part of a TV show, not just a guest appearance.

This is a list of the greatest TV actors and actresses of all time. Some stars are just such famous TV actors that you can't help but remember their small screen performances. For example, Lucille Ball, one of the best TV show actresses, is iconic in I Love Lucy

Steve Carell is another memorable leading actor in TV as Michael Scott on NBC's hit, The Office. Michael J. Fox, Andy Griffith, and John Goodman are beloved male sitcom actors. Whether they've won Emmys and Golden Globes, or have become cult favorites, stars like Amy Poehler, Tony Shalhoub, and Gillian Anderson are among the top TV series actors. 

Who do you think are the best TV actors ever? Vote up the television stars you think are the all-time best. Then check back to see if your favorites topped our list! 

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    Bryan Cranston

    Hollywood, Los Angeles

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    James Gandolfini

    Westwood, New Jersey

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    Peter Dinklage

    Mendham Township, New Jersey

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    Betty White

    Oak Park, Illinois

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    Dick Van Dyke

    West Plains, Missouri

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    Robin Williams

    Chicago, Illinois

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    Andy Griffith

    Mount Airy, North Carolina

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    Ted Danson

    San Diego, California

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    Steve Carell

    Concord, Massachusetts

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    Alan Alda

    The Bronx, New York

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    Mary Tyler Moore

    New York City, New York

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    Patrick Stewart

    Mirfield, United Kingdom

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    Carol Burnett

    San Antonio, Texas

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    Caroll O'Connor

    Manhattan, New York City

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    Lucille Ball

    Jamestown, New York

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    New York City, New York

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    Danny DeVito

    Neptune Township, New Jersey

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    Kelsey Grammer

    Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands

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    Tom Selleck

    Detroit, Michigan

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    Woody Harrelson

    Midland, Texas

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    Matthew Perry

    Williamstown, Massachusetts

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    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Hammersmith, London

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    Ed O'Neill

    Youngstown, Ohio

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    Michael J. Fox

    Edmonton, Canada

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    Henry Winkler

    Manhattan, New York City

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