This paper deals with correlations between the viscoelastic impedance of entangled actin networks and the slow conformational dynamics and diffusive motions of single filaments. The single filament dynamics is visualized and analysed by analysing the Brownian motion of attached colloidal beads, which enables independent measurements of characteristic viscoelastic response times such as the entanglement and reptation times. We further studied the frequency–dependent viscoelastic impedance of active actin–heavy–meromyosin II networks by magnetic–tweezers microrheometry to gain insight into the effect of such highly dynamic and force–generating crosslinkers (exhibiting bond lifetimes of less than 1 s) on the rheological properties. We show that at high frequencies (higher than 1 Hz) the viscoelastic loss modulus is slightly increased relative to the entangled network (associated with an increase in the energy dissipated during mechanical excitations), while at low frequencies the plateau of the impedance spectrum becomes more pronounced as a consequence of the cross–linking of the network and the suppression of the terminal regime. Our data provide evidence that the myosin motor protein may play a role as softener of the actin cortex, enabling the adaptive reduction of the yield stress of cells and thus facilitating cellular deformations.