List of actors who played President of the United States

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This is a partial list of actors and actresses who have played the role of a real or fictitious President of the United States in films or television.

Presidents who played themselves[edit]

Films[edit]

Actor President Film Year
Richard Nixon Himself Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 1968
Bill Clinton Himself First Kid 1996
Bill Clinton Himself Contact 1997
Barack Obama Himself Pacific Rim 2013

Television[edit]

Actor President TV show Year
Gerald Ford Himself Dynasty 1983
Jimmy Carter Himself Home Improvement 1994
Barack Obama Himself Saturday Night Live 2013

Actors who played real presidents[edit]

Films[edit]

President Actor Film Year
George Washington Joseph Kilgour Washington Under the American Flag 1909
Washington Under the British Flag 1909
The Battle Cry of Peace 1915
The Dawn of Freedom 1915
William Berry The Spirit of '76 1917
Duke R. Lee In the Days of Daniel Boone 1923
Arthur Dewey America 1924
George Nash Alexander Hamilton 1924
George Nash Yorktown 1924
Francis X. Bushman The Flag: A Story Inspired by the Tradition of Betsy Ross 1927
Alan Dinehart The Road is Open Again 1933
Robert Warwick Give Me Liberty 1936
Montagu Love Sons of Liberty 1939
Barry Bostwick George Washington 1984
Frank Windsor Revolution 1985
Barry Bostwick George Washington: The Forging of a Nation 1986
Jeff Daniels The Crossing 2000
Terry Layman The Patriot 2000
Kelsey Grammer Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor 2003
David Morse John Adams 2008
Jess Harnell Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014
John Koopman America (2014 film) 2014
John Adams William Daniels 1776 1972
George Grizzard The Adams Chronicles 1972
Pat Hingle Independence 1976
Hal Holbrook George Washington 1984
Paul Giamatti John Adams 2008
Thomas Jefferson Ken Howard 1776 1972
Independence 1976
Jeffrey Jones George Washington: The Forging of a Nation 1986
Nick Nolte Jefferson in Paris 1995
Stephen Dillane John Adams 2008
James Madison Burgess Meredith Magnificent Doll 1946
Ken Kercheval The Adams Chronicles 1972
Guy Paul George Washington: The Forging of a Nation 1986
James Monroe Morgan Wallace Alexander Hamilton 1931
Charles Waldron The Monroe Doctrine 1939
Robert Kelly George Washington: The Forging of a Nation 1986
John Quincy Adams Grant Mitchell The Monroe Doctrine 1939
Anthony Hopkins Amistad 1997
Ebon Moss-Bachrach John Adams 2008
Andrew Jackson Charlton Heston The President's Lady 1953
Basil Ruysdael Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier 1955
Charlton Heston The Buccaneer 1958
G. D. Spradlin Houston: The Legend of Texas 1986
Dave McArdle Andrew Jackson : Good, Evil & The Presidency 2008
Martin Van Buren Nigel Hawthorne Amistad 1997
William Henry Harrison James Seay Brave Warrior 1952
Wolfgang Greese Tecumseh 1972
David Clennon Tecumseh 1994
James K. Polk Edwin Stanley The Monroe Doctrine 1939
Ian Wolfe California 1946
Addison Richards The Oregon Trail 1959
Zachary Taylor Allan Cavan Rebellion 1936
James Gammon One Man's Hero 1999
Millard Fillmore Millard Vincent The Monroe Doctrine 1939
Franklin Pierce Porter Hall The Great Moment 1944
James Buchanan Peter Carlisle Edward the Seventh 1975
James Handy Deterrence 1999
Abraham Lincoln Joseph Henabery The Birth of a Nation 1915
J. Herbert Frank In the Days of Buffalo Bill 1922
George A. Billings Sr. The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln 1924
Walter Huston Abraham Lincoln 1930
Frank McGlynn, Sr. Are We Civilized? 1934
The Littlest Rebel 1935
The Plainsman 1936
John Carradine Of Human Hearts 1938
Henry Fonda Young Mr. Lincoln 1939
Raymond Massey Abe Lincoln in Illinois 1940
Austin Green The Story of Mankind 1957
Raymond Massey How the West Was Won 1962
John Anderson The Fortune Cookie 1966
Hal Holbrook Sandburg's Lincoln 1974
John Anderson The Lincoln Conspiracy 1977
Hal Holbrook North and South 1985
North and South: Book II 1986
F. Murray Abraham Dream West 1986
Robert V. Barron Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 1989
Jason Robards The Perfect Tribute 1991
Lance Henriksen The Day Lincoln Was Shot 1998
Brendan Fraser Bedazzled 2000
Tim Willett Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2005
Gerald Bestrom The Conspirator 2010
Bill Oberst Jr. Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies 2012
Benjamin Walker Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2012
Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln 2012
Kevin Sorbo FDR: American Badass! 2012
Tom Amandes Saving Lincoln 2013
Jess Harnell Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014
Andrew Johnson Van Heflin Tennessee Johnson 1942
Dennis Clark The Conspirator 2010
Ulysses S. Grant Donald Crisp The Birth of a Nation 1915
Guy Oliver Only the Brave 1930
Joseph Crehan They Died with Their Boots On 1941
Stan Jones The Horse Soldiers 1959
Harry Morgan How the West Was Won 1962
Norman Burton Sandburg's Lincoln 1974
