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The Greatest Entertainers of All Time 

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List Rules Only individual people. No bands or group acts. Vote up the entertainers who put on the most riveting live shows.

When it comes to the greatest entertainers of all time, we're truly blessed to live in an age where technology allows us access to so many of these greats. Here you'll find a list of famous live entertainers who put on some of the best shows in recent history. Among them you'll find perhaps the most entertaining people on the planet, from singers to comedians.

Of course, many of the greatest entertainers to date were singers or musicians, or even dancing singers, such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Prince. However, you also have to consider top comedians and TV personalities, such as Jerry Seinfeld and Johnny Carson, respectively. 

Join the conversation about which were the best entertainers ever by voting for your favorites. Whether you were lucky enough to actually see one of their shows in person or have just enjoyed their talents through recordings, which ones do you think rank among the greatest entertainers ever to set foot on a stage?

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Age: 79

Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

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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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant ...more

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the ...more

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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)

Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States of America

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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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Harlem

Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, musician, dancer, actor, vaudevillian, comedian and activist known for his impressions of actors, musicians and ...more

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th ...more

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Susan Bertolini added Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

Birthplace: Walworth, United Kingdom

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through ...more

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America

Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is ...more

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Age: 76

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New ...more

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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Susan Bertolini added Age: 72

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential ...more

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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States of America

Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian, model, entertainment studio executive and producer. She was the star of the self-produced ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Susan Bertolini added Dec. at 81 (1899-1980)

Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known ...more

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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Susan Bertolini added Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

Birthplace: Modena, Italy

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American actress, singer, dancer, and vaudevillian. During a career that spanned 45 years, she attained international ...more

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Age: 60

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

Madonna Louise Ciccone (, Italian: [tʃikˈkoːne]; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, ...more

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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's ...more

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Susan Bertolini added 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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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

Birthplace: Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced ...more

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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Scott Merritt added Age: 85

Birthplace: USA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author. Wilder began his ...more

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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Age: 72

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

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He won and was ...more

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as simply Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow ...more

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Age: 88

Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer, who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, and three ...more

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Scott Merritt added Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

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

Humphrey DeForest Bogart (; December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American film and theater actor. His performances in numerous films from the Classical Hollywood era made him a cultural ...more

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