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All the Actors Who Have Played John F. Kennedy, Ranked

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List RulesActors who played President John F. Kennedy in films, on television, or in a play. Vote up the actors who handled the role the best.

JFK lived one heck of a life. From his childhood within a burgeoning political dynasty and his heroism in the military, to his torrid extramarital affairs and his leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK's life easily lends itself to epic movie and TV adaptations.

And of course, after his assassination the media became even more fascinated with John F. Kennedy. In all, about a dozen actors got to take their turns playing the playboy president, and they all brought something different to the role. Who portrayed him the best? Rank all of their performances on this list of actors who played JFK.
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    The Kennedys, The Reelz Miniseries

    On a list full of miniseries that took home Emmys, Golden Globes, and Baftas, The Kennedys has the dubious distinction of being one of the worst. For his part, Greg Kinnear did what he could with the role, but it was nowhere near enough to save the production.
    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Logansport, Indiana, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Thirteen Days

    Bruce Greenwood did a pretty good job as JFK in Thirteen Days. Critics loved the film because it captured the deliberation and misinformation that surrounded the president and his advisors during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
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    The Missiles of October

    William Devane gave a solid performance in one of the first cinematic portrayals of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Missiles of October managed to win an Emmy for its technical direction.
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    PT 109

    Cliff Robertson has the distinction of being the first person to play JFK. He does so in a movie that is more focused on Kennedy's military career than his presidency. Of all the actors on this list, Cliff Robertson was the only actor to be directly approved to play JFK by JFK himself.
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1923-2011)
    • Birthplace: La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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