Total Nerd The Best Actors Who Played Jor-El  

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We’re ranking the best Jor-El actors of all time. As Superman’s father, Jor-El is often depicted as being stoic, poised, and highly intelligent. Foreseeing his home planet’s fate, Jor-El and his wife, Lara, sent their infant son into space shortly before planet Krypton was destroyed.

Many different actors have stepped up to the role of Jor-El over the years, including Nelson Leigh in 1948’s Superman serials, Marlon Brando in 1977’s Superman, and Russell Crowe in 2013’s Man of Steel, where Jor-El had an epic battle with the evil General Zod.

Jor-El has also made his way to the small screen, appearing in a number of live-action TV shows in cartoons. In Lois & Clark, Jor-El is played by David Warner, and in the CW’s Smallville, Jor-El is played by Julian Sands. Which actor do you prefer?

Vote up the best Jor-El actors, and vote down the ones you didn’t like.

Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Jor-El
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures
2 13 VOTES

Man of Steel (2013)

Age: 54

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Nelson Leigh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Jor-El
Photo: Columbia Pictures
3 11 VOTES

Superman (1948)

Age: Dec. at 80 (1905-1985)

8 3
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Julian Sands is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Jor-El
Photo: Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
4 3 VOTES

Smallville (2009-11)

Age: 57

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