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David Bowie
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David Bowie

David Bowie (born David Robert Jones, 8 January 1947) was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor.
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10
as musician
from 5 votes
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Geoffrey Rush
2

Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Roy Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor and film producer. He is the youngest of the few people who have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": the Academy Award, the Primetime Emmy Award, and the Tony Award. He has...
10
10
as actor
from 3 votes
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Gary Oldman
3

Gary Oldman

Gary Leonard Oldman (born 21 March 1958) is an English actor, filmmaker, musician and author. He began acting in theatre in 1979, and gained his first starring film role in Meantime (1983). Oldman continued to lead a stage career,...
10
10
as actor
from 2 votes
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Patrick Stewart
3

Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart (born 13 July 1940) is an English film, television, and stage actor, who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen. He is most widely known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Ne...
10
10
as actor
from 2 votes
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Cary Grant
5

Cary Grant

Cary Grant (born Archibald Alexander Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English actor who gained American citizenship in 1942. His best-known films include Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), H...
10
10
as actor
from 1 vote
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Bette Davis
5

Bette Davis

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. She starred in a various range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period fil...
10
10
as actor
from 1 vote
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Ron Fricke
5

Ron Fricke

Ron Fricke is an American film director and cinematographer, specializing in time-lapse photography and large format cinematography. He was the director of photography for Koyaanisqatsi (1982) and directed the purely cinematic non...
10
10
as film artist
from 1 vote
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Channing Tatum
5

Channing Tatum

Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980) is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model. Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter (2005). His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up, which...
10
10
as actor
from 1 vote
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Audrey Hepburn
5

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England, and the Netherlands,...
10
10
as actor
from 1 vote
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Akira Toriyama
5

Akira Toriyama

Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明 Toriyama Akira, born April 5, 1955 in Nagoya, Aichi) is a Japanese manga and game artist. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his manga Dr. Slump, before going on to create Dragon Ball—his best-known...
10
10
as visual artist
from 1 vote
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Eric Clapton
5

Eric Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapton (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the...
10
10
as musician
from 1 vote
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Paul Newman
5

Paul Newman

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver and team owner; he was also an environmentalist, activist, and philanthropist. He won numer...
10
10
as actor
from 1 vote
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Katharine Hepburn
5

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress. She appeared in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and received four Academy Awards for Best Actress—a record for any perf...
10
10
as actor
from 1 vote
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Humphrey Bogart
5

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American screen actor whose filmography include 1940s films noir movies such as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep. Over his career he received...
10
10
as actor
from 1 vote
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Walt Disney
5

Walt Disney

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. As a Hollywood business mogul, he and his brother Roy O. Disney co-founded The W...
10
10
as film artist
from 1 vote
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Win Butler
5

Win Butler

Edwin Farnham "Win" Butler III (born April 14, 1980) is an American-Canadian lead vocalist and songwriter of the Montreal-based indie rock band Arcade Fire. His wife Régine Chassagne and younger brother Will Butler are both member...
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10
as musician
from 1 vote
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Michael Hedges
5

Michael Hedges

Michael Alden Hedges (December 31, 1953 – December 2, 1997) was an American composer, acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter.
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10
as musician
from 1 vote
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Jim Morrison
5

Jim Morrison

James Douglas "Jim" Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of The Doors.
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10
as musician
from 1 vote
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Enrique Iglesias
19

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler (born May 8, 1975), simply known as Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Iglesias started his career in 1995 on an American Spanish Language record label Fo...
9.7
9.7
as musician
from 31 votes
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David Blaine
20

David Blaine

David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist.
9.7
9.7
as magician
from 6 votes
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Tom Hanks
21

Tom Hanks

Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his roles in Big (1988), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail (both 199...
9.5
9.5
as actor
from 11 votes
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Clint Eastwood
22

Clint Eastwood

Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy of sp...
9.5
9.5
as actor
from 8 votes
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Anthony Hopkins
22

Anthony Hopkins

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE (born 31 December 1937) is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at the Royal A...
9.5
9.5
as actor
from 8 votes
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Harrison Ford
24

