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List of famous male conductors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male conductors list contains the most prominent and top males known for being conductors. There are thousand of males working as conductors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic conductors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a conductor then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all male conductors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male conductors?" and "Who are the best male conductors?"
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra found success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943. ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1915-1998)

Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Film Producer, Actor, Singer

Credits: From Here to Eternity, Ocean's 11, The Manchurian Candidate, The Man with the Golden Arm

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#38 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#3 on The Best Singers of All Time

#54 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#49 on The Coolest Actors Ever

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1940-1993)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Composer

Credits: Baby Snakes, Does Humor Belong in Music?, Uncle Meat, 200 Motels

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#88 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#29 on The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

#89 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

#71 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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John Herbert “Jackie” Gleason was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy style, exemplified by his character Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners. Among his notable film roles were Minnesota Fats in the 1961 drama The Hustler and Buford T. Justice ...more

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Age: Died at 71 (1916-1987)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Bushwick

Profession: Film Score Composer, Stunt Performer, Comedian, Television producer Musician, + more

Credits: Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine, Cavalcade of Stars, The Hustler, The Mike Douglas Show

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#60 on The Funniest People of All Time

#40 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

#23 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)

#16 on The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s

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Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 ...more

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Age: 82

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Television producer Musician, + more

Credits: The Color Purple, The Pawnbroker, In the Heat of the Night, Michael Jackson: Thriller

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#6 on The Weirdest Celebrity Middle Names

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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. is an American singer, musician and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales. He has had ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Arranger, Songwriter, Pianist Musician, + more

Credits: The Iron Giant, American Idol, Pistol Pete: The Life and Times of Pete Maravich, The Godfather: Part III

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#33 on List of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters

#35 on The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

#9 on New American Idol Judge Picks

#13 on The Greatest Crooners of All Time

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Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and ...more

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Age: Died at 72 (1918-1990)

Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Screenwriter Author, + more

Credits: Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Precious, Anger Management

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#9 on List of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters

#29 on The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ...more

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Age: Died at 89 (1882-1971)

Birthplace: Lomonosov, Russia

Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer

Credits: Rise of the Guardians, The Lobster, Fantasia, Bringing Out the Dead

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#70 on Dead Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms

#14 on The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

#3 on The Best Russian Composers of All Time

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A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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Allah-Rakha Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist. Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, Rahman's works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Music Producer, + more

Credits: Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

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#1 on Music : Top 25 Indian Music Directors of All Time

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