The Best Actors Who Played Presidents On Film
Several famous actors have played real U.S. presidents in films, either while they were in office and before they became famous politicians. Some of the best times presidents were on screen they were portrayed by Academy Award-winning actors. There are even actors who played the same American president multiple times or different presidents in multiple films.
Who has played Presidents? Daniel Day-Lewis won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's 2012 film, Lincoln. Day-Lewis originally turned down the role but revisited the project after Liam Neeson dropped out. Bill Murray played Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 2012 film, Hyde Park on the Hudson.
Jeff Daniels portrayed George Washington in 1999's The Crossing. Other famous actors who played American presidents include Anthony Hopkins and Sam Rockwell.
Which actors do you think were the most presidential? You may not be able to vote them into office, but you can vote the best performances up to the top of this list.
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Daniel Day-Lewis won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's 2012 film, Lincoln. Day-Lewis originally turned down the role, but revisited the project after Liam Neeson dropped out.
- Age: 65
- Birthplace: Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
- 2724 VOTES
- Age: 85
- Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom
- 3729 VOTES
Paul Giamatti played the title character in the 2008 mini-series, John Adams. He also played Theodore Roosevelt in the 2014 documentary, The Roosevelts.
- Age: 55
- Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
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Robin Williams portrayed Theodore Roosevelt in the Night at the Museum trilogy. He also played Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 2013 film, The Butler.
- Age: Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
- Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
- 5578 VOTES
Gary Sinise played the title character in the 1995 TV film, Truman. The actor received an Emmy nomination for his performance.
- Age: 68
- Birthplace: Blue Island, Illinois, United States of America
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Bryan Cranston won a Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in the 2016 HBO film, All the Way. Cranston previously won a Tony Award for playing the same role in the play of the same name.
- Age: 67
- Birthplace: Hollywood, California, USA