Person 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted

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List Rules Celebrities who are official or honorary knights

A list of famous people who have been knighted, ranked by fame and popularity by fans of British chivalry like you. Being knighted is one of the highest honors that an individual can hope to receive. Famous people have been knighted for their contributions to music, film, theater and charity work. In special cases, honorary knighthoods can be bestowed upon worthy candidates from foreign countries.

Who is the most famous person who has been knighted? Ronald Reagan tops our list. Reagan received an honorary knighthood in 1989 from Queen Elizabeth II. After the ceremony Reagan made a statement saying, “I feel greatly honored. I can't say how proud I am.” Four years after Reagan received the honor, his vice president and President at the time George H.W. Bush, also received the honorary knighthood.

Several famous musicians have been knighted. English super star Paul McCartney was given the honor in 1997 and Elton John was knighted the following year. Actors, Ben Kingsley and Patrick Steward have also received the great honor of knighthood, as has the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. The French also bestow honorary knighthoods and recipients include Clint Eastwood and Robert DeNiro.

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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In 2000, Sean Connery was knighted by the Queen.  Connery is a firm supporter of Scotland's Independence and it is believed that this stance caused a delay in his knighthood.

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Age: 85

Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock

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#31 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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#29 on The Best Actors in Film History

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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In 2010, Robert Redford was inducted into France's elite Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Age: 78

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Television producer Film Producer, + more

Credits: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, All the President's Men, Out of Africa

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#21 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#36 on The Best Living American Actors

#56 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#27 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood on Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor Entrepreneur

Credits: The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, Freakonomics, Give Us the Money, The Billionaires' Pledge

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#303 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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Clint Eastwood was made a commander in the prestigious French Legion of Honor in 2009 by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Age: 85

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician, Pianist Television producer, + more

Credits: Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven, Rawhide

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#34 on The Best Actors Working Today

#17 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#10 on The Best Living American Actors

#19 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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In 2000, Michael Caine was knighted by the Queen for his services to the British screen.

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Age: 82

Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Author, Actor Voice acting

Credits: The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige, Inception

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#26 on The Best Actors Working Today

#24 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#1 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#7 on The Best Living English Actors

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Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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Bob Hope was given an honorary knighthood for his work supporting the troops of various wars with his comedy and entertainment.

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Age: Died at 100 (1903-2003)

Birthplace: England, London

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Author Athlete, + more

Credits: The Bob Hope Show, The 50th Annual Academy Awards, Bob Hope: The First 90 Years, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

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#298 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#114 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#195 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#65 on The Funniest People of All Time

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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Queen Elizabeth II knighted Paul McCartney in 1997 because he helped to revolutionize pop music.

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Age: 73

Birthplace: North West England, Walton, Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom, + more

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

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, American Hustle, Vanilla Sky

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#1626 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#27 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#43 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#7 on The Best Rock Vocalists

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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In 2010, Captain Jean Luc Picard became Sir Patrick Stewart.

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Age: 75

Birthplace: Mirfield, United Kingdom

Profession: Television director, Journalist, Film Producer, Actor Voice acting

Credits: Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand

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#47 on The Best Actors Working Today

#86 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#10 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#11 on The Best Living English Actors

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