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The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

Updated December 31, 2020 298.0k votes 16.3k voters 119.0k views583 items

List RulesOnly 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 Jackson1
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    Michael Jackson

    Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

    BirthplaceUSA, Indiana, Gary

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  • Tina Turner2
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  • Freddie Mercury3
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    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

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  • Elvis Presley4
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    Elvis Presley

    Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, USA

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    Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

    BirthplaceWalworth, United Kingdom

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  • Paul McCartney6
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    Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)

    BirthplaceLowell, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    BirthplaceSevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Johnny Cash11
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    Johnny Cash

    Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

    BirthplaceKingsland, Arkansas, United States of America

    John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American...  more

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  • Judy Garland12
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    Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • Sammy Davis, Jr.13
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    Sammy Davis, Jr.

    Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, musician,...  more

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  • Robin Williams14
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    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian....  more

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    Lucille Ball

    Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

    BirthplaceJamestown, New York, United States of America

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  • Betty White17
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  • Clint Eastwood18
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    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

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  • Jimi Hendrix19
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    Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

    BirthplaceWashington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, United States of America

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  • Louis Armstrong21
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    Louis Armstrong

    Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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  • James Stewart22
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    James Stewart

    Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

    BirthplaceIndiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey, USA

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    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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