Jason Robards The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981
Kevin Kline Wild Wild West 1999
Aidan Quinn Jonah Hex 2010
Jared Harris Lincoln 2012
Rutherford B. Hayes John Dilson Buffalo Bill 1944
James A. Garfield Francis Sayles The Night Riders 1939
Chester A. Arthur Emmett Corrigan Silver Dollar 1932
Grover Cleveland Stuart Holmes The Monroe Doctrine 1939
The Oklahoma Kid 1939
Pat McCormick Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson 1976
Benjamin Harrison Roy Gordon Stars and Stripes Forever 1952
William McKinley Brian Keith Rough Riders 1997
Theodore Roosevelt E. J. Ratcliffe The Fighting Roosevelts 1919
Sundown 1924
Frank Hooper The Rough Riders 1927
E. J. Ratcliffe I Loved a Woman 1933
Sidney Blackmer The Monroe Doctrine 1939
John Alexander Fancy Pants 1950
Brian Keith The Wind and the Lion 1975
William Phipps Eleanor and Franklin 1976
Tom Berenger Rough Riders 1997
Robin Williams Night at the Museum 2006
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2014
Ed Metzger The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008
William Howard Taft Walter Massey The Greatest Game Ever Played 2005
Woodrow Wilson Alexander Knox Wilson 1944
Bob Gunton Iron Jawed Angels 2004
Calvin Coolidge Ian Wolfe The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell 1955
Franklin D. Roosevelt Jack Young Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942
Ralph Bellamy Sunrise at Campobello 1960
Edward Herrmann Eleanor and Franklin 1976
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years 1977
Dan O'Herlihy MacArthur 1977
Jason Robards F.D.R.:The Last Year 1980
Edward Herrmann Annie 1982
Jon Voight Pearl Harbor 2001
Kenneth Branagh Warm Springs 2005
Alan Cumming Reefer Madness 2005
Albert McFadyen The National Parks: America's Best Idea 2009
Bill Murray Hyde Park on Hudson 2012
Barry Bostwick FDR: American Badass! 2012
Harry Truman Robert Vaughn The Man from Independence 1974
James Whitmore Give 'em Hell, Harry! 1975
E. G. Marshall Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur 1976
Ed Flanders MacArthur 1977
Gary Sinise Truman 1995
David Patrick Kelly Flags of Our Fathers 2006
Dwight D. Eisenhower Henry Grace The Longest Day 1962
Robert Beer The Right Stuff 1983
Keene Curtis IQ 1994
Tom Selleck Ike: Countdown to D-Day 2004
Robert Catrini FDR: American Badass! 2012
Robin Williams The Butler 2013
John F. Kennedy Cliff Robertson PT 109 1963
James Franciscus Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy 1981
William Petersen The Rat Pack 1998
Bruce Greenwood Thirteen Days 2000
Ossie Davis Bubba Ho-Tep 2002
Brett Stimely Watchmen 2009
John Allen Nelson Fire Bay 2011
Brett Stimely Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011
Jim Meskimen (voice) 2011
Brett Stimely Kill the Dictator aka El Teniente Amado 2013
James Marsden The Butler 2013
Brett Stimely Parkland 2013
Lyndon B. Johnson Donald Moffat The Right Stuff 1983
Randy Quaid LBJ: The Early Years 1987
Tom Howard JFK 1991
Michael Gambon Path to War 2002
Liev Schreiber The Butler 2013
Richard Nixon Philip Baker Hall Secret Honor 1984
Lane Smith The Final Days 1989
Anthony Hopkins Nixon 1995
Dan Hedaya Dick 1999
Frank Langella Frost/Nixon 2008
James McManus Black Dynamite 2009
Robert Wisden Watchmen 2009
John H. Tobin Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011
John Cusack The Butler 2013
Mark Camacho X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014
Gerald Ford Dick Crockett The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1976
Larry Lindsay Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993
Corbin Bernsen The Commission 2003
Neal Matarazzo Crisis 76 2004
Jimmy Carter Ed Beheler Sextette 1978
Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993
Ronald Reagan Rip Torn Airplane II: The Sequel (deleted scene) 1982
Jay Koch Back to the Future Part II 1989
Bryan Clark Pizza Man 1991
Jay Koch Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993
Panther 1995
Richard Crenna The Day Reagan Was Shot 2001
Fred Ward L'affaire Farewell 2009
Alan Rickman The Butler 2013
George H. W. Bush John Roarke The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear 1991
Daniel T. Healy Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993
James Cromwell W. 2008
Bill Clinton Scott Herriot Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult 1994
Pat Rick The Silence of the Hams 1994
Dale Reeves Beavis and Butthead Do America 1996
Craig Barnett The Godson 1998
Damian Mason 2001: A Space Travesty 2000
Timothy Watters Life or Something Like It 2002
Dennis Quaid The Special Relationship 2010
Jess Harnell Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014
George W. Bush Timothy Bottoms The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course 2002
DC 9/11: Time of Crisis 2003
Bruce Mendenhall Postal 2007
Kamal Haasan Dasavathaaram 2008
James Adomian Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay 2008
Josh Brolin W. 2008
Barack Obama Christopher B. Duncan My Name Is Khan 2010
Orlando Eric Street The Butler 2013

Television[edit]

Actor President Program Year
George Washington Lorne Greene "Swing Out, Sweet Land" (television film) 1970
Will Geer Bewitched (episodes 8.21, 8.22) 1972
Barry Bostwick George Washington (miniseries) 1984
Barry Bostwick George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (miniseries) 1986
Maurice LaMarche Histeria! 1999
Kelsey Grammer Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor 2003
David Morse John Adams 2008
Louis Herthum Sleepy Hollow 2014
Ian Kahn Turn: Washington's Spies 2014-present
Peter Shukoff Epic Rap Battles of History, episode "George Washington vs. William Wallace" 2014
Jason O'Mara[1] Sons of Liberty TBA
John Adams William Shatner "Swing Out, Sweet Land" (television film) 1970
George Grizzard The Adams Chronicles 1976
William Daniels The Rebels 1979
Billy Crystal Liberty's Kids 2002-2003
Simon Russell Beale John and Abigail Adams on the PBS program The American Experience 2006
Paul Giamatti John Adams 2008
Thomas Jefferson Hugh O'Brian "Swing Out, Sweet Land" (television film) 1970
Albert Stratton The Adams Chronicles 1976
Sam Neill Sally Hemings: An American Scandal 2000
Ben Stiller Liberty's Kids 2002-2003
Stephen Dillane John Adams 2008
James Monroe Henry Butler The Adams Chronicles 1976
John Quincy Adams David Birney The Adams Chronicles 1976
William Daniels The Adams Chronicles 1976
Steven Hinkle John Adams 2008
Ebon Moss-Bachrach John Adams 2008
Andrew Jackson Wesley Addy The Adams Chronicles 1976
Dave McArdle Andrew Jackson : Good, Evil & The Presidency 2008
Kris Kristofferson Texas Rising 2015
Abraham Lincoln Robert Ryan Screen Directors Playhouse, Season 1, "Lincoln's Doctor's Dog" 1955
Barry Atwater One Step Beyond, Season 2, "The Day The World Wept - The Lincoln Story" 1960
Austin Green The Twilight Zone, Season 3 - "The Passersby" 1961
Robert Marsden Doctor Who, season 2 - "The Chase" 1965
Ford Rainey The Time Tunnel 1966
Lee Bergere Star Trek (original series episode The Savage Curtain) 1969
Hal Holbrook Lincoln 1975
Gregory Peck The Blue and the Gray 1982
Hal Holbrook North and South 1985
Hal Holbrook North and South II 1986
Sam Waterston Lincoln 1988
Kris Kristofferson Tad (television film) 1995
Lance Henriksen The Day Lincoln Was Shot 1998
Dann Florek The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer 1998
David Shelby Touched by an Angel, Season 5 - "Beautiful Dreamer" 1998
Maurice LaMarche Histeria! 1999
Peter Reneday The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy 2001-2008
Will Forte Clone High 2002-2003
Peter Shukoff Epic Rap Battles of History, episode "Abe Lincoln vs. Chuck Norris" 2010
Peter Reneday Batman: The Brave and the Bold, final episode "Mitefall!" (aired November 11, 2011) 2011
Billy Campbell Killing Lincoln (docudrama) 2013
Ulysses S. Grant James Gregory The Wild Wild West (pilot episode) 1965
Roy Engel The Wild Wild West (7 episodes) 1965-1969
Stanley Anderson Son of the Morning Star (television film) 1991
Dennis Lipscomb Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1994
Fred Thompson Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (television film) 2007
Grover Cleveland Richard Herd The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1994
William Howard Taft Ross Durfee The Winds of Kitty Hawk 1978
Victor Buono Backstairs at the White House 1979
Woodrow Wilson Robert Vaughn Backstairs at the White House 1979
Warren G. Harding George Kennedy Backstairs at the White House 1979
Malachy Cleary Boardwalk Empire ("Hold Me in Paradise") 2010
Calvin Coolidge Ed Flanders Backstairs at the White House 1979
Herbert Hoover Larry Gates Backstairs at the White House 1979
Franklin D. Roosevelt John Anderson Backstairs at the White House 1979
Ralph Bellamy Sunrise at Campobello 1960
Jonah Triebwasser The Winds of War 1979
Arthur Hill "Churchill and the Generals" 1979
David Ogden Stiers J. Edgar Hoover 1987
David Ogden Stiers Day One 1989
John Lithgow World War II: When Lions Roared 1994
Dennis Howard Annie (television film) 1999
Albert McFadyen FDR Remembers Pearl Harbor(ABC News) 2010
Alan Cumming Reefer Madness (television film - Showtime) 2005
Jonah Triebwasser FDR: History in the Making 2005
Jonah Triebwasser 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America; Einstein's letter 2006
Harry S. Truman Harry Morgan Backstairs at the White House 1979
Billy West Futurama 2001
Richard Dysart Day One 1989
Dwight D. Eisenhower Andrew Duggan Backstairs at the White House 1979
Robert Duvall Ike (miniseries) 1979
Richard Dysart "Churchill and the Generals" 1979
John F. Kennedy Vaughn Meader The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) 1963
William Devane The Missiles of October 1974
Joe Piscopo Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1980-1984
Martin Sheen "Kennedy" (miniseries) 1983
Andrew Robinson The Twilight Zone, Season 1, "Profile in Silver" 1986
Steven Weber The Kennedys of Massachusetts (miniseries) 1990
Stephen Collins A Woman Named Jackie (miniseries) 1991
Michael J. Shannon Red Dwarf (episode 7.01) 1997
Tim Matheson Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis 2000
Chris Miller Clone High 2002-2003
Greg Kinnear The Kennedys (miniseries) 2011
Peter Shukoff Epic Rap Battles of History, episode "Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe" 2012
Steven Culp Perception 2012
Rob Lowe Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel television film) 2013
Lyndon B. Johnson Don Allison The Kennedys (miniseries) 2011
Francis Guinan Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel television film) 2013
Richard Nixon Rich Little The Kopykats (ABC) 1972
Rip Torn Blind Ambition (TV miniseries) (miniseries) (CBS) 1979
Dan Aykroyd Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1975-1979
Billy West Futurama 1999–present
Stuart Milligan Doctor Who ("The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon") 2011
Gerald Ford Chevy Chase Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1975-1976
Josef Sommer The Betty Ford Story 1987
Drew Snyder Dark Skies 1997
Jeffrey Ventimilia That '70s Show 1998
Joe Stokes Days That Shook the World 2003
Jimmy Carter Dan Aykroyd Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1975-1979
Joe Piscopo Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1980-1984
Brad Maynard The Tick Pilot episode 2001
Ronald Reagan Joe Piscopo Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1980-1984
Johnny Carson The Tonight Show (NBC) 1981-1989
Phil Hartman Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1985-1986
Randy Quaid Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1985-1986
Robert Beatty Breakthrough at Reykjavik (Granada Television UK) 1987
Bryan Clark Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North (television film - CBS) 1989
Bryan Clark Without Warning - The James Brady Story (television film - HBO) 1991
Hank Azaria The Simpsons 1993, 1994, 2012
Bryan Clark Dark Skies, Season 1, "Bloodlines" 1997
Richard Crenna The Day Reagan Was Shot 2001
James Brolin The Reagans 2003
Seth MacFarlane Family Guy 2005, 2009
Seth MacFarlane American Dad 2008, 2012
George H. W. Bush Dana Carvey Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1986-1993
Harry Shearer The Golden Girls 1990
Bill Farmer Murphy Brown 1991
Harry Shearer The Simpsons, Season 7, Two Bad Neighbors 1996
Michael Greene The Day Reagan Was Shot 2001
Bill Clinton Trey Parker South Park 1998
Phil Hartman Saturday Night Live 1992-1994
Michael McKean Saturday Night Live 1994-1995
Pat Rick Murphy Brown 1995
Darrell Hammond Saturday Night Live 1995-2009
Frank Welker Pinky and the Brain 1995-1998
Frank Welker Animaniacs 1993-1998
David Herman MADtv 1995-1996
Bryan Callen MADtv 1996-1997
Pat Rick Leaving L.A. 1997
Seth MacFarlane Family Guy 1999-2002, 2005–present
Gabriel Iglesias All That 2000
Frank Caliendo Frank TV 2007-2008
Dennis Quaid The Special Relationship 2010
Michael Krass Beatrix, Oranje onder Vuur 2012
Chriss Anglin Naked Run 2011
George W. Bush Trey Parker South Park 1997-2006
Christian Duguay MADtv 2000-2001
Will Ferrell Saturday Night Live 2000-2002, 2009
Timothy Bottoms That's My Bush! (Comedy Central) 2001
Will Sasso MADtv 2001-2002
Chris Parnell Saturday Night Live 2002-2003
Frank Caliendo MADtv 2002-2006
Steve Bridges NCIS 2003
Darrell Hammond Saturday Night Live 2003
Will Forte Saturday Night Live 2004-2006
Brent Mendenhall Recount 2008
James Adomian The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005-2009
Jason Sudeikis Saturday Night Live 2006-2008, 2010
Frank Caliendo Frank TV 2007-2008
Barack Obama Ron Butler Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2007
Larry Wilmore The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 2008
Trey Parker South Park 2008
Deon Davis WWE Raw 2008
Freddy Lockhart Frank TV 2008
Keegan-Michael Key MADtv 2008-2009
Christopher B. Duncan The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2008-2009
Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live 2008-2012
uncredited actor Doctor Who ("The End of Time") 2009
Kevin Scarlo Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2009
Kevin Michael Richardson Batman: The Brave and the Bold (episode 48, Cry Freedom Fighters) 2010
Jordan Peele Key and Peele 2012
Iman Crosson Epic Rap Battles of History, episode "Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney" 2012
Jay Pharoah Saturday Night Live 2012
Dion Flynn Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012-2014
Dion Flynn The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014

Actors who played fictional presidents[edit]

Films[edit]

Actor President Film Year
Forrest J Ackerman The President Amazon Women on the Moon 1987
Eddie Albert The President Dreamscape 1984
Alan Alda The President Canadian Bacon 1995
Stanley Anderson The President Armageddon 1998
Stanley Anderson The President The Rock 1996
Tomas Arana President Harry Carrey The President's Staff 2013
William Atherton President John Fields Executive Power 1997
Dan Aykroyd President William Haney My Fellow Americans 1996
Robert Beatty The President Superman IV: The Quest for Peace 1987
John Beck President Fallbrook The Alternate 2000
Michael Belson The President Wag the Dog 1997
Hunt Block President Howard Lewis Salt 2010
Bruce Boxleitner President Howard Contagion 2002
Jeff Bridges President Jackson Evans The Contender 2000
Lloyd Bridges President Thomas "Tug" Benson Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993
Arthur Byron President Stanley Craig The President Vanishes 1934
James Caan The President Get Smart 2008
George Clooney President Devlin Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003
Stephen Colbert President Hathaway Monsters vs. Aliens 2009
Ronny Cox President Tom Kimball Captain America 1990
Ronny Cox The President Martians Go Home 1989
Ronny Cox President Jack Neil Murder at 1600 1997
Ronny Cox President Simmons Nadia's Promise 2014
Peter Coyote President Adair T. Manning Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil 2006
Peter Coyote President Sterling Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief 2008
Terry Crews President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho Idiocracy 2006
James Cromwell President Robert Fowler The Sum of All Fears 2002
Roger Cross The President Polar Storm 2009
Robert Culp The President The Pelican Brief 1993
Jim Curley The President In the Line of Fire 1993
William Devane The President The Dark Knight Rises 2012
Michael Douglas President Andrew Shepherd The American President 1995
Sam Douglas The President ("John") Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London 2004
Richard Dreyfuss The President Fail Safe 2000
Charles Durning The President Twilight's Last Gleaming 1977
Aaron Eckhart President Benjamin Asher Olympus Has Fallen 2013
London Has Fallen 2015
R. Lee Ermey President Richard Benson Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 2001
Joe Estevez President James Marshall Corruption.Gov 2010
Tom Everett The President The Island 2005
Henry Fonda The President Fail-Safe 1964
Henry Fonda The President Meteor 1979
Glenn Ford President Richardson Virus 1980
Harrison Ford President James Marshall Air Force One 1997
Jamie Foxx President James Sawyer White House Down 2013
Morgan Freeman President Tom Beck Deep Impact 1998
Morgan Freeman Acting President Allan Trumbull Olympus Has Fallen 2013
James Garner President Matt Douglas My Fellow Americans 1996
Danny Glover President Thomas Wilson 2012 2009
Louis Gossett, Jr. President Gerald Fitzhugh Left Behind: World at War 2005
Louis Gossett, Jr. President Ryan Gordon Solar Attack 2005
Kelsey Grammer President Andrew "Andy" Boone Swing Vote 2008
Bruce Greenwood The President National Treasure: Book of Secrets 2007
Gene Hackman President Alan Richmond Absolute Power 1997
Gene Hackman Former President Monroe E. Cole Welcome to Mooseport 2004
Mark Harmon President James Foster Chasing Liberty 2004
Gregory Harrison President Jonathan Hayes First Daughter 1999
Gregory Harrison President Jonathan Hayes First Target 2000
Gregory Harrison President Jonathan Hayes First Shot 2002
Charles Howerton President Calvin Clement Assassination 1978
Phil Hartman President Dillard The Second Civil War 1997
John Heard President Ted Matthews My Fellow Americans 1996
Edward Herrmann President Arthur Fellwick Atomic Train 1999
Jimmy Hayward The President Free Birds 2013
Hal Holbrook President Adam Scott The Kidnapping of the President 1980
William Hurt President Ashton Vantage Point 2008
Walter Huston President Judson C. "Judd" Hammond Gabriel Over the White House 1933
Richard Jenkins President Eli Raphelson (Assumed and Sworn) White House Down 2013
