Entertainers

An entertainer may refer to any person who is involved in amusing or entertaining audiences. An entertainer may be a film star, a circus clown, a singer or even a magician. A person, who attracts the attention and holds the interests of a large group of audiences for a particular period of time with his talent, is known as an entertainer. Entertainers existed as early as the 14th century, when the royal courts appointed entertainers, dancers and singers to entertain the guests and the royals in the kingdom. May royal events, also required entertainers to be present, for example in 1595, the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth I was graced by many entertainers. In the later part of the 20th century, there were significant developments in the field of technology and the electronic media emerged. With the arrival of the electronic media, the mass audiences were entertained with a variety of entertainment packages like music, movies, TV shows and the like. In the 21st century, the entertainment industry rapidly developed and expanded due to many factors like globalization and the global convergence of media. To learn more about famous and well-known entertainers in the world, move on to read their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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 1 Bob Barker

Bob Barker.
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Famous As: Television Game Show Host
Birthdate: December 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Darrington, Washington, United States

Bob Barker is a retired TV game show host. Barker is credited with making CBS's The Price Is Right the longest-running daytime game show in the history of North American television, hosting the show from 1972 to 2007. Also an animal rights activist, Barker has supported groups like the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the United Activists for Animal Rights.

 2 Steve-O

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London

British-born American comedian and TV personality, Steve-O, gained international fame with his performance stunts in the TV series Jackass. Following a nomadic childhood, he graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and began his career as a clown. He eventually started appearing on TV shows and became popular.

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 3 Bob Hope

Bob Hope.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 29, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eltham, London, England
Died: July 27, 2003
Bob Hope began his career with vaudeville and Broadway, before plunging into radio and films. He is remembered for his comedy timing and trademark self-deprecating humor. He hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and authored 14 books, apart from performing for the U.S. military in 57 USO tours.

 4 Mayte Garcia

Mayte Garcia.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Rucker, Alabama, United States

Mayte Garcia is an American dancer, singer, and actress. She has worked with popular artists like Britney Spears. Mayte Garcia was married to record producer and musician, Prince, from 1996 to 2000. Mayte Garcia has also written a book titled The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince which was published in 2017.

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 5 Debbie McGee

Debbie McGee.
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Famous As: Radio performer
Birthdate: October 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, UK

 6 Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards.
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Famous As: Drag Performer
Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mesquite, Texas

Alyssa Edwards is an American choreographer, drag performer, and businessperson. She gained international prominence after participating in the reality competition TV series RuPaul's Drag Race in 2013. In June 2019, she was ranked fifth in New York magazine's most powerful drag queens in America list. Alyssa Edwards’ life and career inspired the 2018 docuseries Dancing Queen which premiered on Netflix.

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 7 Jon Pertwee

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, UK
Died: May 20, 1996
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 8 Sahara Davenport

Sahara Davenport.
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Famous As: Drag Queen
Birthdate: December 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: October 1, 2012

Sahara Davenport was an American reality television personality, drag queen, singer, and classically trained dancer. She came into prominence after appearing in the popular reality competition TV series RuPaul's Drag Race in 2010. Davenport, who struggled with drug addiction throughout her life, died of heart failure, at the age of 27.

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 9 Chang Bunker

Chang Bunker
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Famous As: Showmen
Birthdate: May 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Meklong, Thailand
Died: January 17, 1874

Chang Bunker was a Siamese-American man and one-half of the popular conjoined twin brothers. Chang and his conjoined twin Eng were two of the most studied human beings during the 19th century. They toured the United States and Europe as part of their freak shows, gaining financial success and fame. They are credited with coining the colloquial term Siamese twins.

 10 Bam Margera

Bam Margera.
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Famous As: Skateboarder
Birthdate: September 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Chester

Professional skateboarder and stunt performer Bam Margera gained fame with the reality show Jackass. He has also hosted his own TV and radio shows, produced a video series, and appeared as an animated character in the Tony Hawk game franchise. He has directed films and also owns a music label.

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 11 Kagney Linn Karter

Kagney Linn Karter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Kagney Linn Karter is an American model, pornographic actress, and former stripper. Over the years, Karter has received many awards and nominations for her performance in pornographic movies. In 2012, she was featured in a BBC documentary titled Twilight of the Porn Stars which focuses on the porn industry and the lives of popular porn stars.

 12 Chris Pontius

Chris Pontius
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: July 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena

Chris Pontius is an American actor and stunt performer. After appearing in the popular reality slapstick comedy TV series Jackass, Pontius went on to contribute as a writer for the comedy film Jackass: The Movie, a continuation of the series. He then went on to contribute as a writer for the subsequent Jackass movies, including Jackass 3D and Jackass Forever.

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 13 Bonnie Langford

Bonnie Langford
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampton Court, Surrey, England, UK

 14 Chris Kirkpatrick

Chris Kirkpatrick
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: October 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clarion

Chris Kirkpatrick is an American singer, songwriter, music producer, dancer, and occasional actor. He is credited with forming the now-defunct boy band NSYNC which had Justin Timberlake as one of its members. Thanks to his humble beginning, Chris Kirkpatrick's rags to riches story has inspired several aspiring musicians over the years.

