My 75 Favorite TV Characters of All-Time

This list has my favorite TV characters from some of my favorite shows.. I'm sure I've missed some characters and shows - feel free to leave suggestions for shows to watch etc.
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1.
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Austrian, German, Irish and Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his grandparents...
“ Walter White from Breaking Bad ” - aaroncbove
 
2.
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...
“ Dexter Morgan from Dexter ” - aaroncbove
 
3.
Charlie Day
Charles Peckham Day was born in New York City, NY, and raised in Middletown, Rhode Island. His parents are both music teachers - his mother, Mary (Peckham), is a piano teacher, and his father, Dr. Thomas Charles Day, was a professor of music at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Charlie plays both piano and guitar...
“ Charlie Kelly from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia ” - aaroncbove
 
4.
“ The Entire Cast of Friends ” - aaroncbove
 
5.
Jeremy Piven
Actor, Entourage
Born in Manhattan and raised in Evanston, Illinois, he is an alumnus of the Piven Theatre Workshop founded by his parents (Byrne Piven and Joyce Hiller Piven) and a one time Chicago stage actor.
“ Ari Gold from Entourage ” - aaroncbove
 
6.
Michael Kenneth Williams
Michael Kenneth Williams was born in Brooklyn, to an African-American father from South Carolina and a Bahamian mother from Nassau. He was raised in the Vandaveer housing projects in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School. According to a DNA analysis, he is partly descended from the Mende people of Sierra Leone...
“ Omar Little from The Wire ” - aaroncbove
 
7.
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")...
“ Michael Scott from The Office ” - aaroncbove
 
9.
Will Arnett
Will Arnett is a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He played George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the Fox series, Arrested Development. He also appeared in films, such as The Lego Movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and The LEGO Batman Movie. Arnett also voices the title character of Netflix's original animated series, BoJack Horseman.
“ Gob Bluth from Arrested Development ” - aaroncbove
 
10.
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...
“ Dwight Schrute from The Office ” - aaroncbove
 
11.
“ Richard Morrow from Boardwalk Empire ” - aaroncbove
 
12.
Alan Ritchson
Alan Ritchson has carved a space for himself on both the large and small screens since he made the trek from a small town in Florida to Los Angeles. Alan Michael Ritchson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to Vickie (Harrell), a high school teacher, and David Ritchson, a U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant...
“ Thad Castle from Blue Mountain State ” - aaroncbove
 
13.
“ Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation ” - aaroncbove
 
14.
Ty Burrell
Tyler Gerald Burrell was born on August 22, 1967 in Grants Pass, Oregon, where his family owned a business. He is the son of Sheri Rose (Hauck), a teacher, and Gary Gerald Burrell, a family therapist, and is primarily of English and German ancestry. He earned a BA from Southern Oregon University and...
“ Phil Dunphy from Modern Family ” - aaroncbove
 
15.
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. While tagging along with his older brother of 3 years...
“ Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother ” - aaroncbove
 
16.
Jeff Daniels
Actor Jeff Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia, but was raised in Chelsea, Michigan. He is the son of Marjorie J. (Ferguson) and Robert Lee Daniels, who owned The Chelsea Lumber Company and was also mayor of Chelsea. Jeff attended Central Michigan University, but became involved in acting and dropped out to pursue a career as an actor...
“ Will McAvoy from The Newsroom ” - aaroncbove
 
17.
Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul was born Aaron Paul Sturtevant in Emmett, Idaho, to Darla (Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a retired Baptist minister. While growing up, Paul took part in church programs, and performed in plays. He attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. It was there, in eighth grade, that Aaron decided he wanted to become an actor...
“ Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad ” - aaroncbove
 
18.
Kevin Dillon
Actor, Entourage
Kevin Dillon, born in Mamaroneck, New York was known for playing tough guys and bad boys during his early career. His first major role was Rooney, the bully in the brilliant (though much understated) film Heaven Help Us. Kevin has since made many memorable film and television appearances, most notably in Oliver Stone's Platoon and The Doors...
“ Johnny "Drama" Chase from Entourage ” - aaroncbove
 
19.
Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in numerous films and theatre plays. Since 2011, Dinklage has portrayed Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones. For this he won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series...
“ Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones ” - aaroncbove
 
20.
“ Sterling Archer from Archer ” - aaroncbove
 
21.
Denis Leary
Denis Leary was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Nora (Sullivan) and John Leary, Irish immigrants who had grown up together. His mother was a maid and his father was an auto mechanic. After a childhood in the 1960s, Leary went to Emerson College in Boston, where he tried his hand at acting and writing...
“ Tommy Gavin from Rescue Me ” - aaroncbove
 
