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The Best At What They Do

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List Criteria: Currently active at What They Do (which is what you are voting on). OK if not at their peak as long as they haven't become hacks.

I give Maximum Respect to all on this list. Each is, IMHO, the best alive at What They Do. The list reflects my personal hobbies and interests and is certainly nowhere near comprehensive. Note: at present, this list is almost all Americans. As it grows, that will change, though it will likely always slant towards the U S of A for a number of different reasons, which I may elucidate on at some point.
List is not ranked by any particular metric - when I think of someone to add I just stick them at the bottom. I've turned on the VoteRank feature to let anyone vote on it and have it rerank once there are a decent amount of votes - but everyone on the list belongs.
<br>Updates: since the list was built I have sadly had to remove two people (Steve Jobs, Elmore Leonard) due to their passings. I also removed Aaron Sorkin as "writer of cinematic dialogue" due to the pompousness of his The Newsroom.
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    age 53 Political Satirist.

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    age 85 Film Auteur/All Around Talent

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    Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best At What They Do

    Bill Murray age 65 Comedic Actor.

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    Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best At What They Do

    Daniel Day-Lewis age 58 Dramatic Film Actor.

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    age 73 Film Director.

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    age 85 Businessman.

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    Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best At What They Do

    Tina Fey age 45 Comedic TV Producer.

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    age 82 Country Singer/Songwriter.

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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best At What They Do

    Bob Dylan age 74 Songwriter.

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    Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best At What They Do

    Bruce Springsteen age 66 Rock Performer.

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    Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best At What They Do

    Chris Rock age 50 Stand-up Comedian.

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    age 68 Talk Show Host.

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    71 Announcer.

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    age 68 Diplomat.

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    age 85 Jazz Musician.

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    Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best At What They Do

    Howard Stern age 61 Radio Personality.

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    age 82 Writer of Prose.

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    55 Boxing Trainer

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    Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best At What They Do

    Paul Krugman age 62 Political Columnist, Economist.

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    Robert Caro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best At What They Do

    Robert Caro 80 Biographer

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    55 Writer of Nonfiction, Current Events.

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    Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best At What They Do

    Neal Stephenson age 56 Historical and SciFi Novelist.

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    Jamband.

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