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The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

Updated October 16, 2020 278.6k votes 15.6k voters 112.9k views580 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 Jackson
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    Michael Jackson

    Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

    BirthplaceGary, Indiana, United States of America

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  • 2
    Tina Turner
    3,099
    2,895

    BirthplaceNutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

    Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is an internationally recognized... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Freddie Mercury
    3,643
    5,044

    Freddie Mercury

    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

    BirthplaceStone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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  • 4
    Elvis Presley
    2,533
    3,536

    Elvis Presley

    Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • 5
    Paul McCartney
    1,268
    1,781

    BirthplaceWalton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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  • 6
    Charlie Chaplin
    1,124
    1,542

    Charlie Chaplin

    Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

    BirthplaceWalworth, United Kingdom

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  • 7
    David Bowie
    527
    748

    BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

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  • 8
    Sammy Davis, Jr.
    1,713
    2,511

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Gene Wilder
    499
    729

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Bette Davis
    1,743
    842

    Bette Davis

    Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)

    BirthplaceLowell, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (; April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Johnny Cash
    907
    1,364

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Lucille Ball
    1,275
    1,920

    Lucille Ball

    Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

    BirthplaceJamestown, New York, United States of America

    Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Clint Eastwood
    790
    1,089

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Carol Burnett
    587
    817

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Dick Van Dyke
    387
    539

    BirthplaceWest Plains, Missouri, United States of America

    Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Judy Garland
    760
    1,142

    Judy Garland

    Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

    Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American actress,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Betty White
    608
    890

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Harrison Ford
    736
    1,088

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor. He gained worldwide fame for his... more on Wikipedia

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    Steven Spielberg
    927
    1,344

    BirthplaceUSA, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Steven Allan Spielberg (; born December 18, 1946) is an American filmmaker. He is considered... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    James Stewart
    511
    712

    James Stewart

    Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

    BirthplaceIndiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Walt Disney
    1,101
    1,526

    Walt Disney

    Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

    BirthplaceHermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur,... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Dolly Parton
    792
    1,198

    BirthplaceSevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Jimi Hendrix
    760
    1,156

    Jimi Hendrix

    Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

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

    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Andy Griffith
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    414

    Andy Griffith

    Dec. at 86 (1926-2012)

    BirthplaceMount Airy, North Carolina, USA

    Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, comedian, television... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Bob Hope
    734
    1,070

    Bob Hope

    Dec. at 100 (1903-2003)

    BirthplaceEltham, London, United Kingdom

    Leslie Townes Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), known professionally as... more on Wikipedia

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