Actors The Best Actors Who Played Napoleon Bonaparte  

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Something about Napoléon Bonaparte and his rise to power seems to inspire the imagination. The French military leader and eventual Emperor has found his way into a number of movies and shows that aren't about the French Revolution. The actors who played Napoleon Bonaparte have portrayed him in both dramas and comedies. Several Napoleon actors were award winners or played the once-Emperor in award-winning historical films. Some actors who played the Bonaparte even appeared in multiple projects.

Who will you find on this list of all Napoleon actors? Marlon Brando portrayed Napoleon Bonaparte in the 1954 film, Désirée. The actor wore a fake nose in the movie. Ian Holm played Napoleon in several projects including The Emperor's New Clothes (2001), Time Bandits (1981), and Napoleon and Love (1974).

Verne Troyer played Napoleon Bonaparte in four episodes of the 2000 series, Jack of All Trades, playing off the myth that the emperor was of diminutive stature. Other famous actors who played Napoleon include Dennis Hopper and Rod Steiger.

Which actors do you think made the best Napoleon? Vote the up best portrayals of France's most recognizable military leader.

Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Napoleon Bonaparte
Photo: Désirée/20th Century Fox
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Marlon Brando portrayed Napoleon Bonaparte in the 1954 film, Désirée. The actor wore a fake nose in the movie.

Age: Died at 80 (1924-2004)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Napoleon Bonaparte
Photo: The Emperor's New Clothes/Redwave Films/Rai Cinema/Senator Films/Panorama Films/Mikado Film/FilmFour/Paramount Classics
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Ian Holm played Napoleon in several projects including The Emperor's New Clothes (2001), Time Bandits (1981), and Napoleon and Love (1974).

Age: 87

Birthplace: Goodmayes, London, United Kingdom

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Charles Boyer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Napoleon Bonaparte
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In the 1937 film, Conquest, Charles Boyer played Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte opposite Greta Garbo as Countess Marie Walewska. He was even nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

Age: Dec. at 79 (1899-1978)

Birthplace: Figeac, France

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Rod Steiger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Napoleon Bonaparte
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Rod Steiger played Emperor Napoleon I of France in the 1970 film, Waterloo. The movie went on to win two BAFTA Awards.

Age: Dec. at 77 (1925-2002)

Birthplace: Westhampton, New York, United States of America

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