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The 7 Best Film Portrayals Of Zeus

Updated August 1, 2019 403 votes 116 voters 2.8k views7 items

While there are a dozen gods in Greek mythology, none are as wise or as powerful as Zeus. So it stands to reason that the performers who played Zeus are worth remembering as well. As the ruler of Mount Olympus, Zeus is the unquestionable head honcho, so it’s about time he got his own list!

As the father of Hercules, Zeus is often depicted as having a soft spot for the human race, and though there have been way more Hercules actors over the years, those who played Zeus have done so with a certain stoicism that’s more in line with ancient Greek depictions. In fact, some of the greatest actors of all time have played Zeus, from Laurence Olivier’s depiction in 1981’s Clash of the Titans to Zeus actor Rip Torn’s wonderful voice work in the 1997 animated Disney movie Hercules. Do you have a favorite version of Zeus?

Luke Evans and Liam Neeson are another two of the greatest Zeus actors. Below you'll find every actor who played Zeus. And here's your chance to vote up who you believe did the best job as Zeus actors. 

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  • Rip Torn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 7 Best Film Portrayals Of Zeus
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    Hercules (1997)

    Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn Jr. (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019) was an American actor and voice actor, and had a career that spanned over 60 years. Torn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his part as Marsh Turner in Cross Creek (1984). His work includes the role of Artie the producer on The Larry Sanders Show, for which he was nominated for six Emmy Awards, winning in 1996. He also won an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Series and two CableACE Awards for his work on the show; he was nominated for a Satellite Award in 1997 for his role as Chief Zed in Men in Black (1997).... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 89
    • Birthplace: Temple, Texas, USA
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  • Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 7 Best Film Portrayals Of Zeus
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    Clash of the Titans (2010)
    Wrath of the Titans (2012)

    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Ballymena, United Kingdom
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  • Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 7 Best Film Portrayals Of Zeus
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    Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010)

    Shaun Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959), credited professionally as Sean Bean (), is an English actor. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Bean made his professional debut in a theatre production of Romeo and Juliet in 1983. Retaining his Yorkshire accent, he first found mainstream success for his portrayal of Richard Sharpe in the ITV series Sharpe. Further roles followed, including Patriot Games (1992), GoldenEye (1995), Ronin (1998), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003), Equilibrium (2002), National Treasure (2004), Odysseus in Troy (2004), North Country (2005), The Island (2005), Silent Hill (2006), Black Death (2010), Jupiter Ascending (2015) and The Martian... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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  • Luke Evans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 7 Best Film Portrayals Of Zeus
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    Immortals (2011)

    Luke George Evans (born 15 April 1979) is a Welsh actor. Evans began his career on the stage, performing in many of London's West End productions such as Rent, Miss Saigon, and Piaf before making his film breakthrough in the Clash of the Titans 2010 remake. Following his debut, Evans was cast in such action and thriller films as Immortals (2011), The Raven (2012), and the re-imagined The Three Musketeers (2011). In 2013, Evans starred as the main antagonist Owen Shaw in the blockbuster Fast & Furious 6, and also played Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Evans also portrayed the vampire Dracula in the character's film origin story,... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: Aberbargoed, United Kingdom
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