Top 10 Hercule Poirot Actors, Ranked

Characterized by his eccentricities, the iconic mustache and his “little gray cells'” that enable him to solve even the most complex of cases, the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot — brought to life by renowned British writer Agatha Christie — is perhaps one of the most iconic literary characters to appear on screen. Since the mustachioed sleuth made his debut in Christie’s 1920 novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the fastidious detective has penetrated virtually every form of entertainment, including theater, video games, TV and, of course, film. The affable yet sardonic genius became such a prominent addition to pop culture that — following the character’s demise in Christine’s last novel, Curtain, in 1975 — the New York Times published an obituary, considered the only real obituary for a fictional character.

​ A Haunting in Venice landed in theaters, necessitating the question of which actor did Poirot most justice. Alfred Molina? Albert Finney? 

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