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This list contains information about famous Navy SEALS, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous U.S. Navy SEALs became well-known through combat operations, while many others have also gone on to successful careers in politics, entertainment, and even space exploration. Among the most respected and feared warriors on the planet, Navy SEALs are trained for the Sea, Air, and Land. Just to become Navy SEALs, these soldiers must complete what is widely considered the toughest training in any military worldwide.

Who is the most famous Navy SEAL? Jesse Ventura tops our list. Following his service on the Underwater Demolition Team, Ventura was a pro westler and Governor of Minnesota.  Two SEALs on the list have gone on to become NASA astronauts.

Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, achieved a new level of posthumous fame when his book American Sniper was adapted into 2014's biggest movie. Marcus Luttrell detailed his combat experience in his book Lone Survivor, which was also adapted into a popular film.

Explore this list of the most famous United States Navy SEALs and just try not to feel bad about yourself in comparison. Do you think you could have what it takes to be a Navy SEAL? Let us know in the comments section!

Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Navy SEALs
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Professional wrestler, Predator supporting player, television personality, and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was a member of the Navy's Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War. UDT soldiers were eventually retasked as Navy SEALs in the 1980s.

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Chris Kyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Navy SEALs
Photo: Cpl. Damien Gutierrez/Wiki Commons
Chris Kyle became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history over four tours in Iraq as a Navy SEAL. Before his murder in Texas, he co-wrote American Sniper, a bestselling account of his exploits. His memoir served as the basis for the box office powerhouse that starred Bradley Cooper as Kyle.

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Rudy Boesch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Navy SEALs
Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Merriam/Wiki Commons
Survivor contestant Rudy Boesch was one of the very first Navy SEALs. He earned a Bronze Star for his actions in the Vietnam War, during which he participated in 45 combat missions, including raids, ambushes, rescues, and intelligence ops.

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William Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Navy SEALs
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NASA astronaut William Shepherd qualified to become a Navy SEAL in the 1970s, serving on the UDT and two separate SEAL teams. As an astronaut, he participated in three Space Shuttle missions and commanded the first International Space Station crew.
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