List of Famous Social Activists People

List of Famous Social Activists

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List of famous social activists, with photos, bios, and other information.  Who are the top social activists in the world? This includes the most prominent social activists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable social activists is ordered by their level of prominence,, and you can sort the info by column. The list you're viewing is made up of people like Paul McCartney and Nelson Mandela. From reputable, prominent, and well known social activists to the lesser known social activists of today, these are the top ten best professionals in this field. If you want to answer the question, "Who are the most famous social activists ever?" start your search here. You can use the people in this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis.(453 items)

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    Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejón de los Milagros for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Mexico, Coatzacoalcos
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, + more
    • Credits: From Dusk till Dawn, Grown Ups, Traffic, The Faculty, Grown Ups 2, + more
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    Lady Gaga
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    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. She initially performed in theater, appearing in high school plays, and studied at CAP21 through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Men in Black 3, The Muppets, American Idol, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Muppets Most Wanted, + more
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    Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE was a British-born American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. As one of the world's most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Cleopatra, National Velvet, The Flintstones, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Giant, + more
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    Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She has also been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, LGBT rights activist, television producer, and collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company R Family ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Commack, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Tarzan, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, The Flintstones, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, + more
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    Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She has released eight studio albums, two compilations, a live album and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. She has sold more than 17 million albums ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: USA, Kennett, Missouri
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Music Teacher, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Cars, Tomorrow Never Dies, Stones in Exile, Home of the Brave, De-Lovely, + more
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    Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor and film director. He is hailed for bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. A cultural icon, Brando is most famous for his Academy Award-winning performances as Terry ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1924-2004)
    • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman, On the Waterfront, Superman Returns, + more
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    Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer, Television director, + more
    • Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Yellow Submarine, Spies Like Us, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Help!, + more
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    Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton Jr. is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, television/radio talk show host and a trusted White House adviser who, according to 60 Minutes, has become President Barack Obama's "go-to black leader." In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Brownsville
    • Profession: Politician, Actor, Presenter, Minister of religion
    • Credits: Malcolm X, Mr Deeds, Madea Goes to Jail, Good Hair, Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem, + more
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    Elizabeth Berkley Lauren is an American television, film and theatre actress. Berkley's most notable roles were in the television series Saved by the Bell, as the brainy Jessie Spano, and the 1995 Paul Verhoeven film Showgirls, as exotic dancer Nomi Malone.more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Any Given Sunday, Saved by the Bell, Showgirls, The First Wives Club, Dancing with the Stars, + more
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    Jesse Jackson
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    Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He is the founder of the organizations that merged to ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Film Producer, Minister of religion, American football player
    • Credits: American Dream, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, Wattstax, Ballou, + more
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    Joaquin Phoenix
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    Joaquin Phoenix, known formerly as Leaf Phoenix, is a Puerto Rican-born American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. He has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, winning one, and three Academy Awards. Phoenix started his career by appearing in episodes on television ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
    • Profession: Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Music video director, + more
    • Credits: Gladiator, Signs, Hotel Rwanda, Walk the Line, Brother Bear, + more
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    Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Boxer, Philanthropist, Social activist
    • Credits: The Greatest, Freedom Road, Muhammad Ali Tribute - Celebrity Fight Night & Fighting Irishmen, I Am Ali
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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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    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government ...more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1918-2013)
    • Birthplace: Mvezo, Africa, South Africa
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Peace activist, Philanthropist, Social activist, + more
    • Credits: Malcolm X, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Death of Apartheid
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    Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman later called her the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1884-1962)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Eleanor Roosevelt Story, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, Women in Defense
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    Margaret Cho
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    Margaret Moran Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality. She has also directed and appeared in music ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Comedian, Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Face/Off, 17 Again, One Missed Call, Drop Dead Diva, Dancing with the Stars, + more
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    Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust, made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country ...more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Abbott, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Poet, Record producer, Television producer, + more
    • Credits: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers: Goldmember, Wag the Dog, Half Baked, Thief, + more
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    Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known on stage as Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He was principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1983, before launching a solo ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Wallsend, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Dune, Bee Movie, Quadrophenia, + more
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    George Soros
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    George Soros is a Hungarian-born American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management. He is known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of England" because of his short sale of US$10 billion worth of pounds, giving him a profit of $1 billion during the 1992 ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Analyst, Business magnate, Trader, Businessperson, Speculator, + more
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    Rosa Parks
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    Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1913-2005)
    • Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist
    • Credits: Touched by an Angel
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