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones...
9.5
9.5
as actor
from 6 votes
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Sean Connery
25

Sean Connery

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 of them being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award) and three Golden Globes (including the Ceci...
9.5
9.5
as actor
from 4 votes
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Kevin Bacon
26

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8, 1958) is an American actor and musician whose films include musical-drama film Footloose (1984), the controversial historical conspiracy legal thriller JFK (1991), the legal drama A Few Good Men (...
9.5
9.5
as actor
from 2 votes
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Eminem
26

Eminem

Marshall Bruce "Eminem" Mathers III (born October 17, 1972) is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and songwriter. Eminem is from Detroit, Michigan. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce da...
9.5
9.5
as musician
from 2 votes
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Mark Knopfler
26

Mark Knopfler

Mark Freuder Knopfler (born 12 August 1949) is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, wh...
9.5
9.5
as musician
from 2 votes
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
26

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer.
9.5
9.5
as musician
from 2 votes
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Ian McKellen
30

Ian McKellen

Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk A...
9.4
9.4
as actor
from 9 votes
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Christopher Lee
31

Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015) was an English actor, singer and author. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula...
9.4
9.4
as actor
from 12 votes
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Leonardo da Vinci
32

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci, (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) was an Italian polymath. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, carto...
9.4
9.4
as visual artist
from 5 votes
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Miles Davis
33

Miles Davis

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which recognized him as "one of the key...
9.3
9.3
as musician
from 3 votes
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Dave Matthews
33

Dave Matthews

David John "Dave" Matthews (born January 9, 1967) is a South African-born American singer-songwriter, musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band. Matthews was born in...
9.3
9.3
as musician
from 3 votes
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Michael Hoenig
33

Michael Hoenig

Michael Hoenig (born 4 January 1952) is a German composer who has composed music for several films and games
9.3
9.3
as musician
from 3 votes
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Thom Yorke
33

Thom Yorke

Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke (born 7 October 1968) is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead. As a multi-instrumentalist, Yorke mainly plays guitar and piano, but...
9.3
9.3
as musician
from 3 votes
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Jim Carrey
37

Jim Carrey

James Eugene "Jim" Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and film producer. Carrey has received two Golden Globe Awards. Known for his highly energetic slapstick perfor...
9.3
9.3
as actor
from 101 votes
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Paul McCartney
38

Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the...
9.3
9.3
as musician
from 8 votes
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Cate Blanchett
39

Cate Blanchett

Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett (14 May 1969) is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has received many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three Br...
9.3
9.3
as actor
from 4 votes
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Al Pacino
40

Al Pacino

Alfredo James "Al" Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing mobsters, especially Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface, and often appeared on the...
9.2
9.2
as actor
from 13 votes
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Heath Ledger
41

Heath Ledger

Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film ca...
9.2
9.2
as actor
from 5 votes
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
42

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-born American actor, producer, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and politician. Schwarzenegger served two ter...
9.2
9.2
as actor
from 172 votes
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Jimi Hendrix
43

Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter.
9.1
9.1
as musician
from 7 votes
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Alan Rickman
43

Alan Rickman

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. Rickman was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company i...
9.1
9.1
as actor
from 7 votes
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Julianne Moore
43

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith; December 3, 1960) is an American actress and children's author.
9.1
9.1
as actor
from 7 votes
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Scarlett Johansson
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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model, and singer.
9.1
9.1
as actor
from 7 votes
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Stanley Kubrick
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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor who did much of his work in the United Kingdom. Kubrick's films covered a variety of genres, includi...
9.1
9.1
as film artist
from 7 votes
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Quentin Tarantino
48

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, and actor. His films are characterized by non-linear storylines, satirical subject matter, and an aestheticizati...
9.1
9.1
as film artist
from 9 votes
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John Williams
48

John Williams

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, inclu...
9.1
9.1
as musician
from 9 votes
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Freddie Mercury
50

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant...
9.1
9.1
as musician
from 20 votes
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