James Earl Jones President Douglass Dilman The Man 1972
James Karen President Mitchell Freedom Strike 1998
Michael Keaton President Mackenzie First Daughter 2004
Perry King President Blake The Day After Tomorrow 2004
Ben Kingsley President Gary Nance Dave 1993
Kevin Kline President William Harrison Mitchell Dave 1993
Alexander Knox President Hughes Crack in the Mirror 1960
Ronald Lacey President Widmark The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension 1984
Martin Landau President Morose By Dawn's Early Light 1990
Jack Lemmon President Russell P. Kramer My Fellow Americans 1996
Tom Lister, Jr. President Lindberg The Fifth Element 1997
Charles Macaulay The President Splash 1984
Fredric March President Jordan Lyman Seven Days in May 1964
E. G. Marshall The President Superman II 1980
Christopher McDonald The President Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002
Donald Moffat President Bennett Clear and Present Danger 1994
Zero Mostel The President Fore Play 1975
Michael Murphy President Alvin Hammond (Assumed and Sworn) White House Down 2013
James Naughton President Davenport First Kid 1996
Bob Newhart President Manfred Link First Family 1980
David Nichols President Kellogg Man of the Year 2006
Jack Nicholson President James Dale Mars Attacks! 1996
Leslie Nielsen President Harris Scary Movie 3 2003
Leslie Nielsen President Harris Scary Movie 4 2005
Michael Pate The President The Return of Captain Invincible 1984
Gregory Peck The President Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987
Gordon Pinsent The President Colossus: The Forbin Project 1970
Donald Pleasence President White Escape from New York 1981
Kevin Pollak President Walter Emerson Deterrence 1999
William Prince The President The Soldier 1982
Jonathan Pryce U.S. President G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2009
Jonathan Pryce U.S. President G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2012
Bill Pullman President Thomas J. Whitmore Independence Day 1996
Dennis Quaid President Staton American Dreamz 2006
Randy Quaid President A. Thorton Osgood II Mail to the Chief 2000
David Rasche President Whitman DAG 2000-2001
David Rasche President John Ballentine The Sentinel 2006
James Rebhorn President Signoff The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000
John Ritter President Chet Roosevelt Americathon 1979
Tim Robbins The President Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999
Eric Roberts President Robert Woodruff First Dog 2010
Cliff Robertson President Jack Cahill Escape from L.A. 1996
Chris Rock President Mays Gilliam Head of State 2003
William Sadler President Matthew Ellis Iron Man 3 2013
John Savage President Desteno Bermuda Tentacles 2014
Roy Scheider The President Chain of Command 2000
Roy Scheider President Carlson Executive Target 1997
Roy Scheider President Robert Baker The Peacekeeper 1997
Peter Sellers President Merkin Muffley Dr. Strangelove 1964
Harry Shearer President Arnold Schwarzenegger The Simpsons Movie 2007
Charlie Sheen President Rathcock Machete Kills 2013
Chris Shields The President Suddenly 2013
John Wesley Shipp The President Golden Shoes 2013
Cotter Smith President McKenna X2: X-Men United 2003
Josef Sommer The President X-Men: The Last Stand 2006
Rod Steiger The President Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys 1995
Peter Strauss President James Sanford xXx: State of the Union 2004
Billy Bob Thornton The President Love Actually 2003
Lee Tracy President Art Hockstader The Best Man 1964
John Travolta President Jack Stanton Primary Colors 1998
Ivan Volkman The President How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1967
Jack Warden President Roberts Being There 1979
Sam Waterston President William Foster The Enemy Within 1994
Sam Waterston President Edward Manchester Shadow Conspiracy 1997
Kenneth Welsh President Raymond Becker The Day After Tomorrow 2004
James Whitmore President Sam Baker Favorite Son 1988
Richard Widmark President Paul Roudebush Vanished 1971
Luke Wilson President Joe Bauers (aka "Not Sure") Idiocracy 2006

