Greatest Comedic Actors

Some people do drama, some excel at Shakespeare, some are most convincing when blowing things in in action movies, and some actors are at their best making people laugh. This list is for the men and women who do the very best at acting in comedy movies.

The Top Ten

1 Jim Carrey Jim Carrey James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for comedic roles in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask , Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ...read more.

My order
1.Seth Rogen
2.You
3.Will Ferrell

I love hin so much greatest comedian have ever seen

Best comedian actor..

One of the worst comedians ever; admittingly he acts well in some of the non-comedy movies he appeared like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Truman Show or Man on the Moon. - punksnotdead

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2 Will Ferrell Will Ferrell John William "Will" Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. He first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.

He's so damn talented! He can say the stupidest things with a straight face and make it look hilarious! All his characters are original and awesome. Ferrel can kick Adam Sandler's ass any day.

Will Ferrell is like the Chuck Norris of comedies! he's never done anything that hasnt been just flat out hilarious! Old School, Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, Step Brothers, etc... and he has the best quotes of all time! - hornbugdx

Love every movie he's been in! Can't stop laughing!

Step brothers, anchorman the co creator of funny of die this guy is darn right hilarious and the comedian actor of all time remember snl and his GWB impressions hilarious

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3 Bill Murray Bill Murray William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live, for which he earned his first Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films, including Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Scrooged, What ...read more.

He has more comedic range than the other guys on the list (except Steve Martin) or those who should be on this list (like Robin Williams). He can play the side-splittingly funny moron (Caddyshack, What About Bob) or the class-clown (Stripes, Ghostbusters). He can be hilariously unlikable (Groundhog Day), and can totally inhabit other personas (Where the Buffalo Roam). He was great on SNL, doing signature characters and also filling in the blanks in skits. You watch Bill Murray, and you see comedy gold.

Bill Murray IS the best comedic actor ever. He doesn't take things to far or overdue them, he relies on dry humor alone without having to use gimmicks or anything else, and he's just hilarious!

He is Bill Murray. Enough said. I doesn't even try to be the best, he's too lazy, but still always on the top.

This guy is so funny! I can't believe he can make everybody. He is awesome!

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4 Steve Carell Steve Carell

I love him he's such a happy dude, nice dude, and his personality is awesome. He is so silly in mostly everything he acts in its hilarious

When it comes to being fun and look casual doing it there is no better man than Steve Carell. He has brought up so much to the comedy industry and his movies have been absolutely hilarious.

He always adds a very subtle and moving seriousness to incredibly virtuoso playful comic acting. A very legitimate member of this list of giants.

Why in the eff is steve Carrell at number 6? And below Adam Sandler?!?!

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5 Ben Stiller Ben Stiller Benjamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is well known for his roles in various comedies including There's Something About Mary, Zoolander, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, and Tropic Thunder.

Funny guy

This guys is just sooooooo funny!!!! Can't think of a movie where he hasn't made me laugh.

He is a very good "straight man". He is good when other actors play off of him. - BeatlesFan1964

Hands down, Ben stiller is the best.

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6 Charlie Chaplin Charlie Chaplin Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era.

Oh come on
Please
He is legend of comedy

I can't believe he has not been already mentioned. He was a real genius! He directed, acted, wrote the scripts, wrote the music and more for most of his films. Movies like 'Modern Times', 'City Lights', 'The Gold Rush', 'The Great Dictator' (not many dared to make fun of Hitler at the time) and many more are timeless classics, influential to most comedies that came after. One of the first to become independent in Hollywood, a great humanitarian and socialist and he is certainly one of the most recognisable icons of the 20th century all around the world. - punksnotdead

He is always number 1 of all time.

I love her

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7 Robin Williams Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. He died in 2014.

Watch him on the T.V. show - Inside the Actors Studio. One of the funniest ad-lib routines ever recorded. He was probably one of the funniest human beings ever. The other one is not even in the top 50 (and maybe not at all - at least I did not see him), and he puts everyone else on this list to shame (except maybe for Robin Williams) is Groucho Marx. Steve Carell should not even be on this list. He is probably the most UN-FUNNY human alive. I literally cringe whenever I see him, because I cannot get rid of him fast enough.

