Happy Birthday, Mr. President! 28 Actors Who’ve Played Our Commanders In Chief

Thanks, Obama — for being born! Today marks the 55th birthday of our 44th Commander in Chief, Barack Obama. He already — — so we’re not sure what birthday present could possibly be better. But as Obama’s presidency comes to a close, there’s no question that there are already hordes of movie deals being shopped around Hollywood’s inner circles about him.

Obama has already been widely portrayed on shows like Saturday Night Live and Key and Peele, butI’m excited to see what stories directors and screenwriters will choose to tell about our leader after he steps out of the Oval Office. Better yet, which young actors will be tapped to play our nation’s first African American President.

Below is a list of 28 actors who have played United States presidents in various movies, shows and miniseries:

1. Kelsey Grammer — George Washington

Kelsey Grammer as George Washington.
Kelsey Grammer as George Washington.
  • TV Movie: Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor
  • Year: 2003

2. Jeff Daniels — George Washington

Jeff Daniels as George Washington.
Jeff Daniels as George Washington.
  • Movie: The Crossing
  • Year: 2000

3. Paul Giamatti — John Adams

Paul Giamatti as John Adams.
Paul Giamatti as John Adams.
  • Miniseries: John Adams
  • Year: 2008

4. Anthony Hopkins — John Quincy Adams

Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams.
Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams.
  • Movie: Amistad
  • Year: 1997

5. Daniel Day-Lewis — Abraham Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.
Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.
  • Movie: Lincoln
  • Year: 2012

6. Kevin Kline — Ulysses S. Grant

Kevin Kline as Ulysses S. Grant.
Kevin Kline as Ulysses S. Grant.
  • Movie: Wild Wild West
  • Year: 1999

7. Robin Williams — Theodore Roosevelt

Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt.
Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Franchise: Night at the Museum
  • Years: 2006-2014

    8. Jon Voight — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Jon Voight as Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Jon Voight as Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Movie: Pearl Harbor
  • Year: 2001

9. Bill Murray — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Movie: Hyde Park on Hudson
  • Year: 2012

10. Robin Williams — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • Movie: The Butler
  • Year: 2013

11. Martin Sheen — John F. Kennedy

Martin Sheen as John F. Kennedy.
Martin Sheen as John F. Kennedy.
  • TV Movie: Kennedy
  • Year: 1983

12. Greg Kinnear — John F. Kennedy

Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy.
Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy.
  • TV Movie: The Kennedys
  • Year: 2011

13. Rob Lowe — John F. Kennedy

Rob Lowe as John F. Kennedy.
Rob Lowe as John F. Kennedy.
  • TV Movie: Killing Kennedy
  • Year: 2013

14. James Marsden — John F. Kennedy

James Marsden as John F. Kennedy.
James Marsden as John F. Kennedy.
  • Movie: The Butler
  • Year: 2013

15. Michael Gambon — Lyndon B. Johnson

Michael Gambon as Lyndon B. Johnson.
Michael Gambon as Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • Movie: Path to War
  • Year: 2002

16. Liev Schreiber — Lyndon B. Johnson

Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson.
Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • Movie: The Butler
  • Year: 2013

17. Bryan Cranston — Lyndon B. Johnson

Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson.
Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • Movie: All The Way
  • Year: 2016

18. Anthony Hopkins — Richard Nixon

Anthony Hopkins as Richard Nixon.
Anthony Hopkins as Richard Nixon.
  • Movie: Nixon
  • Year: 1995

19. Dan Hedaya — Richard Nixon

Dan Hedaya as Richard Nixon.
Dan Hedaya as Richard Nixon.
  • Movie: Dick
  • Year: 1999

20. Frank Langella — Richard Nixon

Frank Langella as Richard Nixon.
Frank Langella as Richard Nixon.
  • Movie: Frost/Nixon
  • Year: 2008

21. John Cusack — Richard Nixon

John Cusack as Richard Nixon.
John Cusack as Richard Nixon.
  • Movie: The Butler
  • Year: 2013

22. Kevin Spacey — Richard Nixon

Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon.
Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon.
  • Movie: Elvis & Nixon
  • Year: 2016

23. James Brolin — Ronald Reagan

James Brolin as Ronald Reagan.
James Brolin as Ronald Reagan.
  • TV Movie: The Reagans
  • Year: 2002

24. Alan Rickman — Ronald Reagan

Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan.
Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan.
  • Movie: The Butler
  • Year: 2013

25. Bruce Campbell — Ronald Reagan

Bruce Campbell as Ronald Reagan.
Bruce Campbell as Ronald Reagan.
  • Show: Fargo
  • Year: 2015

26. James Cromwell — George H.W. Bush

James Cromwell as George H.W. Bush.
James Cromwell as George H.W. Bush.
  • Movie: W.
  • Year: 2008

27. Dennis Quaid — Bill Clinton

Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton.
Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton.
  • Movie: The Special Relationship
  • Year: 2002

28. Josh Brolin — George W. Bush

Josh Brolin as George W. Bush.
Josh Brolin as George W. Bush.
  • Movie: W.
  • Year: 2008

Keep rocking on, Mr. President. And happy birthday from those of us at Movie Pilot!

Who actor do you think should play Barack Obama in any upcoming movies? Let us know in the comments section!

Looking good, Mr. President.

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