Total Nerd The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite TV actors from live-action shows based on comic books.

These are the actors that found that sweet spot, that portrayed these modern day gods and goddesses right. They brought our favorite comics to the small screen, weekly, for us to enjoy. These are our favorite actors from shows based on comic books.

TV should be the perfect place for comic book lore. TV lends itself perfectly to arch of storytelling, allowing the characters to have much more screen time to build out their individual, complex stories. A handful of actors relish the challenge and excel in their live-action TV shows.

So why are most superhero shows so, so, bad (well... maybe not all of them)?

Tone. It's a fine line between cheesy and believable and giving the audience what they want out of their favorite comic book characters. A huge chunk of that is up to the writers and directors, but the rest lies in the hands of the actor. These are the best actors to star in a live-action comic book TV show.
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920 203
Melissa McBride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Walking Dead - Carol Peletier - "The Walking Dead"

2
365 142
Steven Yeun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Walking Dead, The Legend of Korra - Glenn Rhee - "The Walking Dead"

3
292 123
Michael Rooker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Walking Dead, Meteor, Thief - Merle Dixon - "The Walking Dead"

4
271 114
Jon Bernthal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Walking Dead, Eastwick, The Class - Shane Walsh - "The Walking Dead"

5
279 121
Jeffrey DeMunn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Ben_Pacheco7 added The Walking Dead, Storm of the Century, Mob City

6
250 112
David Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Walking Dead, Zero Hour, Sense and Sensibility - The Governor - "The Walking Dead"

7
221 104
Jackie Earle Haley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Human Target, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, Valley of the Dinosaurs - Guerrero - "Human Target"

8
218 119
Samuel Witwer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Being Human, Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Davis Bloome/Doomsday - "Smallville"

9
266 203
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Walking Dead, Strike Back, Afterlife - Rick Grimes - "The Walking Dead"

10
228 165
Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
ER, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Batman - Melinda May - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

11
203 149
Clark Gregg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The New Adventures of Old Christine, Ultimate Spider-Man - Agent Phil Caulson - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

12
149 108
Chi McBride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Pushing Daisies, Ultimate Spider-Man, Human Target - Winston - "Human Target"

13
196 164
Stephen Amell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Arrow, Hung, ReGenesis - Oliver Queen/Green Arrow - "Arrow"

14
128 94
Mark Valley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Fringe, Boston Legal, Body of Proof - Christopher Chance - "Human Target"

15
122 103
David Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Arrow, Outlaw, Good News - John Diggle - "Arrow"

16
133 117
John Wesley Shipp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Dawson's Creek, The Flash, Sisters - Barry Allen - "The Flash"

17
154 146
Bill Bixby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Incredible Hulk, Charlie's Angels, Room 222 - Dr. David Banner - "Incredible Hulk"

18
133 120
Patrick Warburton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Family Guy, Rules of Engagement, The Venture Bros. - The Tick - "The Tick"

19
213 222
Lauren Cohan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Walking Dead - Maggie Greene - "The Walking Dead"

20
153 147
Lou Ferrigno is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The King of Queens, The Incredible Hulk, The Incredible Hulk - Incredible Hulk - "Incredible Hulk"

21
136 126
John Glover is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Smallville, Brimstone, Search for Tomorrow - Lionel Luthor - "Smallville"

22
185 188
Lynda Carter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Wonder Woman, Matt Helm, Hawkeye - Diana Prince/Wonder Woman - "Wonder Woman"

23
173 173
Adam West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Family Guy, Batman, The New Adventures of Batman - Bruce Wayne/Batman - "Batman"

24
144 138
Julie Newmar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Fantasy Island, McMillan & Wife, The Phil Silvers Show - Catwoman - "Batman"

25
134 126
Dean Cain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Las Vegas, 10.5: Apocalypse - Clark Kent/Superman -  "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"

26
133 125
Cesar Romero is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Passport to Danger - The Joker - "Batman"

27
92 83
Jack Colvin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Incredible Hulk, Washingtoon - Jack McGee - "Incredible Hulk"

28
287 417
Michael Rosenbaum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Smallville, Justice League Unlimited, Justice League - Lex Luthor - "Smallville"

29
88 127
Teri Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Desperate Housewives, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Capitol - Lois Lane - "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"

30
91 134
Eartha Kitt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
I Spy, The Emperor's New School, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special - The Catwoman - "Batman"

31
76 112
George Reeves is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Adventures of Superman - Clark Kent/Superman - "The Adventures of Superman"

32
61 92
Yancy Butler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Witchblade, Brooklyn South, Mann & Machine - Detective Sarah Pezzini/Witchblade - "Witchblade"

33
77 120
Burt Ward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Batman, The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes - Dick Grayson/Robin - "Batman"

34
49 74
Kirk Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows

AKA Sticky Fingaz 

Blade - "Blade: The Series"

35
51 78
John Kassir is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Adventure Time, Tiny Toon Adventures, Tales from the Crypt - Crypt Keeper (Voice) - "Tales from the Crypt"

36
157 263
Grant Gustin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Flash - Barry Allen/Flash - "Arrow" and "The Flash" 

37
49 81
Lyle Waggoner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman, Carol Burnett and Friends - Steve Trevor - "Wonder Woman"

38
80 138
Melissa Joan Hart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Spellman - "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"

39
112 220
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Skye - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

40
110 220
Emily Bett Rickards is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Arrow - Felicity Smoak - "Arrow"

41
6 23
Katrina Law is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Lord added Spartacus, The Rookie

42
112 228
Elizabeth Henstridge is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Jemma Simmons - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

43
145 300
Tom Welling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Smallville, Hellcats, Cheer - Clark Kent/Superman - "Smallville"

44
98 211
Iain De Caestecker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Leo Fitz - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

45
96 211
Katie Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Arrow, Harper's Island, Melrose Place - Laurel Lance - "Arrow"

46
108 239
Laura Vandervoort is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Smallville, V, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye - Kara/Supergirl - "Smallville"

47
93 212
Erica Durance is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Smallville, Saving Hope - Lois Lane - "Smallville"

48
92 211
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Smallville, Beauty & the Beast, Law & Order: LA - Lana Lang - "Smallville"

49
77 184
Justin Hartley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Smallville, Emily Owens, M.D - Oliver Queen/Green Arrow - "Smallville"

50
94 220
Brett Dalton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Grant Ward - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."