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AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List

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List of AFI Life Achievement Award winners from every year the award has been given out. All AFI Life Achievement Award winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the AFI Life Achievement Award award are listed along with photos for every AFI Life Achievement Award winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the AFI Life Achievement Award award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the AFI Life Achievement Award are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of AFI Life Achievement Award winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of AFI Life Achievement Award winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known AFI Life Achievement Award winners of all time. Anybody who won the AFI Life Achievement Award usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the AFI Life Achievement Award-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the AFI Life Achievement Award, so most of the famous AFI Life Achievement Award winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won AFI Life Achievement Award?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. Use this fact-based list to build your own just like it that fits your opinions of where everything should be ranked. This list has a variety of items in it, from Shirley MacLaine to Orson Welles. (39 items)
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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Barbara Stanwyck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (; April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television, and theater. With a career spanning 60 years, she is regarded as one of ...more

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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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David Lean is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
Eldred Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003) was an American actor. He was one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. Peck received five Academy Award for Best Actor ...more

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning five decades. Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor. He also appeared in ...more

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Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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John Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
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Lillian Gish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list AFI Life Achievement Award Winners List
Lillian Diana Gish (October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993) was an American pioneering actress of the screen and stage, as well as a director and writer. Her film acting career spanned 75 years, ...more