X-Men: All 5 Professor X actors ranked from worst to best

There have been more actors to portray the X-Men's Charles Xavier than you might think, but who played Professor X the best?
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3. Cedric Smith

Appeared in: X-Men: The Animated Series

If the Fox X-Men movie series isn't your definitive version of Marvel's mightiest mutants, there is a pretty high chance that the title belongs to X-Men: The Animated Series. The show produced one of the greatest adaptations of the source material yet, and it offered up what is perhaps the most beloved version of its title characters.

Charles Xavier is no exception to that, as the series naturally had him at the forefront of its central storylines, showcasing both his tragic past and his commitment to helping others as he worked towards a future in which humans and mutants could coexist in peace. Cedric Smith was tasked with bringing him to life and it's safe to say he pulled it off.

There is an elegance in Smith's voice that just embodied the nature of the esteemed professor and he portrayed the character with nuance, with his commitment to highlighting the complexities of Professor X coming across in every word. It's very powerful and it ensured that X-Men: The Animated Series always delivered in the emotional department, because Charles is very much at the center of it. Smith can also rise to the challenge when presented with even more attention-grabbing material, thriving in situations where the normally-reserved Charles unleashes his darker side, too.

You could listen to this version of Charles Xavier talk all day, and that's exactly how you know Cedric Smith understood the assignment.