22.
“ Tobias Funke from Arrested Development ” - aaroncbove
 
23.
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...
“ "Nucky" Thompson from Boardwalk Empire ” - aaroncbove
 
24.
“ "Bunk" Moreland from The Wire ” - aaroncbove
 
25.
Dominic West
Actor, 300
“ Jimmy McNulty from The Wire ” - aaroncbove
 
26.
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...
“ Peter Griffin/Brian Griffin/Stewie Griffin/Glen Quagmire from Family Guy ” - aaroncbove
 
27.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe on July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Geraldine (Meyers) and John O'Keeffe, a musician. He and his family moved to County Cork, Ireland, when the actor was nearly a year old, and then, at the age of 3, his father left the family, leaving his mother to care for Jonny and his 3 younger brothers alone...
“ Henry VIII from The Tudors ” - aaroncbove
 
28.
Jerry Ferrara
Actor, Entourage
Jerry Ferrara began studying theater in college, where he was inspired by a teacher to pursue a career in acting. An agent he met at a talent showcase encouraged him to move to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed his first role on The King of Queens. Other television parts soon followed. Jerry was then cast in the independent feature...
“ Turtle from Entourage ” - aaroncbove
 
29.
Walton Goggins
In the past few years, Walton Goggins has had pivotal roles in films by two of Hollywood's most important auteurs: Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg. His integral role as 'Chris Mannix,' a southern renegade who claims to be the new sheriff of Red Rock in Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT, marks his second collaboration with the Academy Award-winning writer/director...
“ Boyd Crowder from Justified ” - aaroncbove
 
30.
“ Opie Winston from Sons of Anarchy ” - aaroncbove
 
31.
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch), are both actors. He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold Cumberbatch CMG...
“ Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock ” - aaroncbove
 
32.
Giancarlo Esposito
Music Department, The Electric Company
Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, to an Italian carpenter/stagehand father from Naples and an opera-singing African-American mother from Alabama. His parents, working in Europe at the time of his birth, settled in Manhattan by the time he was six, and that's where he grew up...
“ Gustavo 'Gus' Fring from Breaking Bad ” - aaroncbove
 
33.
Charlie Hunnam
Charles Matthew Hunnam was born in Newcastle, England on April 10, 1980, to Jane (Bell), a business owner, and William Hunnam, a scrap metal merchant. At 18 years of age, he made a guest appearances in the popular TV series Byker Grove. He gained fame in Britain thanks to his television role as the love-smitten Nathan Maloney in Queer as Folk...
“ Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy ” - aaroncbove
 
34.
“ Officer John Cooper from Southland ” - aaroncbove
 
35.
Ray Stevenson
Actor, Divergent
Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at the age of eight, and later to Cramlington, Northumberland, where he was raised...
“ Titus Pullo from Rome ” - aaroncbove
 
36.
Timothy Olyphant
Actor, Justified
From Timothy Olyphant's first screen appearances, such as his two-minute bit in The First Wives Club, to "Nicko", whose presence at times dwarfed the island in A Perfect Getaway, he has been a force to be reckoned with. Born in Hawaii, Timothy David Olyphant was raised in Modesto, California. He is the son of Katherine Lyon (Gideon) and John Vernon Bevan Olyphant...
“ Raylon Givens from Justified ” - aaroncbove
 
37.
“ Buster Bluth from Arrested Development ” - aaroncbove
 
38.
Sofía Vergara
Actress, Modern Family
Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her mother, Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara, is a housewife. Her father, Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, provides cattle to the meat industry. She has five siblings. She was educated at a private bilingual Spanish/English school...
“ Gloria Pritchett from Modern Family ” - aaroncbove
 
39.
Idris Elba
Actor, Prometheus
An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped out...
“ Stringer Bell from The Wire ” - aaroncbove
 
40.
Mandy Patinkin
Actor, Homeland
Mandy Patinkin was born Mandel Bruce Patinkin in Chicago, Illinois, to Doris "Doralee" (Sinton), a homemaker and cookbook writer, and Lester Patinkin, who operated two scrap metal plants. He is of Russian Jewish and Latvian Jewish descent. Growing up, he began singing in synagogue choirs at the age of 13-14 and still continues to use his fantastic voice in musicals and in recordings...
“ Saul Berenson from Homeland ” - aaroncbove
 
