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List of famous people named Gene, along with photos. How many celebrities named Gene can you think of? The famous Genes below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Gene, athletes named Gene, and even political figures named Gene. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is Gene? Add them to the list.

Gene Wilder is a famous actor known for his famous portrayal of "Willy Wonka" in the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He's also known for his film collaborations with director Mel Brooks, including Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. He's also received several Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for his acting and even one for his screenwriting.

Gene Hackman has received a plethora of awards and nominations, including two BAFTA's and 5 Academy Award nominations. Some of his work includes The Royal Tenenbaums and The Birdcage. After his retirement from his acting career, he even took on the world of historical fiction. He's written several novels, one of which is entitled Justice for None.
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Age: 89

Birthplace: San 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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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Age: 69

Birthplace: Tirat Carmel, Israel

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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Gene Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Age: Died at 63 (1945-2008)

Birthplace: Robstown, Texas, United States of America

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 ...more

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Gene Tierney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 71 (1920-1991)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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 ...more

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Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

Birthplace: Highland 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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Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 81 (1897-1978)

Birthplace: Manhattan, 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, ...more

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Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 91 (1907-1998)

Birthplace: Tioga, 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 ...more

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Gene Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Age: 87

Birthplace: New 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 ...more
Gene Barry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Gene Barry Dec. at 90 (1919-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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

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Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Age: 87

Birthplace: West Jordan, Utah

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

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Gene Pitney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 66 (1940-2006)

Birthplace: Hartford, 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 ...more
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 64 (1909-1973)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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 ...more

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Gene Clark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 47 (1944-1991)

Birthplace: Tipton, 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 ...more

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Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Age: 72

Birthplace: Russellton, 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 ...more
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Gene Vincent Dec. at 36 (1935-1971)

Birthplace: USA, 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 ...more

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Gene Chizik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Age: 57

Birthplace: Tarpon 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
Gene Roddenberry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Gene Roddenberry Dec. at 70 (1921-1991)

Birthplace: El 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 ...more

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Gene Siskel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 53 (1946-1999)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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
Gene Garber is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Age: 71

Birthplace: Lancaster, 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 1988. ...more
Gene Kiniski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)

Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Eugene Nicholas Kiniski (November 23, 1928 – April 14, 2010) was a Canadian athlete who played football for the Edmonton Eskimos and later was a successful professional wrestler recognized as a ...more
Gene Stallings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Age: 84

Birthplace: Paris, Texas, United States of America

Eugene Clifton Stallings Jr. (born March 2, 1935) is a retired American football player and coach. He played college football at Texas A&M University (1954–1956), where he was one of the ...more

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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Gene Washington Age: 68

Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States of America

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

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Gene Raymond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 90 (1908-1998)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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
Gene Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Dec. at 66 (1891-1957)

Birthplace: London, Canada

Edwin Eugene Lockhart (July 18, 1891 – March 31, 1957) was a Canadian-American character actor, singer, and playwright. He also wrote the lyrics to a number of popular songs. He became a United ...more
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Gene
Age: Died at 73 (1935-2008)

Birthplace: Trenton, Tennessee

Robert Gene Hickerson (February 15, 1935 – October 20, 2008) was an American Football offensive guard who played for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) in a fifteen-year ...more