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American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures  

Mike Rothschild
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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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
age 62
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch ...more
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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added age 79
Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is an internationally recognized singer, songwriter, and actress. She is originally from the United States, and has been a Swiss citizen ...more
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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added age 70
William Edward Crystal (born March 14, 1948) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 80s for television roles as ...more
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Stan Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
voting closed at #4 Dec. at 95 (1922-2018)
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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Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added age 71
Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. (born November 17, 1944) is an American actor, director, producer, and filmmaker. He gained prominence for his portrayal of the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the ...more
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Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added age 64
Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American filmmaker and actor. Howard first came to prominence as a child actor, guest starring in several television series, most notably in an ...more
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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
voting closed at #3 ColinBoddy added Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Born in Chicago, Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during ...more
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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
age 68
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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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. His career has spanned more than seven decades, and he has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and ...more
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
age 74
Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. ...more
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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Henry Franklin Winkler OBE (born October 30, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, director, producer, and author. He played the role of greaser Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, the ...more
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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is an American actress and director. She is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden ...more
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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Carole King (born Carol Joan Klein, February 9, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter who has been active since 1958, initially as one of the staff songwriters at the Brill Building and later ...more
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Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Michael Andrew Fox (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, film producer and activist with a film and television career ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added age 63
Caryn Elaine Johnson (born November 13, 1955), known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg (), is an American actor, comedian, author, and television personality. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy ...more
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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
voting closed at #9 Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)
Maya Angelou ( (listen); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, ...more
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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first ...more
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Garrison Keillor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
age 76
Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor (born August 7, 1942) is an American author, storyteller, humorist, voice actor, and radio personality. He is best known as the creator of the Minnesota ...more
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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
age 53
Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor, producer and singer. His career has been characterized by critical and popular notoriety in his youth, followed by a period of ...more
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her ...more
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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added age 71
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which ...more
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Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946) is an American actress and singer. Best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in Cabaret (1972), she is known for her energetic stage presence ...more
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Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American country singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in ...more
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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
age 69
Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz (; born October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer. She is best known for her engaging portraits—particularly of celebrities—which often feature ...more
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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
age 69
Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her ...more