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Who's Our Favorite David?

Y'all, the Andrew race was CLOSE. Everybody had so many votes that I had to double-check the counts. As we get further into these, I love seeing how the choice becomes less and less obvious. Case in point, I never would've predicted the winning Andrew.

Your favorite Andrew is...

Andy Garcia!

I can see why, but I never would've guessed it. And big ups to my boy Andy Samberg for coming in second. (That's weird... he's not my boy; he was just my vote.) Now on to our next contest.

Below are a dozen Davids. I know; it's ridiculous. Truth: I had to cut over ten. So many niche Davids. Still, there's not a mainstream standout, and after last week's Andrew McCarthy debacle, I couldn't cut it down any further. Hopefully your favorite made the list!

So buckle up, guys! Let's do this!


David Boreanaz

Where We've Seen Him

Bones, Angel, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Why We Love Him

Cult shows lead to cult loves. If you're into Buffy, this David has been on your radar for a long time. I know zero things about him, but here's a fun (?) fact: he had to postpone his wedding because of the September 11th attacks. Cool.


Dave Chappelle

Where We've Seen Him

happelle's Show mostly, but also his standup and Tom Hanks' best friend on You've Got Mail.

Why We Love Him

Not many people are funnier. His perspective is interesting and subversive, and he's one of the most talented standup comedians around. His monologue for his recent stint hosting Saturday Night Live was one of my favorites. Yes, he's not for everybody, but the pop culture landscape wouldn't be the same without him.


David Duchovny

Where We've Seen Him

On TV, we have The X-Files, Californication, and Aquarius plus my personal movie favorites Return to Me and the tiny but memorable part in Beethoven.

Why We Love Him

He's handsome and talented and in one of the most beloved cult favorites of all time. Any time you can ship a character and his co-star, extra points are involved, so the Duchovny love is real. He's also super brainy with an undergrad from Princeton and a Master's in English Literature from Yale. (Yawn.) And he's a poet. (Double yawn.) And speaks French, Hebrew, and Latin. I'll stop now.


Dave Franco

Where We've Seen Him

21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Neighbors, Neighbors 2... you get the idea.

Why We Love Him

I know exactly two things about him: 1) he's James Franco's brother, and 2) he's engaged to Alison Brie. And frankly the internet doesn't say much more, so if you're a fan and know more, please share. Because apparently a lot of people love Dave Franco. I'm still making a call slash I don't think I'd recognize him if I passed him on the street.


David Hasselhoff

Where We've Seen Him

Baywatch, Knight Rider, and somehow everything else everywhere.

Why We Love Him

I missed the Hasselhoff appeal, but he's too much of an icon to leave him out. He acts, scuba dives, parachutes, runs a lovely charity for kids, and is one of the most successful recording artists in Germany. He's for real rescued a kid from drowning, a man from a burning car, and probably a hundred animals that have gone undocumented. And he hasn't aged a day. Well.. a few days. But very few days. There's no one like him.


David Letterman

Where We've Seen Him

On our TVs late at night for over 30 years.

Why We Love Him

Some people don't like his abrasive style, but I adore how he treats everyone with the delicacy of King Kong. He went from being a weatherman to a writer to a standup comedian who made many appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He was so successful there that he became the permanent substitute host, many thinking he was a shoe-in for Johnny's spot when he retired. Then Jay Leno threw a wrench in things, and he got the coveted slot while Dave followed him with his own late night show. Thankfully, he didn't let that stop him from fighting, and he moved to CBS to host The Late Show with David Letterman for over 20 years where he continued to create a new brand of late night that affects everything today. Yes, he's had some personal hiccups (every guy on this list has), but I've always been a fan. Plus did y'all know he's the person behind the production company Worldwide Pants? He was the executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond! I had no idea. I'm pretty sure he's retiring quite nicely hashtag dollars.


David Oyelowo

Where We've Seen Him

Selma, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Queen of Katwe, Interstellar, The Help, and Lincoln.

Why We Love Him

He hasn't been on the American radar for a crazy long time, but he has a resume that can go up against anyone's. Three Oscar-nominated films, two personal Golden Globe nominations, one Emmy nomination, a wife of almost 20 years, four kids, and he started his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. I mean gracious. His work is fantastic, and he's going to be around a really long time.


David Hyde Pierce

Where We've Seen Him

Frasier, The Good Wife, Wet Hot American Summer (both of them), and as Meg Ryan's brother in Sleepless in Seattle.

Why We Love Him

He started his career studying to be a concert pianist at Yale which feels very Nigel Crane, but when he got bored with the practicing, he did theater. His first real job? Frasier. So there's the end of that story. His performance was magical, winning him three Emmys, and you can't think of that show without picturing Niles and all of his Niles-ness. No one else could've brought that character to life the same way.


David Schwimmer

Where We've Seen Him

Friends, The People vs. OJ Simpson, LA Law, The Wonder Years, Blossom, and he had a great episode on 30 Rock as Greenzo, the opinionated environmental awareness character for NBC. 

Why We Love Him

Let's be real: a lot of people (myself sometimes included) think that Friends would've been just fine without Ross. Please don't hurt me. But when he was good, he was good. The episode where he whitens his teeth? Pivot? All of his scenes with Monica? When he wasn't whining, Ross was a great character. For Friends fans, he's a top pick.


David Spade

Where We've Seen Him

SNL, Joe Dirt, Rules of Engagement, 8 Simple Rules, Just Shoot Me, and Tommy Boy.

Why We Love Him

He's a very particular kind of funny. Some would say mean. But in a cast of SNL heavyweights, including Chris Farley, Chris Rock, and Adam Sandler, David Spade held his own, cementing himself as a comedic icon of the 90s. Oh, and his brother is married to Kate Spade. Yeah, the purse lady. WUT.


David Tennant

Where We've Seen Him

Doctor Who, Broadchurch (one of my favorite shows EVER), Jessica Jones, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire but just for a couple of minutes.

Why We Love Him

Stupid talented. He's SO GOOD. And guess what made him want to become an actor when he was just a kid? Doctor Who. Beautiful. In fact, he used to get in trouble in school because of his essays were about Doctor Who. I'm so obsessed with his obsession. Adorable. He's a standup guy with an interesting and varied career, and I want to see him in all the things forever.


David Walton

Where We've Seen Him

About a Boy, New Girl, and Masters of Sex.

Why We Love Him

His career has been slow going; he's been acting for only 14 years. There's not a lot to know about David Walton other than his work, but his long run as Jess' boyfriend, Sam, on New Girl, is perfect. And you might have skipped About a Boy when it was on TV, but it's on Netflix now and worth a rainy day binge. Nothing life-changing but delightfully charming. If you did watch it, you're glad he's on this list.


Voting is closed. David Tennant is your favorite!