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.

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

The Mask, both Ace Venturas, both dumb and dumbers, liar liar Jim Carrey is the ultimate goof ball and he reminds me of me so he is number 1 and I'm only 17 so its legit

Jim Carrey is the funniest actor of all time he is so funny I have most of his movies and I have seen all of them he is just sooo funny!

Has the world forgotten him? The script does not matter if you have him! just watching him move around is comedy gold! No doubt that he is No. 1!

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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.

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

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

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 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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4 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

Number 1

That person make my childhood amazing

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.

Rowan Atkinson you are the best comedian in the world am so proud to be call your fan.

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5 Steve Carell Steve Carell

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?!?!

He's smart, and he really shows his comedic style with good acting

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6 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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7 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.

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

stand up comedian, sketch comedian, writer, actor, director... he's got it all - arsenal193

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8 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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9 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.

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

Charlie Chaplin was liked by millions and he was one of the fathers of slapstick comedy alongside Buster Keaton - Hunterlane871

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10 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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The Contenders

11 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.

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

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

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

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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 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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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 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!

16 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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17 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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18 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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19 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!

20 Mathew Perry

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

Should be top 5

he is best

Should be top ten

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 Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld

Show about nothing we might have something here

He created the best T.V. show in history

23 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.

24 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.

He's awesome and funny aand should be number one

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

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

This. Guy needs to be 2

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25 Jason Alexander

George costanza lord of the idiots

26 Don Knotts

Don knotts and tim Conway, number 1 and 2 watch dumpling gang 1 and 2 and you see why, good clean humor laugh till you cry humor!

The Gold Standard in Genuine, good natured humor for the entire family.

Deputy Barney Fife was always the best

27 Zero Mostel
28 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.

29 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

30 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.

31 Phil Hartman Phil Hartman Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman was a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist.
32 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.

33 Jim Parsons Jim Parsons James Joseph "Jim" Parsons is an American actor. He is known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
34 Justin Long

brilliantly funny actor, love him -

35 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.
36 Alan Arkin
37 Jack Lemmon Jack Lemmon

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

38 Kemal Sunal

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

He is pefect and the best

39 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?

40 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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41 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).

42 Andy Samberg Andy Samberg Andy Samberg is an American actor and comedian. He is a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island, he portrays the childish but charming Detective Jake Peralta on the police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-nine, and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, where he and his fellow group members have been credited ...read more.

Andy Sandberg is one of a few comedy actors that this younger generation can relate too. His random but creative Lonely Island videos are the funniest I've ever seen. He should definitely be on the top 10!

Brooklyn 99 is lol

He's funny just FUNNY! Jizz in my pants~

43 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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44 Richard Pryor Richard Pryor Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and social critic. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial epithets.

Brilliant actor

45 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

46 Kal Penn
47 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, BrĂ¼no Gehard, Admiral General Aladeen and Nobby Butcher.

The best. Why he is so down?

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

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

Borat! ALI G! Come on to funny

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48 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.

49 Milton Berle
50 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.
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