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Who Is The Most Famous William Or Bill In The World?

Updated November 19, 2020 886 votes 52 voters 78.4k views101 items

List RulesVote up all of the Williams and Bills you've heard of.

How many celebrities named William or Bill can you think of? The famous Bills and Williams below have many different professions, including notable actors named Bill, famous musicians named William, politicians named Bill, and comedians named Bill. 

William Jefferson Clinton is certainly one of the most famous Bills on this list. One of the famous politicians named Bill, he served as the 42nd President of the United States. Since leaving office he has worked as a public speaker, humanitarian, and author.

Another of the famous people with the first name Bill is Bill Murray. The Saturday Night Live legend has appeared in such films as Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, and Caddyshack. He was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016. Another of the actors called William is William Shatner, known for his portrayal of Captain Kirk in Star Trek. You may also recognize Billy Crystal, an actor, and another of the famous people named Billy. 

Did we forget one of your favorite famous men named Bill or William? Just add those celebrity Bills or famous Billys to the list!

  • Bill Pullman1

    Bill Pullman


    BirthplaceHornell, New York, United States of America

    William James Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American film, stage, and television...  more

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  • Bill Clinton2

    Bill Clinton


    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, United States of America

    William Jefferson Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III; August 19, 1946) is an American...  more

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  • Bill Murray3

    Bill Murray


    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

    William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian,...  more

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  • Billy Crystal4

    Billy Crystal


    BirthplaceUpper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

    William Edward Crystal (born March 14, 1948) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer,...  more

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  • Bill Nighy5

    Bill Nighy


    BirthplaceEngland, Caterham

    William Francis "Bill" Nighy is an English actor. He worked in theatre and television before...  more

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  • Bill Hader6

    Bill Hader


    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

    William Thomas Hader Jr. (born June 7, 1978) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor,...  more

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  • William Shatner7

    William Shatner


    BirthplaceCôte Saint-Luc, Canada

    William Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor, author, producer, director, and...  more

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  • Billy Idol8

    Billy Idol


    BirthplaceStanmore, United Kingdom

    William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is...  more

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  • Bill Nye9

    Bill Nye


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    William Sanford Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is...  more

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  • William Shakespeare10

    BirthplaceStratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

    William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and...  more

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  • Billy Zane11

    Billy Zane


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    William George Zane Jr. (born February 24, 1966) is an American actor and producer. He is best...  more

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  • William H. Macy12

    William H. Macy


    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    William Hall Macy Jr. (born March 13, 1950) is an American actor and director. His film career...  more

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  • Billy Joel13

    Billy Joel


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and...  more

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  • Bill Engvall14

    Bill Engvall


    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas, USA

    William Ray Engvall Jr. (born July 27, 1957) is an American comedian and actor best known for...  more

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  • Bill Maher15

    Bill Maher


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William Maher (; born January 20, 1956) is an American comedian, political commentator, and...  more

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  • Billy Bob Thornton16

    BirthplaceHot Springs, Arkansas, United States of America

    Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Billy Dee Williams17

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William December "Billy Dee" Williams Jr. (born April 6, 1937) is an American actor, artist,...  more

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  • William Hurt18

    William Hurt


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    William McChord Hurt (born March 20, 1950) is an American actor, director, producer, and...  more

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  • Billy Crudup19

    Billy Crudup


    BirthplaceManhasset, New York, United States of America

    William Gaither Crudup ( born July 8, 1968) is an American actor. He is a four-time Tony Award...  more

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  • Billy Corgan20

    Billy Corgan


    BirthplaceElk Grove Village, Illinois, USA

    William Patrick Corgan Jr. (born March 17, 1967) is an American musician and songwriter, who...  more

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  • Billy Ray Cyrus21

    Billy Ray Cyrus


    BirthplaceFlatwoods, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Bill Paxton22

    Bill Paxton


    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, USA

    William Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor and director. He...  more

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  • Bill Burr23

    Bill Burr


    BirthplaceCanton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Bill Cosby24

    Bill Cosby


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    William Henry Cosby Jr. (; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor,...  more

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  • Bill Russell25

    Bill Russell


    BirthplaceWest Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America

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