Most Memorable Career Criminals in TV History

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Paul Spector
> Show: The Fall
> Played by: Jamie Dornan

Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) is a chilling serial killer that plagues protagonist Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) in “The Fall”. Though the audience is clued in to Spector’s murderous ways at the beginning of the series, he maintains his outward appearance as a father, family man, and grief counselor.

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Tony Soprano
> Show: The Sopranos
> Played by: James Gandolfini

A mobster, a father, a husband, and a therapy patient, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is one of the most beloved TV criminals of all time. The audience is faced with an ever-morphing moral dilemma of support for Soprano, as they witness his crimes while watching him emotionally unravel in his therapist’s office. Gandolfini won a Golden Globe Award, Emmy Awards, and many other awards for his acting in “The Sopranos.”

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The Governor
> Show: The Walking Dead
> Played by: David Morrissey

One of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) most memorable foes, The Governor (David Morrissey) terrorized and murdered a number of characters on “The Walking Dead.” Like other popular TV criminals, viewers witnessed the Governor’s tragic backstory, forcing them to grapple with feelings of sympathy for his criminal character.

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> Show: The Walking Dead
> Played by: Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan earned a Critic’s Choice Award, MTV Movie Award, and Saturn Award for his role as Negan. Armed with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, lovingly named “Lucille,” Negan was the tyrannical leader of the Saviors, antagonists to Rick and his zombie-apocalypse survivor group in “The Walking Dead.” Negan’s character evolves as the show progresses, eventually demonstrating several instances of redemption.

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Avon Barksdale
> Show: The Wire
> Played by: Wood Harris

Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris) is one of the most prominent drug kingpins throughout multiple seasons of “The Wire.” During season one, Barksdale is the primary antagonist, his criminal organization seemingly unstoppable. Barksdale eventually lands in prison, but despite incarceration, Barksdale runs his crime group remotely, with the assistance of Stringer Bell (Idris Elba).

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