41.
Jason Alexander
Actor, Seinfeld
Jason Greenspan adopted the stage name Jason Alexander while still in high school in New Jersey. He was soon appearing in Broadway plays and movies, then in the hit TV series, Seinfeld, from 1990 to 1998. Alexander also directs and produces films.
“ George Costanza from Seinfeld ” - aaroncbove
 
42.
“ Cameron Tucker from Modern Family ” - aaroncbove
 
43.
Matt Bomer
Matthew Staton Bomer was born in Webster Groves, Greater St. Louis, Missouri, to Elizabeth Macy (Staton) and John O'Neill Bomer IV, a Dallas Cowboys draft pick. Matt was raised in Spring, Texas, and educated at Klein High School, near Houston. After school, he attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh...
“ Neal Caffrey from White Collar ” - aaroncbove
 
44.
Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito has amassed a formidable and versatile body of work as an actor, producer and director that spans the stage, television and film. Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey, to Italian-American parents. His mother, Julia (Moccello), was a homemaker...
“ Frank Reynolds from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia ” - aaroncbove
 
45.
Jennifer Garner
Actress, Juno
Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias, has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), a retired teacher of English, and her father, William John Garner...
“ Sydney Bristow from Alias ” - aaroncbove
 
46.
Taylor Kitsch
Best known for his portrayal of troubled high school football star "Tim Riggins" on NBC's acclaimed television series, Friday Night Lights, actor Taylor Kitsch has scored big with audiences and critics on both the big and small screens. Taylor Kitsch was born on April 8, 1981 in Kelowna, British Columbia...
“ Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights ” - aaroncbove
 
47.
Chris Romano
Chris Romano is an actor, writer, producer, and director; most commonly known for co-creating and acting in Spike TV's Blue Mountain State. He acted along side Darin Brooks, Alex Moran for 3 seasons of Blue Mountain State. On February 20, 2012, it was reported that Blue Mountain State would not be renewed for a fourth season.
“ Sammy Cacciatori from Blue Mountain State ” - aaroncbove
 
48.
Alan Tudyk
Actor, Rogue One
Alan Tudyk was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Plano, where he attended Plano Sr. High. In 1990, he went on to study drama at Lon Morris Jr. College. While there, he was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Drama. He was also named Most Likely to Succeed and Sophomore Beau. During this time, Alan was also an active member of the Delta Psi Omega fraternity...
“ 'Wash' from Firefly ” - aaroncbove
 
49.
Jane Lynch
Actress, Glee
“ Sue Sylvester from Glee ” - aaroncbove
 
50.
“ Sid from Skins ” - aaroncbove
 
51.
Julian McMahon
Actor, Nip/Tuck
Julian Dana William McMahon was born in Sydney, Australia, the second of three children of Lady Sonia McMahon (née Sonia Rachel Hopkins) and Sir Billy McMahon, the longest continuously serving government minister in Australian history, serving over 21 years as a government minister before serving as Prime Minister of Australia from March 1971 to December 1972...
“ Dr. Christian Troy from Nip/Tuck ” - aaroncbove
 
52.
Michael Richards
Actor, Seinfeld
Immortalized as Cosmo Kramer on the classic American sitcom Seinfeld, L.A. comedy star Michael Richards was born and raised in South Los Angeles, California, to Phyllis (Nardozza) Richards, a medical records librarian. He is of Italian descent. Michael displayed an early talent for performance as a top Forensic League competitor during grade school...
“ Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld ” - aaroncbove
 
53.
“ "Snoop" from The Wire ” - aaroncbove
 
54.
Don Knotts
Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century. His first stint as an entertainer was as a ventriloquist...
“ Barney Fife from The Andy Griffiths Show ” - aaroncbove
 
55.
Connie Britton
Actress, Nashville
Connie Britton began playing country music fading sensation Rayna Jaymes in Nashville after having wrapped production for the five season long Friday Night Lights alongside Kyle Chandler. She previously appeared in Universal's Friday Night Lights -the movie- directed by Peter Berg and also starring Billy Bob Thornton; and Edward Burns' independent feature Looking for Kitty...
“ Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights ” - aaroncbove
 
56.
John Scurti
Actor, Rescue Me
John is happy to be a part of the 2106 Sundance film festival with the movie AS YOU ARE, which just won the U.S. Dramatic special jury prize. He can be seen as Detective Reed on CBS's BLUE BLOODS as well as the new MARVEL show LUKE CAGE on NETFLIX. He is involved with several animal rescue organizations and urges everyone out there to please adopt a new friend...
“ Lou Shea from Rescue Me ” - aaroncbove
 