 15 Roy Horn

Roy Horn
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: October 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosenheim, Gau Munich-Upper Bavaria, German Reich
Died: May 8, 2020

Roy Horn was a German-American entertainer and magician. He was one half of the magician duo Siegfried & Roy. Horn and Siegfried were famous for appearing alongside tigers and lions. From 1990 to 2003, their show performed at The Mirage was considered the most-visited show in Las Vegas. Their act inspired the biographical movie Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box.

 16 Marcel Marceau

Marcel Marceau
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: September 22, 2007
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 17 David Gest

David Gest
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: May 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: April 12, 2016

David Gest was an American television personality and producer. He is credited with founding the American Cinema Awards Foundation. He is also credited with putting together the last reunion of the Jacksons and Michael Jackson by producing the TV special Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration.

 18 Jaina Lee Ortiz

Jaina Lee Ortiz.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Ord National Monument, California, United States
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 19 James A. Bailey

James A. Bailey
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Famous As: Impresario
Birthdate: July 4, 1847
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: April 11, 1906

James A. Bailey was an American impresario and circus ringmaster. He is credited with co-founding one of the greatest circus companies of all time, Barnum and Bailey's Circus. A year after his death, his widow sold the circus to the Ringling brothers, resulting in the formation of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

 20 Mamie Van Doren

Mamie Van Doren.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rowena, South Dakota, United States

Mamie Van Doren is an American former model, singer, and actress. Van Doren achieved popularity during the 1950s and is best known for her performance in the 1957 American teen film Untamed Youth. In 2005, she was honored with a Golden Palm Star. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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 21 Neil Tennant

Neil Tennant
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: North Shields, Tyne-and-Wear, England, UK

 22 Noël Wells

Noël Wells
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, USA

Noël Wells is an American actress, musician, comedian, director, and writer. From voicing Kelsey Pokoly in the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek to appearing on Saturday Night Live as a featured player, Noël Wells has been a prominent entertainer over the years. A multi-talented personality, Wells also displays her photographs in exhibitions.

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 23 General Tom Thumb

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Famous As: Circus performer
Birthdate: January 4, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Died: July 15, 1883

General Tom Thumb was a dwarf best remembered as a performer in P. T. Barnum's circus. He achieved significant fame as a performer and has been portrayed by several actors in films, such as The Mighty Barnum and Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon. In the 2017 movie The Greatest Showman, General Tom Thumb was played by Sam Humphrey.

 24 Michel Lotito

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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: June 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grenoble, France
Died: June 25, 2007
Featured on Ripley’s 100 Best BIONS, Michel Lotito was known for his bizarre diet, consisting of glass and metal parts, TV sets, bicycles, and even a Cessna 150 airplane. The Guinness record holder was nicknamed Monsieur Mangetout, meaning Mr. Eat-All. The French entertainer died of natural causes later.
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 25 Virginia Mayo

Virginia Mayo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: January 17, 2005

One of the first to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Virginia Clara Jones was possibly Warner Brothers' biggest box-office money-maker in late 1940s. Beginning her career with vaudevilles, she quickly signed contracts first with Goldwyn and later with Warner Brothers, giving out numerous hits, including Oscar-winning The Best Years of Our Lives and White Heat.

 26 Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: January 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: April 26, 1970

Gypsy Rose Lee was an American vedette and burlesque entertainer best remembered for her striptease act. She was also an actress, playwright, and author whose memoir inspired the 1959 stage musical, Gypsy. Lee's life inspired several works of art, including a song titled Gypsy Rose Lee by The Distillers. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 27 Rajpal Yadav

Rajpal Yadav
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

 28 Helene Fischer

Helene Fischer
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]

Helene Fischer is a German singer, dancer, actress, and TV presenter. She attended the Frankfurt Stage & Musical School to study singing and acting. She made her debut in 2005 and found immediate success. Eventually, she started singing in English as well. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including 17 Echo awards and four "Krone der Volksmusik" prizes. 

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 29 Phil Silvers

Phil Silvers
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Famous As: Actor, Stage actor, Television actor
Birthdate: May 11, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 1, 1985

Phil Silvers was an American comedian and entertainer. Dubbed the King of Chutzpah, Silvers won two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards during his illustrious career that spanned almost six decades. In 1996, he was ranked 31st on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. Silvers’ work has inspired other comedians like Dick Van Dyke.

 30 Eric Morecambe

Eric Morecambe
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Famous As: actor, comedian
Birthdate: May 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morecambe
Died: May 28, 1984
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 31 Brett Rossi

Brett Rossi
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Famous As: Glamour Model
Birthdate: May 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fontana, California, USA

Brett Rossi is an American entertainer, glamor model, pornographic film actress, and dancer. Over the years Rossi has performed in more than 170 pornographic films, winning the prestigious AVN Award in 2012. Brett Rossi has used her popularity to raise issues regarding the treatment of porn stars within the American adult film industry.

