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The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows 

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Updated April 17, 2020 21.4k votes 2k voters 22.2k views 55 items

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"
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Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Melinda May - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
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Clark Gregg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Agent Phil Caulson - "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
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Steven Yeun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Glenn Rhee - "The Walking Dead"
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Michael Rooker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Merle Dixon - "The Walking Dead"
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Jon Bernthal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Shane Walsh - "The Walking Dead"
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Jeffrey DeMunn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
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David Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Governor - "The Walking Dead"
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Stephen Amell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow - "Arrow"
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Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Rick Grimes - "The Walking Dead"
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Lynda Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Diana Prince/Wonder Woman - "Wonder Woman"
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Adam West is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Bruce Wayne/Batman - "Batman"
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Jackie Earle Haley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Guerrero - "Human Target"
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Samuel Witwer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Davis Bloome/Doomsday - "Smallville"
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Bill Bixby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Dr. David Banner - "Incredible Hulk"
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Lauren Cohan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Maggie Greene - "The Walking Dead"
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Cesar Romero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Joker - "Batman"
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Julie Newmar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Catwoman - "Batman"
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Lou Ferrigno is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Incredible Hulk - "Incredible Hulk"
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Dean Cain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Clark Kent/Superman -  "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"
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John Glover is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Lionel Luthor - "Smallville"
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John Wesley Shipp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Barry Allen - "The Flash"
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David Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
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John Diggle - "Arrow"
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Patrick Warburton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
The Tick - "The Tick"
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Chi McBride is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows
Winston - "Human Target"