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Famous People Named Francis 

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If your name is Francis, then you're in some great company. Here's our list of the most famous people named Francis, including photos when available. How many celebrities named Francis can you think of? The famous Francis' below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Francis, athletes named Francis, and even political figures named Francis. The music industry is no stranger to the name Francis, and the same can be said for Hollywood and show business in general.

Which famous people named Francis are worth mentioning? This list includes famed director Francis Ford Coppola, as well as Francis Bacon, Francis Drake, and more. To read more about these notable people named Francis, click the corresponding row of who you want to learn more about, and additional information will appear.

Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Francis Ford Coppola (, Italian: [ˈkɔppola]; born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, film composer, and vintner. He was a central figure in the New Hollywood ...more

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Francis Bacon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Statesman, Scientist, Author

Age: Dec. at 65 (1561-1626)

Birthplace: Strand, London, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, + more

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, (; 22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher and statesman who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. His works are ...more

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Francis Bacon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Visual Artist, Artist

Age: Dec. at 83 (1909-1992)

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Dublin

Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his emotionally charged raw imagery and fixation on personal motifs. Best known for his ...more

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Francis Drake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Pirate, Politician, Sailor

Birthplace: Tavistock, Devon, England

Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540 – 28 January 1596) was an English sea captain, privateer, slave trader, naval officer and explorer of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second ...more

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Francis Poulenc is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Pianist, Composer

Age: Dec. at 64 (1899-1963)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (French: [fʁɑ̃sis ʒɑ̃ maʁsɛl pulɛ̃k]; 7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, ...more

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Francis Crick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Francis Crick Physicist, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 88 (1916-2004)

Birthplace: Weston Favell, United Kingdom

Francis Harry Compton Crick (8 June 1916 – 28 July 2004) was a British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist. In 1953, he co-authored with James Watson the academic paper ...more

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Francis of Assisi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Friar, Preacher, Philosopher

Birthplace: Assisi, Italy

Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi, Latin: Sanctus Franciscus Assisiensis), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October ...more

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Francis Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Writer

Age: Dec. at 48 (1859-1907)

Birthplace: Preston

For others with this name, see Francis Thompson (disambiguation).Francis Thompson (16 December 1859 – 13 November 1907) was an English poet and mystic. At the behest of his father, a doctor, he ...more
Francis Galton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Polymath, Inventor, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 89 (1822-1911)

Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Sir Francis Galton, FRS (; 16 February 1822 – 17 January 1911) was an English Victorian era statistician, polymath, sociologist, psychologist, anthropologist, eugenicist, tropical explorer, ...more
Francis Rossi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 69

Birthplace: Forest Hill, London, London, United Kingdom

Francis Dominic Nicholas Michael Rossi, OBE (born 29 May 1949) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as the co-founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of the rock band ...more
Francis Scott Key is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Poet, Author, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 64 (1779-1843)

Birthplace: Maryland

Francis Scott Key (August 1, 1779 – January 11, 1843) was an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet from Frederick, Maryland who is best known for writing a poem which later became the lyrics ...more

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Francis Pope is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Screenwriter, Actor
Francis Pope is an actor and screenwriter.
Francis Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Geneticist, Scientist, Author

Age: 68

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Francis Sellers Collins (born April 14, 1950) is an American physician-geneticist who discovered the genes associated with a number of diseases and led the Human Genome Project. He is director ...more
Francis Magalona is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

Age: Died at 45 (1964-2009)

Birthplace: Mandaluyong, Philippines

Francis Michael Durango Magalona (October 4, 1964 – March 6, 2009), also known as FrancisM, Master Rapper, The Mouth and The Man From Manila, was a Filipino rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, ...more

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Francis Lee Bailey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Lawyer

Age: 85

Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States of America

Francis Lee Bailey Jr. (born June 10, 1933) is an American former criminal defense attorney best known for representing O.J. Simpson in his 1995 murder trial. For most of his career he was ...more
Francis Hopkinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Author, Lawyer, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 54 (1737-1791)

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Area code 215, Contiguous United States, Philadelphia, United States of America, + more

Francis Hopkinson (September 21, 1737 – May 9, 1791) was an author and composer. He designed the first official American flag, Continental paper money, and the first United States coin. He was ...more

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Francis Lederer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Actor

Age: Dec. at 101 (1899-2000)

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Francis Lederer (November 6, 1899 – May 25, 2000) was an Austrian-born American film and stage actor with a successful career, first in Europe, then in the United States. His original name was ...more
Francis Capra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Actor

Age: 35

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Francis Capra (born April 27, 1983) is an American actor. He has portrayed Calogero Anello in A Bronx Tale, Max Connor in Kazaam, and Eli "Weevil" Navarro in the TV series Veronica
Francis Urquhart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Francis Ewan Urquhart is a fictional character created by Michael Dobbs. Urquhart is the main character in Dobbs's House of Cards trilogy of novels and television series: House of Cards (1990), ...more
Francis Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 47

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Francis Lawrence (born March 26, 1971) is an American filmmaker and producer. After establishing himself as a director of music videos and commercials, Lawrence made his feature-length ...more
Francis Lightfoot Lee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Francis

Age: Dec. at 63 (1734-1797)

Birthplace: Stratford Hall, Virginia, United States of America

Francis Lightfoot Lee (October 14, 1734 – January 11, 1797) was a member of the House of Burgesses in the Colony of Virginia. As an active protester regarding issues such as the Stamp Act, Lee ...more

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Francis Benali is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Footballer

Age: 50

Birthplace: Southampton, United Kingdom

Francis Vincent Benali (born 30 December 1968) is an English former professional footballer and coach who spent most of his playing career at Southampton.
Francis Robbins Upton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Francis
Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 69 (1852-1921)

Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts

Francis Robbins Upton (1852 in Peabody, Massachusetts – March 10, 1921 in Orange, New Jersey) was an American physicist and mathematician. Upton worked alongside Thomas Edison in the development ...more
Francis Goya is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Francis

Age: 72

Birthplace: Liège, Belgium

Francis Goya (born François Edouard Weyer; 16 May 1946) is a Belgian classical guitar player and producer. He has recorded fifty albums, many of which have reached gold or platinum ...more
Francis Lewis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Francis

Age: Dec. at 90 (1713-1803)

Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Francis Lewis (March 21, 1713 – December 31, 1802) was a merchant and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York.

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