Top 100 Favorite TV Series Actors

These are my favorite actors in TV series. They are in no way the best actors, they are my personal favorite actors due to the roles they portray. This list is in very specific order as these are my favorite TV character roles.
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“ For his portrayal of:

*Brendan Filone from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Matthew Bevilaqua from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Sean Gismonte from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Ronald Barlog from Oz ” - Zabon
Jordan Lage
Actor, Salt
“ For his portrayal of:

*Richie Hanlon from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Nikolai Stanislofsky from Oz ” - Zabon
Kurt Sutter
Raised in the shadow of Rahway prison, Sutter spent most of his New Jersey childhood indoors, away from people, three feet from a TV screen. That's where he learned the essentials of storytelling and the comic significance of anvils. After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Film, Kurt spent several years as an actor in NYC...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Margos Dezerian from The Shield ” - Zabon
Andy Davoli
Andy Davoli has been on stage since the age of six. He attended clown and magic school as a teen and eventually made his way to New York City. He began his formal acting training at the famed Stella Adler Academy, and was quickly discovered by Martin Scorsese, who cast him in a small role in Bringing Out the Dead...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Dino Zerilli from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Rudy Cooper (Brian Moser) from Dexter ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Rene Lenier (Drew Marshall) from True Blood ” - Zabon
Jason Cerbone
Jason was born on November 2, 1977 in New York. He got his start when he was 2 years old by appearing on a commercial for Sesame Street. He signed with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York City when he was seven years old. Jason appeared in Jon Bon Jovi's "Silent Night" video and also in Suzanne Vega's video for the song "Luka"...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Jackie Aprile, Jr. from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Ari Zadofian from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Joe Peeps from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Carlo Renzi from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
John Bianco
John Bianco was born and raised in Brooklyn N.Y. He has one sibling, a sister (Donna Bianco) who served 20 years as a decorated NYC police officer who retired with the rank of Sergeant. His love and passion for acting drove him to dive deeper into writing and directing as well. To date, he is most recognized in the role of "GERRY TORCIANO" of the HBO hit series...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Gerry Torciano from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Dominic "Fat Dom" Gamiello from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Ludwig Manukian
Actor, Bosch
Born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles, Ludwig's mind and spirit gravitated towards performance at an early age. After many years of dedication to the stage, starring in several productions in Southern California, Ludwig turned his efforts towards film and television. His role as Armenian-mob boss...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Ellis Rezian from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Adam Guenzel from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Peter Schibetta from Oz ” - Zabon
Tim McAdams
Tim R. McAdams began his performing arts career at age 8. Recognized by his elementary school drama teacher for his potential in the arts, Tim was cast in a major role of a school production of, "Pandora's Box". That recognition and play would truly open a box for Tim - a box that would reveal to him his life's passion - performing...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Johnny Post from Oz ” - Zabon
Jon Seda
Jon Seda's first passion was to be a championship boxer. After taking runner-up in the NJ Golden Gloves, the 1992 Olympics was the next goal. That's when fate stepped in; at his first audition, for Gladiator, he was given a co-starring role! Since then he has branched off into numerous television and film roles...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Dino Ortolani from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Armando "Armadillo" Quintero from The Shield ” - Zabon
Andy Powers
Actor, Clown
Andy Powers is a classically trained actor originally from El Paso, TX. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, he spent the next four years in Off Broadway Theatre developing new work from young playwrights with the Barrow Group Theatre, The Cherry Lane Alternative, Second Stage, and The Hypothetical Theatre Company...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Franklin Winthrop from Oz ” - Zabon
Ken Leung
Ken Leung was raised in the Two Bridges section of the Lower East Side in New York City. His family moved to Midwood, Brooklyn where he grew up before finishing high school in Old Bridge, New Jersey. He attended NYU as a University Scholar and studied acting with Catherine Russell and Nan Smithner, then briefly with Anne Jackson at HB Studio...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Bian Yixhue from Oz ” - Zabon
Roger Guenveur Smith
Roger Guenveur Smith is an internationally acclaimed actor, writer, and director who has created a prolific body of work on stage and screen. He adapted his Obie Award-winning solo performance of A Huey P. Newton Story into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm, directed by his longtime colleague Spike Lee...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Huseni Mershah from Oz ” - Zabon
O.L. Duke
Actor, Malcolm X
O.L. Duke's acting career breakthrough occurred when he replaced Denzel Washington in Charles Fuller 's Pulitzer Prize-winning original production of "A Soldier's Play" (later made into the film A Soldier's Story. He was a member of both the renowned Actors Studio and the Negro Ensemble Company (NEC)....
“ For his portrayal of:

*Paul Markstrom from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Guardo Lima from The Shield ” - Zabon
Tony Goldwyn
Actor, Ghost
Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn is taking multi-tasking to a new level. Currently starring as President Fitzgerald Grant in Shonda Rhimes' hit series "Scandal," -- now in its fourth season -- Goldwyn has other projects in the works as well. He recently took on the controversial figure Warren Jeffs...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Emmett Meridian from Dexter ” - Zabon
Jesse Borrego
Actor, Con Air
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Borrego studied theatre and dance at The University of Incarnate Word; he studied acting at The California Institute of the Arts. In the 1980s he attended an open audition for the TV Series "Fame" where he won the role of "Jesse Velasquez", a role he would have for three years...
“ For his portrayal of:

*George Washington King (Jorge Orozco) from Dexter
*Bruno from Married with Children ” - Zabon
Colin Hanks
Actor, King Kong
Colin Lewes Hanks is an American actor. He was born in Sacramento, California, to actors Samantha Lewes and Tom Hanks. Colin is best-known for his work as "Jack Bailey" in the series, The Good Guys and as "Alex Whitman" in Roswell. Hanks' best-known film role may be in the teen movie...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Travis Marshall from Dexter ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Jason Evanina from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Nick Annunziata
Actor, Bones
Raised in an Italian/Irish household, in NY. His parents divorced when he was 2 years old. Has 3 half brothers, and 1 half sister. Sports, school, more sports, the military, all leading no where and leaving him unsatisfied. Strong willed, and not entirely sure what was going to happen next, he became his own boss...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Eddie Pietro from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Jack Massarone from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Walter Jones
Walter is an actor, dancer and singer. Walter is internationally known for his creation of the character Zack The Black Ranger from the Children's Action Adventure Phenomenon Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He has been featured as a series regular or guest star in over 150 episodes of various shows and has been featured in several films...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Rondell Robinson from The Shield ” - Zabon
Cedric Pendleton
Intense. Charismatic. Charming. Sexy. Bad Boy? Maybe, but then there's always a maybe about a bad boy, isn't there? Cedric Pendleton knew from early on that he was destined for one of two things: the pulpit or the stage. He chose the stage or, as he would say, the stage chose him. Born in the small town of Florence...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Theodore "T.O." Osmond from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Eugene Pontecorvo from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Salvatore "Mustang Sally" Intile from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Kurt Caceres
Was born and raised in the Wine Country of Napa Valley in Northern California. Kurt graduated from Napa High School as a standout All League football player and received a football scholarship to Sacramento State. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration (MIS) and Theatre Arts, as well as being a member of the prestigious Phi Delta Theta fraternity...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Juan Lozano from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Guillaume Tarrant from Oz ” - Zabon
Reed Diamond
Diamond was born and raised in New York City. He attended school at UNC-Chapel Hill and then went on to study acting at The Juilliard School in New York. His professional career began in 1990 with his co-starring role in the movie Memphis Belle. Following that, he appeared on Broadway, and in many television movies, and guest-star roles on TV...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Terry Crowley from The Shield ” - Zabon
Michael Kelly
Actor, Changeling
Michael was born in Philadelphia but raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia by parents Michael and Maureen Kelly. He has two sisters, Shannon and Casey, and one brother, Andrew. He went to college at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina with the original intention to study law, but changed his mind after taking an acting elective...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Sean Taylor from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Andrei Tretiak from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Stanley Bukowski from Oz ” - Zabon
John Lithgow
If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was born in Puerto Plata...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Arthur Mitchell from Dexter ” - Zabon
Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music...
“ For his portrayal of:

*James Gellar from Dexter ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Luke McDonald from True Blood ” - Zabon
Stephen Root
One of the most prolific character actors working today, Stephen Root has worked alongside many of the biggest names in Hollywood. Born in Sarasota, Root majored in acting and broadcasting at the University of Florida and remains a die-hard Gator fan. After three years of touring the U.S. and Canada with the National Shakespeare Company...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Eddie Fournier from True Blood ” - Zabon
William Sanderson
Prolific and versatile character actor William Sanderson was born on January 10, 1944, in Memphis, Tennessee. His mother was an elementary school teacher and his father was a landscape designer. William served two years in the US Army. Following his military service he attended Southern Methodist University...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Bud Dearborne from True Blood ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Steve Newlin from True Blood ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*"Coco" Cogliano from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Mark Margolis
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1939 and attended Temple University briefly before moving to New York where he studied drama with Stella Adler and at Actors Studio.
“ For his portrayal of:

*Antonio Nappa from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Ralph Galino from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Mike Holden from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Clayton Hughes from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Padraig Connolly from Oz ” - Zabon
Zuill Bailey
Actor, Oz
Zuill Bailey is widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world. A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey performs with the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee,Nashville, Toronto, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Eugene Dobbins from Oz ” - Zabon
Bobby Cannavale
Actor, Ant-Man
In both career and in real life, Bobby Cannavale tends to choose the unconventional way of doing things. In the beginning, his decisions may have cost the dark, swarthily good-looking actor some acting roles and/or good-paying money but, in the end, his strong work ethic and sense of self, despite a lack of formal training...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Alonzo Torquemada from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Carlton "Tug" Daniels from Oz ” - Zabon
Nelson Lee
Nelson Lee was born in Taiwan, and raised in Canada. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the University of Toronto.
“ For his portrayal of:

*Li Chen from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Jefferson Keane from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Mondo Browne from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Edward Galson from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Leroy Tidd (Salah Udeen) from Oz ” - Zabon
John Heard
Actor, Home Alone
John Heard is a very talented actor who established himself in the late 1970s and early '80s with roles in the movies Between the Lines, Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) (a.k.a. "Head Over Heels"), and Heart Beat (1981) (in which he played Jack Kerouac to Nick Nolte's Neal Cassady and Sissy Spacek's...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Vin Makazian from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
William DeMeo
Actor, Wannabes
For over a decade now William DeMeo has been an entertainment industry professional. William has extensive experience not only as a producer and writer, but also as an accomplished actor. William DeMeo grew up in the Gravesend, Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. He grew up on West St. which he uses as the name of his film company...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Jason Molinaro from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Chris Caldovino
Chris Caldovino was born in Brooklyn, NY. He began his acting studies in NYC at The Gene Frankel Theater. Chris subsequently moved to Los Angeles and quickly began building his body of work in film and TV, while continuing to study at Playhouse West under Jeff Goldblum. Chris later studied under Robert D'Avanzo at The Tamarind Theater...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Billy Leotardo from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*"Donnie K." from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Rusty Irish from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Vitali Baganov
Actor, Salt
Baganov came to acting via a somewhat circuitous route. Born in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia), he attended Leningrad State University, where he studied astronomy for 4 years. After that - it must have been in his stars - he entered the State Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Valery from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*William Cudney from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Kevin Ketchum (Supreme Allah) from Oz ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Antwon Mitchell from The Shield ” - Zabon
Steve Buscemi
Actor, Fargo
Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Tony Blundetto from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Joe Pantoliano
Actor, Memento
With more than 100 film, television and stage credits to his name, Joseph Peter Pantoliano is a prolific American character actor who has played many diverse and memorable roles, from Guido in Risky Business to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run, Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive, Cypher in The Matrix and Teddy in Memento...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Ralph Cifaretto from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
David Proval
David Proval launched his acting career with a starring role in Mean Streets, directed by Martin Scorsese, and has been working nonstop ever since. Notable features in which he has appeared include The Phantom, The Brady Bunch Movie Four Rooms and The Shawshank Redemption. He is currently set to appear in the independent film White Boy.
“ For his portrayal of:

