The only person to make both my movie and TV list, Michael Moriarty as Ben Stone fought the good fight for years in the courtroom on "Law & Order". When he left he took the photo of Bobby Kennedy that was on the wall of his office with him.
Vincent D'Onofrio made Robert Goren the quirkiest police detective on the tube. He started out as sort of a Sherlock Holmes with all sorts of arcane knowledge and evolved into something quite different.
Steve Landesberg couldn't have been better cast as Arthur Dietrich, the resident intellectual on BARNEY MILLER, another one of the terrific ensemble shows of the 80s. One favorite episode involved a time traveler who became awestruck upon hearing Dietrich's name--"You're THAT Arthur Dietrich?!" Confirming all of his fans suspicions that he was really something special.
Allison Hannigan was the perfect nerd as Willow--always there to hack into a computer when necessary in the early days or cast a spell as she matured. "Buffy" wouldn't have been the same without her. But I don't think EVERY series needs a lesbian.
Bruce Campbell really learned how to be comfortable standing in front of a camera and just talking rather than screaming in pain as Brisco--it was a wonderful quirky show. sigh. Another one bites the dust.
John Astin was Gomez Addams on THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the adult version of THE MUNSTERS. Wild eyed and always sporting a frenzied grin, he was the perfect embodiment of Charles Addams' cartoons come to life.
Darren McGavin roamed the oddest places looking for creatures that went bump in the night--and he always found them too. KOLCHAK; THE NIGHT STALKER served as the inspiration for THE X-FILES and its original monster of the week premise.
Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris was the only one of the Scoobies who had to get by without any supernatural powers, but that never stopped him from getting in their when the mystical fur started flying on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
David Rasche WAS Sledge, a parody of every Dirty Harry type of cop ever to hit the screen--he even slept with his gun on a lace pillow in bed next to him. My favorite episode came at the end of the first season when they thought the show had been cancelled: Sledge accidentally nuked Los Angeles and himself along with it. Trouble was they were given a second season!
Steven Franken was the epitome of a every spoiled little rich kid as Chatsworth on THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLES. He replaced Warren Beatty as Dobie's nemesis but obviously he role wasn't that of the rich handsome jock. He was more of a silly petulant mama's boy, and I just loved the character.
Lucy Lawless of course in the title role. My Xena was the one from the first 3 or 4 years--after that the show went off on a tangent and forgot what had made it watchable. It lost it's sense of fun almost completely although 2 of my favorite episodes are from the latter years, namely; "In Sickness and in Hell" in which Joxer saves the day after both Xena and Gaby get so sick and lice infested that the town they are supposed to save almost votes to kill THEM, and 'Old Ares Had a Farm" from the last season, in which a powerless Ares has to be hidden from everyone who wants him dead. To me "Old Ares" is really the finale episode of the show because with it the series went full circle and returned to its roots.