From the Genie in Aladdin to the penguins(assorted) in Happy Feet to Good Morning Vietnam and Patch Adams. Robins my idol. - connorchaos

His films=instant joy. Period. His passing was a disgrace not just for the filmaking industry/world but for the human race. Something really special was forever lost on 2014. It showed us that even the most noble and brilliant lights of this world can be shut down because of mental illness, people may forget but I don't. RIP legend.

RIP, Robin, we will miss you.

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8 Rowan Atkinson Rowan Atkinson Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr.Bean

BEST OF ALL TIME

The best...

Number 1

He can contort his face as well as Jim Carrey, can handle slapstick as well as John Cleese, and knows how to deliver a funny line. He can make himself look scared, sly, haughty, or whatever the occasion demands. As a history buff, I love the Black Adder series.

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9 Adam Sandler Adam Sandler Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.

Funniest from all his movies think about it

Original ideas

No. He relies on gimmicks. I think anyone can make a joke in a stupid voice with potty humor to make teenagers laugh. I'm not saying I haven't had a chuckle or two from him, but I'm pretty sure I was drunk.

GOAT

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10 Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.

Number 11?! Unbelievable.

I disagree with him being number 12. He should be in the top 3 for sure.

He is an great actor and he can sing you know.( Dream Girl is amazing! )

Voted for him because he's way 2 low on here

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The Newcomers

? Tina Fey Tina Fey Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.

Tina Fey deserves to be on the list of great comedic actors - Garjen

The Contenders

11 John Cleese John Cleese John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report.

This man, along with the other Monty Pythons, are the only comedians that will be remembered in 50+ years time. Cleese's effort to desensitise the public with 'black humour' and self-critique is by far and away the most revolutionary facet we will see in years.

Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler suck now, this guy was amazing from the start. - 445956

John Cleese never fails to make me laugh especially in Faulty Towers and Monty Python! Great actor.

The best hands down! love his acting as basil

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12 Steve Martin Steve Martin Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, playwright, author, and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show.

No-one holds a candle to Steve Martin, certainly not Jim Carrey. So many comedic actors go overboard past the point of being funny. Steve has genuine talent. He stays in character during comedic trysts. Back in a time when less was more.

Pioneer of classic comedy and transitioned to great actor. Longevity should count for something.

13 Peter Sellers Peter Sellers

The Pink Panther, Dr Strangelove, The Mouse that Roared. The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Heavens Above. Please miss that he ws a fine actor who could take on different roles with perfect accents and not just play himself.

Peter Sellers was, without any doubt, the greatest comedy actor ever. He was also a brilliantly versatile actor who could have played any role. To have him at number 38 in this list is an insult! Jim Carey is not fit to be mentioned in the same breath!

There is no comparison. Peter Sellers is the greatest of all time, save for maybe Charlie Chaplin. His performances in Dr. Strangelove alone are enough to top this list. Many of the people on here are very funny; even gifted. Sellers however possessed singular genius. Unparalleled. Adam Sandler?! Come on...

No question he was the best. I've seen his Pink Panther movies dozens of times and laugh till I get short of breath. His French accents alone are worth the price of admission.

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14 Leslie Nielsen Leslie Nielsen Leslie William Nielsen OC was a Canadian actor, comedian, and producer. He appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters. Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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15 Chevy Chase Chevy Chase

Why is Chevy Chase so low? Most comedic actors are lucky if they have one film that stands out but Chase has at least 5 classic comedic films that will go down in history. He is underrated for a number of reasons: the first being that he is considered by many to be a jerk and while he shouldn't be a jerk that doesn't take away his comedic talent, reason number two is that after the 90's the quality of his films went down, however, from 1975-90 he was considered by many to be the definition of cool and was one of the most iconic comedic actors out there. Should those bad films destroy at least 15 years of quality entertainment? No! Should Chase be number 1? No! There are a few comedic actors who should be ahead of him. But he should definitely be in the top 10. He has had the most successful career of any of the origional snl cast members and one of the most successful post snl careers in the history of snl. Despite his faults he was a quality entertainer and I have always enjoyed his ...more

He's very talented but I can't see him as even in the running for all-time top ten consideration. There are many who are better, more versatile and have been more successful. - Billyv

Caddyshack, National Lampoons Vacation, come on guys he should be in the top 10!

