The 30 Best Actors (From Tv Shows)

A list of the 30 best actors on the world from Tv shows.
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David Tennant
David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who...
“ Not alot of Americans know him, including my peers, but he is actually the finest actor I've ever seen. His appearances of Doctor Who, one of the most popular British Sci-Fi's is testament. He has won several awards for best actor and is the best on this list. ” - jetsruby
 
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“ He has starred in some of the most popular Tv Shows, including ABC's LOST. He captivated everyone with his performance of John Locke and conveyed so much emotion. This actor deserves alot of credit for his performances. ” - jetsruby
 
3.
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, writer and director. He is perhaps best-known for his roles as "Walter White" on the AMC drama series, Breaking Bad, for which he has won four consecutive Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy Awards, and as "Hal", the father on the Fox situation comedy...
“ His performances in Tv shows, Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle are testiment to his fine acting job as a comedian and serious drama character. ” - jetsruby
 
4.
Michael C. Hall
Actor, Dexter
Michael C. Hall was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Janice (Styons), a guidance counselor, and William Carlyle Hall, who worked for IBM. Michael is a graduate of NYU's Master of Fine Arts program in acting. He is known for the titular character "Dexter" in Dexter and as mortician "David Fisher" in Six Feet Under...
“ His fine work on Dexter alone shows the type of actor he is. ” - jetsruby
 
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“ His portrayal of Sawyer on ABC's Lost is enough to place him here. ” - jetsruby
 
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Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland was born in London, England, UK, to Canadian actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, who moved to California shortly after his birth. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Douglas, was a Scottish-born Canadian politician who was a Premier of Saskatchewan for over 17 years and led the national NDP party for almost 10...
“ One name...Jack Bauer. ” - jetsruby
 
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Robert Knepper
Robert Knepper, the son of a veterinarian, was born in Fremont, Ohio, and was raised in Maumee (near Toledo). When he was growing up, his mother worked in the props department for the community theater, and because of her involvement, he became interested in acting. Robert began his career in theater in his hometown before majoring in theater at Northwestern University...
“ His most known role on Prison Break, Carnivale, and Heroes makes us want to punch him in the face...which is exactly the reason why he should be on this list. Rober Knepper successfully portrays his roles so well, he acutally suceeds at being the annoying antagonist. ” - jetsruby
 
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Naveen Andrews
Actor, Lost
Naveen William Sidney Andrews was born on the 17th of January, 1969, in London, England. Naveen is the elder of two brothers, and has had an interest in acting since an early age. At the age of five, a teacher mentioned to Naveen's parents that he had expressed interest in being an actor. At the age of 16...
“ Probably the most under-rated actor on this list. ” - jetsruby
 
9.
Matthew Fox
Actor, Lost
Matthew Chandler Fox was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. His mother, Loretta B. (Eagono), was a schoolteacher, and his father, Francis G. Fox, was a consultant for an oil company, who raised longhorn cattle and horses and grew barley for Coors beer. He has Italian (from his maternal grandfather), English...
“ He wasn't higher on this list, because I think at times he tends to over-act, but at most times he conveyed Jack Shepperd better than any other actor could. ” - jetsruby
 
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Zachary Quinto
Actor, Star Trek
Zachary Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Margaret J. (McArdle), an Irish-American office worker, and Joseph John Quinto, an Italian-American barber. Zachary graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, with the class of 1995, where he won Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly Award...
“ Most known for his role on Heroes as Skylar, he has also played Spock for Star Trek the movie. ” - jetsruby
 
11.
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...
“ I don't watch it, but I know that he is outstanding on Boardwalk Empire. ” - jetsruby
 
12.
James Roday
Actor, Psych
James David Rodríguez was born on April 4, 1976. He is the son of Jim Rodríguez, who worked for Boardwalk Auto Group. Roday was born in San Antonio. He attended Taft High School. He studied theater at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing, where he earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He has acted in several theatrical productions...
“ His portrayal of Sean on Psych is just too funny. ” - jetsruby
 
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Jorge Garcia
Actor, Lost
Jorge Garcia (born April 28, 1973) is an American actor and comedian. He first came to public attention with his performance as Hector Lopez on the television show Becker, but probably more known later for his portrayal of Hugo "Hurley" Reyes in the television series Lost from 2004 to 2010. Garcia also performs as a stand-up comedian...
“ No doubt he should be higher on the list, but I can't tell if he is just being himself when he acts. ” - jetsruby
 
14.
Hugh Laurie
Actor, House M.D.
Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980)...
“ I don't watch HOUSE anymore, but he did a great job portaying the character. ” - jetsruby
 
