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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)

Deadwood

  • 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)

Gilligan's Island (1963 - 1967)

  • Bob Denver as First Mate Gilligan
  • Alan Hale Jr as The Skipper/Captain Jonas Grumby
  • Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III
  • Natalie Schafer as Eunice Lovelle Wentworth Howell
  • Tina Louise as Ginger Grant
  • Russell Johnson is Professor Roy Hinkley, Ph.D
  • Dawn Wells is Mary Ann Summers

Happy Days (1974 – 1984)

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)