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  • Linda Cardellini
    Linda Edna Cardellini (born June 25, 1975) is an American actress and voice actress. She is known for her roles as Lindsay Weir on Freaks and Geeks, Samantha Taggart on ER, Velma Dinkley in the live-...
  • Taran Killam
    Taran Hourie Killam is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, and writer. He is best known for his television work on shows such as The Amanda Show , Wild 'n Out , Mad TV , and Saturday Nigh...
  • Jaimie Alexander
    Jaimie Alexander (born Jaimie Lauren Tarbush; March 12, 1984) is an American actress known for portraying Jessi on the TV series Kyle XY and Sif in the 2011 superhero film Thor, its 2013 sequel, Thor...
  • Charisma Carpenter
    Charisma Carpenter is an American actor. She is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase in the popular TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series Angel . She has also starred as Kyra ...
  • Tyler Ritter
    Tyler Ritter is an American actor best known as the star of The McCarthys . Ritter grew up in Los Angeles. He acted in high school plays and student films, but did not immediately pursue acting profe...

For television actors of all nationalities, please see Entertainment industry people.

American television actors are actors from the United States who perform on television. Television is one of the major mass media of the United States. Ninety-nine percent of American households have at least one television and the majority of households have more than one. As a whole, the television networks of the United States are the largest and most syndicated in the world.

List of actors by television program

For a complete list, see: American television actors Project Profiles.

24 (2001 – 2010, 2014)

Arrested Development (2003 – 2006)

Breaking Bad (2008 - 2013)

Cheers (1982 – 1993)


  • Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock
  • Ian McShane as Al Swearengen
  • Molly Parker as Alma Garret
  • Jim Beaver as Whitney Ellsworth
  • W. Earl Brown as Dan Dority
  • Dayton Callie as Charlie Utter
  • Kim Dickens as Joanie Stubbs (loosely based on Dora DuFran)
  • Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran (based on Lyman F. Babcock)
  • Anna Gunn as Martha Bullock
  • John Hawkes as Sol Star
  • Jeffrey Jones as A. W. Merrick
  • Paula Malcomson as Trixie (based on various prostitutes named "Tricksies")
  • Leon Rippy as Tom Nuttall (based on Billy Nuttall)
  • William Sanderson as E. B. Farnum
  • Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane
  • Sean Bridgers as Johnny Burns
  • Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott (based on L. D. Kellogg)
  • Titus Welliver as Silas Adams
  • Brent Sexton as Harry Manning
  • Powers Boothe as Cy Tolliver (based on Tom Miller)
  • Keith Carradine as Wild Bill Hickok
  • Bree Seanna Wall as Sofia Metz
  • Josh Eriksson as William Bullock (loosely based on Douglas Kislingbury)

The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 – 1966)

Entourage (2004-2011)

Friends (1994 – 2004)

Full House (1987–1995)

Happy Days (1974 – 1984)

  • Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham
  • Marion Ross as Marion "Mrs. C". Cunningham
  • Tom Bosley as Howard "Mr. C". Cunningham
  • Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham
  • Henry Winkler as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli
  • Anson Williams as Warren "Potsie" Weber
  • Donny Most as Ralph Malph
  • Pat Morita as Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi
  • Al Molinaro as Al Delvecchio
  • Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccolo
  • Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips
  • Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth Allen Cunningham

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)

I Love Lucy (1951 – 1957)

  • Lucille Ball as Lucille Esmeralda "Lucy" McGillicuddy Ricardo
  • Desi Arnaz as Enrique Alberto "Ricky" Ricardo
  • Vivian Vance as Ethel Mae Roberta Louise Potter Mertz
  • William Frawley as Frederick "Fred" Hobart Mertz
  • Keith Thibodeaux as Enrique Alberto "Little Ricky" Ricardo IV

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-)

The League (2009 – )

Lost (2004 – 2010)

  • Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard
  • Evangeline Lilly as Kate Austen
  • Jorge Garcia as Hugo "Hurley" Reyes
  • Josh Holloway as James "Sawyer" Ford
  • Terry O'Quinn as John Locke/Man in Black
  • Naveen Andrews as Sayid Jarrah
  • Daniel Dae Kim as Jin-Soo Kwon
  • Yunjin Kim as Sun-Hwa Kwon
  • Emilie de Ravin as Claire Littleton
  • Dominic Monaghan as Charlie Pace
  • Harold Perrineau as Michael Dawson
  • Malcolm David Kelley as Walt Lloyd
  • Maggie Grace as Shannon Rutherford
  • Ian Somerhalder as Boone Carlyle
  • Katey Sagal as Helen Norwood

M*A*S*H (1972 – 1983)

  • Alan Alda as Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
  • Loretta Swit as Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
  • Jamie Farr as Maxwell Q. Klinger
  • William Christopher as John Patrick Francis Mulcahy
  • Wayne Rogers as John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre
  • McLean Stevenson as Henry Braymore Blake
  • Larry Linville as Franklin Marion "Frank" Burns
  • Gary Burghoff as Walter Eugene "Radar" O’Reilly
  • Mike Farrell as B. J. Hunnicutt
  • Harry Morgan (born Harry Bratsberg) as Sherman Tecumseh Potter
  • David Ogden Stiers as Charles Emerson Winchester III

Married... with Children (1987 – 1997)

MacGyver (1985 – 1992)

Roseanne (1988 – 1997)

Seinfeld (1989 – 1998)

Star Trek (1966 – 1969)

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 – 1994)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Taxi (1978 – 1983)

Will & Grace(1998 - 2006)