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Famous People Named Gene

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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.
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  • Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Gene

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

  • Gene Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Upshaw

    Age: Died at 63 (1945-2008)

    BirthplaceRobstown, Texas, USA

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

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    #93 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#15 of 69 The Best NFL Players From Texas

  • Gene Tierney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Tierney

    Dec. at 71 (1920-1991)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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

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    #60 of 853 The Best Actresses in Film History#90 of 192 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Kelly

    Age: Died at 84 (1912-1996)

    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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  • Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Tunney

    Dec. at 81 (1897-1978)

    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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    #1627 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#9 of 100 The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

  • Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Autry

    Dec. at 91 (1907-1998)

    BirthplaceTioga, Texas, United States of America

    Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998), nicknamed The Singing... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Wolfe

    Age: 89

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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

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  • Gene Barry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Barry

    Dec. at 90 (1919-2009)

    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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    #786 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History#1159 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

  • Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    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 Pitney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Pitney

    Dec. at 66 (1940-2006)

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1941 – April 5, 2006) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Krupa

    Dec. at 64 (1909-1973)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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

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  • Gene Clark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Clark

    Dec. at 47 (1944-1991)

    BirthplaceTipton, Missouri

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

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  • Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    BirthplaceRussellton, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Fury Gene Tenace (; born Fiore Gino Tennaci; October 10, 1946), better known as Gene Tenace,... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Vincent

    Dec. at 36 (1935-1971)

    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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    #274 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time#358 of 580 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Gene Chizik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    BirthplaceTarpon Springs, Florida

    Eugene T. Chizik (born December 28, 1961) is a former American football coach and former... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Roddenberry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Roddenberry

    Dec. at 70 (1921-1991)

    BirthplaceEl Paso, Texas

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

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

  • Gene Siskel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Siskel

    Dec. at 53 (1946-1999)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Eugene Kal Siskel (January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999) was an American film critic and... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Garber is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    BirthplaceLancaster, Pennsylvania

    Henry Eugene Garber (born November 13, 1947) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Kiniski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Kiniski

    Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Eugene Nicholas Kiniski (November 23, 1928 – April 14, 2010) was a Canadian athlete who played... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Stallings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    BirthplaceParis, Texas, United States of America

    Eugene Clifton Stallings Jr. (born March 2, 1935) is a retired American football player and... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Washington

    Age: 73

    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
  • Gene Raymond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Raymond

    Dec. at 90 (1908-1998)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Gene Raymond (August 13, 1908 – May 3, 1998) was an American film, television, and stage actor... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Lockhart

    Age: Died at 66 (1891-1957)

    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    Edwin Eugene Lockhart (July 18, 1891 – March 31, 1957) was a Canadian-American character... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Gene

    Gene Hickerson

    Dec. at 73 (1935-2008)

    BirthplaceTrenton, Tennessee

    Robert Gene Hickerson (February 15, 1935 – October 20, 2008) was an American Football... more on Wikipedia
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