16 Mike Myers Mike Myers Michael John "Mike" Myers is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, and film producer, who also holds British and American citizenship.

Austin Powers, Wayne's World. Has the world forgotten this great comedian genius?!?!

NOT Michael Myers.

This guy was Austin Powers, Wayne (Wayne's world), and even SHREK.

Austin powers wasn't a hippie, he was a Mod/swinger. Big difference.

The Love Guru is great and so is he! - whatsitsname

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17 Chris Farley Chris Farley Christopher Crosby Farley was an American actor and comedian. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style.

The best actor Ever

This guy's life was like a firecracker compared to a candle. The other comedians on here have led fairly long, bright lives, while his was a short, lively explosion that ended too shortly. He was able to make an entire audience laugh without even telling a joke; something not many people can do. I miss him and wish he was still around, but damn did he leave behind a legacy.

He is hilarious in everything he does!

18 Graham Chapman Graham Chapman Graham Arthur Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.

Shame he went so young, he showed real talent.

19 Zero Mostel
20 Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian, magician, and singer. He is known primarily for his comedy roles on television and his dramatic and musical stage roles.

He's so cool and funny in how I met your mother series

Awesome barney stinson love from India

He can turn a simple role to a main role

Deserve to be on top5

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21 Woody Allen Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, playwright and musician, whose career spans more than six decades.

He's usually the same guy when he does comedy. He is a great writer more than anything else. However, one of the funniest lines ever was written and delivered by Woody Allen: "I was nowhere NEAR Cleveland! "

22 Jason Segel Jason Segel Jason Jordan Segel is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for his role as Marshall Eriksen in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, as well as for his work with producer Judd Apatow on the television series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, and for the critically and ...read more.

Probably has the funniest role in How I Met Your Mother in my opinion.

23 Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He was born on April 29, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for playing himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he created and wrote with Larry David. As a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld specializes ...read more.

Show about nothing we might have something here

He created the best T.V. show in history

24 Jason Alexander

George costanza lord of the idiots

25 Phil Hartman Phil Hartman Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman was a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist.
26 John Belushi John Belushi John Adam Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and singer. Belushi is best known for his "intense energy and raucous attitude" which he displayed as one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.

Your all lame for not even mentioning this man.

The comment below is lame.

27 Justin Long

brilliantly funny actor, love him -

28 Will Smith Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies, These include, but are not limited to, the Men in Black franchise, The Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is ...read more.

Dude Will is way funnier than the rest of them lot he's richer for a reason. And that reason is, well you know

I think that will has made so many funny films especially bad boys and bad boys 2 and should be higher than 17 also he is always going to be king of comedy for me

It can't get better than him. You what I'm saying if you see BAD BOYS, HITCH

He Will ALWAYS Be Known Has Will Smith From The Fresh Prince Of Bel-AIR - topbesttopworst

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29 Alan Arkin
30 Dan Aykroyd Dan Aykroyd Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician, businessman and filmmaker. He was an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on Saturday Night Live.
31 Michael Richards Michael Richards

This is one of my favorites on this list. But I care about the rant, how he screamed those horrible things. But, I have seen that he's apologized. I'm still not sure how I would take it.
Well, Kramer is my favorite from Seinfeld. So, I guess I'll go for him.

Who cares about the rant? , he was(and still is)a great actor. - PotBellyPup

Funniest actor ever

32 Jack Lemmon Jack Lemmon

Classy and funny. They don't make them like him any more.

33 Kevin Hart Kevin Hart Kevin Darnell Hart is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for ...read more.

This guy is HILARIOUS. In lots of funny movies, maybe a little crude, but very funny

He's awesome and funny aand should be number one

This. Guy needs to be 2

Although that gay joke was b.s. he's still funny

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34 John Candy John Candy John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian, mainly in American films such as Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Uncle Buck.

