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Total Nerd The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe  

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List Rules Performers who were well cast, and helped to shape the Superman mythos the best with their roles.

While there's no substituting the comicbook format, many actors have worn the red cape and blue tights for television and the big screen. Some onscreen performers have managed to both embody, and make their Superman roles their own. Others are examples of brilliance in casting. A case could certainly be made that some of their work has helped supplement the Man of Steel legacy. Not to be overlooked, over the years, Superman's villains and supporting cast have seen big names breathe life into them. Some performances are iconic, sprinkled with humour, grounded in humanity, and have expanded Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's universe. Others have infamously missed the mark. Here's a list of some of that talent.

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368 25
Michael Rosenbaum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 45 - Lex Luthor (Smallville)

2
110 51
Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
Died at 52 (1952-2004) - Superman/Clark Kent (Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace), Dr. Virgil Swann (Smallville)

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63 29
John Glover is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 73 - Lionel Luthor (Smallville)

4
83 55
Tom Welling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 40 - Clark Kent (Smallville)

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72 47
Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 34 - Clark Kent / Superman (Man of Steel)

6
45 31
Laura Vandervoort is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 33 - Kara/Supergirl (Smallville)

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38 25
John Schneider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 57 - Jonathan Kent (Smallville)

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46 33
Allison Mack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 35 - Chloe Sullivan (Smallville)

9
46 35
Erica Durance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 39 - Lois Lane (Smallville)

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31 22
Helen Slater is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 54 - Kara Zor-El / Supergirl (Supergirl), Lara-El (Smallville)

11
48 40
Terence Stamp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 79 - General Zod (Superman: The Movie, Superman II), Jor-El (voice) (Smallville)

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37 29
Annette O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 66 - Lana Lang (Superman III), Martha Kent (Smallville)

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36 28
Dean Cain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 51 - Superman/Clark Kent (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)

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35 27
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 88 - Lex Luthor (Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman IV: The Quest For Peace)

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33 25
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 35 - Lana Lang (Smallville)

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33 25
George Reeves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
Died at 45 (1914-1959) - Superman/Clark Kent (Adventures of Superman)

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39 32
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
Died at 80 (1924-2004) - Jor-El (Superman: The Movie)

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33 27
Teri Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 53 - Lois Lane (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)

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31 25
Michael Shannon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 43 - General Zod (Man of Steel)

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31 25
Lane Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
Died at 69 (1936-2005) - Perry White (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)

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36 31
Margot Kidder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 69 - Lois Lane (Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest For Peace)

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25 20
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 63 - Jonathan Kent (Man of Steel)

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28 24
James Marsters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 55 - Milton Fine/Brainiac/Brainiac 5 (Smallville)

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26 23
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 43 - Lois Lane (Man of Steel)

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25 22
Brandon Routh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 36 - Clark Kent / Superman (Superman Returns)

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21 18
Aaron Ashmore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 38 - Jimmy Olsen (Smallville)

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16 13
Callum Blue is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 40 - General Zod (Smallville)

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15 12
Samuel Witwer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 40 - Davis Bloome / Doomsday (Smallville)

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22 20
Antje Traue is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 37 - Faora-Ul (Man of Steel)

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21 19
Sarah Douglas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 65 - Ursa (Superman: The Movie, Superman II)

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19 17
Cassidy Freeman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 35 - Tess Mercer (Smallville)

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18 16
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 53 - Martha Kent (Man of Steel)

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24 23
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 58 - Lex Luthor (Superman Returns)

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23 22
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 53 - Jor-El (Man of Steel)

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16 14
Marc McClure is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 61 - Jimmy Olsen (Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)

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14 12
Jackie Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
Died at 89 (1922-2011) - Perry White (Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)

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16 15
Jack O'Halloran is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 75 - Non (Superman: The Movie, Superman II)

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14 16
John Shea is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 68 - Lex Luthor (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)

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11 13
Laurence Fishburne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 56 - Perry White (Man of Steel)

40
11 13
Justin Whalin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 43 - Jimmy Olsen (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)

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11 15
Brian Austin Green is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 44 - Metallo (Smallville)

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9 13
Kirk Alyn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
Died at 89 (1910-1999) - Superman / Clark Kent (Superman, Atom Man vs. Superman), General Sam Lane (Superman: The Movie)

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8 12
Ayelet Zurer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 46 - Lara (Man of Steel)

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7 11
Robert Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 85 - Ross Webster (Superman III)

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9 14
Ned Beatty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 80 - Otis (Superman: The Movie, Superman II)

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10 17
Tracy Scoggins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 64 - Catherine 'Cat' Grant (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)

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9 16
Noel Neill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 97 - Lois Lane (Adventures of Superman), Ella Lane (Superman: The Movie), Superman Returns (Gertrude Vanderworth)

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8 16
Charlotte Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 34 - Maxima (Smallville)

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4 11
Chris Gauthier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 42 - Winslow Schott / Toyman (Smallville)

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6 14
Valerie Perrine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors In Superman's Live Action Universe
age 74 - Eve Teschmacher (Superman: The Movie, Superman II)