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July 11, 2011


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Howard Wasserman

Besides the ones you mentioned, how about Henry Fonda in "Fail Safe"?

Colin Miller

"24" might have had the best and worst President in the same show. Best: Dennis Haysbert's David Palmer; Worst: Gregory Itzin's Charles Logan.

Here's another one for best President: Harrison Ford's James Marshall from "Air Force One."

And Martin Sheen might have been the best President ever ("West Wing") and the worst: Greg Stillson in "The Dead Zone."

As for Prime Minister: Best: Hugh Grant from "Love Actually; Worst: Penelope Wilton's Harriet Jones from "Dr. Who."

As for best portrayal of an actual PM. Well, that might be coming later this year:

Howard Wasserman

If Hugh Grant is the best PM, then Billy Bob Thornton is the worst president from the same movie.

Saurabh Vishnubhakat

Enthusiastic second for Martin Sheen in "The West Wing."

As for portrayals of real British prime ministers, I'd add to the discussion Albert Finney's perfectly jowled Winston Churchill in "The Gathering Storm" and David Morrissey's smoldering Gordon Brown in "The Deal" (though the latter was set prior to Brown's accession).

Jacqui Lipton

Meryl Streep as Maggie Thatcher - wow!
But how could you not have a soft spot for Harriet Jones??

Jeff Yates

Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin in 'Battlestar Galactica'.

Jacqui Lipton

And wasn't she also the First Lady in "Independence Day"? That would have made a good trivia question...

Jeff Yates

Jacqui, I believe that is correct - I had totally forgotten that role :-)

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