Television[edit]

Actor President Program Year
Lloyd Bochner President Mark Hayden Loyal Opposition: Terror in the White House 1998
Powers Boothe President Noah Daniels 24: Redemption (Fox) 2008
John Bourgeois President Galbrain XIII 2008
Beau Bridges President Paul Hollister 10.5 2004
President Hank Landry Stargate SG-1 2007
Keith Carradine President Conrad Dalton Madam Secretary 2014
Gary Cole President Mike Brady The Brady Bunch in the White House (television film) 2003
Dabney Coleman President George Richmond My Date with the President's Daughter 1998
Ronny Cox President Robert Kinsey Stargate SG-1 2001
Peter Coyote President Dave Segovia FlashForward (ABC) 2009
James Cromwell Former President D. Wire Newman The West Wing (NBC) 2004
Steven Culp President Edward Taylor Impact 2009
John D'Aquino President Richard Martinez Cory in the House (Disney Channel) 2007–2008
Brian Dennehy U.S. President Voyage of Terror (Television movie) 1998
William Devane President Henry Hayes Stargate SG-1 2003-2007
President James Heller 24 2014
Michael Dorn The President Heroes (NBC) 2008-2010
Christopher B. Duncan President William Johnson The First Family 2012
Robert Foxworth President Charles Halsey The Outer Limits/Episode "Trial By Fire" 1996
Paul Frees President James Norcross / Super President Super President 1967
Michel Gill President Garrett Allen Walker House of Cards 2013-2014
Tony Goldwyn President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III Scandal (ABC) 2012-present
John Goodman Acting President Glen Allen Walken The West Wing (NBC) 2003
Harry Hamlin President Kempers Quarantine 2000
Dennis Haysbert President David Palmer 24 (Fox) 2002-2004
Hal Holbrook President Maxwell Monroe Under Siege 1986
Ernie Hudson President Westwood Stealth Fighter 1999
Gregory Itzin President Charles Logan 24 (Fox) 2005-2006
Peter Jason President Demsky Alien Apocalypse (television film) 2005
Ken Kercheval President Cliff Barnes Dallas, final episode Conundrum (aired May 3, 1991) 1991
Logan Lerman President Robert McCallister Jack & Bobby 2004-2005
Will Lyman President Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy) Bridges Commander in Chief (ABC) 2005
William H. Macy The President The Unit (CBS) 2007
Barry Morse President Johnny Cyclops Whoops Apocalypse (ITV) 1982
James Naughton President Paul Kincaid Hostages 2013
Adrian Pasdar President Paul Garcetti Political Animals 2012
Rob Paulsen President Pinky Pinky and the Brain 1996
Geoff Pierson President John Keeler 24 (Fox) 2005
Geoff Pierson President Wayne Banning Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2001
Richard Pryor The 40th President of the United States The Richard Pryor Show 1977
Bill Pullman President Dale Gilchrist 1600 Penn (NBC) 2013
Ford Rainey U.S. President Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1964-1965
Ford Rainey The President Lost in Space 1965
Jason Robards President Richard Monckton Washington: Behind Closed Doors (mini-series) 1977
Mark Roberts The President Highway to Heaven, final episode Merry Christmas from Grandpa (aired August 4, 1989) 1989
Ricky Schroder The President Silver Spoons 1983
George C. Scott President Samuel A. Tresch Mr. President (FOX) 1987-1988
Martin Sheen President Josiah Bartlet The West Wing (NBC) 1999-2006
Jimmy Smits President Matthew Santos The West Wing (NBC) 2006
Kevin Spacey President Francis Joseph "Frank" Underwood House of Cards (Netflix) 2014-present
Blair Underwood President Elias Martinez The Event (NBC) 2010
Robert Urich President Adam Mayfield The President's Man : A Line In The Sand (television film) 2002
Ralph Waite President Mathews The President's Man (television film) 2000
Fred Willard President Garner Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (ABC) 1996-1997
Steven Williams U.S. President seaQuest DSV (NBC) 1994
D.B. Woodside President Wayne Palmer 24 (FOX) 2007
"Weird Al" Yankovic President Stuntcastin The Aquabats! Super Show! (The Hub) 2012

Actresses who played fictional presidents[edit]

Films[edit]

Actress President Film Year
Christina Applegate President Diane Steen Mafia! 1998
Ernestine Barrier Madame President Project Moonbase 1953
Polly Bergen President Leslie McCloud Kisses for My President 1964
Sally Champlin President of the United States The Woman Every Man Wants 2001
Stephanie Paul President of the United States Iron Sky 2012
Joan Rivers President Rivers Les Patterson Saves the World 1987
Loretta Swit President Barbara Adams Whoops Apocalypse 1986

Television[edit]

Actress President Program Year
Kate Burton Acting President Sally Langston Scandal 2012-2013
Patty Duke President Julia Mansfield Hail to the Chief 1985
Geena Davis President Mackenzie Allen Commander in Chief 2005-2006
Cherry Jones President Allison Taylor 24 2008-2010
Mimi Kuzyk President Sally Sheridan XIII 2008
Julia Louis-Dreyfus President Selina Meyer Veep 2014-present
Patricia Wettig President Caroline Reynolds Prison Break 2006
Alfre Woodard President Constance Payton State of Affairs 2014-present

Awards[edit]

Actual Presidents[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Category President Nominee Film Result
1941 Best Actor Abraham Lincoln Raymond Massey Abe Lincoln in Illinois Nominated
1976 Best Actor Harry S. Truman James Whitmore Give 'em Hell, Harry! Nominated
1996 Best Actor Richard Nixon Anthony Hopkins Nixon Nominated
1998 Best Supporting Actor John Quincy Adams Amistad Nominated
2009 Best Actor Richard Nixon Frank Langella Frost/Nixon Nominated
2013 Best Actor Abraham Lincoln Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Won

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Year Category President Nominee Film or Television Series or Miniseries Result
1976 Best Actor - Drama Harry S. Truman James Whitmore Give 'em Hell, Harry! Nominated
1996 Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Richard Nixon Anthony Hopkins Nixon Nominated
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Harry S. Truman Gary Sinise Truman Won
1998 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture John Quincy Adams Anthony Hopkins Amistad Nominated
2009 Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Richard Nixon Frank Langella Frost/Nixon Nominated
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film John Adams Paul Giamatti John Adams Won
2011 Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Bill Clinton Dennis Quaid The Special Relationship Nominated
2013 Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Abraham Lincoln Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Won
Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Franklin D. Roosevelt Bill Murray Hyde Park on Hudson Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

