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The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

Updated October 16, 2020 270.4k votes 15.2k voters 109.6k 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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  • 1
    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    Michael Jackson

    Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

    BirthplaceGary, Indiana, United States of America

    Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    Freddie Mercury

    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

    BirthplaceStone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    Elvis Presley

    Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    BirthplaceWalton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    Charlie Chaplin

    Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

    BirthplaceWalworth, United Kingdom

    Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

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  • 8
    Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
    1,672
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    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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  • 10
    Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was... more on Wikipedia

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    Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    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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  • 12
    Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, USA

    Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    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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  • 14
    Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
    737
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    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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  • 15
    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    Jimi Hendrix

    Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

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

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  • 16
    Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    Johnny Cash

    Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

    BirthplaceUSA, Arkansas, Kingsland

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

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  • 17
    Betty White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    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
    Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    Andy Griffith

    Dec. at 86 (1926-2012)

    BirthplaceMount Airy, North Carolina, United States of America

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

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    Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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    Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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

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  • 21
    James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    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
  • 22
    Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    Walt Disney

    Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Hermosa, Illinois

    Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    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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  • 24
    Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    Mel Brooks

    Age: 94

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky, Yiddish: מעלווין קאמינסקי‎; June 28, 1926) is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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    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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