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, more.

The best physical comedian in the world. He also can act! He has the greatest comic timing of anyone. I have seen his movies millions of times and I still end up crying so hard I cry. LIAR LIAR THE MASK ACE VENTURA YES MAN SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. He the GREATEST.

No one in the world makes me laugh as hard as Jim Carrey. None of his movies are disappointing. Dumb and Dumber tops the list. My number 2 comedic actor is a tie of Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell.

A funniest guy I must say he should be number one in spite of Ben Stiller, I do admire Ben Stiller as well but I think Jim has a lot of credit to his acting making funny faces along with words it makes one crazy laughing so much to the scenes. Liar Liar movie should be the example.

He is the best

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2 Will Ferrell Will Ferrell

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

He's too good even Jim

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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.

He’s on another level to anyone I’ve ever seen in the way he seems to free roam his comedy on live T.V. and takes the show. His energy is so high people struggle to keep up with him. Such a loveable guy as well. He is very unique and is the funniest actor of all time.

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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.

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.

How is Rowan Atkinson all the way down in 29 he is the best comedy actor of all time. The way he acts is so funny.

I think Rowan Atkinson is the best comedy actor in the world. He has ability to give pleasure to all kinds of people.

Funniest man alive.

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5 Steve Carell Steve Carell

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

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

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

The Office really gets a hold of how funny this man can actually be.

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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 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

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.

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

If will ferrell were on here it would be him but sandler is second there aren't many movies funnier than billy madison - Namerkp2

He's great! So haters gonna hate!

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8 John Cleese John Cleese

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

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

The best hands down! love his acting as basil

Why is Cleese below Adam Sandler?
John Ritter should also be up here if he is on the list

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9 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.

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.

He's a great comic! Big cheers for him! - sdravenson

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10 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.

We forget charlie chaplin he was great if he appeared in movies now he would be 1

Charlie Chaplin is the first, the last, the everything when it comes to modern Comedy!

Charlie is number 1. However he's dead. So I downgrade him for that.

He is the best comodian actor he will not speak but we will laugh so much due to his movement.

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The Contenders

11 Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy

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

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.

Always funny

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14 Leslie Nielsen Leslie Nielsen

Legenda...Marina M. Lazovic kaze tako

15 Chris Farley Chris Farley

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 lineup, Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is often referred more.

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

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

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

He is the package of comedy

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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...

Just watch pink panther and the party!

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18 Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris

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

Suit up

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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 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! "

21 Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld

Show about nothing we might have something here

He created the best T.V. show in history

22 Mathew Perry

Should be top ten

he is best

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 more.

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

This. Guy needs to be 2

He's awesome and funny aand should be number one

Top 3 as of 2016

25 Jason Alexander

George costanza lord of the idiots

26 Don Knotts

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

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27 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

28 Zero Mostel
29 Jason Segel Jason Segel

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

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

Your all lame for not even mentioning this man.

The comment below is lame.

32 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.
33 Justin Long

brilliantly funny actor, love him -

34 Dan Aykroyd Dan Aykroyd
35 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 more.

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

36 Alan Arkin
37 Jack Lemmon Jack Lemmon

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

38 Kemal Sunal

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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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

Best guy ever!

He is the best

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

What Why is he not nr 1!

41 Zach Galifianakis Zach Galifianakis

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).

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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 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 Richard Pryor Richard Pryor

Brilliant actor

44 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 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?

Wow way to low should be top 10

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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 more.

Seriously, not even on the list?!

Should be near the top

46 Kal Penn
47 Vince Vaughn Vince Vaughn

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 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

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50 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.

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