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Who Is The Most Famous Boris In The World?

Updated January 31, 2021 561 votes 37 voters 9.6k views59 items

List RulesVote up all of the Borises you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Boris can you think of? The famous Borises below have many different professions, including notable actors named Boris, famous musicians named Boris, and even athletes named Boris.

Boris Karloff is certainly one of the most famous Borises on this list. One of the famous actors named Boris, he is best known for portraying the monster in Frankenstein. The Mummy and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are among his notable projects.

Another of the famous people with the first name Boris is Boris Johnson. He assumed the office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 2019. He previously served as the Mayor of London from 2008 until 2016.

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  • 1
    1964-06-19
    29

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (; born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since July 2019. He has been...  more
  • 2
    1887-11-23
    26

    BirthplaceEast Dulwich, London, United Kingdom

    William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff (), was an English actor who was primarily known for his roles in horror films. He portrayed...  more

    #204 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#1256 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#81 of 220 The Greatest British Actors of All Time

  • 3
    1890-02-10
    24

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (; Russian: Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis lʲɪɐˈnʲidəvʲɪtɕ pəstɨrˈnak]; 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1890 – 30 May 1960) was a Russian poet, novelist, and...  more
  • 4
    1931-02-01
    20

    BirthplaceButka, Russia, Russia

    Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin (Russian: Бори́с Никола́евич Е́льцин, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ ˈjelʲtsɨn] (listen); 1 February 1931 – 23 April 2007) was a Soviet and Russian politician who served as...  more

    #45 of 63 The Most Influential People of the Cold War#179 of 347 The Most Important Leaders In World History#8 of 14 Which Historical Figure Would Win In An All-Night Drinking Competition?

  • 5
    1920-03-10
    16

    BirthplaceVille-d'Avray, France

    Boris Vian (French: [bɔʁis vjɑ̃]; 10 March 1920 – 23 June 1959) was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. Today he is remembered...  more
  • 6
    1973-03-08
    19

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe (; born March 8, 1973), better known as Boris Kodjoe, is an Austrian-born actor of German and Ghanaian descent known for his roles as Kelby in the 2002...  more

    #210 of 241 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked#7 of 20 The Hottest Bald Men#9 of 98 The Most Handsome Black Actors Today

  • 7
    1932-01-27
    14

    BirthplaceIshim, Tyumen Oblast, Russia

    Boris Anfiyanovich Shakhlin (Russian: Борис Анфиянович Шахлин; 27 January 1932 – 30 May 2008) was a Soviet gymnast who was the 1960 Olympic all-around champion and the 1958 all-around World Champion....  more
  • 8
    1967-11-22
    13

    BirthplaceLeimen, Germany

    Boris Franz Becker (German pronunciation: [ˈboːʁɪs ˈbɛkɐ]; born 22 November 1967) is a German former world No. 1 professional tennis player. He was successful from the start of his career, winning...  more

    #98 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#6 of 217 The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time#15 of 83 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

  • 9
    1908-08-13
    11

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Leven (in early movies – Boris Levin; August 13, 1908 – October 11, 1986) was a Russian-born Academy Award-winning art director and production designer whose Hollywood career spanned...  more
  • 10
    1965-09-29
    16

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

    Boris Rodolfo Izaguirre Lobo (born September 29, 1965 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan-Spanish screenwriter, journalist, writer, TV host and showman. Izaguirre wrote the scripts of some of the Venezuelan...  more
  • 11
    1923-10-18
    11

    BirthplaceDnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

    Boris Sagal (October 18, 1923 – May 22, 1981) was a Ukrainian-American television and film director....  more
  • 12
    1962-09-18
    11

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Boris Said III (born September 18, 1962) is an American professional race car driver. His father, Bob Said, was a Formula 1 race driver and US Olympic bobsled driver in 1968 and 1972. His NASCAR...  more
  • 13
    1982-04-16
    16

    BirthplaceCormeilles-en-Parisis, France

    Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw (born April 16, 1982), is a French retired professional basketball player. Diaw, who began his professional career in Pro A, returned to that...  more

    #41 of 131 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#34 of 119 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked#49 of 90 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • 14
    10

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Vadimovich Berezovsky (Russian: Бори́с Вади́мович Березо́вский) is a Russian pianist....  more
  • 15
    1933-06-28
    14

    BirthplaceNew Jersey, USA

    Lawrence J. Simon (June 28, 1933 – September 1, 1994), better known by the ring name, Boris Malenko (Russian: Бори́с Маленко́, tr. pron, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis mɐlˈɛnko]), was an American professional...  more
  • 16
    1934-12-18
    11

    BirthplaceIrkutsk, Russia

    Boris Valentinovich Volynov (Russian: Бори́с Валенти́нович Волы́нов; born 18 December 1934) is a Soviet cosmonaut who flew two space missions of the Soyuz programme: Soyuz 5, and Soyuz 21. He was the...  more
  • 17
    1962-01-23
    11

    BirthplaceCobleskill, New York, USA

    Boris McGiver is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in projects such as Lincoln, House of Cards, The Wire, Killing Kennedy, and Person of Interest....  more
  • 18
    1944-03-03
    7

    BirthplaceSwitzerland, Lausanne

    Boris Lehman, (born 3 March 1944, Lausanne), is a Belgian author-filmmaker of experimental cinema. Lehman initially studied piano, but in the early 1960s became interested in photography and cinema....  more
  • 19
    1943-01-13
    10

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Boris Gardiner (born 13 January 1943) is a Jamaican singer, songwriter and bass guitarist....  more
  • 20
    1944-10-06
    6

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Petrovich Mikhailov (Russian: Бори́с Петро́вич Миха́йлов; born October 6, 1944) is a former Soviet ice hockey player. In 2000, he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame....  more
  • 21
    1948-04-03
    6

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Berman (born Moscow, April 3, 1948) is a Russian pianist and pedagogue. He was a student of Lev Oborin at the Moscow Conservatory. He made his debut in Moscow in 1965. He joined an early music...  more
  • 22
    1955-07-21
    9

    BirthplaceUtrecht, Netherlands

    Boris Ottokar Dittrich (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈboːrɪz ˈditrix]; born 21 July 1955) is a Dutch politician of the Democrats 66 (D66) party and jurist. He is a Member of the Senate since 11 June...  more
  • 23
    1878-03-07
    9

    BirthplaceAstrakhan, Russia

    Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev (Russian: Бори́с Миха́йлович Кусто́диев; 7 March [O.S. 23 February] 1878 – 28 May 1927) was a Russian and Soviet painter and stage designer....  more
  • 24
    1902-06-18
    4

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Vasilyevich Barnet (Russian: Бори́с Васи́льевич Ба́рнет; 18 June 1902 – 8 January 1965) was a Soviet film director, actor and screenwriter of British origin. He directed 27 films between 1927...  more
  • 25
    1950-10-01
    11

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Vladimirovich Morukov (Russian: Бори́с Влади́мирович Моруков; 1 October 1950 – 1 January 2015) was a Russian physician at the State Research Center RF-Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP)....  more
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