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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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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 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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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Age: Died at 83 (1915-1998)

Birthplace: Hoboken, USA, New Jersey

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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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1963-2012)

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and ...more

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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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Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Fred Astaire (born May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the most influential dancer in the ...more

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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

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

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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Prince is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 57 (1958-2016)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was ...more

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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Susan Bertolini added Age: 72

Birthplace: USA, Cincinnati, Ohio

Steven Allan Spielberg (; born December 18, 1946) is an American filmmaker. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era and one of the most popular directors and ...more

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Age: 92

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" ...more

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)

Birthplace: Winterset, USA, Iowa

Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor, filmmaker, and Presidential ...more

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996)

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an African-American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her ...more

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Age: 78

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

Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940), known professionally as Al Pacino, is an American actor and filmmaker who has had a career spanning more than five decades. He has received numerous ...more

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Marlon Brando Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor and film director. With a career spanning 60 years, he is well-regarded for his cultural influence on 20th-century film. ...more

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Age: 76

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars film series and as the title character of the Indiana Jones ...more

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Age: 68

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music, ...more

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 55 (1925-1980)

Birthplace: Southsea, England

Peter Sellers, CBE (born Richard Henry Sellers; 8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an English film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, ...more

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Hermosa, Illinois

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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Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Susan Bertolini added Dec. at 100 (1903-2003)

Birthplace: Eltham, London, United Kingdom

Leslie Townes Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), known professionally as Bob Hope, was an American stand-up comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. ...more

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Age: 75

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

Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. (, Italian: [de ˈniːro]; born August 17, 1943) is an American-Italian actor, producer, and director. He is a recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy ...more

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Ed Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Susan Bertolini added Dec. at 73 (1901-1974)

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

Edward Vincent Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American television personality, sports and entertainment reporter, and syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News ...more