The 35 Best Fictional Presidents in Movies and TV

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Merkin Muffley
> TV show/movie: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)
> Portrayed by: Peter Sellers

“Dr. Strangelove” is a black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Peter Sellers played several roles, including President Merkin Muffley and the eponymous mad scientist Dr. Strangelove.

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The President
> TV show/movie: “Fail Safe” (1964)
> Portrayed by: Henry Fonda

“Fail Safe” is a Cold War thriller in which the president has to try to prevent a nuclear war after U.S. bombers are sent in error to destroy Moscow.

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William Harrison Mitchell
> TV show/movie: “Dave” (1993)
> Portrayed by: Kevin Kline

Kline portrays both President Mitchell and Dave, a man hired to impersonate him after he has a stroke will having sex with a staffer.

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The President
> TV show/movie: “Advise & Consent” (1962)
> Portrayed by: Franchot Tone

“Advise & Consent” is a political drama film about the nomination process for a secretary of state. The title is a phrase describing the power of the Senate to approve treaties and government appointments.

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Selina Meyer
> TV show/movie: “Veep” (2012-2019)
> Portrayed by: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

In this satirical political series, Louis-Dreyfus builds her power as the titular “veep” and becomes president when the incumbent resigns. She loses a subsequent election, but schemes to return to the Oval Office and eventually succeeds.

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