The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary American Youtubers of all time. This list of famous American Youtubers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of American Youtubers.
With an HPI of 62.77, Angry Grandpa is the most famous American Youtuber. Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages on wikipedia.
Charles Marvin Green Jr. (October 16, 1950 – December 10, 2017), better known as Angry Grandpa or simply AGP, was an American Internet personality. His videos were featured on HLN's Dr. Drew, TruTV's Most Shocking, Rude Tube, and MTV's Pranked. His YouTube channel, "TheAngryGrandpaShow", has over 4.3 million subscribers and over 1.1 billion views. His second channel, "GrandpasCorner", was his personal channel where he shared stories about his personal life along with a special weekly segment called "Mailbag Monday," where he opened up packages and read letters sent in by viewers. His fanbase is known as "Grandpa's Army", and he affectionately referred to them as "youngins". Green died on December 10, 2017, of cirrhosis of the liver, at the age of 67.
With an HPI of 59.73, Logan Paul is the 2nd most famous American Youtuber. His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.
Logan Alexander Paul (born April 1, 1995) is an American YouTuber, internet personality, actor, podcaster and boxer. As well as posting on his own YouTube channel, he has run the Impaulsive podcast since November 2018, which currently has over 2.7 million followers on YouTube.Paul gained a following in 2013, posting sketches on the video-sharing application Vine. He registered his YouTube channel, TheOfficialLoganPaul, on October 18, 2013, where he started posting regularly following the closure of the Vine app. He later created the Logan Paul Vlogs channel on August 29, 2015, which has since become his most subscribed YouTube channel. As of January 2021, the channel has received over 22 million subscribers and 5.7 billion views, ranking as the 58th subscribed in the United States, and placing him among the top 140 subscribed channels on the platform.As an actor, Paul's television and film work includes guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Bizaardvark, and roles in films The Thinning (2016) and The Thinning: New World Order (2018). He has also expanded his content into other avenues; he released his debut single, "2016" in 2016, and in 2018, fought British YouTuber, internet personality, boxer, and rapper KSI in an amateur white-collar boxing match. The fight ended in a majority draw. In the subsequent rematch, which was a professional bout, Paul lost to KSI by split decision. Paul has been involved in several controversies, most notably in relation to a visit to Japan, during which he filmed the corpse of a man who had hanged himself and posted the footage on his YouTube channel.
With an HPI of 53.11, Bryan Dechart is the 3rd most famous American Youtuber. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Bryan Dechart (born March 17, 1987) is an American actor, voice actor and Twitch streamer. He is known for his role as Connor in the videogame Detroit: Become Human. He also played Eli Chandler on Jane by Design and starred in the film The Remaining with Alexa Vega.
With an HPI of 52.85, Jeffree Star is the 4th most famous American Youtuber. His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.
Jeffree Star (born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger Jr.;) is an American entrepreneur, YouTuber and singer, and the founder and owner of Jeffree Star Cosmetics. In 2009, Star released a studio album, Beauty Killer, which included songs such as "Lollipop Luxury" featuring Nicki Minaj. He embarked on several world tours to promote his music. In 2010, he signed to Konvict Muzik—whose founder Akon described Star as "the next Lady Gaga". However, Star abruptly left the music industry in 2013 due to legal issues Akon was facing between 2007 and 2010.In November 2014, he founded the company Jeffree Star Cosmetics. In 2018, Star earned $18 million from his YouTube endeavors alone, according to Forbes, making him the fifth-highest-paid YouTube star as of December 2018.
With an HPI of 51.20, Josh Peck is the 5th most famous American Youtuber. His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.
Joshua Michael Peck (born November 10, 1986) is an American actor, comedian, and YouTuber. Peck began his career as a child actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and had an early role on The Amanda Show from 2000 to 2002. Peck rose to prominence for his role as Josh Nichols alongside Drake Bell's character in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh from 2004 to 2007, and in its two television films in 2006 and 2008. He then acted in films such as Mean Creek (2004), Drillbit Taylor (2008), The Wackness (2008), ATM (2012), Red Dawn (2012), Battle of the Year (2013), Danny Collins (2015), and Take the 10 (2017). Peck provided the voice of Eddie in the Ice Age franchise since Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), and voiced Casey Jones in the Nickelodeon animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012–2017). He also starred with John Stamos in the Fox comedy series Grandfathered (2015–2016). In 2017, Peck started a comedic lifestyle YouTube channel, Shua Vlogs, featuring David Dobrik, his wife Paige O'Brien, and many of the vlogsquad members.
With an HPI of 48.43, Liza Koshy is the 6th most famous American Youtuber. Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.
