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

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List Rules Actors 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.
Greg Kinnear is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All the Actors Who Have Played John F. Kennedy, Ranked
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Greg Kinnear


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: 54

Birthplace: Logansport, Indiana, United States of America

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Bruce Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All the Actors Who Have Played John F. Kennedy, Ranked
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Bruce Greenwood


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: 61

Birthplace: Rouyn-Noranda, Canada

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William Devane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All the Actors Who Have Played John F. Kennedy, Ranked
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William Devane


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: 80

Birthplace: USA, Albany, New York

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Cliff Robertson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All the Actors Who Have Played John F. Kennedy, Ranked
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Cliff Robertson


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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: Died at 88 (1923-2011)

Birthplace: La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States of America

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