*Richie Aprile from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Vito Spatafore from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
John Diehl
Performer whose career has spanned over 30 years. Particularly called upon to play various delinquents, wackos and psychos in his earlier years, he has matured into a fine screen character actor. His career began in the early 80s with a number of bit parts in movies such as Escape from New York with Kurt Russell...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Ben Gilroy from The Shield ” - Zabon
David Wike
Actor, Hitch
David Wike is actor and director born in Philadelphia, Pa. He is known for Hitch (2005) and In America (2002). He wrote and directed the feature film Out There (2006). He originated the role of 'Joey ' in David Rabe's play The Dog Problem. ( The Atlantic Theater Company , New York City, New York, USA).
“ For his portrayal of:

*Donnie Paduana from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Emil Kolar from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Jimmy Altieri from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Herzl Tobey
Born in Gibraltar, raised in Israel and trained in England, Herzl underwent a rigorous theater training at 'The Arts Educational Schools, London' from 95-98. Following the 3-year course, he took part in a variety of theatre productions around London, ranging from classical to contemporary plays, with roles such as Le Vicomte De Valmont in 'Dangerous Liaisons,' Mr...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Armin Chorekian from The Shield ” - Zabon
David Caprita
Actor, New Girl
David Caprita was born a Navy brat in Jacksonville, Florida on September 30, 1953. He began his entertainment career in radio at the ripe age of 14, beginning in Pensacola and eventually hosting morning shows across the nation, including Miami, Seattle, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. David began acting in Miami...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Hagop from The Shield ” - Zabon
Aron Kader
The product of a Palestinian father and Mormon mother Aron Kader found no other choices in life but to become a comedian. When Aron was nine years old his family moved from Orem Utah to the Washington D.C. area where he watched his father go from college professor, to the only Arab American in U.S. history to become a Government contractor in third world development...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Hrach from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Alex Eznik from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Karl Metzger from Oz ” - Zabon
Tom Atkins
Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Atkins initially became an avid horror film fan in his childhood days; Howard Hawks' immortal classic The Thing from Another World made an especially strong impression on him as a kid...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Wilson Loewen from Oz ” - Zabon
Michael Gregory Gong
Actor, Eraser
MICHAEL GREGORY GONG : actor / writer / producer In addition to his study in various styles of martial arts, Michael can be seen as JIA KENMIN on the HBO TV drama series "OZ" written by Tom Fontana & Barry Levinson (Borgia, Homicide, St. Elsewhere, Rain Man, Diner). He was also featured in the original company of The Grammy and Tony Award winning Cy Coleman musical...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Jia Kenmin from Oz ” - Zabon
Joe Santos
Brooklyn-born actor of Italian descent, Joe Santos started out a football jock at Fordham University and turned semi-pro before finding a new avenue in acting. Success was long in coming, and he paid his dues for years in a number of blue-collar jobs including railroad worker, tree trimmer, cabbie and barkeep while taking acting classes...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Angelo Garepe from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Jimmy Bones from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Chucky Signore from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Igor Parnasky from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*E. Gary La Manna from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Ray Speltzer from Dexter
*Tommy Hisk from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Mobster from The Shield ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Fabian "Febby" Petrulio (Fred Peters) from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Gallegos (Juan Valdez) from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
“ For his portrayal of:

*Credenzo Curtis from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Actor, Shaft
“ For his portrayal of:

*Stanley Johnson from The Sopranos ” - Zabon
Zakes Mokae
Actor, Waterworld
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, actor Zakes Mokae was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became one of the most distinguished thespians in South Africa for over two decades. Mokae was one of the few actors capable of crossing the divided racial sections, punctuated by his collaborations with white writer Athol Fugard...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Kipekemie Jara from Oz ” - Zabon
Nick E. Tarabay
Nick Emad Tarabay is a Lebanese-American actor. He is best known for portraying Ashur on the Starz TV series Spartacus. Tarabay was born in Beirut, Lebanon to a large family. His mother and father still reside in Lebanon as does his younger brother and a large extended family of cousins, uncles and aunts...
“ For his portrayal of:

*Matush from The Sopranos ” - Zabon