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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Melissa McBride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Carol Peletier - "The Walking Dead"

2
368 144
Steven Yeun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Glenn Rhee - "The Walking Dead"

3
296 125
Michael Rooker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Merle Dixon - "The Walking Dead"

4
280 123
Jeffrey DeMunn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
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5
273 118
Jon Bernthal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Shane Walsh - "The Walking Dead"

6
253 114
David Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Governor - "The Walking Dead"

7
222 106
Jackie Earle Haley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Guerrero - "Human Target"

8
218 121
Samuel Witwer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Davis Bloome/Doomsday - "Smallville"

9
269 205
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Rick Grimes - "The Walking Dead"

10
230 167
Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Melinda May - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

11
206 151
Clark Gregg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Agent Phil Caulson - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

12
201 166
Stephen Amell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow - "Arrow"

13
150 110
Chi McBride is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Winston - "Human Target"

14
129 95
Mark Valley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Christopher Chance - "Human Target"

15
179 174
Adam West is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Bruce Wayne/Batman - "Batman"

16
157 147
Bill Bixby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Dr. David Banner - "Incredible Hulk"

17
191 189
Lynda Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Diana Prince/Wonder Woman - "Wonder Woman"

18
134 119
John Wesley Shipp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Barry Allen - "The Flash"

19
135 121
Patrick Warburton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Tick - "The Tick"

20
122 106
David Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
John Diggle - "Arrow"

21
216 224
Lauren Cohan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Maggie Greene - "The Walking Dead"

22
155 148
Lou Ferrigno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Incredible Hulk - "Incredible Hulk"

23
138 127
Dean Cain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Clark Kent/Superman -  "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"

24
148 140
Julie Newmar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Catwoman - "Batman"

25
137 128
John Glover is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Lionel Luthor - "Smallville"