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Who Is The Most Famous Duke In The World?

Updated May 11, 2021 279 votes 23 voters 12.6k views34 items

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

Duke Ellington is certainly one of the most famous Dukes on this list. He is the legendary composer and orchestra leader who helped jazz rise in popularity. “It Don't Mean a Thing” and “Satin Doll” are among his most popular songs.

Another of the famous people with the first name Duke is Duke Dumont. He is a British DJ and producer. His hit singles include “Need U (100%)” and “Ocean Drive."

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Duke? Just add them to the list!

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    Duke Ellington


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more...  more

    The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time#199 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#206 of 362 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

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    Duke Robillard


    BirthplaceWoonsocket, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Michael John "Duke" Robillard (born October 4, 1948) is an American guitarist and singer. He founded the band Roomful of Blues and was a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Although Robillard is...  more
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    Duke Cunningham


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Randall Harold "Duke" Cunningham (born December 8, 1941) is an American politician, jet fighter ace, and convicted felon. A Republican, he served as member of the U.S. House of Representatives from...  more
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    Duke York


    BirthplaceDanby, New York, United States of America

    Duke York (born Charles Everest Sinsabaugh, October 17, 1908 – January 24, 1952), known professionally as Duke York, was an American film actor and stuntman who appeared in nearly 160 films between...  more
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    Duke Garwood

    Duke Garwood is a London based, English multi-instrumentalist....  more
  • 6

    Duke Levine

    Duke Levine (born November 29, 1961) is an American guitarist, known primarily for his rock and country music playing as a session musician. Levine was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, United...  more
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    Duke Special

    Duke Special (born Peter Wilson; 4 January 1971) is a songwriter and performer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A piano-based songwriter with a romantic style and a warm, distinctly accented...  more
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    Duke Pearson


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Columbus Calvin "Duke" Pearson Jr. (August 17, 1932 – August 4, 1980) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Allmusic describes him as having a "big part in shaping the Blue Note label's hard bop...  more
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    Born in Clarksville, Missouri Duke DuVall is a Television host for the program "Conquering Your Giants" on The Christian Television Network affiliate in Quincy,IL. He is also an author,Professional...  more
  • 10

    Duke Erikson


    BirthplaceLyons, Nebraska, United States of America

    Douglas Elwin "Duke" Erikson (born January 15, 1951, in Nebraska) is an American musician, songwriter, screenwriter, film producer and record producer, best known as a co-founder and guitarist in the...  more
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    Duke Moore


    Duke Moore, was an American actor who has the distinction of spending his entire on-screen career in productions by Ed Wood.

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    Duke Mitchell


    BirthplaceFarrell, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Duke Mitchell (May 9, 1926 – December 2, 1981) was an American film actor, slapstick comedian, crooner and independent film director of 1970s gangster movies starring himself. Mitchell often...  more
  • 13

    Duke Kahanamoku


    BirthplaceWaikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

    Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) was a Native Hawaiian competition swimmer who popularized the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing. He was born towards...  more

    #5 of 38 The Best Surfers of All Time#189 of 204 The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America#49 of 60 Famous People with Long Names

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    Duke Goldstone


    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska

    Duke Goldstone is a film and television director, film producer and television editor....  more
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    Duke Dumont


    BirthplaceRayners Lane, United Kingdom

    Adam George Dyment, better known by his stage name Duke Dumont, is a British DJ and deep house producer. He is best known for the singles "Need U", "I Got U" and "Won't Look Back" which reached...  more

    #49 of 73 The Best Las Vegas DJ Residencies Right Now#71 of 253 The Greatest EDM Artists Of All Time#137 of 280 The Best DJs Of 2020, Ranked

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    Duke Droese

    Michael David Droese (born August 20, 1968) is an American retired professional wrestler and special education teacher. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation...  more
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    Duke Stroud


    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA

    Duke Summer Stroud (born April 14, 1938) is an American actor who has appeared on screen since the 1970s. His first credited role came in 1973 when he appeared in as Jameson in an episode of Mission:...  more
  • 18

    Duke Reid


    BirthplacePortland Parish, Jamaica

    Arthur "Duke" Reid CD (21 July 1915 – 1 January 1975) was a Jamaican record producer, DJ and label owner. He ran one of the most popular sound systems of the 1950s called Duke Reid's the Trojan after...  more
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    Duke Johnson

    Duke Johnson is an actor....
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    Duke Farrell


    BirthplaceWest Boylston, Massachusetts

    Charles Andrew "Duke" Farrell (August 31, 1866 – February 15, 1925) was a Major League Baseball catcher. Born in Oakdale, Massachusetts, he played for eight teams during his 18-year career. He made...  more
  • 21

    Duke McKenzie


    BirthplaceCroydon, London, United Kingdom

    Duke McKenzie, (born 5 May 1963) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1982 to 1998. He is a three-weight world champion, having held the IBF flyweight title from 1988 to 1989;...  more
  • 22

    Duke Adam of Württemberg


    BirthplacePuławy, Second Polish Republic

    Adam Karl Wilhelm Nikolaus Paul Eugen von Württemberg (16 January 1792 – 26 July 1847) was a Duke of Württemberg and General in Russian and Polish-Russian service. Württemberg was born in Puławy to...  more
  • 23

    Duke Alexander of Württemberg


    BirthplaceMontbéliard, France

    Duke Alexander of Württemberg (Mömpelgard/Montbéliard, then Württemberg (now France), 5 May 1771 – Gotha, Thuringia, Germany, 4 July 1833) was a Duke of Württemberg. The son of Frederick II Eugene,...  more
  • 24

    Duke Ihenacho


    BirthplaceTorrance, California

    Duke Uba Ihenacho is an American football safety for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He played college football at San Jose State. He signed with the Denver Broncos as an...  more
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    Duke Keats


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Gordon Blanchard "Duke, Iron Duke" Keats (March 1, 1895 – January 16, 1972) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played for the Toronto Blueshirts of the National Hockey Association...  more
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