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Who Is The Most Famous Gene In The World?

Updated November 24, 2020 692 votes 22 voters 15.5k views83 items

List RulesVote up all of the Genes you've heard of.

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.

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    Gene Wilder
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    Gene Wilder

    1933-06-11

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was... more on Wikipedia

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    Gene Hackman
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    Gene Hackman

    1930-01-30

    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California, United States of America

    Eugene Allen Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is a retired American actor and novelist. In a... more on Wikipedia

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    Gene Simmons
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    Gene Simmons

    1949-08-25

    BirthplaceTirat Carmel, Israel

    Gene Klein (born Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an... more on Wikipedia

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    #263 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists#2 of 10 Inside The Biggest And Nastiest Rap Vs. Rock Beefs Ever

  • 4
    Gene Tierney
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    Gene Tierney

    1920-11-19

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Gene Eliza Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) was an American film and stage... more on Wikipedia

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    #63 of 853 The Best Actresses in Film History#93 of 192 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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    Gene Autry
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    Gene Autry

    1907-09-29

    BirthplaceTioga, Texas, United States of America

    Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998), nicknamed The Singing... more on Wikipedia

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    #182 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time#48 of 215 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time

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    Gene Siskel
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    Gene Siskel

    1946-01-26

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Eugene Kal Siskel (January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999) was an American film critic and... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Gene Kelly
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    Gene Kelly

    1912-08-23

    BirthplaceHighland Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Gene Tunney
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    Gene Tunney

    1897-05-25

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Gene Ween
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    Gene Ween

    1970-03-17

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Aaron Freeman (born March 17, 1970) better known by his stage name Gene Ween, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Gene Fullmer
    15

    Gene Fullmer

    1931-07-21

    BirthplaceWest Jordan, Utah

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

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    Gene Wolfe
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    Gene Wolfe

    1931-05-07

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Gene Rodman Wolfe (May 7, 1931 – April 14, 2019) was an American science fiction and fantasy... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Gene Barry
    12

    Gene Barry

    1919-06-14

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Gene Barry (born Eugene Klass, June 14, 1919 – December 9, 2009) was an American stage,... more on Wikipedia

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    Gene Upshaw
    10

    Gene Upshaw

    1945-08-15

    BirthplaceRobstown, Texas, United States of America

    Eugene Josiah Upshaw Jr. (August 15, 1945 – August 20, 2008), also known as "Uptown Gene" and... more on Wikipedia

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    Gene Pitney
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    Gene Pitney

    1940-02-17

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1941 – April 5, 2006) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Gene Vincent
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    Gene Vincent

    1935-02-11

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Vincent Eugene Craddock (February 11, 1935 – October 12, 1971), known as Gene Vincent, was an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Gene Nelson
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    Gene Nelson

    1920-03-24

    BirthplaceAstoria, Oregon, United States of America

    Gene Nelson (March 24, 1920 – September 16, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Gene Clark
    8

    Gene Clark

    1944-11-17

    BirthplaceTipton, Missouri

    Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark (November 17, 1944 – May 24, 1991) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Gene Garber
    12

    Gene Garber

    1947-11-13

    BirthplaceLancaster, Pennsylvania

    Henry Eugene Garber (born November 13, 1947) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Gene Roddenberry
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    Gene Roddenberry

    1921-08-19

    BirthplaceEl Paso, Texas

    Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American television... more on Wikipedia

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    #826 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time#480 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History

  • 20
    Gene Krupa
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    Gene Krupa

    1909-01-15

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Eugene Bertram Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an American jazz drummer, band... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Gene Parsons
    11

    Gene Parsons

    1944-09-04

    BirthplaceMorongo Valley, California

    Gene Victor Parsons (born September 4, 1944 in Morongo Valley, California) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Gene Raymond
    7

    Gene Raymond

    1908-08-13

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Gene Washington
    7

    Gene Washington

    1947-01-14

    BirthplaceTuscaloosa, Alabama, United States of America

    Gene Washington (born January 14, 1947) is a former NFL player for many years who played for... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Gene Chizik
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    Gene Chizik

    1961-12-28

    BirthplaceTarpon Springs, Florida

    Eugene T. Chizik (born December 28, 1961) is a former American football coach and former... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Gene Tenace
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    Gene Tenace

    1946-10-10

    BirthplaceRussellton, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Fury Gene Tenace (; born Fiore Gino Tennaci; October 10, 1946), better known as Gene Tenace,... more on Wikipedia