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Who Is The Most Famous Brian or Bryan In The World?

Updated November 12, 2020 982 votes 50 voters 60.8k views112 items

List RulesVote up all of the Brians and Bryans you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Brian can you think of? The famous Brian/Bryans below have many different professions, including notable actors named Brian, famous athletes named Brian, and directors named Brian. You'll find lots of famous Brians on here, from Brian May to Brian De Palma.

Bryan Cranston is certainly one of the most famous Bryans on this list. One of the famous actors called Bryan, he is best known for his roles of Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad and Hal on Malcom in the Middle, Cranston has become one of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood. He's also been in several high profile movies, including Argo, Saving Private Ryan, and Godzilla.

Another of the famous people with the first name Brian is Brian Wilson. A musical mastermind, Wilson co-founded the musical group The Beach Boys. He wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the band, including "God Only Knows" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice". Wilson has had a lifelong struggle with mental illness, but is still widely considered to be a genius in the field of pop music.

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    Bryan Cranston


    BirthplaceCanoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956) is an American actor and director. He played Walter...  more

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  • Brian May2

    Brian May


    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Brian Harold May, (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and...  more

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  • Brian Wilson3

    Brian Wilson


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Inglewood, California, USA

    Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and...  more

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  • Bryan Adams4

    Bryan Adams


    BirthplaceKingston, Canada

    Bryan Guy Adams (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer,...  more

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  • Brian Eno5

    Brian Eno


    BirthplaceWoodbridge, England

    Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI (; born Brian Peter George Eno, 15...  more

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  • Brian McKnight6

    Brian McKnight


    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, USA

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  • Brian De Palma7

    Brian De Palma


    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    Brian Russell de Palma (born September 11, 1940) is an American film director and...  more

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  • Brian Cox8

    Brian Cox


    BirthplaceDundee, United Kingdom

    Brian Denis Cox (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor who works with the Royal Shakespeare...  more

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  • Brian Williams9

    Brian Williams


    BirthplaceRidgewood, New Jersey, United States of America

    Brian Douglas Williams (born May 5, 1959) is an American journalist at NBC News, currently...  more

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  • Brian Keith10

    Brian Keith


    BirthplaceBayonne, New Jersey, United States of America

    Brian Keith (born Robert Alba Keith, November 14, 1921 – June 24, 1997) was an American film,...  more
  • Brian Mulroney11

    Brian Mulroney


    BirthplaceBaie-Comeau, Canada

    Martin Brian Mulroney (born March 20, 1939) is a Canadian politician who served as the 18th...  more
  • Brian Austin Green12

    BirthplaceVan Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Brian Austin Green (born Brian Green; July 15, 1973) is an American actor and producer best...  more

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  • Brian Jones13

    Brian Jones


    BirthplaceCheltenham, United Kingdom

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  • Bryan Greenberg14

    Bryan Greenberg


    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    Bryan Greenberg (born May 24, 1978) is an American actor and singer, known for his starring...  more

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  • Brian Wilson15

    Brian Wilson


    BirthplaceWinchester, Massachusetts

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  • Brian Urlacher16

    Brian Urlacher


    BirthplacePasco, Tri-Cities, Washington, United States of America

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  • Brian Lara17

    Brian Lara


    BirthplaceSanta Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago

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  • Bryan Singer18

    Bryan Singer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Brian Bonsall19

    Brian Bonsall


    BirthplaceUSA, California, Torrance

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  • Brian Leetch20

    Brian Leetch


    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas

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  • Brian Pillman21

    Brian Pillman


    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Brian Heidik22

    Brian Heidik


    BirthplaceBurtonsville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Bryan Ferry23

    Bryan Ferry


    BirthplaceCounty Durham, United Kingdom

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  • Brian Dennehy24

    Brian Dennehy


    BirthplaceBridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

    Brian Manion Dennehy (July 9, 1938 - April 15, 2020) was an American actor of film, stage, and...  more

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  • Brian Johnson25

    Brian Johnson


    BirthplaceDunston, United Kingdom

    Brian Francis Johnson (born 5 October 1947) is an English singer and songwriter. In 1980, he...  more

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