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The 7 Best Film Portrayals Of Zeus  

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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: 88

Birthplace: Temple, Texas, United States of America

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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)

Liam John Neeson (born 7 June 1952) is an actor from Northern Ireland. He has been nominated for a number of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. Empire magazine ranked Neeson among both the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" and "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time".In 1976, Neeson joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film Excalibur (1981). Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson starred in five films, most notably alongside Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins in The Bounty (1984), and Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 66

Birthplace: Ballymena, United Kingdom

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Luke Evans is listed (or ranked) 3 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: 36

Birthplace: Aberbargoed, United Kingdom

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 7 Best Film Portrayals Of Zeus
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Clash of the Titans (1981)

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles. His family had no theatrical connections, but Olivier's father, a clergyman, decided that his son should become an actor. After attending a drama school in London, Olivier learned his craft in a succession of acting jobs during the late 1920s. In 1930 he had his first important West End success in Noël ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

Birthplace: Dorking, United Kingdom

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