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Batman might have some of the best villains, thanks to the revolving door of Arkham Asylum. The roster of actors who played Batman villains in movies is just as impressive. Several famous actors and actresses have faced off against Batman on film. Many of the best Batman villains were portrayed by Academy Award winners. Some actors who played Batman villains returned to the role for multiple films.

Who will you find on this list of all Batman villain actors? Heath Ledger won an Academy Award for his portrayal of The Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight. His family accepted the honor on his behalf as Ledger had passed away from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008. Two other Oscar winners - Jack Nicholson, and Jared Leto - have also played The Joker.

Uma Thurman portrayed Dr. Pamela Isley, also known as Poison Ivy, in the 1997 film Batman & Robin. Other examples of some of the most memorable and best actors playing Batman villains include Jim Carrey as The Riddler and Will Smith as Deadshot.

Which actor do you think made the best Batman movie villain?

Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman Villains On Film
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Heath Ledger won an Academy Award for his portrayal of The Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight. His family accepted the honor on his behalf as Ledger had passed away from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008.

Date Born: 1979

Birthplace: Perth, Australia

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Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman Villains On Film
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In the 1992 film Batman Returns, Danny DeVito played Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin. It reportedly took anywhere from three to four and a half hours of makeup and prep to turn DeVito into the notorious Gotham villain.

Date Born: 1944

Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman Villains On Film
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"Where does he [Batman] get those wonderful toys," Jack Nicholson famously muttered in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman.

Date Born: 1937

Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, USA

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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman Villains On Film
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Michelle Pfeiffer played Selina Kyle and her alter-ego Catwoman in Tim Burton's 1992 film Batman Returns.

Date Born: 1958

Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States of America

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