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The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

Updated December 31, 2020 295.2k votes 16.2k voters 118.3k 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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    BirthplaceTennessee, Nutbush, USA

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  • Freddie Mercury3
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    Freddie Mercury

    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

    BirthplaceStone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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  • Elvis Presley4
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    Elvis Presley

    Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • Paul McCartney5
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    BirthplaceNorth West England, Walton, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

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

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  • Charlie Chaplin6
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    Charlie Chaplin

    Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

    BirthplaceWalworth, United Kingdom

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  • David Bowie7
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    BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

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  • Dolly Parton8
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    BirthplaceSevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Robin Williams9
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Judy Garland10
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    Judy Garland

    Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • Bette Davis11
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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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  • Johnny Cash12
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Gene Wilder13
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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
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.14
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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
  • Lucille Ball15
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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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  • Dick Van Dyke16
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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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  • Clint Eastwood17
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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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  • Betty White18
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    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Carol Burnett19
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    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Harrison Ford20
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    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • James Stewart21
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    James Stewart

    Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

    BirthplaceIndiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Frank sinatra22
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    Frank sinatra

    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey, USA

    Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Prince23
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    Dec. at 57 (1958-2016)

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jimi Hendrix24
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    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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  • Louis Armstrong25
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    Louis Armstrong

    Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops,... more on Wikipedia