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List of famous people named Brian, along with photos. How many celebrities named Bryan can you think of? The famous Brians below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Bryan, athletes named Brian, and even political figures named Bryan. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is Brian? Add them to the list.

Bryan Cranston is an actor who really rose to fame with his lead role as "Walter White" in the show Breaking Bad, winning many awards. Before this he was also a lead role on the show Malcolm in the Middle, and at the start of his career, even guest starred on Angela Lansbury's Murder She Wrote. Brian May was famously the lead guitarist for the British band Queen. Some songs that he helped write included "We Will Rock You" and "The Show Must Go On". In Rolling Stone he was ranked number 26 on best lead guitarists of all time. 
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 62

Birthplace: Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956) is an American actor and director. He played Walter White on the AMC series Breaking Bad (2008–2013), Hal on the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle ...more

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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 59

Birthplace: Kingston, Canada

Bryan Guy Adams (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist. He rose to fame in Canada and the United States ...more

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 76

Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer who co-founded the Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote ...more

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 71

Birthplace: Hampton, London, London, United Kingdom

Brian Harold May, (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist. He is the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. His songs include "We Will Rock ...more

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Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 72

Birthplace: Dundee, United Kingdom

Brian Denis Cox (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor who works with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. Cox is also known for appearing ...more

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Brian Urlacher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 37

Birthplace: Pasco, Tri-Cities, Washington, United States of America

Brian Urlacher (; born May 25, 1978) is a former American football linebacker who spent his entire 13-year career playing for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played ...more

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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 70

Birthplace: Woodbridge, England

Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI (; born Brian Peter George Eno, 15 May 1948) is an English musician, record producer, visual artist, and theorist best known for his ...more

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Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Dec. at 27 (1942-1969)

Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969) was an English musician, best known as the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones. Initially a slide guitarist, Jones ...more

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Bryan Ferry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 73

Birthplace: County Durham, United Kingdom

Bryan Ferry CBE (born 26 September 1945) is an English singer and songwriter. His voice has been described as an "elegant, seductive croon". He also established a distinctive image and ...more

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 36

Birthplace: Winchester, Massachusetts

Brian Patrick Wilson (born March 16, 1982) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles ...more

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Brian Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, Ridgewood, New Jersey

Brian Douglas Williams (born May 5, 1959) is an American journalist at NBC News, currently serving as the chief anchor for the network's cable news channel MSNBC and as host of the network's ...more

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Brian Dennehy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 77

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

Brian Manion Dennehy (July 9, 1938 - April 15, 2020) is an American actor of film, stage, and television. A winner of one Golden Globe, two Tony Awards and a recipient of six Primetime Emmy ...more

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Brian Austin Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 45

Birthplace: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Brian Austin Green (born Brian Green; July 15, 1973) is an American actor and producer best known for his portrayal of David Silver on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000). ...more

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Brian Bonsall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 37

Birthplace: USA, California, Torrance

Brian Eric Bonsall (born December 3, 1981) is an American rock musician, singer, guitarist and former child actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Andrew "Andy" Keaton, the ...more

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Brian Heidik is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 50

Birthplace: Burtonsville, Maryland, United States of America

Brian A. Heidik is an American actor best known for winning the reality TV competition show, Survivor: Thailand.

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Bryan Singer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Bryan Jay Singer (born September 17, 1965) is an American director, producer and writer of film and television. He is the founder of Bad Hat Harry Productions and has produced or co-produced ...more

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Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 35

Birthplace: Athens, Georgia, USA

Brian Michael McCann (born February 20, 1984) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the Braves, the New ...more

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Brian Pillman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Dec. at 35 (1962-1997)

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Brian William Pillman (May 22, 1962 – October 5, 1997) was an American professional wrestler and professional football player best known for his appearances in Stampede Wrestling in the 1980s ...more

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Brian Leetch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 50

Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas

Brian Joseph Leetch (born March 3, 1968) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 18 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple ...more

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Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 40

Birthplace: Long Beach, California

Brian David Scalabrine (born March 18, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a television analyst for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball ...more

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Brian Hoyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 30

Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio

Brian Axel Hoyer (born October 13, 1985) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted ...more

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Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 45

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

Brian Patrick Dawkins Sr. (born October 13, 1973) is a former American football safety who played 16 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. He ...more

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Brian De Palma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 78

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Brian Russell de Palma (born September 11, 1940) is an American film director and screenwriter. With a career spanning over 50 years, he is best known for his work in the suspense, psychological ...more

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Brian Bosworth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

Brian Keith Bosworth (born March 9, 1965), nicknamed "The Boz," is an American actor and former professional football player who played linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks in the ...more

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Brian Lara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Brian
Age: 49

Birthplace: Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago

Brian Charles Lara, (born 2 May 1969) is a Trinidadian former international cricketer, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He topped the Test batting rankings on ...more