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List of Famous Activists

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List of famous activists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top activists in the world? This includes the most prominent activists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable activists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic activists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned activists.

Items on this list include Bill Cosby and Jenny McCarthy.

From reputable, prominent, and well known activists to the lesser known activists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the activist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous activists ever?" and "What are the names of famous activists?" then you're in the right place. (615 items)

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    Pamela Denise Anderson is a Canadian-American actress. In addition to her acting career, she is also a model, producer, author, activist, and former showgirl, known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch, and V.I.P. She was chosen as a Playmate of the Month for Playboy ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Ladysmith, Canada
    • Profession: Activist, Television director, Nude Glamour Model, Television producer, Model, + more
    • Credits: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Home Improvement, Scary Movie 3, Scooby-Doo, Baywatch, + more
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    Jennifer Ann "Jenny" McCarthy is an American model, television host, comedian, actress, author, and anti-vaccine activist. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of the Year. McCarthy then parlayed her Playboy fame into a television and film ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: USA, Evergreen Park, Illinois
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Model, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Scary Movie 3, Scream 3, John Tucker Must Die, BASEketball, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, + more
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    Heather Graham
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    Heather Joan Graham is an American actress. After starring in various commercials, her first starring role came in 1988 with the teen comedy License to Drive, followed by her breakthrough role in Gus Van Sant's critically acclaimed 1989 film Drugstore Cowboy. She then played a number of supporting roles ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: USA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    • Profession: Activist, Television producer, Fashion Model, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: The Hangover, Boogie Nights, Twin Peaks, Scrubs, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, + more
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    Russell Brand
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    Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. In 2004, Brand achieved notoriety as the host of Big Brother's Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. In 2007, he had his first major film role in St Trinian's, a film about an anarchic school for uncontrollable girls. In ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Grays, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Activist, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Rock of Ages, Arthur, + more
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    Alicia Silverstone is an American actress, producer, author, and activist. Silverstone made her film debut in The Crush, earning the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and gained further prominence as a teen idol when she appeared in three music videos for the band Aerosmith. She ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Author, + more
    • Credits: Clueless, Batman & Robin, Tropic Thunder, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Blast from the Past, + more
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    Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, musician and businessman. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps. He starred in ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: London, Canada
    • Profession: Activist, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Restaurateur, + more
    • Credits: Remember the Titans, The Notebook, Drive, Gangster Squad, Crazy, + more
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    Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She is a two-time Academy Award winner. In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award. Fonda made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play There Was a Little Girl, ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, + more
    • Credits: 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, + more
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    Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a French former actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and was widely referred to by her initials. Starting in 1969, Bardot became the official face of Marianne to ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Activist, Model, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Cinema Paradiso, Contempt, Shalako, Spirits of the Dead, Helen of Troy, + more
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    Kelly Ann Hu is an American actress, voice artist and former fashion model. She was Miss Teen USA 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA 1993. Hu starred as Dr. Rae Chang on the American television soap opera Sunset Beach and as Michelle Chan on the American television police drama series Nash Bridges. She has also ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: USA, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Profession: Activist, Professional Poker Player, Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: X-Men 2, Phineas and Ferb, The Doors, Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Scorpion King, + more
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    Pierce Brendan Brosnan, is an Irish-American actor, film producer and environmentalist. After leaving comprehensive school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration. He then went on to train at the Drama Centre in London for three years. Following a stage acting career he rose to ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Drogheda
    • Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor, Artist
    • Credits: Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye, The World's End, Die Another Day, + more
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    William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by landing a starring role in the 1960s show I Spy. During its first two seasons, he was a regular on the children's ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Cosby Show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, A Different World, Jack, Let's Do It Again, + more
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    Susan Abigail Sarandon is an American actress. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, Jackson Heights, New York
    • Profession: Activist, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham, Enchanted, James and the Giant Peach, + more
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    Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1925-2008)
    • Birthplace: USA, Shaker Heights, Ohio
    • Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Racing driver, + more
    • Credits: The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cars, Road to Perdition, Cool Hand Luke, + more
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    John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership. Born and raised in Liverpool, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1940-1980)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Yellow Submarine, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Help!, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, + more
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    Gillian Leigh Anderson is an American actress. After beginning her career on stage, Anderson achieved international recognition for her role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on the American sci-fi horror drama series The X-Files for all nine seasons. Her film work includes The House of Mirth, the dramas ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The X-Files, Hannibal, Princess Mononoke, The Last King of Scotland, The X-Files, + more
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    Daryl Hannah
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    Daryl Christine Hannah is an American film actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Blade Runner, Splash, Roxanne, Wall Street, Steel Magnolias and Kill Bill. She is also an environmental campaigner who has been arrested for protests against developments that are believed by some ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Blade Runner, Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Steel Magnolias, Splash, + more
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    Charles Robert Redford Jr., better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and a founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has received two Academy Awards: one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, Out of Africa, + more
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    Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: GoldenEye, Across the Universe, Brüno, The Million Dollar Hotel, Sightings of Bono, + more
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    Shirley MacLean Beaty, known professionally as Shirley MacLaine, is an American film, television and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author. She has won one Academy Award, five Golden Globe Awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, one Emmy Award and two BAFTA Awards. In 2012, she ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Downton Abbey, The Apartment, Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, Being There, + more
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    Lucille Frances "Lucy" Lawless, MNZM is a New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess. She is also widely known for her role as Number Three on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Mount Albert, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Activist, Musician, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, Veronica Mars, + more
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