This list is sad... must be a bunch of 12 year olds voting not to have candy near the top

There has never been a comedic actor as universally loved as John Candy.

He is perfect. Has nobody here seen Space Balls?

35 Paul Rudd Paul Rudd Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He studied theatre at the University of Kansas and the British American Drama Academy, before making his acting debut in 1992 with NBC's drama series Sisters. He is known for his starring roles in the films ...read more.

He is ant man

Best guy ever!

He is the best

Paul rudd is so funny how the f is he number 40?

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36 Kemal Sunal

He is best forever seriously with charlie

Best actor of turkey all times

I love Kemal. I wish if you lived. We miss you. I watched all the movies. I think you're best comedian in the world.

Great artist. May he rest in peace

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37 Mathew Perry

Lord of sarcasm

He is the best of the best its like the funniest guy alive

Should be top 5

Should be top ten

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38 Seth Rogen Seth Rogen Seth Aaron Rogen is a Canadian actor, filmmaker and comedian. He began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years, winning the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest in 1998. While still living in his native Vancouver, he landed a supporting role in the series Freaks and Geeks. He has ...read more.

A naturally funny guy and one of the nicest actors in Hollywood.

Words can't describe him

Why is he criminally underrated in this list?

Everything he does is flat out hilarious.

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39 Gene Wilder Gene Wilder Jerome Silberman, known professionally as Gene Wilder, is an American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, and author. Wilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in the TV-series Armstrong Circle Theatre in 1962. On August 28th 2016, Wilder died due to complications with Alzheimer's ...read more.

Absolute legend, should be in the top 10.

Seriously, not even on the list?!

Should be near the top

40 Jack Black Jack Black Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black is an American actor, singer, musician and comedian. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films. Black is the lead vocalist of the comedic rock group Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with friend Kyle Gass. They have released the albums Tenacious ...read more.

This guy is the best in Brutal Legend, hands down.

41 Kal Penn
42 Tommy Lee Jones Tommy Lee Jones Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning a Best Supporting Actor.
43 John Cho
44 Zach Galifianakis Zach Galifianakis

He should be on top of the list!

He's too low to be honest. He's a natural you gotta give that to him. And for me, he is just perfect in the hang over. No one could have done his role so good I just died at his speech in The Hang Over pt. 2. So good

He's the best ever what is wrong with you people

He's got a talent to make people laugh & he's got a kind of body language that makes people to go for L M F A O. BUT he's a great comedian in second place cause first place is taken by one and only ken jeong (Hangover super gangster & great comedian of all time).

45 Sacha Baron Cohen Sacha Baron Cohen Sacha Noam Baron Cohen is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter. A graduate of Christ's College, Cambridge, Baron Cohen is most widely known for creating and playing five fictional characters: Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard, Admiral General Aladeen and Nobby Butcher.

This dude is the Andy Kaufman of our generation... But better

Guys Borat...do I need to say more?

The best. Why he is so down?

Borat! ALI G! Come on to funny

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46 Walter Matthau

How could he not be near the top...I guess anybody over the age of around 30 doesn't do any of these top tens.

47 Vince Vaughn Vince Vaughn Vincent Anthony "Vince" Vaughn is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. Vaughn began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 comedy-drama film Swingers.

His rants are second to none. I will see any movie with him in it. Plus he loves the fighting Irish!

Yes! Very funny

Love the way he acts in every situation.he tries to make every scene funny.

48 Milton Berle
49 Stan Laurel Stan Laurel Stan Laurel, born Arthur Stanley Jefferson (16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer and film director, who was part of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. He appeared with his comedy partner Oliver Hardy in 107 short films, feature films, and cameo roles.

Best comedy actor and best comedy duo in history hand down period.

Should be #1. Best comedy act with Oliver Hardy I’ll ever be able to see In my entire life.

The piano scene and so many others. Those two are a big part of why movie comedies are still made.

It is not fair for this legend he must be in top 10

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50 Sid Caesar

He set the bar. I think other comedic actors study him and wish they were him.

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