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John Noble
Artistic Director of Stage Company of South Australia 1977 - 87. Head of Drama, Brent St. School of Arts (Sydney) 1997-00. Directed over 80 plays, including 'Sons of Cain' on London's West End (1986). Freelance actor. Semi-regular in TV series 'All Saints'. Voice and acting teacher.
“ Its almost unbelievable to think about how he could convey a ill-minded Walter Bishop in Lost and then go to a sane Walter from a parallel universe, but I buy his character every time. ” - jetsruby
 
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“ Absolutely hilarious on 30-rock! ” - jetsruby
 
17.
Seth MacFarlane
Writer, Ted
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and descends from Mayflower passengers...
“ Even though he seldom appeared in a TV show, his effort in Family Guy is brilliant. He voices many characters and his writing is too funny. ” - jetsruby
 
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“ He is absolutely great at performing on Burn Notice. ” - jetsruby
 
19.
Steve Carell
Actor, The Office
Steve Carell, one of America's most versatile comics, was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet T. (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother is of Polish descent and his father is of Italian and German ancestry (Steve's grandfather had changed the surname from "Caroselli" to "Carrell")...
“ His movies are better testiments to his career in acting, but his character on the Office was spot on. ” - jetsruby
 
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Matthew Perry
Actor, Friends
Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Suzanne Marie (Langford), a Canadian journalist, and John Bennett Perry, an American actor. His ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian. Perry was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, where he became a top-ranked junior tennis player in Canada...
“ So funny as Chandler on Friends...my type of humor! ” - jetsruby
 
21.
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Tyrone Colbert (pronounced "col-BEAR") was born on May 13, 1964 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the son of Lorna Elizabeth (Tuck) and James William Colbert, Jr., a doctor and medical school dean at Yale, Saint Louis University, and MUSC. He is the youngest of eleven children, and is of Irish Catholic background...
“ He is himself on his show, but acts to be the raunchy Steven we all know. Out of character, he is a modest man, so to see the contrast is mind-blowing ” - jetsruby
 
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“ There couldn't be a better Ben Linus! ” - jetsruby
 
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Matt LeBlanc
Actor, Friends
Matt LeBlanc was born on 25 July 1967 in Newton, Massachussetts. His mother, Patricia, is of Italian origin, and worked as an office manager, and his father, Paul LeBlanc, who was from a French-Canadian family, was a mechanic. After graduating from high school, he spent some time as a photo model in Florida before moving to New York where he took drama classes...
“ While I'll be the first to admit JOEY was a failure, his character on Friends was a breath of fresh air. ” - jetsruby
 
24.
Alec Baldwin
Raven-haired, suavely handsome and prolific actor Alec Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, and is the oldest, and easily the best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin). Baldwin is the son of Carol Newcomb (Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin...
“ Made for the part on 30-rock. ” - jetsruby
 
25.
Tony Shalhoub
Actor, Monk
Anthony Marcus Shalhoub was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joe Shalhoub, who owned a grocery chain, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at the age of ten, later marrying Shalhoub's mother, Helen (Seroogy), who herself was born in Wisconsin, to Lebanese parents...
“ His character on Monk is like no other. ” - jetsruby
 
26.
Matt Smith
Actor, Doctor Who
Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK aged 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who. Matthew Robert Smith was born and raised in Northampton, the son of Lynne (Fidler) and David Smith...
“ The new Doctor on Doctor who...so far, so good! ” - jetsruby
 
27.
Dulé Hill
Dulé Hill (whose first name is pronounced due-LAY) was born in East Brunswick, New Jersey; raised in Sayreville; and is the younger of two sons born to his Jamaican parents. His father is an entrepreneur and his mother is an educator. He began attending Marie Wildey School of Dance in East Orange, NJ...
“ As well as James Roday, his character on Psych, and performance in Holes is something to brag about. ” - jetsruby
 
28.
Rainn Wilson
Actor, The Office
Rainn Wilson lives in Los Angeles with his wife, fiction writer Holiday Reinhorn (Big Cats), and his son, Walter McKenzie Wilson who was born in 2004. He grew up in Seattle, Washington but graduated from New Trier H.S. in Winnetka, Illinois. After attending both Tufts University and the University of Washington...
“ His character on the Office is hilarious and sets him apart from the others. ” - jetsruby
 
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“ Wonderful Job on Dexter as Agent Baptista! ” - jetsruby
 
30.
David Boreanaz
Actor, Bones
David was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Patti, a travel agent, and weatherman Dave Roberts (Boreanaz). His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of half Slovak ancestry. At the age of seven he decide to be an actor, which eventually led him to study cinema and photography at Ithaca College in New York...
“ His character, Booth, on bones reflects his acting abilities. ” - jetsruby