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Who Is The Most Famous Desmond In The World?

Updated January 21, 2021 241 votes 26 voters 7.1k views27 items

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

Desmond Tutu is certainly one of the most famous Desmonds on this list. One of the famous activists named Desmond, he served as the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996. He dedicated his life to opposing and ending apartheid and promoting non-violent protest.

Another of the famous people with the first name Desmond is Desmond Llewelyn. He was an actor best known for playing Q in the James Bond films. He is also featured in Cleopatra and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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    BirthplaceKlerksdorp, South Africa

    Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African Anglican cleric and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from...  more

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    BirthplaceNewport, United Kingdom

    Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn (; 12 September 1914 – 19 December 1999) was a Welsh actor, best known for his role as Q in 17 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1999....  more
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    BirthplaceSaint Andrew Parish, Jamaica

    Desmond Dekker (16 July 1941 – 25 May 2006) was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician. Together with his backing group the Aces (consisting of Wilson James and Easton...  more

    #27 of 279 The Best Reggae Bands/Artists#6 of 107 The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time#7 of 90 The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists

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    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Thomas Joseph FitzGerald (13 February 1888 – 9 April 1947) was an Irish revolutionary, poet, publicist and Fine Gael politician who served as Minister for Defence from 1927 to 1932, Minister for...  more
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    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Desmond Davis (born 24 May 1926 in London, England) is a British film and television director....  more
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    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia, USA

    Desmond Harrington (born October 19, 1976) is an American actor. He has appeared in The Hole (2001), Ghost Ship (2002), and Wrong Turn (2003), joined the cast of the Showtime series Dexter in its...  more
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    BirthplaceGainesville, Florida, United States of America

    Desmond Child (born John Charles Barrett; October 28, 1953) is an American songwriter and producer. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008. He is the son of Hungarian father Joseph...  more

    #104 of 119 The Best Musical Artists From Florida#104 of 665 Every Band & Musician Who Has Performed on Saturday Night Live#103 of 107 The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL in the '70s

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    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Desmond Herbert Carrington (23 May 1926 – 1 February 2017) was a British actor and broadcaster whose career spanned over 70 years. He was best known for his weekly show on BBC Radio 2 which aired for...  more
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    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Desmond Trufant (born September 10, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of...  more
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    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Desmond Tester (17 February 1919 – 31 December 2002) was an English film and television actor, host and executive. He was born in London, England, and started his career as child actor, among his...  more
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    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Sir Desmond Angus Swayne (born 20 August 1956) is a Conservative Party politician and a former economics teacher. He is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of New Forest West in Hampshire....  more
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    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Desmond Delane Jennings (born October 30, 1986) is an American professional baseball player who is a free agent. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Rays....  more
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    BirthplaceCalgary, Canada

    Desmond Dillon Paul Morton (born 1937) is a Canadian historian who specializes in the history of the Canadian military, as well as the history of Canadian political and industrial relations. Born in...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceLynchburg, Virginia

    Desmond Thomas Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006) was a United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star...  more
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    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    Desmond Kevin Howard (born May 15, 1970) is an American former professional football player in the National Football League (NFL) . Howard was known mostly as a return specialist but also played wide...  more
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    BirthplaceWaxahachie, Texas

    Desmond Tremaine Mason (born October 11, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player, and painter. He played as a shooting guard and small forward. Mason has also found success as an...  more
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    Desmond James Conrad Ackner, Baron Ackner, PC (18 September 1920 – 21 March 2006) was a British judge and Lord of Appeal in Ordinary....  more
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    BirthplaceBarbados, Saint James Parish, Caribbean Sea, Barbados Island, Lesser Antilles

    Desmond Leo Haynes (born 15 February 1956) is a West Indian cricketer and cricket coach. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1991. Haynes formed a formidable partnership with Gordon Greenidge...  more
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    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Desmond Carolan Fennell (born 1929) is an Irish writer, cultural philosopher and linguist, whose most frequent form of writing is the essay. Throughout his career Fennell has repeatedly departed from...  more
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    BirthplacePurton, United Kingdom

    Desmond John Morris FLS honoris causa (born 24 January 1928) is an English zoologist, ethologist and surrealist painter, as well as a popular author in human sociobiology. He is known for his 1967...  more
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    Sir George Desmond Lorenz de Silva, (13 December 1939 – 2 June 2018) was a British lawyer known for having been the United Nations Chief War Crimes Prosecutor in Sierra Leone....  more
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    Desmond Dube is a South African singer, actor, mime artist and entertainer. He is known for his work in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Hotel Rwanda, Friends Indeed, Suburban Bliss and Joburg...  more
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    Desmond Lamont Bishop (born July 24, 1984) is a former American football linebacker that is currently the defensive coordinator at Edison High School in Stockton, California. He played college...  more
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    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida, United States of America

    Desmond Darice Clark (born April 20, 1977 in Bartow, Florida) is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth...  more
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    Desmond Williams is an American electronica musician, as well as a record producer and was the chief sound engineer for the Eighteenth Street Lounge Music record label. Born in Jamaica and raised in...  more
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