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The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

Updated May 7, 2021 308.9k votes 18.5k voters 132.7k views362 items

List RulesVote up the entertainers - only individual people, no bands or group acts - who put on the most riveting show.

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, 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. 

For example, many people would consider Robin Williams to be one of the best performers of all time. He was a legendary comedian, and star of films such as Mrs. DoubtfireHookGood Will Hunting, and Dead Poets Society. Others might consider an Oscar-winning actor like Tom Hanks to be the best entertainer in the world. But you can still make your opinion known. 

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 of these greatest performers of all time do you think rank among the greatest entertainers ever to set foot on a stage?

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    Tina Turner

    1939-11-26

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    Michael Jackson

    1958-08-29

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    Johnny Cash

    1932-02-26

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    Charlie Chaplin

    1889-04-16

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    Freddie Mercury

    1946-09-05

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    Elvis Presley

    1935-01-08

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    Bette Davis

    1908-04-05

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    Louis Armstrong

    1901-08-04

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    Frank sinatra

    1915-12-12

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    Judy Garland

    1922-06-10

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    Aretha Franklin

    1942-03-25

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    Lucille Ball

    1911-08-06

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    Ray Charles

    1930-09-23

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    Paul McCartney

    1942-06-18

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    Audrey Hepburn

    1929-05-04

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    Betty White

    1922-01-17

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    Dolly Parton

    1946-01-19

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    David Bowie

    1947-01-08

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    Gene Wilder

    1933-06-11

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    Jimi Hendrix

    1942-11-27

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    Clint Eastwood

    1930-05-31

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    Dick Van Dyke

    1925-12-13

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