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Famous Male Activists

Updated June 8, 2017 4.5k views50 items

List of famous male activists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male activists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being activists. There are thousand of males working as activists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic activists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a activist then the people below should give you inspiration.

Use every item on this list for yours, from Desmond Tutu to Eric Rofes.

While this isn't a list of all male activists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male activists?" and "Who are the best male activists?"
  • River Phoenix
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    River Jude Phoenix (né Bottom; August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician, and animal activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix, and Summer Phoenix. Phoenix's work encompassed 24 films and television appearances, and his rise to fame led to his status as a "teen idol". He began his acting career at age 10, in television commercials. He starred in the science fiction adventure film Explorers (1985), and had his first notable role in 1986's Stand by Me, a coming-of-age film based on the novella The Body by Stephen King. Phoenix made a transition into more adult-oriented roles with Running on Empty (1988), playing the son of...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 23 (1970-1993)
    • Birthplace: Madras, Oregon, United States of America

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  • Danny Glover
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    Danny Lebern Glover (; born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director, and political activist. He is known for his lead role as Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film series. He also has leading roles in the films The Color Purple (1985), To Sleep with Anger (1990), Predator 2 (1990), Angels in the Outfield (1994) and Operation Dumbo Drop (1995). Glover has prominent supporting roles in Silverado (1985), Witness (1985), Saw (2004), Shooter (2007), 2012 (2009), Death at a Funeral (2010), Beyond the Lights (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), and Sorry to Bother You (2018). He is an active supporter of various political causes....  more
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America

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  • John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter and was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their dissolution in 2011. Possessing a distinctive voice, Stipe has been noted for the "mumbling" style of his early career. Since the mid 80's, Stipe sings in "wailing, keening, arching vocal figures" that R.E.M. biographer David Buckley compared to Celtic folk artists and Muslim muezzin. He was in charge of R.E.M.'s visual aspect, often selecting album artwork and directing many of the band's music videos. Outside the music industry, he owns and runs two film production studios, C-00 and Single Cell Pictures. As a member...  more
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, United States of America

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  • William Charles Ayers (; born December 26, 1944) is a former leader of the Weather Underground and American elementary education theorist. During the 1960s, Ayers participated in the counterculture movement that opposed US involvement in the Vietnam War. He is known for his 1960s radical activism and his current work in education reform, curriculum and instruction. In 1969, Ayers co-founded the Weather Underground, a self-described Communist revolutionary group with the intent to overthrow imperialism, that conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings (including police stations, the US Capitol Building, and the Pentagon) during the 1960s and 1970s in response to US involvement in the...  more
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States of America