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American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures 

Mike Rothschild
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Updated April 14, 2020 233.3k votes 13.7k voters 58.7k 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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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 72

Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States of America

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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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 72

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

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 85

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer, whose career spans seven decades of television. She is best known for her groundbreaking comedy ...more

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 93

Birthplace: Poplar, London, United Kingdom

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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 71

Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States of America

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 79

Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

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Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 67

Birthplace: Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Judy Sheindlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 76

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

Judith Susan Sheindlin (née Blum; October 21, 1942), known professionally as Judge Judy, is an American prosecution lawyer, former Manhattan family court judge, television personality, ...more

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Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 68

Birthplace: Hayes, Hillingdon, United Kingdom

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Cheryl Ladd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 67

Birthplace: Huron, South Dakota, United States of America

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Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 81

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 69

Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

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Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 95

Birthplace: Darrington, Washington, United States of America

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Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 80

Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

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Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 69

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 63

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

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Larry King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 85

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

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Birthplace: Mirfield, United Kingdom

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Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
ColinBoddy added Age: 64

Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, United States of America

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