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List of Famous Vaudeville Performers

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List of famous vaudeville performers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top vaudeville performers in the world? This includes the most prominent vaudeville performers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable vaudeville performers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic vaudeville 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 vaudeville performers.

List includes Mickey Rooney, James Dunn, more. Featuring famous vaudeville comedians, actors, and stars, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known vaudeville performers to the lesser known vaudeville performers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the vaudeville performer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous vaudeville performers ever?" and "What are the names of famous vaudeville performers?" then you're in the right place. 
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  • Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Vaudeville Performers
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    Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, producer and radio personality. In a career spanning nine decades and continuing until shortly before his death, he appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era.At the height of a career that was marked by precipitous declines and raging comebacks, Rooney performed the role of Andy Hardy in a series of 16 films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized American family values. A versatile performer, he became a celebrated character actor later in his career. Laurence Olivier once said he considered Rooney "the best there has... more on Wikipedia

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  • Walter Brennan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Vaudeville Performers
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    Walter Andrew Brennan (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1936, 1938, and 1940, making him one of only three male actors to win three Academy Awards.... more on Wikipedia
  • James Dunn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Vaudeville Performers
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    James Howard Dunn (November 2, 1901 – September 1, 1967) was an American actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the romantic drama film A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1946) and received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. Early in his career, he was billed as Jimmy Dunn.... more on Wikipedia
  • El Brendel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Vaudeville Performers
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    Elmer Goodfellow "El" Brendel (March 25, 1890 – April 9, 1964) was an American vaudeville comedian turned movie star, best remembered for his dialect routine as a Swedish immigrant. His biggest role was as "Single-0" in the sci-fi musical Just Imagine (1930), produced by Fox Film Corporation. His screen name was pronounced "El Bren-DEL".... more on Wikipedia
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