57.
Matthew McConaughey
American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is of Irish...
“ Rust Cohle from True Detective ” - aaroncbove
 
58.
Henry Winkler
Henry Franklin Winkler was born on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York. His parents, Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) and Harry Irving Winkler, were Jewish immigrants who avoided the German Holocaust, moving to the US in 1939. His father was the president of an international lumber company while his mother worked alongside his father...
“ Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli from Happy Days ” - aaroncbove
 
59.
Naya Rivera
Actress, Glee
“ Santana Lopez from Glee ” - aaroncbove
 
60.
David Duchovny
David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Amram Ducovny, was a writer and publicist who was from a family of Jewish immigrants (from Ukraine and Poland), and worked for the American Jewish Committee. His mother, Margaret (Miller), was a Scottish-born school teacher...
“ Hank Moody from Californication ” - aaroncbove
 
61.
Claire Danes
New Yorker Claire Catherine Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art and Architecture. She is of mostly German and British Isles descent...
“ Carrie Mathison from Homeland ” - aaroncbove
 
62.
Lucille Ball
Actress, I Love Lucy
The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents...
“ Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy ” - aaroncbove
 
63.
Will Smith
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards...
“ Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire ” - aaroncbove
 
64.
“ Homer Simpson from The Simpsons ” - aaroncbove
 
65.
Richard Karn
Richard Karn was born on February 17, 1956, in Seattle, Washington, the son of Gene and Louise Wilson. He has a sister named Sue. His birth name was Richard Karn Wilson, but he shortened it to Richard Karn because there was already a Richard Wilson registered with the Screen Actors Guild. He did his first acting in the fifth grade and was very active in drama in high school...
“ Al Borland from Home Improvement ” - aaroncbove
 
66.
Richard Ayoade
Writer, Submarine
Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty Python's Eric Idle...
“ Moss from The IT Crowd ” - aaroncbove
 
67.
Dustin Diamond
Attended Zion Lutheran School in Anaheim, California. While in fifth grade, he portrayed 8th-grader Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which evolved into Saved by the Bell and its various television movies and spin-offs. Also appeared in the television series The Wonder Years.
“ Screech from Saved By The Bell ” - aaroncbove
 
68.
Tim Allen
Timothy Allen Dick was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, USA, to Martha Katherine (Fox) and Gerald M. Dick. His father, a real-estate salesman, was killed in a collision with a drunk driver while driving his family home from a University of Colorado football game, when Tim was eleven years old...
“ Tim Taylor from Home Improvement ” - aaroncbove
 
69.
Will Friedle
Will Friedle was born as Will Alan Friedle on August 11, 1976, in Hartford, Connecticut. However, Will grew up in Avon, Conneticut, and went to Avon High School. Will also went to Occidental College. Will is a comedian, and he is probably best known for his starring role as the dumb yet creative older brother Eric Matthews in ABC's hit TV show Boy Meets World...
“ Eric Matthews from Boy Meets World ” - aaroncbove
 
70.
Fred Savage
Fred Savage was born July 9, 1976. he began acting at age 9 with Jay Underwood in The Boy Who Could Fly. At the age of twelve, he was cast the lead role of the series The Wonder Years. It became a good show, and on the pilot, he got his first kiss. He was later in the movie Vice Versa with Judge Reinhold and then in Little Monsters...
“ Kevin Arnold from The Wonder Years ” - aaroncbove
 
71.
“ Steve Urkel from Family Matters ” - aaroncbove
 
72.
Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, to Marianne and Norman Reedus. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandmother), English, Scottish, and Irish descent. Norman's first film was in 'Guillermo Del Toro''s 1997 horror thriller Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy. He has also played roles in the films "Floating"...
“ Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead ” - aaroncbove
 
73.
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey Fowler better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the...
“ Frank Underwood from House of Cards ” - aaroncbove
 
74.
“ Ruxin from The League ” - aaroncbove
 
75.
Wagner Moura
Wagner Moura is a Brazilian film, television and stage actor. Besides being a well-established and acclaimed actor in Brazil, he has achieved widespread international fame for his portrayal of Captain (later Colonel) Roberto Nascimento, protagonist of the highly successful 2007 film Elite Squad and its sequel...
“ Pablo Escobar from Narcos ” - aaroncbove