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These Are the 10 Greatest Pitchmen (and Women) of All-Time…

Jack Benny

Benny’s shameless incorporation of his sponsors’ products and jingles into his highly rated programs became a brilliant and highly profitable running joke. 

Stephanie Courtney 

Courtney, who came to the ad world from improv comedy, has played Flo the Progressive Lady for more than a decade. 

George Foreman 

A boxing villain during his prime, Foreman “unretired” in the 1980s, somehow regained the world heavyweight title at age 45, and reinvented himself as a friendly teddy bear who sold countertop grills, mufflers, invention services—you name it. 

Arthur Godfrey 

In the 1940s and ’50s, Godfrey ranked as the most-trusted pitchman in radio and television, hawking everything from Lipton Tea to Chesterfields. After being diagnosed with lung cancer, he became a prominent anti-smoking advocate. 

Lori Greiner 

When Greiner isn’t sparring with her Shark Tank peers, the Queen of QVC develops and promotes the products and companies populating her consumer-shopping empire. 

Joy Mangano 

Mangano changed the home-shopping game when she muscled her way onto the air to promote her Miracle Mop and sold 18,000 in a half-hour spot. 

Peyton Manning 

The self-effacing NFL legend has become so skilled as a pitchman that viewers actually turn up the volume when his laugh-out-loud commercials air. 

Billy Mays 

Mays took high-volume, high-octane pitches to a new level—particularly in the cleaning category—before a heart attack ended his life at 50. 

Shaquille O’Neal 

Shaq, who spent his boyhood in Newark, has found the sweet spot between silliness and seriousness to become a high-value spokesman for everything from Gold Bond to Papa John’s to Carnival Cruise Lines. 

Ron Popeil 

Popeil is remembered for inventing and selling a relentless stream of products you didn’t need or really even want, yet couldn’t resist buying—from the Pocket Fisherman to the Showtime Rotisserie to Mr. Microphone to GLH-9 (aka hair in a can).

Credits: Jack Benny/American Tobacco • Stephanie Courtney/Progressive • George Foreman – Michael Shick – El Grito • Arthur Godfrey • National Archives, Lori Greiner • Lori Greiner, Joy Mangano • dot com, Peyton Manning • Upper Case Editorial, Billy Mays • Sharese Ann Frederick, Shaquille O’Neal • Zack Burgess, Ron Popeil • Ronco