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List of famous performers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top performers in the world? This includes the most prominent performers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable performers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic performers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned performers.

Items on this list include Bette Midler and Townes Van Zandt.

From reputable, prominent, and well known performers to the lesser known performers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the performer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous performers ever?" and "What are the names of famous performers?" then you're in the right place. (276 items)
Courteney Cox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Performers
Courteney Bass Cox (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror ...more

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Performers
Kylie Ann Minogue, (; born 28 May 1968), also known mononymously as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter and actress. Throughout her career, Minogue has been known for reinventing herself ...more

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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Performers
Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. At the height of the band's ...more

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Performers
Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several ...more

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Joey Arias is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Performers
Joey Arias is a multi-talented artist based in New York City, best known for work as a performance artist, cabaret singer, and drag artist. But also known as a published author, comedian, stage ...more

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Rebecca De Mornay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Performers
Rebecca De Mornay (born Rebecca Jane Pearch; August 29, 1959) is an American actress and producer. Her breakthrough film role came in 1983, when she starred as Lana in Risky Business. She is ...more

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Performers
Natalie Maria Cole (February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015) was an American singer, voice actress, songwriter, and actress. Cole was the daughter of American singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole. ...more

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Angela Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Performers
Angela Faye Kinsey (born June 25, 1971) is an American actress known for her role as Angela Martin in the NBC television series The Office (2005–2013). Kinsey had a recurring role on the TBS ...more
Lindsey Stirling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Performers
Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, ...more

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Tommy Tune is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Performers
Thomas James "Tommy" Tune (born February 28, 1939) is an American actor, dancer, singer, theatre director, producer, and choreographer. Over the course of his career, he has won ten ...more

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Spalding Gray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Performers
Spalding Gray (June 5, 1941 – January 11, 2004) was an American actor and writer. He is best known for the autobiographical monologues that he wrote and performed for the theater in the 1980s ...more
Peaches is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Performers
Merrill Beth Nisker (born 11 November 1966), better known by her stage name Peaches, is a Canadian electronic musician and performance artist. Born in Ontario to a Jewish family, Peaches began ...more

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Marcia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Performers
Marcia Karen Wallace (November 1, 1942 – October 25, 2013) was an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and game show panelist, primarily known for her roles in television situation ...more

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Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Performers
Donnie Yen Ji-dan (Chinese: 甄子丹; born 27 July 1963) is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, stuntman and multiple-time world wushu tournament ...more
John O'Hurley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Performers
John George O'Hurley Jr. (born October 9, 1954) is an American actor, voice actor, singer, comedian, author and television personality. He is known for the role of J. Peterman on the NBC sitcom ...more
Frank DeCaro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Performers
Frank DeCaro (born November 6, 1962) is an American writer, performer and talk radio host. He is best known for his work on The Daily Show, where he appeared as a contributor from 1996 to 2003. ...more

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Marc Shaiman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Performers
Marc Shaiman (; born October 22, 1959) is an American composer and lyricist for films, television, and theatre, best known for his collaborations with lyricist and director Scott Wittman. He ...more
Miranda July is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Performers
Miranda July (born Miranda Jennifer Grossinger; February 15, 1974) is an American film director, screenwriter, singer, actress, author and artist. Her body of work includes film, fiction, ...more

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Carmit Bachar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Performers
Carmit Bachar (Hebrew: כרמית בכר‎; born September 4, 1974) is an American-Israeli singer, dancer, model, actress and showgirl. She was a member of The Pussycat Dolls, and one of the main ...more

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Mathieu Soucy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Performers
Mathieu Soucy is a professionnal drummer, composer and multi-instrumentist musician based in Quebec city. Drummer and percussionist for many bands and artists such as Quebec city rock ...more
Eve Ensler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Performers
Eve Ensler (; born May 25, 1953) is an American playwright, performer, feminist, and activist, best known for her play The Vagina Monologues. In 2006 Charles Isherwood of The New York Times ...more

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Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Performers
Jean-Michel André Jarre (French: [ʒɑ̃ miʃɛl ɑ̃dʁe ʒaʁ]; born 24 August 1948) is a French composer, performer and record producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient and new-age ...more
Michael Kidd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Performers
Michael Kidd (August 12, 1915 – December 23, 2007) was an American film and stage choreographer, dancer and actor, whose career spanned five decades, and staged some of the leading Broadway and ...more

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El Medico is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Performers
Reynier Casamayor Griñán, known as El Médico (born c. 1975, Santiago de Cuba), is a Cuban musician and medical doctor. He is best known for being a composer and performer of ...more
Billy Porter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Performers
Billy Porter (born September 21, 1969) is an American Broadway theatre performer, pop singer, and actor. He attended the Musical Theater program at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts ...more