List of Famous Private Investigators People

List of Famous Private Investigators

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List of famous private investigators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top private investigators in the world? This includes the most prominent private investigators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable private investigators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic private investigators 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 private investigators.

These people, like Anthony Pellicano and John Walsh include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known private investigators to the lesser known private investigators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the private investigator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous private investigators ever?" and "What are the names of famous private investigators?" then you're in the right place. (21 items)


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    Paul Barresi is an American actor, movie director, media personality and a private investigator.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Private investigator, Film Director
    • Credits: Perfect, Co-Ed Fever, The Velvet Mafia: Part 1, L.A. Plays Itself, Nasty Nurses, + more
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    Anthony Pellicano is a former high-profile Los Angeles private investigator. He has served a term of thirty months in a federal prison for illegal possession of explosives, firearms and homemade grenades, and is currently serving time in prison for subsequent convictions for crimes including ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
    • Profession: Private investigator
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    John Walsh
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    John Edward Walsh, Jr. is an American television personality, criminal investigator, human and victim rights advocate and the host, as well as creator, of America's Most Wanted. Walsh is known for his anti-crime activism and his extreme hatred of criminals, with which he became involved following the ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Auburn, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Television director, Television producer, Advocate, Actor, + more
    • Credits: KaBlam!, America's Most Wanted, Falling for Grace, Pipe Dream, Wrongfully Accused, + more
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    Ed Gruchalla is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 45th district since 2007.more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Jamestown, North Dakota, United States of America
    • Profession: Salesperson, Police officer, Private investigator
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    Dawud Wharnsby Ali
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    Dawud Wharnsby is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, performer, educator and television personality. A multi-instrumentalist, he is best known for his work in the musical/poetic genre of English Language nasheed and spoken word.more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Kitchener, Guelph, Canada
    • Profession: Record producer, Poet, Songwriter, Musician, Private investigator
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    Richard Devlin is a Democratic American politician serving in the Oregon State Senate, representing Oregon's 19th Senate district, which includes the cities of Durham, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Rivergrove, West Linn, parts of southwest Portland and Tigard, as well as unincorporated parts of southwestern ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Western United States, Northwestern United States, Eugene, Lane County, Area code 458, + more
    • Profession: Private investigator
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    Michael John Hatton was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from June 1996 to November 2007, representing the Division of Blaxland, New South Wales. He was educated at the University of New South Wales. He was a school teacher before entering politics. From 1985 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sydney
    • Profession: Politician, Private investigator
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    Richard Lee Lambert

    Richard Lee Lambert is the father of Miranda Lambert.more

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    • Profession: Police officer, Private investigator
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    Gordon Novel

    Gordon Michael Dwayne Novel was a private investigator and electronics expert, who was known for several controversial investigations. He was most notable for his conflict with District Attorney Jim Garrison and his work as investigator for automobile industry executive John DeLorean and U.S. Attorney ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1938-2012)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Private investigator
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    Jack Palladino

    Jack Palladino is a San Francisco-based private investigator and attorney. Born in Boston, he attended Boston Latin School and went on to do his undergraduate studies at Cornell. He subsequently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue graduate studies at UC Berkeley, first as a Ford Fellow in ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Private investigator
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    Paul Henderson

    Paul Henderson III is an American journalist and private investigator who won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1982 as a reporter for The Seattle Times. Henderson was born in Washington D.C., but moved to Beatrice, Nebraska as a young child. For high school and junior college, he went ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Private investigator
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    Edwin Atherton

    Edwin Atherton
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    Edwin Newton Atherton served as a Foreign Service Officer, BOI Agent, Private Investigator, and later, appointed head of the college athletics organization, the Pacific Coast Conference in 1940. Born in Washington, D.C., Atherton studied law at Georgetown University for only four months. After leaving ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1896-1944)
    • Birthplace: Washington^! D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Private investigator
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    Guy Banister
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    William Guy Banister was a career employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a private investigator. After his death, he gained notoriety from allegations made by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison that he had been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Prior to the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1901-1964)
    • Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Private investigator
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    Jay J. Armes

    Jay J. Armes is an American amputee, private investigator, and actor. He is known for his prosthetic hands.more

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    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Private investigator
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    Bradley Willman

    Bradley Willman is an anti-pedophile activist from Canada who engaged in private investigations using the Internet to expose pedophiles. At one time, he had unfettered access to between 2,000 and 3,000 computers that had been used to visit websites of interest to pedophiles as the result of his use of a ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Langley City, Canada
    • Profession: Private investigator
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    Daniel Morgan

    Daniel Morgan was a private investigator who was murdered in Sydenham, south east London, in March 1987. He was said to have been close to exposing important police corruption. His death was the subject of several failed police inquiries and in 2011 was at the centre of allegations concerning the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Singapore
    • Profession: Private investigator
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    Jim Maddin

    Jim Maddin is a Canadian politician and currently serves as mayor of the town of Asquith in west central Saskatchewan. He served as Mayor of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from 2000 to 2003, and sought election to the Canadian House of Commons in 2006. Maddin was born in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, and graduated ...more

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    • Profession: Private investigator
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    Judd Matheny

    Judd Matheny is a Republican party politician in Tennessee, representing the 47th District as State Representative. His district includes all or parts of Coffee, Warren counties.more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Profession: Private investigator
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    Beverly June Hughes

    Beverly June Hughes is the mother of Miranda Lambert.more

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    • Profession: Private investigator
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    Jonathan Rees

    Jonathan Rees is a private investigator, and former partner of Daniel Morgan.more

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    • Profession: Private investigator
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