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. Other "Sirs" knighted in England include Sean Connery, Bono, and Michael Caine.
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 Stewart have also received the great honor of knighthood, as has the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. The French also bestow honorary knighthoods with recipients including American actors of classic and modern cinema, Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro.
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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.
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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In 2010, Robert Redford was inducted into France's elite Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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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In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood on Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
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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Clint Eastwood was made a commander in the prestigious French Legion of Honor in 2009 by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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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In 2000, Michael Caine was knighted by the Queen for his services to the British screen.
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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Bob Hope was given an honorary knighthood for his work supporting the troops of various wars with his comedy and entertainment.
Age: Died at 100 (1903-2003)
Birthplace: Eltham, London, United Kingdom
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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Queen Elizabeth II knighted Paul McCartney in 1997 because he helped to revolutionize pop music.
Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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In 2010, Captain Jean Luc Picard became Sir Patrick Stewart.
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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