Top 20 Best TV Actors

We’ve all got our favorite TV actors, but some of them are objectively fantastic, therefore our personal opinion cannot really outweigh the general one. In the following, we’ll shed light on 20 of the highest-rated actors of all time.

We will be focusing on both actors from the past and actors from the modern age. This way, we’ll do justice to everybody. Let’s not waste another second and get to it.

1. Vincent Price

Vincent Price

It is yet unclear to us what we love most about Vincent Price: his voice that could cradle babies to sleep or his absolutely pristine acting in old horror flicks, primarily in adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe short stories and poems.

There’s nothing like listening to him on a cold winter night with a cup of hot chocolate in your hands.

2. Clint Eastwood

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When you think of Clint Eastwood, you can’t but picture Colts, deserts and gunslingers. He will always be one of the greatest representatives of the spaghetti western genre. It’s kind of sad we’ll never be as cool as he is.

3. Charles Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Charles Chaplin is a larger-than-life figure. He’s more than an actor – he’s the embodiment of the fears that permeated the era he lived in and the proof that you can say a lot without opening your mouth.

4. James Dean

James Dean

Dean is very much of a mystery, even after decades, and an undying sex symbol. He didn’t star in many movies, but he didn’t need to because Rebel Without a Cause propelled him among the best actors of all times.

5. John Wayne

John Wayne

For at least 30 years, no one could surpass John Wayne in terms of charisma and professionalism on the screen. We all know him from the late-night westerns that kept us on our toes.

6. Ian McKellen

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“Run, you fools!” When Gandalf tells you to run, you shouldn’t waste another second. Ian McKellen is one of the greatest figures of modern-day cinema and has played in roles that other actors would kill for.

7. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

It’s less likely that a person on this planet hasn’t heard of Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands or Tonto. Depp is hands down one of the most successful actors of the modern age and is partially responsible for giving extra life to Tim Burton’s gothic movies.

8. Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

The best Joker Batman ever fought against and a wound on the cinema industry that will never heal. There has seldom been a young actor with such potential. Unfortunately, he was cut down in his prime.

9. Christopher Lee

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Sir Christopher Lee has had roles in most blockbusters of the 21st century: the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Dracula, among others. He was one of the titans of classic horror movies, alongside his longtime friends Vincent Price and Peter Cushing.

10. Gary Oldman

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Oldman is best known for his roles as Dracula, Batman’s help in The Dark Knight franchise and Sirius Black from the Harry Potter. The list of movies he has starred in could go on forever.

11. Mel Gibson

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The fact that you don’t hear much about him these days, he was, at one point, more famous than any other actor. He played notable roles in Braveheart, Lethal Weapon and Bird on a Wire.

12. Will Smith

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Who else could start punching an alien right in its face? Of course, we’re talking about the Independence Day scene. Will Smith is definitely an eclectic actor that has risen to prominence like a rocket. Not everyone knows that his favorite book is the color of water by James McBride. Will Smith is amazed by the color of water characters, that have power and humanity inside of them. This is a book about freedom and power of soul.

13. Leonardo DiCaprio

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In total, Leo has had 161 nominations to most prestigious film awards these days. And he finally got the Oscar he deserved for years, for his fantastic role in the breathtaking The Revenant.

14. Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman is God. Literally God. He’s starred in so many movies that it would take us an eternity to even enumerate. Notable appearances: Se7en, Million Dollar Baby, The Dark Knight.

15. Robin Williams

Robin Williams

None funnier than Mr. Robin, who has entertained us for decades until he couldn’t muster the power to pretend he was happy. One of the saddest losses not only of cinema but of the entire world.

16. Al Pacino

Al Pacino

The Triple Crown of Acting – check!  Al Pacino seldom needs any introduction. Sorry, Corleone doesn’t need any introduction. Hopefully, we won’t be walking on the bottom of the ocean…. If you know what we mean by saying this.

17. Marlon Brando

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Brando is one of the most prominent cinema figures of the 20th century. He was to cinema what Elvis was for rock and roll. Even nowadays, he influences countless actors that try to emulate his distinct acting style and charismatic mannerisms.

18. Ralph Fiennes

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Probably the single actor that can go from menacing to totally cool within a second, without giving the impression he’s acting it all up. He’s the Lord Voldemort we love to hate and the one and only Heathcliff worth watching.

19. Christopher Walken

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Walken can freeze all the blood in your body just by looking at you. But then again, that’s further proof that he can act. Big-time. At the moment, he’s starred in more than 100 movies and TV shows.

20. Joe Pesci

We’ll always think of him as the burglar that is beaten into submission by a kid, but Pesci has had roles in plenty of films that made him one of the most successful actors of the 21st century.

Final Thoughts

There are thousands of actors all over the world and it would be really difficult to make a survey with results that would be set in stone. However, what we can do is to bring to the fore just a few of them that have been and still are iconic in the cinema industry.

These 20 here have acted in some of the best movies that have ever been made and truly deserve to be this in this top. This is not to say others weren’t as talented – of course not. Maybe you can tell us what those would be?

