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
Melissa McBride The Walking Dead - Carol Peletier - "The Walking Dead"

2
329 137
Steven Yeun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Steven Yeun The Walking Dead, The Legend of Korra - Glenn Rhee - "The Walking Dead"

3
259 118
Michael Rooker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Michael Rooker The Walking Dead, Meteor, Thief - Merle Dixon - "The Walking Dead"

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248 118
Jeffrey DeMunn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Ben_Pacheco7 added Jeffrey DeMunn The Walking Dead, Storm of the Century, Mob City

5
238 111
Jon Bernthal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Jon Bernthal The Walking Dead, Eastwick, The Class - Shane Walsh - "The Walking Dead"

6
218 108
David Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
David Morrissey The Walking Dead, Zero Hour, Sense and Sensibility - The Governor - "The Walking Dead"

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

8
185 114
Samuel Witwer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Samuel Witwer Being Human, Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Davis Bloome/Doomsday - "Smallville"

9
257 198
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Andrew Lincoln The Walking Dead, Strike Back, Afterlife - Rick Grimes - "The Walking Dead"

10
218 161
Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Ming-Na Wen ER, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Batman - Melinda May - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Clark Gregg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Clark Gregg 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."

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149 104
Chi McBride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Chi McBride Pushing Daisies, Ultimate Spider-Man, Human Target - Winston - "Human Target"

13
191 161
Stephen Amell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Stephen Amell Arrow, Hung, ReGenesis - Oliver Queen/Green Arrow - "Arrow"

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127 91
Mark Valley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Mark Valley Fringe, Boston Legal, Body of Proof - Christopher Chance - "Human Target"

15
118 99
David Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
David Ramsey Arrow, Outlaw, Good News - John Diggle - "Arrow"

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130 114
John Wesley Shipp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
John Wesley Shipp Dawson's Creek, The Flash, Sisters - Barry Allen - "The Flash"

17
131 118
Patrick Warburton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Patrick Warburton Family Guy, Rules of Engagement, The Venture Bros. - The Tick - "The Tick"

18
133 122
John Glover is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
John Glover Smallville, Brimstone, Search for Tomorrow - Lionel Luthor - "Smallville"

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151 144
Bill Bixby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Bill Bixby The Incredible Hulk, Charlie's Angels, Room 222 - Dr. David Banner - "Incredible Hulk"

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150 143
Lou Ferrigno is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Lou Ferrigno The King of Queens, The Incredible Hulk, The Incredible Hulk - Incredible Hulk - "Incredible Hulk"

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170 171
Adam West is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Adam West Family Guy, Batman, The New Adventures of Batman - Bruce Wayne/Batman - "Batman"

22
209 219
Lauren Cohan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Lauren Cohan The Walking Dead - Maggie Greene - "The Walking Dead"

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181 185
Lynda Carter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Lynda Carter Wonder Woman, Matt Helm, Hawkeye - Diana Prince/Wonder Woman - "Wonder Woman"

24
129 121
Cesar Romero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Cesar Romero Passport to Danger - The Joker - "Batman"

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140 135
Julie Newmar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Julie Newmar Fantasy Island, McMillan & Wife, The Phil Silvers Show - Catwoman - "Batman"

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127 121
Dean Cain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Dean Cain Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Las Vegas, 10.5: Apocalypse - Clark Kent/Superman -  "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"

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92 78
Jack Colvin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Jack Colvin The Incredible Hulk, Washingtoon - Jack McGee - "Incredible Hulk"

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284 413
Michael Rosenbaum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Michael Rosenbaum Smallville, Justice League Unlimited, Justice League - Lex Luthor - "Smallville"

29
87 123
Teri Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Teri Hatcher Desperate Housewives, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Capitol - Lois Lane - "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"

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152 227
Grant Gustin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Grant Gustin The Flash - Barry Allen/Flash - "Arrow" and "The Flash" 

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49 70
Kirk Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Kirk Jones AKA Sticky Fingaz Blade - "Blade: The Series"

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88 131
Eartha Kitt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Eartha Kitt I Spy, The Emperor's New School, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special - The Catwoman - "Batman"

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61 89
Yancy Butler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Yancy Butler Witchblade, Brooklyn South, Mann & Machine - Detective Sarah Pezzini/Witchblade - "Witchblade"

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51 74
John Kassir is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
John Kassir Adventure Time, Tiny Toon Adventures, Tales from the Crypt - Crypt Keeper (Voice) - "Tales from the Crypt"

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72 109
George Reeves is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
George Reeves Adventures of Superman - Clark Kent/Superman - "The Adventures of Superman"

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76 117
Burt Ward is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Burt Ward Batman, The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes - Dick Grayson/Robin - "Batman"

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48 77
Lyle Waggoner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Lyle Waggoner The Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman, Carol Burnett and Friends - Steve Trevor - "Wonder Woman"

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79 133
Melissa Joan Hart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Melissa Joan Hart Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Spellman - "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"

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109 186
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Chloe Bennet Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Skye - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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107 185
Emily Bett Rickards is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Emily Bett Rickards Arrow - Felicity Smoak - "Arrow"

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108 193
Elizabeth Henstridge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Elizabeth Henstridge Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Jemma Simmons - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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97 176
Iain De Caestecker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Iain De Caestecker Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Leo Fitz - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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93 175
Katie Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Katie Cassidy Arrow, Harper's Island, Melrose Place - Laurel Lance - "Arrow"

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141 267
Tom Welling is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Tom Welling Smallville, Hellcats, Cheer - Clark Kent/Superman - "Smallville"

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105 206
Laura Vandervoort is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Laura Vandervoort Smallville, V, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye - Kara/Supergirl - "Smallville"

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90 180
Erica Durance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Erica Durance Smallville, Saving Hope - Lois Lane - "Smallville"

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93 187
Brett Dalton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Brett Dalton Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Grant Ward - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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88 178
Colton Haynes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Colton Haynes Arrow, Teen Wolf, The Gates - Roy Harper/Arsenal - "Arrow"

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88 178
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Kristin Kreuk Smallville, Beauty & the Beast, Law & Order: LA - Lana Lang - "Smallville"

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85 175
Allison Mack is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Allison Mack Smallville, Wilfred, Wilfred - Chloe Sullivan - "Smallville"