Top 10 People who Changed the World with Entertainment

Sir Charlie Chaplin (Born:16 April 1889 – Died: 25 December 1977)

Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, was an English comic actor, renowned composer, film director and perhaps the most influential personality who made some of the greatest, funniest and critically acclaimed silent films during the silent film era. He entertained millions of people with his hilarious acts for 75 years. He played the role of ‘The Tramp’ which is widely acknowledged as the best on-screen character of the entire silent film era. His performance in Kid Auto Races at Venice established him as the world’s greatest comedian. He was the first ever English actor whose movies crossed all the continents. Sir Charlie Chaplin was honored with the “Special Award” at the First Academy award ceremony for his performance in The Circus. He also received the longest standing ovation at the Oscars for receiving an honorary film award.


James Cameron (Born: August 16, 1954)

James Cameron is a Canadian film director, producer, writer, inventor who is best known for his highest-grossing films of all time: Titanic and Avatar. These two movies grabbed a whopping $4 billion at box office sales. Some of his best works are: Piranha II: The Spawning in1981, The Terminator in 1984, The Abyss in 1989, Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991, Titanic in 1997, and Dark Angel in 2000 and Avatar in 2009. His contribution to remote vehicle technologies and underwater filming is significant.


John Lennon (Born: 9 October 1940 –Died: 8 December 1980)

John Winston Lennon was an English musician as well as singer-songwriter and one of the founding members of The Beatles. His peace message through signings during Vietnam War inspired millions. He was fond of music from his early childhood, and his first band was The Quarrymen that later developed into The Beatles in 1962. The Beatles is known as the most successful and acclaimed band in the history of popular music that was formed in partnership with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Richard Starkey or popularly known as Ringo Starr. His songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine” made him an iconic figure of music history. Unfortunately, in 1980, he was murdered. His murderer, Mark David Chapman, was believed to be one of his die hard fans. People still speculate on what actually motivated him to plot Lennon’s murder.

His solo album was sold more than 14 million units in the United States alone. H e dominated the US Hot 100 chart for over 25 number-one singles, and called to be the fifth greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Millions of his records were sold even after his his death.


Geroge Lucas ((born May 14, 1944)

An American film producer, film director, screenwriter, founder and chief executive of Lucasfilm, is best known for his special effects business who made the space opera franchise Star Wars as well as the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. He is called to be the most influential people who modernize the world.

The son of a stationery store owner, George Walton Lucas spent his childhood in Modesto, California. He had great passion for motor race that he pursued throughout his high school days. It was after watching Oscar nominated film American Graffiti that his mission changed and he became obsessed with film making.


Alfred Hitchhock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980)

Alfred Hitchhock was a British film director who invented several advanced strategies in the suspense and psychological thriller of British cinema as well as silent films. He had a distinctive style of directing films using the camera, capturing person’s gaze and framing shots and editing them in so innovative way that would keep the viewers engaged and thrilled. His would plot the sequences of crime, violence, murder and suspense in such a way that would seem that he had studied intricate psychological dispositions of man and had in-depth knowledge of human characters. Throughout the his career, he produced over fifty films.


Stephen Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)

Stephen Spielberg is the wealthiest American film director, screenwriter, video game designer and the most influential personality in the history of films. He directed some hit films including Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, and many more. and received the Academy Award for the Best Director for Schindler’s List in1993 and Saving Private Ryan in 1998. His three highest-grossing movies are Jaws in1975, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in1982, and Jurassic Park in 1993.

He produced some the wonderful animation such as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Tiny Toon Adventures in 1990, “Animaniacs” in 1993, “Pinky and the Brain” in 1995, “Freakazoid!” in 1995, “Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain” in 1998, “Family Dog” in 1993 and “Toonsylvania” in 1998 and many more.


Elvis Presley (Born: January 8, 1935 – Died: August 16, 1977)

Elvis Presley is known to be the most influential person of popular culture and the most renowned American singer of 20th century. He is also known for his unique voice and and mastery in several genres such as country, pop ballads, gospel, as well as blues. In 1954, He began his career working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who inspired to bring the sound of African American music to international audience. At the age of 36, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into multiple music halls of fame. He is the person behind the invention of Rock ‘n Roll which, even after 50 years of his death, is seen in people while walking down the aisle in Vegas. At the age of 42, in 1977 he died from cardiac arrest.


Michael Jackson (Born: August 29, 1958 – Died: June 25, 2009)

He was an American artist, dancer, choreographer, entertainer and the creator of the modern Pop music. Michael is called to be the most successful entertainer of all time and his name continues to resonate in the hearts of millions of music lovers across the world. His significant contribution to music, dance as well as fashion kept him an iconic figure for more than 40 years.

His album Thriller in 1982 is known to be the best-selling album of all time. His other other albums are Off the Wall in 1979, Bad in 1987, Dangerous in 1991, and HIStory in 1995. He made several records and won numerous awards during his career; he won 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards, multiple Guinness World Records, 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career. According to an estimate, his albums corssed 750 million records worldwide. In 2009, he died of acute propofol intoxication.


Katherine Hepburn (Born: May 12, 1907 – Died: June 29, 2003)

She was the greatest female actress in the film history of America as well as the most sophisticated actress in both drama as well as movies. She was regarded as completely modern woman in 20th century America. In 1932, her appearance in A Bill of Divorcement made her widely famous and after18 months she won an Academy Award for Morning Glory after which she faced some serial commercial failure. She carefully planned her comeback with The Philadelphia Story and was successful in doing so. During her career span, she was nominated 12 times for Academy award and won for four times.


Richard Pryor (Born: 1 December 1940 – Died: 10 December 2005)

He was an American comedian, actor, social critic, as well as writer. He is widely known for his distinct style of comedy; he actually came up with his amazing sense of humor and influenced the entire generation of comedians. His significant works were the concert movies as well as recordings in 1971 Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’, in 1974 That Nigger’s Crazy, in 1975…Is It Something I Said?, in 1976 Bicentennial Nigger, in 1979 Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, in 1982 Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, and in 1983 Richard Pryor: Here and Now. In 1773, he won an Emmy Award, in 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and five Grammy Awards in following years of 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982. In the list of greatest comedians he has been ranked number 1 of all time.