Top 20 Best TV Series

Do you have no idea whatsoever what TV show you should watch next? There are plenty of them to choose from. In the following, we’ll present you 20 of the highest-rated, thus most popular, TV shows of all time.

After perusing this guide, you’ll have something to watch for a couple of months (provided you don’t go through a season per night). Without further due, let’s go.

1. The Office (comedy)

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The Office is a mockumentary of the fictional paper company Dunder Mifflin. “What’s funny in that?” you might ask. Well, the show is one of the best comedies ever put on film and you’ll find out why from the very first season.

The employees, managed by the eccentric (and frantic) Michael Scott, are put in all sorts of uncomfortable situations that are sure to make you cry laughing.

2. Sons of Anarchy (drama)

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Bikers, drugs, and violence – this is Sons of Anarchy in a nutshell. However, there’s an undercurrent of existential angst and philosophy in the show, as well. Definitely worth your attention.

3. Stranger Things (fantasy)

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Stranger Things shows the adventures of a group of kids that are forced to fight otherworldly forces to save the world. The writing is very Stephen King-like, which will surely appeal to you.

4. Friends (comedy)

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Friends almost needs no introduction. If you thought that comedy can’t be made within four walls, this will make you change your mind. Friends is a legendary TV show and if you haven’t watched it yet, you’re really missing out on a fantastic time.

5. Scrubs (comedy)

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Who would have ever thought that being a doctor can be so incredibly funny? Scrubs introduces you to the Sacred Heart hospitals and the antics of the various doctors and interns that should work together, but aren’t good at it.

6. The Walking Dead (drama, fantasy)

One of the most gruesome and somehow moving series ever made. If you ever wondered how life would be after a zombie apocalypse, this show is for you. Just remember this: don’t eat anything when you watch it. And it’s not the first-date type of series either.

7. Breaking Bad (drama)

Widely regarded to be the most formidable TV show in the history of TV shows. The adventures of the dying chemistry teacher turned meth-producer, Walter White, will keep you on the tip of your toes.

8. Narcos (drama)

Narcos is, unfortunately, more than a TV show: it’s some people’s reality. It introduces you to the world of drugs and cartels and it does it with style.

9. Vikings (history)

Vikings allows you to visit the glorious and often violent past when Vikings were the most feared warriors on the surface of the Earth.

10. The Leftovers (drama)

The show chronicles the lives of a few New Yorkers that have been left behind after the biblical Rapture. A fresh and quite eerie show that is utterly breathtaking and gives a lot of food for thought.

11. Parks and Recreation (comedy)

Landscaping and improving a city cannot get funnier than this. This shows that officials are not as grown-up as they would like to appear and that sometimes, humor gets more done than seriousness.

12. Deadwood (western, drama)

If you love tales about gunslingers and justice, Deadwood will surely satisfy your craving. Deadwood sucks you into a world where the law is made with the pistol and slaying other people is still very much of a right.

13. Supernatural (fantasy)

Brothers Dean and Sam Winchester hunt all sorts of supernatural beings to avenge their parents, who have been both killed by demons. It’s one of the longest TV shows at the moment, so you’ll be occupied for a long time.

14. Family Guy (comedy)

A dysfunctional family doesn’t necessarily need to be a depressing sight. Family Guy, the brainchild of Seth MacFarlane, is the chronicle of a family that is as funny as it is absolutely insane.

15. Preacher (fantasy, comedy)

Imagine a preacher, a vampire and a daredevil woman joining their forces to find God, who, for some reason, has fled the Heavens. Ludicrous, isn’t it? This is what Preacher has to offer and it won’t let you down.

Tip: if you’re very religious and not into taboos, you might want to skip this show. If not, enjoy an outstanding storyline, good music and some characters with a couple of screws loose.

16. Twin Peaks (drama, crime)

Twin Peaks is among the eeriest and most satisfying TV series you can watch. It tells the story of Dale Cooper, an FBI agent that investigates the death of a young girl. Soon enough, things take a turn for the worse.

17. Mindhunter (crime)

Mindhunter is more of a documentary-show whose purpose is to show you how the mind of serial killers works. Not for the faint of heart.

18. Channel Zero (horror)

This TV series is based on creepypastas from the Internet. As you might expect, it’s as horrifying and blood-curdling as the stories it is based on. This is the kind of show you wouldn’t want to watch when you’re home alone.

19. The Last Man on Earth (comedy)

The last man on earth was quite happy. Until he met two women. And other survivors… A hilarious take on the post-apocalyptic theme that seems to permeate TV shows these days.

20. Workaholics (comedy)

We all see telemarketing as hell on earth, but it’s not always this way. This show proves our claim. It follows the everyday lives of three telemarketers that don’t actually do their jobs as they should, and the result is nothing short of hilarious.

Final Words

There are a lot of outstanding TV shows for you to choose from. Of course, these 20 are just the tip of the iceberg. Moreover, new ones appear on a regular basis. Nowadays it’s impossible not to find something worth watching.

We’ve shown you 20 shows belonging to various genres, so just pick one from the list, get a huge popcorn bowl, jump on the sofa and relax.