Greatest Television Character Actors

by jwoehr | created - 24 Mar 2013 | updated - 24 Mar 2013 | Public

1. Terry O'Quinn

Actor | Lost

Terry O'Quinn was born on July 15, 1952 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA as Terrance Quinn. He is an actor, known for Lost (2004), The Stepfather (1987) and Young Guns (1988). He was previously married to Lori O'Quinn.

2. Michael Emerson

Actor | Lost

Michael Emerson was born on September 7, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. He is an actor, known for Lost (2004), Person of Interest (2011) and Saw (2004). He has been married to Carrie Preston since September 5, 1998.

3. Mitch Pileggi

Actor | The X Files

Mitch Pileggi was born on April 5, 1952 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Mitchell Craig Pileggi. He is an actor, known for The X-Files (1993), The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) and Basic Instinct (1992). He has been married to Arlene Warren since January 1, 1997. They have one child. He was ...

4. William Fichtner

Actor | Crash

A small-town guy with a big heart, William Fichtner has been captivating the hearts of Western New Yorkers for decades. Bill was born in 1956 on Long Island, New York, to Patricia A. (Steitz) and William E. Fichtner. He is of German, Irish, and English descent.

Fichtner was raised in Cheektowaga, ...

5. Robert Knepper

Actor | Prison Break

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 ...

6. Neal McDonough

Actor | Minority Report

Neal McDonough was born on February 13, 1966 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Catherine (Bushe) and Frank McDonough, motel owners who were born in Ireland. He grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University. He was a member of the Sigma ...

7. Donal Logue

Actor | Blade

Donal Logue's versatility and talent makes him one of the most well respected and beloved actors today. Born in Ottawa, Canada, Logue moved all over the United States, from the Boston area as an infant to various towns on the Mexican border. He returned to Boston to attend Harvard University, where...

8. Zeljko Ivanek

Actor | Argo

Zeljko Ivanek was born on August 15, 1957 in Ljubljana, Slovenia as Zeljko Simic-Ivanek. He is an actor, known for Argo (2012), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).

9. Adam Baldwin

Actor | Serenity

Adam Baldwin was born on February 27, 1962 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for Serenity (2005), Independence Day (1996) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). He has been married to Ami Julius since 1988. They have three children.

10. Lance Reddick

Actor | John Wick

Lance Reddick was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and White House Down (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Day since June 2011.

11. Lennie James

Actor | The Walking Dead

Lennie James was born in Nottingham to Trinidadian parents, and grew up in South London. His mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 12. Lennie and his older brother went into a council children's home. When he was 16 he was fostered with a social worker who had two older children, and they ...

12. Walton Goggins

Actor | Justified

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 ...

13. Kurtwood Smith

Actor | RoboCop

Kurtwood Smith was born on July 3, 1943 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA as Kurtwood Larson Smith. He is an actor, known for RoboCop (1987), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and That '70s Show (1998). He has been married to Joan Pirkle since November 5, 1988. He was previously married to ...

14. Steven Williams

Actor | The Blues Brothers

Steven Williams was born on January 7, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Blues Brothers (1980), The X-Files (1993) and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993).

15. Ray Wise

Actor | Batman: The Killing Joke

Raymond Herbert "Ray" Wise (born August 20, 1947) is an American actor. Some of his best-known roles include Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks (1990), henchman Leon C. Nash in RoboCop (1987), Jack Taggart Sr. in Jeepers Creepers II (2003), the Devil in the CW television series Reaper (2007), Donald ...

16. Henry Ian Cusick

Actor | Lost

Henry Ian Cusick was born on April 17, 1967 in Trujillo, Peru. He is an actor, known for Lost (2004), Hitman (2007) and The 100 (2014). He has been married to Annie Cusick Wood since May 2, 1992. They have three children.

17. Nestor Carbonell

Actor | The Dark Knight

He is most often recognized for his integral role in the series "Lost" as Richard Alpert, as well as his turn as Mayor Anthony Garcia opposite Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight". He reprised his role as the Mayor in the box-office hit "The Dark Knight Rises".

Nestor can be seen ...

18. Jason O'Mara

Actor | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Jason O'Mara was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Soon after graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Drama and Theatre he moved to London, England, to further pursue his acting career. Time spent in British repertory theater led to leading roles in acclaimed productions at some of ...

19. Corbin Bernsen

Actor | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Corbin Bernsen made his initial mark on the seminal television series L.A. Law as opportunistic divorce lawyer "Arnie Becker" earning him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations over the show's eight-year run. He proved along the way the role was not to be a dead-end stereotype, maintaining a ...

20. John Schneider

Actor | The Dukes of Hazzard

John Richard Schneider IV was born April 8, 1960, in Mt. Kisco, New York, to Shirley and John Richard "Jack" Schneider III, a pilot and U.S. Air Force veteran. His parents divorced when he was two. John began acting at the age of eight. He was in many plays in New York City. He and his mother moved...

21. C. Thomas Howell

Actor | The Outsiders

After an eye-catching performance in the teen coming-of-age epic The Outsiders (1983), ex-child rodeo star C. Thomas Howell was one of the most promising young actors in the mid 1980s.

Christopher Thomas Howell was born in Los Angeles, California, to Candice (Webb) and Chris Howell, a professional ...

