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List of Famous Freemasons ranked by fame and popularity. The Freemasons is a fraternal organization that has lodges all over the world. The Freemasons use rituals and symbols to emphasize moral and ethical lessons. To become a member, individuals must petition a lodge, allow an investigation of their character and then be voted in by a secret ballot election. Check out this list to find out some of the most famous celebrity Freemasons throughout history and today.

Who is the most famous Freemason? Comedian Richard Pryor tops our list. Pryor joined the Freemasons in 1981 by joining the Henry Brown Lodge No. 22 in Peoria, Illinois. Other notable Freemasons include funny man Don Rickles and actors like John Wayne, who are also members of this illustrious group.

Several U.S. Presidents are also members of the Freemasons. George Washington went as far as reaching the impressive title of master Mason. Founding father Benjamin Franklin was a grand master and edited and published the first American Mason book back in 1734. Benedict Arnold was also a prominent member of the Freemasons until his membership was revoked due to his treason in the American Revolutionary War.

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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Freemasons List
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Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial epithets. He ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1940-2005)

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Master of Ceremonies, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Blazing Saddles, Richard Pryor... Here and Now

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Freemasons List
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George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution, which replaced the ...more

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Age: Died at 67 (1732-1799)

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories Westmoreland County, + more

Profession: Surveyor, Politician, Soldier, Military Officer Farmer, + more

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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Freemasons List
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Clark Gable was an American film actor, often referred to as "The King of Hollywood" or just simply as "The King". Gable began his career as a stage actor and appeared as an extra in silent films between 1924 and 1926, and progressed to supporting roles with a few films for MGM in 1931. The next ...more

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Age: Died at 59 (1901-1960)

Birthplace: Cadiz, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: It Happened One Night, Gone with the Wind, The Misfits, Mutiny on the Bounty

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Don Rickles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Freemasons List
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Donald Jay "Don" Rickles is an American stand-up comedian and actor. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he has acted in comedic and dramatic roles, but is widely known as an insult comic. ...more

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Age: 89

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2, Casino

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Freemasons List
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Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American ...more

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Age: Died at 84 (1706-1790)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Librarian, Politician, Diplomat Musician, + more

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Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Freemasons List
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Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He is the founder of the organizations that merged to ...more

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Age: 74

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Film Producer, Minister of religion, American football player

Credits: Both Sides with Jesse Jackson, Split: A Divided America, Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory, Law & Disorder: The Insanity Defense

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Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Freemasons List
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat, he won a record four elections and served from March 1933 to his death in April 1945. He was a central figure in world ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1882-1945)

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, New York, Dutchess County, United States of America United States, + more

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Corporate lawyer, Writer Lawyer

Credits: Zeitgeist: The Movie, World War II in HD Colour, The President's Mystery, Fala: The President's Dog

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Freemasons List
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as ...more

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Age: Died at 46 (1854-1900)

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright

Credits: Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Selfish Giant

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