 32 Jenna Ushkowitz

Jenna Ushkowitz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Jenna Ushkowitz is a Korean-born American singer, actress, podcast host, and producer. She is the recipient of the prestigious Tony Award which she won as a producer for a musical titled Once on This Island. Ushkowitz is also known for her activism and charity work; she has worked with non-profit organizations like Oceana, Kindred Foundation, and the NOH8 Campaign.

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 33 Deepak Adhikari

Deepak Adhikari
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mahisha, West Bengal, India

 34 Terri Nunn

Terri Nunn
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baldwin Hills, California, USA

Terri Nunn is an American actress and singer best known for fronting the popular new wave band Berlin. A multi-talented personality, Nunn also appears in movies and TV shows, such as RuPaul's Drag Race. In 2008, she contributed immensely to Carrie Borzillo's book Cherry Bomb by imparting sex and dating advice.

 35 Deniece Williams

Deniece Williams
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, USA

The daughter of singer parents, Deniece Williams grew up singing gospel. Though she initially aspired to be a nurse and an anesthetist, she later took up music full-time and began performing at nightclubs. The Grammy-winning artist soared to fame with tracks such as They Say and I Believe in You.

 36 Emo Philips

Emo Philips
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago

An American actor and stand-up comedian, Emo Philips is famous as much for his unique look as for his on-stage antics, appearing as a highly intelligent, but restless and nervous individual.  That apart, he has also been featured in numerous film and television roles and has recorded three comedy albums, the first of which won the 1985 New Music Award.

 37 Wavy Gravy

Wavy Gravy
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Famous As: Comedian, Street artist, Circus performer, Writer
Birthdate: May 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Greenbush

Wavy Gravy is an American peace activist and entertainer best known for his countercultural beliefs and hippie persona. He is credited with founding or co-founding many organizations, such as the Hog Farm, Seva Foundation, and Camp Winnarainbow. During the 1960s, he founded a secret society called the Phurst Church of Phun which aimed at opposing the Vietnam War.

 38 Ernie Wise

Ernie Wise
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bramley, Leeds
Died: March 21, 1999

 39 Dolores Hope

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: September 19, 2011

Born Dolores L. DeFina, she became Dolores Hope after her marriage to actor and comedian, Bob Hope.  A fine singer and a woman of words, she entertained American overseas soldiers for fifty years, recording her first CD, Dolores Hope: Now and Then, at the age of eighty-three. e.

 40 Justin Willman

Justin Willman
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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: July 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis

Justin Willman is an American comedian, television personality, magician, and producer. He is credited with creating the popular reality television show, Magic for Humans. Justin Willman is also known for his philanthropic efforts; he serves on the board of directors for MagicAid, a non-profit organization that uses magic tricks to improve the hospitalization experience for children.

 41 Adrian Cronauer

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Famous As: Lawyer, Radio personality
Birthdate: September 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh

Adrian Joseph Cronauer, a United States Air Force Radio and Television Broadcasting Specialist, posted in Vietnam during 1965-1966, opened his show, the Dawn Buster, with "Goooooood morning Vietnam!", an experience that later inspired the 1987 film, Good Morning, Vietnam. In later years, he practiced law, specializing in information and communications law, concurrently continuing to remain involved with radio and television.

 42 Rick Dees

Rick Dees
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: March 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Rick Dees is an American comedian, entertainer, radio personality, voice artist, and actor. He is credited with co-founding Fine Living which was later renamed Cooking Channel. He is also credited with creating an internationally syndicated radio program named Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown. He has been inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame.

 43 Danny La Rue

Danny La Rue
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cork City, Ireland
Died: May 31, 2009

 44 Rod Hull

Rod Hull
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Isle of Sheppey, United Kingdom
Died: March 17, 1999

 45 Frank Lentini

Frank Lentini
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: May 18, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rosolini, Italy
Died: September 21, 1966

Frank Lentini was a Sicilian-American sideshow performer who was featured in several circuses including the famous Barnum and Bailey circus. Lentini gained popularity as he was born with a parasitic twin, which resulted in a third leg. In a career spanning more than four decades Lentini worked with every major circus in the US.

 46 Le Pétomane

Le Pétomane
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Famous As: Flatulist
Birthdate: June 1, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: August 8, 1945

 47 Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf

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Famous As: Radio personality
Birthdate: April 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fall River
Died: September 4, 2001

Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf was an American entertainer who achieved popularity by appearing on The Howard Stern Show as part of the show's Wack Pack. He gained national attention in 1998 when he won an online poll conducted by People magazine to determine the Most Beautiful People as part of the run-up promotion for People's 50 Most Beautiful People issue.

 48 Rory Cowan

Rory Cowan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 49 Reggie Tsiboe

Reggie Tsiboe
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kumasi, Gold Coast (now Ghana)

 50 Peter Allen

Peter Allen
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Famous As: Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 10, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia
Died: June 18, 1992

Peter Allen was an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, and entertainer. Best remembered for his flamboyant stage persona, Allen also enjoyed a concert and cabaret career. His life and career inspired a jukebox musical titled, The Boy from Oz ,which ran on Broadway. In 1993, Peter Allen was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

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