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The Best Actors Who Played (Or Voiced) Robin Hood

Updated February 7, 2020 172 votes 32 voters20 items

As one of the most legendary medieval heroes of all time, there have been tons of great Robin Hoods over the years, but which actors played him best? While the first mention of Robin Hood can be traced back to the 13th century, Robin is often depicted in different ways. In fact, some of the best Robin Hood actors are also some of the funniest (think Cary Elwes, John Cleese, and Vincent Cassel).

The beloved hero who stole from the rich to give to the poor, the tale of Robin Hood is as popular (and as relevant) today as it was some 800 years ago. 

Is Kevin Costner the definitive Prince of Thieves? Or did Russell Crowe usurp his spot? Whether you loved Cary Elwes as Robin Hood in Men in Tights or feel like Brian Bedford's version of Robin in the 1973 animated Disney movie will always hold a special place in your heart, vote up your favorite actors who ever picked up a bow and took up arms against the wretched Sheriff of Nottingham. 

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    Cary Elwes

    Cary Elwes
    Photo: Robin Hood: Men in Tights / 20th Century Fox

    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

    Ivan Simon Cary Elwes (; born 26 October 1962) is an English actor and writer. He is best known for his roles as Westley in The Princess Bride, Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Dr. Lawrence Gordon in Saw. His other noted roles include Glory, Kiss the Girls, Days of Thunder, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Hot Shots!, Twister, The Jungle Book, The Crush and Liar, Liar. He has had recurring roles in television series such as The X-Files, Psych, and Stranger Things . He recently joined the third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: London, England
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  • Brian Bedford
    Photo: Robin Hood / Disney

    Robin Hood (1973)

    Brian Bedford (16 February 1935 – 13 January 2016) was an English actor. He appeared on the stage and in film, and is known for both acting in and directing Shakespeare productions. He received seven Tony nominations, the second most for a male actor behind Jason Robards, who had eight.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 85
    • Birthplace: Morley, United Kingdom
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  • Jonas Armstrong
    Photo: Robin Hood / Endemol UK

    Robin Hood (2006)

    William Jonas Armstrong (born 1 January 1981) is an Irish-born British actor known for playing the title role in the BBC One drama series Robin Hood.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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  • Kevin Costner
    Photo: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves / Warner Bros.

    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

    Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is an American actor, director, producer, and musician. His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Costner began his acting career with Sizzle Beach, U.S.A. (1981). Following a few minor supporting parts, he rose to prominence with his portrayal of Eliot Ness in The Untouchables (1987). This was followed by a successful period in his career with starring roles in No Way Out (1987), Bull Durham (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), Dances with Wolves (1990), for which he won two Academy Awards, JFK (1991), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Bodyguard (1992),... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America
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