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American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures 

Mike Rothschild
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Updated April 14, 2020 234.2k votes 13.9k voters 59.3k views 574 items

List Rules Only living figures who are still in the public eye.

America's national treasures work in different fields, are of different generations, and all have different stories to tell. But all of their stories are that of America itself. Some are media moguls, others are entertainers that nobody can bring themselves to hate. A few are politicians that have enormous influence and cultural cachet, even if you completely disagree with everything they believe in. But what they have in common is that they exemplify the American spirit, can-do attitude, and our cultural heritage. They also do really great on talk shows. They're US national treasures and are loved by just about everyone.

These likable celebrities and public figures who are national treasures are the ones that, love them or hate them, can't get enough of them or totally sick of them, truly show what it means to be American. To take risks, to give back, to never give up, to be in control of their environment, and to know exactly what to say at the right time.

If you can think of other broadly popular Americans who qualify as national treasures for the people of the USA, feel free to add them to the list!

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 68

Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, filmmaker, and writer. He first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that ...more

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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 71

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

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Stan Lee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
voting closed at #4 Dec. at 95 (1922-2018)

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber ; December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer. He rose through the ranks of a family-run ...more

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Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
voting closed at #27 ColinBoddy added Dec. at 84 (1935-2019)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Diahann Carroll (born July 17, 1935) is an American actress, singer and model. She rose to stardom in performances in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts, including ...more

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 77

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 69

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Linda Blair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 60

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

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Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 93

Birthplace: West Plains, Missouri, USA

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Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 57

Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 88

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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Calista Flockhart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 54

Birthplace: Freeport, USA, Illinois

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Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 78

Birthplace: Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America

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James Caan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 69

Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey, United States of America

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 72

Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 81

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

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Debbie Gibson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 48

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis

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Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 82

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 56

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 54

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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Angie Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 87

Birthplace: USA, Kulm, North Dakota

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Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 74

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 69

Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States of America

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