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The best portrayals of U.S. presidents in film and TV

Yardbarker Logo By Matt Sulem of Yardbarker | Slide 2 of 45: As America’s first president, George Washington has seen a lot of screen time since his term from 1789 to 1797. (Of course, not so much in the first 100 years or so when screens weren’t really a thing.) Washington has been played by everyone from Joseph Kilgour in a handful of silent films in the early 20th century and Jon Voight in the 2008 comedy “An American Carol,” to Peter Graves, Adam West, Jeff Daniels and Kelsey Grammar (pictured) in TV movies. Barry Bostwick and David Morse also played George in a pair of miniseries, while Brian Dennehy and Walter Cronkite provided his voice in two miniseries of their own. Daniels and Bostwick appeared in the most acclaimed roles — in 1984’s “George Washington” and 2000’s “The Crossing,” respectively — with both earning Emmy nominations, the latter winning a Peabody Award.

George Washington

As America’s first president, George Washington has seen a lot of screen time since his term from 1789 to 1797. (Of course, not so much in the first 100 years or so when screens weren’t really a thing.) Washington has been played by everyone from Joseph Kilgour in a handful of silent films in the early 20th century and Jon Voight in the 2008 comedy “An American Carol,” to Peter Graves, Adam West, Jeff Daniels and Kelsey Grammar (pictured) in TV movies. Barry Bostwick and David Morse also played George in a pair of miniseries, while Brian Dennehy and Walter Cronkite provided his voice in two miniseries of their own. Daniels and Bostwick appeared in the most acclaimed roles — in 1984’s “George Washington” and 2000’s “The Crossing,” respectively — with both earning Emmy nominations, the latter winning a Peabody Award.

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