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American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures 

Mike Rothschild
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Updated March 22, 2020 229.7k votes 13.6k voters 56.6k views 771 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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 62

Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars ...more

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 88

Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

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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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 97

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America

Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with the longest television career of any entertainer, spanning 80 years. Regarded as a pioneer of ...more

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Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 93

Birthplace: West Plains, Missouri, United States of America

Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and dancer, whose entertainment career has spanned seven decades. He first gained recognition on radio and ...more

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Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 78

Birthplace: Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America

Carlos Ray Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he won many martial arts championships ...more

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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 92

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

Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926), known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, ...more

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Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 100

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

William Franklin Graham Jr. (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became ...more

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 88

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and politician. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with ...more

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 56

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster (born November 19, 1962) is an American actress, director, and producer. She has received two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, two ...more

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Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 82

Birthplace: New York City, Brooklyn Heights, USA, New York

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 72

Birthplace: USA, Pasadena, California

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Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 74

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Thomas William Selleck (born January 29, 1945) is an American actor, film producer, and California Army National Guard veteran. He is most known for starring as private investigator Thomas ...more

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Sandra Day O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 88

Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States of America

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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 72

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

Sylvester Enzio Stallone (; born Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, July 6, 1946) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. After his beginnings as a struggling actor for a ...more

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John Glenn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
voting closed at #116 Dec. at 95 (1921-2016)

Birthplace: USA, Cambridge Township, Cambridge, Ohio

John Herschel Glenn Jr. (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016) was a United States Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut, businessman, and politician. He was the first American to orbit the ...more

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Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 77

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

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Heather Locklear is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 57

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

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Marie Osmond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 59

Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States of America

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 93

Birthplace: England, Poplar, London

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Diane Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 73

Birthplace: Glasgow, Kentucky, United States of America

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Cheryl Tiegs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 71

Birthplace: Breckenridge, Minnesota, United States of America

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 73

Birthplace: Sevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

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Donny Osmond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 61

Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States of America

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 74

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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