Elizabeth Shaila Koshy (born March 31, 1996) is an American actress, television host, comedian and YouTuber. She began her career on Vine in 2013, before starting a YouTube channel. Among her acting roles have been Aday Walker in Tyler Perry's horror comedy film Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) and The Explorer in the YouTube Premium series Escape the Night (2017). She starred as Violet Adams in the Hulu drama television series Freakish (2016–2017). From 2017 to 2018, she was a contributor to the MTV television series Total Request Live. Since 2018, Koshy has produced and starred as the title character in the YouTube Premium comedy series Liza on Demand. From 2018 to 2019, she hosted the Nickelodeon game show revival Double Dare, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination. In 2020, she starred in the Netflix dance-comedy film Work It. Koshy's main YouTube channel has amassed more than 17 million subscribers, and her two channels have a total of more than 3 billion combined views. She has received four Streamy Awards, four Teen Choice Awards, and a Kids' Choice Award. She was included in the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list and the Time 2019 list of the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet and its 2019 100 Next list.
With an HPI of 46.44, Shane Dawson is the 7th most famous American Youtuber. His biography has been translated into 43 different languages.
Shane Lee Yaw (born July 19, 1988), known professionally as Shane Dawson, is an American YouTuber, actor, writer, director, and musician. He became one of the first people to rise to fame on the video-sharing platform YouTube.In 2008, at age 19, Dawson began making videos on YouTube and garnered over half a billion views by 2010. Most of his early work consisted of sketch comedy videos, where he would play original characters, impersonate celebrities and make light of popular culture. Some of these impressions later drew criticism for their offensive content, including racial stereotypes. During this time, Dawson also had a short-lived music career, releasing 6 original songs such as "Superluv!" and numerous parodies of popular music videos. In 2013, he launched his podcast, Shane and Friends, which ran for four years and produced 140 episodes. The following year, Dawson released his first and only feature film, Not Cool, and appeared on an accompanying 10 episode docu-series The Chair. He has also appeared in the films Smiley (2012) and Internet Famous (2016). In 2015, Dawson began his show on YouTube about conspiracy theories, which includes his 2019 web series Conspiracy Series with Shane Dawson. In late 2017, he released his first docu-series on YouTube, in which he reconciled with his absent father. From 2019 to 2020, Dawson created and appeared in The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star, a docu-series that follows the life of Jeffree Star, which garnered over 130 million views. His most viewed docu-series are about Jake Paul, Jeffree Star and TanaCon.As of 2018, Dawson has released two New York Times best-selling books, I Hate Myselfie (2015) and It Gets Worse (2016), and his three YouTube channels have accumulated over 4.5 billion views. Since 2017, he maintains one active channel, shane, with 21 million subscribers and over 4 billion views. On June 30, 2020, YouTube indefinitely suspended monetization on all three of Dawson's channels following a public backlash over his past controversial comments.
With an HPI of 44.59, Connor Franta is the 8th most famous American Youtuber. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Connor Joel Franta (born September 12, 1992) is an American YouTuber, entrepreneur, entertainer, and writer.As of September 2018, his eponymous main channel on YouTube has over 5.5 million subscribers. Franta was formerly a member of YouTube group Our Second Life (stylized Our2ndLife and O2L) under the Fullscreen Network, but is now an independent member of the Big Frame network, managed by Andrew Graham.Franta has recently become involved in various entrepreneurial enterprises, including a clothing line, music curation, as well as a coffee and lifestyle brand named Common Culture. His debut book, a memoir titled A Work in Progress, was released on April 21, 2015. In July 2015, details of Heard Well, a record label Franta co-founded, were announced.
With an HPI of 44.07, Markiplier is the 9th most famous American Youtuber. His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.
Mark Edward Fischbach (born June 28, 1989), known online as Markiplier (formerly as markiplierGAME), is an American YouTuber, gamer-commentator, actor, and comedian. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, he began his career in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently based in Los Angeles, California. He is also the co-founder of clothing company Cloak, along with fellow YouTuber Jacksepticeye, and the co-host of the now defunct Unus Annus channel. As of January 2021, his channel has over 14.7 billion total video views and over 28 million subscribers. Fischbach specializes in Let's Play videos, commonly of survival horror video games.
With an HPI of 43.31, Jenna Marbles is the 10th most famous American Youtuber. Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.
Jenna Nicole Mourey (born September 15, 1986), better known by her pseudonym Jenna Marbles, is an American YouTube personality, vlogger, comedian, and actress. As of September 2019, her channel has approximately 3.3 billion video views and 20 million subscribers. As of Nov 2020 it is the 177th most subscribed channel on YouTube. Mourey is the first social media star to have a wax figure displayed at Madame Tussauds Museum in New York City.
Pantheon has 24 people classified as youtubers born between 1950 and 2004. Of these 24, 22 (91.67%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living youtubers include Logan Paul, Bryan Dechart, and Jeffree Star. The most famous deceased youtubers include Angry Grandpa and Etika. As of October 2020, 11 new youtubers have been added to Pantheon including Bryan Dechart, Liza Koshy, and Connor Franta.
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