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All 20+ Actors Who Played Joker, Ranked Best To Worst By Fans  

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Throughout all the various Batman films, animated series, and video games, who do you think are the best Joker actors? A seemingly difficult role, not to mention ever changing in its portrayals, the Joker has been played by some of Hollywood's top actors since his first appearance on screen. While all the actors who played Joker brought their own take to the role, some simply performed better and really brought the character to life, perhaps making some of the best Batman movies. Whether you're a fan of the TV shows or feature films, you surely have your favorite version of Batman and Batman villains.

From Heath Ledger's incredible and even terrifying role in The Dark Knight to Jared Leto's creepy take as Joker in Suicide Squad, not to mention Jack Nicholson in Batman, the live-action films alone have had multiple interpretations of Joker. Of course, we can't forget Cesar Romero, who was the first Joker in Batman: The Movie. Then you have numerous animated series like Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Action, voiced by Mark Hamill, as well as Batman: The Brave and the Bold—voiced by Jeff Bennett. On top of all that, there are multiple video games voiced by the likes of Richard Epcar and Anthony Ingruber, and even a couple Lego movies. In short, a range of both actors and voice actors have taken on Joker in various mediums— many have been great, some were pretty bad. But who played Joker the best?

Check out the list of Joker actors below and vote up the stars you think handled the role best or were the most entertaining. You can also vote actors down if you feel their performance wasn't as good as the rest of them.

Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All 20+ Actors Who Played Joker, Ranked Best To Worst By Fans
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Dark Knight (2008)

Age: Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)

Birthplace: Perth, Australia

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All 20+ Actors Who Played Joker, Ranked Best To Worst By Fans
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Joker (2019)

Age: 41

Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

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Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All 20+ Actors Who Played Joker, Ranked Best To Worst By Fans
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Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1994)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999)

Superman: The Animated Series (1997)

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)

Justice League (2002-2003)

Batman: New Times (2005)

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Justice League Action (2016-present)

(Including eight video games)

Age: 67

Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All 20+ Actors Who Played Joker, Ranked Best To Worst By Fans
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Batman (1989)

Age: 81

Birthplace: USA, New Jersey, Neptune City

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