The 10 Best Commissioner Gordon Actors, According To Ranker

The 10 Best Commissioner Gordon Actors, According To Ranker

Plans for a GCPD spinoff starring Jeffrey Wright might have been canceled but fans can at least find solace in the fact that Jeffrey Wright will return in the sequel of The Batman. The actor’s performance as the GCPD lawman, James Gordon (who was lieutenant at this stage) was well received by both fans and critics.

Despite Wright having only one Batman movie under his belt, fans already consider him one of the best actors to play law enforcement officer, at least according to Ranker. Among the brilliant portrayals of one of Batman’s most trusted allies are some well-known TV and movie names as well as notable voice actors.


9 Ted Knight – Batman/Superman Hour (1986-69)

Split image showing Bat family members and Jim Gordon

The army veteran’s resume mostly consists of comedic roles in projects such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Too Close for Comfort. He also has voice credits in various Hanna-Barbera shows.

Despite playing what is normally a serious character, Ted Knight keeps his fanbase satisfied by maintaining the same comedic approach that made him famous. As Commissioner Gordon, the actor delivers all jokes perfectly while also maintaining the professionalism required of his character, and as some who has been typecast as a figure of authority for most of his career, voicing Commissioner Gordon may seem like child’s play for him.

8 Pat Hingle – Burtonverse & Schumacherverse

Pat Hingle as Commissioner Jim Gordon smiling at the arrival of Batman in the Batwing in Batman Forever

Pat Hingle has credits in over 100 movies and TV shows, including a regular cast member in Clint Eastwood’s movies. He took on the part of Commissioner Gordon in Joel Schumacher’s and Tim Burton’s Batman movies.

Hingle’s appearance on the list isn’t surprising because he gets all the basics of Commissioner Gordon right and sticks to them. His character keeps things simple by catching up with Caped Crusader at various intervals and updating him on what’s going on in the city. Since he appears in four different Batman movies, there is presumably a higher number of people that have watched him than his counterparts.

7 Mitch Pileggi – Batman: The Brave And The Bold (2008-11) & The Batman TV Series (2004 – 2008)

JIm Gordon warns thieves in the animated series The Batman

Mitch Pileggi is best known for Ernest Darby in Sons of Anarchy, He also made appearances in some of the most highly-rated episodes of the X-Files as the FBI Assistant Director, Walter Skinner.

Pileggi has his fans because he voices two rather different animated versions of Commissioner Gordon. The 2004 series was incredibly dark and edgy, whereas Batman: The Brave And The Bold was more camp in tone and more goofiness. Pileggi manages to nail down both versions well in the eyes of Ranker fans.

6 David Selby – The Dark Knight Returns (2012)

James Gordon in The Dark Knight Returns

David Selby’s best-known role is that of Richard Channing on the soap opera, Falcon Crest. He doubles as an author too, having written numerous pieces of poetry, memoirs, and books.

Selby finds himself in a unique position where he voices a version of Commissioner Gordon that’s 70 years old because events occur in a timeline where Batman is in his 50s. What audiences seem to love the most about him is that he makes Gordon’s age very believably, making him more sympathetic to see him weakened with age.

5 Neil Hamilton – Batman (1966 – 1968)

Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Jim Gordon calling Batman via the red Bat-phone in the 1966 series

In a career sprouting from the Silent Era all the way to the Technicolor era, Neil Hamilton got to star in over 250 movies and TV shows. He can also boast of being the actor to have had the most appearances as Jim Gordon. Hamilton appeared in all 120 episodes of the Batman ’66 series.

Thanks to years of experience, Hamilton gives a solid performance as a lawman all through. He easily switches between over-the-top seriousness and comedy, delivering one-liners and orders in equally brilliant fashion. Additionally, Hamilton is impossible to forget because he seems to break the fourth wall from time to time and speaks to audiences, which must have bought him extra love with Ranker fans.

4 Jeffrey Wright – The Batman (2022)

Jeffrey Wright’s breakout role was that of one of James Bond’s closest allies, the CIA agent, Felix Leiter. He has also had numerous other supporting roles in blockbusters over the past decade.

Wright does a lot for inclusivity. Through him, DC once again emphasizes the point that switching the race of any iconic character is something that should be the norm rather than the exception. Out of all iterations, he is the one that gets to work the closest with Batman. His dynamics with Robert Pattinson’s Batman have been a hit with DC fans and Ranker users alike.

3 Bob Hastings – Batman: The Animated Series (1992-95) & Superman: The Animated Series (1996-2000)

Batman and Gordon stand off against an evil goat in Batman The Animated Series

Bob Hastings is one of few actors who got to voice characters in radio, TV, and film. Fans best remember him as Lt. Elroy Carpenter on the ABC series, McHale’s Navy.

The general voicework in Batman: The Animated Series has always received praise and Hastings contributed greatly to that. It could be argued that Hastings gives Gordon the most authoritative tone. And out of all the Commissioner Gordon voice actors, Hastings’ voice is the most familiar one since he is featured in multiple episodes of a TV series rather than an animated movie or two.

2 Ben McKenzie – Gotham (2014 – 2019)

Ben McKenzie rose to prominence after being cast as the troubled youngster, Ryan Atwood, in the teen drama, The O.C. He also doubles as an author.

McKenzie proves to Ranker fans to be convincing as a younger version of the character in Gotham. In the series, McKenzie establishes himself as somewhat of an action star too because it’s his character that mostly gets to deal with the criminals rather than Batman.

1 Gary Oldman – The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005 – 2012)


Gary Oldman is an actor that cannot just be defined by one role since he has had numerous great performances. His movies have also earned over $11 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time (via Collider).

It’s no surprise that Ranker fans think of the most decorated actor on the list as also the best one to ever play Commissioner Gordon. The A-Lister has everything about Gordon nailed down. Yet part of the reason Oldman is the most popular is that he gets to appear in the most beloved critically acclaimed Batman movies of all time.

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