22. Timothy Omundson

Actor | Galavant

Timothy Omundson was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on July 29, 1969, the youngest of four children. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, where his family moved when he was one. His father is a former railroad man and his mother was a teacher. Tim started to study theatre at the age of 12 at the ...

23. Jim Beaver

Actor | Deadwood

Jim Beaver is an American character actor, best known for his leading roles on the TV series Deadwood (2004) and Supernatural (2005). Born in Laramie, Wyoming a minister's son, he was raised in and around Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Following high school and a year of college, he joined the ...

24. Peter Weller

Actor | RoboCop

Peter Frederick Weller was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Dorothy Jean (Davidson) and Frederick Bradford Weller, a federal judge and career helicopter pilot for the United States Army. He traveled extensively as his father literally flew around the world. Before he was out of his teens, he ...

25. Carlos Bernard

Actor | 24

Carlos Bernard was born on October 12, 1962 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Carlos Bernard Papierski. He is an actor and director, known for 24 (2001), Alien Raiders (2008) and Your Father's Daughter (2012). He has been married to Tessie Santiago since December 30, 2013. He was previously married to ...

26. Xander Berkeley

Actor | Gattaca

Xander's father was a painter and his mother a school teacher who sewed, providing him with costumes (his preference over toys). School plays and Community Theater were next. An experimental theater troupe in the area (which was an offshoot from Joseph Chaikin's Open Theater in New York) took ...

27. Mark Pellegrino

Actor | Mulholland Dr.

Mark Pellegrino was born on April 9, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mark Ross Pellegrino. He is an actor and producer, known for The Big Lebowski (1998), National Treasure (2004) and The Number 23 (2007). He has been married to Tracy Pellegrino since October 30, 2008. They have two ...

28. Patton Oswalt

Actor | Young Adult

Patton Oswalt has been headlining at comedy clubs all over the United States since 1996, as well as appearing in his own standup specials on Comedy Central and HBO. He was chosen as Entertainment Weekly's "It" comedian in 2002. He is a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993). His other ...

29. Kurt Fuller

Actor | Midnight in Paris

Kurt Fuller is best known for his work in the films Wayne's World (1992) with Mike Myers, Anger Management (2003), with Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, and most recently as part of the all star cast of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011).

Kurt was born in San Francisco and raised in the ...

30. Ron Rifkin

Actor | Alias

Ron Rifkin was born on October 31, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Saul M. Rifkin. He is known for his work on Alias (2001), L.A. Confidential (1997) and Dragonfly (2002). He has been married to Iva Rifkin since 1966.

31. Victor Garber

Actor | Alias

Victor Garber has been in some of the most memorable projects of the past four decades. Victor is currently appearing in The Slap (2015), The Flash (2014), Motive (2013) and Web Therapy (2011). He will soon star in Greg Berlanti's new Untitled DC Comics Superhero series for Warner Bros/CW. He has ...

32. David Anders

Actor | The Revenant

David Anders Holt, known professionally as David Anders, is an American television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Julian Sark on Alias, as Adam Monroe on Heroes, as John Gilbert in the TV series The Vampire Diaries, Dr. Whale on ABC's Once Upon a Time, and as Blaine "DeBeers" ...

33. Greg Grunberg

Actor | Hollow Man

Gregory Phillip "Greg" Grunberg is an American television and film actor. He is best known for starring as Matt Parkman in the NBC television series Heroes and "Snap" Wexley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He has often appeared in works produced and directed by childhood friend J. J. Abrams. He is...

34. Mark Sheppard

Actor | Supernatural

Mark Andreas Sheppard was born on May 30, 1964 in London, England. He is an actor director and producer, known for Supernatural (2005), Battlestar Galactica (2004), Firefly (2002), Leverage (2008), Doctor Who (2005) In the Name of the Father (1993) and many others. He has been married to Sarah ...

35. Misha Collins

Actor | Supernatural

Misha Collins is an American actor best known for his role as the angel Castiel on the TV series Supernatural (2005). He has had recurring roles on ER and 24, and has guest-starred on NCIS, Nip/Tuck, NYPD Blue, CSI, CSI:NY, Monk and Charmed. On the big screen, Misha is most known for his role in a ...

36. Fredric Lehne

Actor | Men in Black

Born in Buffalo, N.Y. but raised in the Garden State, Fredric first appeared in small theater productions at the age of six, and in his teens spent weekends studying at The Neighborhood Playhouse and HB Studios in NYC. During the summer he apprenticed at The Peterborough Players in N.H. - New ...

37. Jeff Fahey

Actor | Lost

Jeff Fahey was born in Olean, New York, one of 13 children of Jane (Gallagher) and Francis Thomas Fahey, who worked in a clothing store. He is of Irish descent. His family moved to Buffalo when he was 10, where he attended Father Baker's High School. After graduation in 1972 he traveled around the ...

38. Titus Welliver

Actor | The Town

Titus Welliver was born on March 12, 1961 in New Haven, Connecticut. His father was a famous landscape painter, Neil Welliver. His mother was a fashion illustrator, Norma Cripps. He has three brothers, one was killed overseas. He was raised in Philadelphia and New York City, surrounded by poets and...