Year Category President Nominee Film or Television Series or Miniseries Result
1975 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy John F. Kennedy William Devane The Missiles of October Nominated
1976 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy Franklin D. Roosevelt Edward Herrmann Eleanor and Franklin Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Abraham Lincoln Hal Holbrook Lincoln Won
John Adams George Grizzard The Adams Chronicles Nominated
1979 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special Woodrow Wilson Robert Vaughn Backstairs at the White House Nominated
Calvin Coolidge Ed Flanders Nominated
1980 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special Franklin D. Roosevelt Jason Robards F.D.R.: The Last Year Nominated
1987 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Lyndon B. Johnson Randy Quaid LBJ: The Early Years Nominated
1996 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Harry S. Truman Gary Sinise Truman Nominated
Richard Nixon Beau Bridges Kissinger and Nixon Nominated
2002 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Lyndon B. Johnson Michael Gambon Path to War Nominated
2004 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Ronald Reagan James Brolin The Reagans Nominated
2005 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Franklin D. Roosevelt Kenneth Branagh Warm Springs Nominated
2008 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie John Adams Paul Giamatti John Adams Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie George Washington David Morse Nominated
Thomas Jefferson Stephen Dillane Nominated
2009 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Franklin D. Roosevelt Len Cariou Into the Storm Nominated
2010 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Bill Clinton Dennis Quaid The Special Relationship Nominated
2011 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie John F. Kennedy Greg Kinnear The Kennedys Nominated

Satellite Awards[edit]

Year Category President Nominee Film or Television Series or Miniseries Result
2008 Best Actor – Motion Picture Richard Nixon Frank Langella Frost/Nixon Nominated
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film John Adams Paul Giamatti John Adams Won
2010 Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Bill Clinton Dennis Quaid The Special Relationship Nominated
2012 Best Actor – Motion Picture Abraham Lincoln Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards[edit]

Year Category President Nominee Film or Television Series or Miniseries Result
1996 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Richard Nixon Anthony Hopkins Nixon Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Harry S. Truman Gary Sinise Truman Won
2006 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Franklin D. Roosevelt Kenneth Branagh Warm Springs Nominated
2009 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Richard Nixon Frank Langella Frost/Nixon Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie John Adams Paul Giamatti John Adams Won
2011 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Bill Clinton Dennis Quaid The Special Relationship Nominated
2012 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie John F. Kennedy Greg Kinnear The Kennedys Nominated
2013 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Abraham Lincoln Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Won
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2014
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Dwight D. Eisenhower Robin Williams The Butler Nominated
John F. Kennedy James Marsden
Lyndon B. Johnson Liev Schreiber
Richard Nixon John Cusack
Ronald Reagan Alan Rickman
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie John F. Kennedy Rob Lowe Killing Kennedy Nominated

Fictional Presidents[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Category President Nominee Film Result
2001 Best Supporting Actor Jackson Evans Jeff Bridges The Contender Nominated

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Year Category President Nominee Film or Television Series or Miniseries Result
1965 Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Jordan Lyman Fredric March Seven Days in May Nominated
1994 Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Bill Mitchell Kevin Kline Dave Nominated
2000 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2001 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Jackson Evans Jeff Bridges The Contender Nominated
Best Actor – Television Series Drama Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Won
2002 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2003 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2004 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2007 Best Actress – Television Series Drama MacKenzie Allen Geena Davis Commander in Chief Won
2014 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Frank Underwood Kevin Spacey House of Cards Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Selina Meyer Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

Year Category President Nominee Film or Television Series or Miniseries Result
1971 Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Paul Roudebush Richard Widmark Vanished Nominated
2000 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2001 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2002 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2003 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2004 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2006 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series MacKenzie Allen Geena Davis Commander in Chief Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Charles Logan Gregory Itzin 24 Nominated
2010 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Charles Logan Gregory Itzin 24 Nominated
2012 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Selina Meyer Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep Won
2013 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Frank Underwood Kevin Spacey House of Cards Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Selina Meyer Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep Won
2014 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Frank Underwood Kevin Spacey House of Cards Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Selina Meyer Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep Won

Satellite Awards[edit]

Year Category President Nominee Film or Television Series or Miniseries Result
2000 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Won
2001 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2002 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2003 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2005 Best Actress – Television Series Drama MacKenzie Allen Geena Davis Commander in Chief Nominated
2014 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Frank Underwood Kevin Spacey House of Cards Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards[edit]

Year Category President Nominee Film or Television Series or Miniseries Result
2000 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2001 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2002 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2003 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
David Palmer Dennis Haysbert 24 Nominated
2004 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2005 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
2006 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series MacKenzie Allen Geena Davis Commander in Chief Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen The West Wing Nominated
Matt Santos Jimmy Smits
2007 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Charles Logan Gregory Itzin 24 Nominated
2014 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Frank Underwood Kevin Spacey House of Cards Nominated

References[edit]