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Who Is The Most Famous Gene In The World?

Updated November 24, 2020 719 votes 37 voters 17.4k views83 items

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How many celebrities named Gene can you think of? The famous Genes below have many different professions, including notable actors named Gene, famous athletes named Gene, and even musicians named Gene. There are both men and women named Gene on this list. 

Gene Wilder is certainly one of the most famous Genes on this list. One of the famous comedians named Gene, he is best known for playing Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. He starred in several Mel Brooks films including The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. Gene Kelly, star of Singin' in the Rain, is another celebrity Gene. 

Another of the famous people with the first name Gene is Gene Simmons. He is the bassist of the rock band Kiss. “Detroit Rock City,” “Rock And Rol All Nite,” and “I Was Made For Lovin' You” are among the group's biggest hits.

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

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    Gene Wilder


    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    Alternative NameJerry Silberman

    Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author. Wilder began his career...  more

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  • 2

    Gene Kelly


    BirthplaceHighland Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor of film, stage, and television, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. He was known for his...  more

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    Incredible Ways Gene Kelly Changed Movie Musicals Forever#26 of 140 The Greatest Broadway Stars of All Time

  • 3

    Gene Hackman


    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California, United States of America

    Eugene Allen Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is a retired American actor and novelist. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Hackman was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning Best...  more

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  • 4

    Gene Simmons


    BirthplaceTirat Carmel, Israel

    Alternative NameChaim Witz, Gene Simmons

    Gene Klein (born Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author, and...  more

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    #264 of 489 The Best Rock Vocalists#109 of 298 The Best Frontmen in Rock

  • 5

    Gene Tierney


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Gene Eliza Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) was an American film and stage actress. Acclaimed as a great beauty, she became established as a leading lady. Tierney was best known for her...  more

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    #57 of 349 The Best Actresses In Film History#69 of 186 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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    Gene Autry


    BirthplaceTioga, Texas, United States of America

    Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998), nicknamed The Singing Cowboy, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, musician and rodeo performer who gained fame largely by...  more

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    #52 of 215 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time#183 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time

  • 7

    Gene Siskel


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Eugene Kal Siskel (January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999) was an American film critic and journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Along with colleague Roger Ebert, he hosted a series of popular movie...  more
  • 8

    Gene Barry


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Gene Barry (born Eugene Klass, June 14, 1919 – December 9, 2009) was an American stage, screen, and television actor. Barry is best remembered for his leading roles in the films The Atomic City...  more


    #843 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#134 of 162 The Greatest Western Movie Stars

  • 9

    Gene Clark


    BirthplaceTipton, Missouri

    Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark (November 17, 1944 – May 24, 1991) was an American singer-songwriter and founding member of the folk rock band the Byrds. He was the Byrds' principal songwriter between...  more

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  • 10

    Gene Tunney


    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1915 to 1928. He held the world heavyweight title from 1926 to 1928, and the American...  more

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    #1218 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#9 of 100 The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

  • 11

    Gene Ween


    BirthplaceUSA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Aaron Freeman (born March 17, 1970) better known by his stage name Gene Ween, is an American musician and a founding member of the experimental alternative rock group Ween. Freeman, along with...  more
  • 12

    Gene Fullmer


    BirthplaceWest Jordan, Utah

    Lawrence Gene Fullmer (July 21, 1931 – April 27, 2015) was an American professional boxer and World Middleweight champion....  more

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  • 13

    Gene Pitney


    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1941 – April 5, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and sound engineer.Pitney charted 16 Top 40 hits in the United States, four in the Top 10. In...  more
  • 14

    Gene Wolfe


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Gene Rodman Wolfe (May 7, 1931 – April 14, 2019) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He was noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith....  more
  • 15

    Gene Nelson


    BirthplaceAstoria, Oregon, United States of America

    Gene Nelson (March 24, 1920 – September 16, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, screenwriter, and director....  more
  • 16

    Gene Upshaw


    BirthplaceRobstown, Texas, USA

    Eugene Josiah Upshaw Jr. (August 15, 1945 – August 20, 2008), also known as "Uptown Gene" and “Highway 63”, was an American football player for the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League...  more
  • 17

    Gene Vincent


    BirthplaceUSA, Virginia, Norfolk

    Vincent Eugene Craddock (February 11, 1935 – October 12, 1971), known as Gene Vincent, was an American musician who pioneered the styles of rock and roll and rockabilly. His 1956 top ten hit with his...  more


    #414 of 649 The Best Singers Of All Time#124 of 190 Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

  • 18

    Gene Garber


    BirthplaceLancaster, Pennsylvania

    Henry Eugene Garber (born November 13, 1947) is an American former professional baseball sidearm relief pitcher, who played for four Major League Baseball (MLB) organizations, from 1969 to...  more
  • 19

    Gene Roddenberry


    BirthplaceEl Paso, Texas

    Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American television screenwriter, producer and creator of the original Star Trek television series, and its first spin-off The...  more


    #917 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#378 of 732 The Greatest Directors In Movie History

  • 20

    Gene Krupa


    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Eugene Bertram Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an American jazz drummer, band leader, actor, and composer known for his energetic style and showmanship. His drum solo on "Sing, Sing,...  more

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    #936 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#969 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

  • 21

    Gene Parsons


    BirthplaceMorongo Valley, California

    Gene Victor Parsons (born September 4, 1944 in Morongo Valley, California) is an American drummer, banjo player, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and engineer, best known for his work with the Byrds...  more
  • 22

    Gene Raymond


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Gene Raymond (August 13, 1908 – May 3, 1998) was an American film, television, and stage actor of the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to acting, Raymond was also a composer, screenwriter, director,...  more
  • 23

    Gene Washington


    BirthplaceUSA, Alabama, Tuscaloosa

    Gene Washington (born January 14, 1947) is a former NFL player for many years who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions as a wide receiver. During college, he played football for...  more
  • 24

    Gene Chizik


    BirthplaceTarpon Springs, Florida

    Eugene T. Chizik (born December 28, 1961) is a former American football coach and former player. He was most recently the defensive coordinator at North Carolina from 2015–2016. He served as the...  more
  • 25

    Gene Tenace


    BirthplaceRussellton, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Fury Gene Tenace (; born Fiore Gino Tennaci; October 10, 1946), better known as Gene Tenace, is an American former professional baseball player and coach in Major League Baseball. He was a catcher...  more
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