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The 7 Best Film Portrayals Of Zeus

Updated August 1, 2019 457 votes 134 voters 3.2k 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. 

Get your thunderbolt ready by voting up the best Zeus actors below.

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  • Luke Evans
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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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  • Anthony Quinn
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    Hercules and the Amazon Women (1994)
    Hercules and the Lost Kingdom (1994)
    Hercules and the Circle of Fire (1994)​​​​​​​
    Hercules in the Underworld (1994)​​​​​​​
    Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (1994)​​​​​​​

    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1915-2001)
    • Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico
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  • Niall MacGinnis
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    Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

    Niall MacGinnis (29 March 1913 – 6 January 1977) was an Irish actor who made around 80 screen appearances.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1913-1977)
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Dublin
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