Total Nerd The Best Actors Who Played Superman, Ranked  

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List Rules Only actors who played Clark Kent/Kal-El.

When it comes to today's most popular superheroes, Superman was definitely one of the first, and all the actors who played Superman over the years have brought some great takes on the role. Debuting in 1938, Superman has long been a favorite among comic book fans and movie goers—and he's been the subject of a long list of superhero flicks since. Not only that, but this iconic figure in the superhero universe has also been turned into video games and animated series. Of course, with every portrayal of Superman, whether it be a cartoon or live-action feature film, there's an actor to fill the bill. Of all the men to take on the role, who do you think are the best Superman actors?

Starting with the Adventures of Superman and George Reeves, who was the first Superman, a long list of shows, movies, and actors associated with the beloved superhero have graced TV and movie screens for decades. No matter which interpretations of Superman you're a fan of, whether that be the classic cartoons or action-packed and star-studded modern films, all the actors who've played Superman have surely done him justice. From Christopher Reeve's performances (Superman: The Movie, Superman II) to George Newbern's voice acting on numerous animated series (Superman vs. the Elite, Justice League), we've seen some great Superman portrayals. 

Now, take a look at the list of Superman actors and voice actors below and vote up your favorites from over the years. 

Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Superman, Ranked
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1 526 VOTES

Superman: The Movie (1978)

Superman II (1980)

Superman III (1983)

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Age: Dec. at 52 (1952-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Superman, Ranked
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2 470 VOTES

Man of Steel (2013)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Justice League (2017)

Age: 35

Birthplace: Jersey, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

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Tom Welling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Superman, Ranked
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3 342 VOTES

Smallville (2001-2011)

Age: 41

Birthplace: Putnam Valley, New York, United States of America

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George Reeves is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Superman, Ranked
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4 283 VOTES

Superman and the Mole Men (1951)

Adventures of Superman (1952-1958)

Age: Dec. at 45 (1914-1959)

Birthplace: Woolstock, Iowa, United States of America

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