Person List of Famous Social Workers

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This list of famous social workers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top social workers in the world? This includes the most prominent social workers, living and dead, both from America and abroad. For more lists on celebrity humanitarians, here are famous peace activists and male celebrity feminists. This list of notable social workers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted depending on what information you're looking for, such as where these historic social workers 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 social workers.

This list of famous social workers in history includes people like Eunice Kennedy Shriver , Laura Harring, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, and more. From popular social workers to historical social helpers, this list has them all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known social workers to the lesser known social workers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the field of social work. Who are the most famous social workers ever? What are the names of famous social workers?

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
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Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver, DSG was a member of the Kennedy family, sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder in 1962 of Camp Shriver which started on her Maryland farm known as Timberlawn and, in 1968 evolved into the ...more

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Age: Died at 88 (1921-2009)

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Social Worker

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#35 on List of Members of the Kennedy Family

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Laura Harring is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
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Laura Harring is a Mexican actress. In 1985, Harring became the first Latina woman crowned Miss USA. She later began her acting career in television and film. She is best known for her role as Rita in the 2001 cult neo-noir film Mulholland Drive. She is also known for her roles in other films, ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Los Mochis, Mexico

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Profession: Model, Social Worker, Actor, Dancer

Credits: Mulholland Drive, Sunset Beach, John Q, The Punisher

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#124 on Your Favorite Hispanic Celebrities

#5 on Famous People Named Laura

#41 on The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Ron Silver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
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Ronald Arthur "Ron" Silver was an American actor, director, producer, radio host and political activist. ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1946-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Social Worker, Radio personality, Actor Political Activist, + more

Credits: Ali, Romancing the Stone, Timecop, Rhoda Silkwood, + more

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#93 on Here's a List of Every Known Republican Celebrity

#20 on Famous People Named Ronald

#18 on Famous People Named Ron

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Mithun Chakraborty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
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Gouranga Chakraborty, better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty, informally referred to as Mithun Da, is an Indian film actor, singer, producer, writer, social worker, entrepreneur and a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament. He is the recipient of three National Film Awards. He made his acting ...more

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Age: 65

Birthplace: Barisal, Bangladesh

Nationality: India

Profession: Television presenter, Wrestler, Entrepreneur, Social Worker Actor, + more

Credits: Om Shanti Om, Guru, Yuvvraaj, Heroes Chandni Chowk to China, + more

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Ralph Waite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
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Ralph Waite was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on The Waltons, which he occasionally directed. In addition, Waite appeared in many guest roles on numerous television series, most recently in a recurring role in NCIS as Jackson ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Television director, Politician, Social Worker, Actor Minister of religion

Credits: NCIS, Cool Hand Luke, Carnivàle, The Waltons Roots, + more

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#15 on Famous People Named Ralph

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John Amos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
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John Amos is an American actor who played James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s television series Good Times. His television work includes roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the miniseries Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination, and a recurring role as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace on The West Wing. ...more

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Age: 76

Birthplace: USA, Newark, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Copywriter, Soldier, Theatrical producer, Screenwriter Social Worker, + more

Credits: Coming to America, Die Hard 2, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times The Beastmaster, + more

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#45 on The Best African American Actors in Film

#128 on The Best Guest Stars on The Love Boat

#45 on The Greatest Black Actors in Film History

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Periyar E. V. Ramasamy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
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Erode Venkata Ramasamy, affectionately called by his followers as Periyar or E. V. R., was a social activist, politician and businessman, who started the Self-Respect Movement or the Dravidian Movement. He is also the founder of political party, Dravidar Kazhagam. Periyar was born in Erode, Madras ...more

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Age: Died at 94 (1879-1973)

Birthplace: Erode, India

Profession: Politician, Social Worker, Writer

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#138 on Freedom Fighters of India

#95 on 100+ Atheist Politicians and Lawyers

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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar CIE, born Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay, was an Indian Bengali polymath and a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He was a philosopher, academic educator, writer, translator, printer, publisher, entrepreneur, reformer, and philanthropist. His efforts to simplify and ...more

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Age: Died at 71 (1820-1891)

Birthplace: Bengal Presidency

Nationality: India

Profession: Publisher, Educator, Entrepreneur, Lecturer Social Worker, + more

Credits: Bhranti Bilas

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