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Famous Male Spies

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

This list is made up of many different people, including Joan Pujol Garcia and Charles Turner.

While this isn't a list of all male spys, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male spys?" and "Who are the best male spys?"
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  • Paul Revere
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    Paul Revere (; December 21, 1734 O.S. (January 1, 1735 N.S.) – May 10, 1818) was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and Patriot in the American Revolution. He is best known for his midnight ride to alert the colonial militia in April 1775 to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "Paul Revere's Ride" (1861). At age 41, Revere was a prosperous, established and prominent Boston silversmith. He had helped organize an intelligence and alarm system to keep watch on the British military. Revere later served as a Massachusetts militia officer, though his service ended after the Penobscot... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1735-1818)
    • Birthplace: North End, Boston, Massachusetts

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  • Francis Bacon
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    Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, (; 22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher and statesman who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. His works are credited with developing the scientific method and remained influential through the scientific revolution. Bacon has been called the father of empiricism. His works argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive reasoning and careful observation of events in nature. Most importantly, he argued science could be achieved by use of a sceptical and methodical approach whereby scientists aim to avoid misleading themselves. Although his practical ideas about such a method,... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1561-1626)
    • Birthplace: Strand, London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Robert Hanssen
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    Robert Philip Hanssen (born April 18, 1944) is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States from 1979 to 2001. His espionage was described by the Department of Justice as "possibly the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history." He is currently serving 15 consecutive life sentences at ADX Florence, a federal supermax prison near Florence, Colorado. In 1979, three years after joining the FBI, Hanssen approached the Soviet GRU to offer his services, launching his first espionage cycle, which lasted until 1981. Hanssen restarted his espionage activities in 1985 and continued until 1991 when he broke off... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
  • Allan Pinkerton
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    Allan J. Pinkerton (25 August 1819 – 1 July 1884) was a Scottish-American detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1819-1884)
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom