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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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

Birthplace: Tanzania, Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Africa

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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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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: England

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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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

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

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His ...more

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 9 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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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Age: 88

Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer, who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, and three ...more

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are regarded as the most ...more

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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Susan Bertolini added Age: 72

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added Age: 73

Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Sevierville

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her ...more

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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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

Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with the longest television career of any entertainer, spanning 80 years. Regarded as a pioneer of ...more

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential ...more

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

Birthplace: USA, Arkansas, Kingsland

John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, ...more

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as simply Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow ...more

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added Age: 88

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Scott Merritt added Age: 72

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry ...more

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Prince is listed (or ranked) 25 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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