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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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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 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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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Age: 76

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Age: 92

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Hermosa, Illinois

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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: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Susan Bertolini added Dec. at 72 (1935-2007)

Birthplace: Modena, Italy

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history. Known for his distinctive drawl, ...more

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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States of America

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Age: 76

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Age: 76

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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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

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)

Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States of America

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Age: 88

Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added Age: 73

Birthplace: Sevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

Birthplace: USA, Arkansas, Kingsland

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Age: 88

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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