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Who Is The Most Famous Hugh In The World?

Updated November 16, 2020 705 votes 65 voters 30.4k views72 items

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

How many celebrities named Hugh can you think of? The famous Hughs below have many different professions, including notable actors named Hugh, famous athletes named Hugh, and even musicians named Hugh.

Hugh Jackman is certainly one of the most famous Hughs on this list. One of the famous actors named Hugh, he is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. He is also an accomplished Broadway star having won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in The Boy from Oz.

Another of the famous people with the first name Hugh is Hugh Hefner. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy Magazine. He was also a political activist and staunch advocate of the First Amendment.

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

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    Hugh Grant


    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, England, UK

    Alternative NameHughie Grant

    Hugh John Mungo Grant (born 9 September 1960) is an English actor and film producer. Grant has received a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Honorary César for his work. As of 2018, his films have grossed...  more

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    Hugh Jackman


    BirthplaceSydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2018, a role for which he holds...  more

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  • 3

    Hugh O'Brian


    BirthplaceRochester, New York, United States of America

    Alternative NameHugh O'Brien

    Hugh O'Brian (born Hugh Charles Krampe; April 19, 1925 – September 5, 2016) was an American actor and humanitarian, best known for his starring roles in the ABC western television series The Life and...  more
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    Hugh Laurie


    BirthplaceOxford, England, UK

    James Hugh Calum Laurie, (; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, director, singer, musician, comedian and author. Laurie first gained recognition for his work as one half of the comedy double act...  more

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    Hugh Dancy


    BirthplaceStoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK

    Hugh Michael Horace Dancy (born 19 June 1975) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as criminal profiler Will Graham in the NBC television series Hannibal (2013–2015), as Thomas...  more

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    Hugh Hefner


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Alternative NameHugh Hefner, Hugh Heffner

    Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher, the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, a publication with revealing photographs and articles...  more

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    Hugh Bonneville


    BirthplaceBlackheath, London, London, United Kingdom

    Alternative NameRichard Bonneville

    Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams (born 10 November 1963) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in the ITV historical drama series Downton Abbey and Mr....  more

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  • 8

    Hugh McElhenny


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Hugh Edward McElhenny Jr. (born December 31, 1928) is a former professional American football player who was a halfback in the National Football League (NFL) from 1952 to 1964 for the San Francisco...  more
  • 9

    Hugh Duffy


    BirthplaceCranston, Rhode Island

    Hugh Duffy (November 26, 1866 – October 19, 1954) was an American outfielder and manager in Major League Baseball. He was a player or player-manager for the Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Pirates,...  more
  • 10

    Hugh Douglas


    BirthplaceMansfield, Ohio, USA

    Hugh Lamont Douglas (born August 23, 1971) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League and former football analyst for the ESPN television network. His playing career...  more
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    Hugh Masekela


    BirthplaceWitbank, South Africa

    Hugh Ramapolo Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018) was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, singer and composer who has been described as "the father of South African jazz"....  more
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    Hugh Cornwell


    BirthplaceTufnell Park, London, United Kingdom

    Hugh Alan Cornwell (born 28 August 1949) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, best known for being the vocalist and guitarist for the punk rock/new wave band the Stranglers from 1974 to 1990....  more
  • 13

    Hugh Downs


    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, USA

    Hugh Malcolm Downs (born February 14, 1921) was a retired American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He was perhaps best known for...  more


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  • 14

    Hugh Hewitt

    Hugh Hewitt (born February 22, 1956) is an American radio talk show host with the Salem Radio Network and an attorney, academic, and author. Generally a conservative, and a devout Catholic, he writes...  more
  • 15

    Hugh Quarshie


    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    Hugh Anthony Quarshie (born 22 December 1954) is a Ghanaian-born British actor. Some of his best-known roles include his appearances in the films Highlander (1986), The Church (1989), Star Wars:...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Hugh Christopher Edmund Fearnley-Whittingstall (born 14 January 1965) is an English celebrity chef, television personality, journalist, food writer and campaigner on food and environmental...  more
  • 17

    Hugh Paddick


    BirthplaceHoddesdon, United Kingdom

    Hugh William Paddick (22 August 1915 – 9 November 2000) was an English actor, whose most notable role was in the 1960s BBC radio show Round the Horne, in sketches such as "Charles and Fiona" (as...  more
  • 18

    Hugh Dillon


    BirthplaceKingston, Ontario, Canada

    Hugh Dillon (born May 31, 1963) is a Canadian musician and actor. He is the lead singer of the punk-influenced band Headstones. He is also a film and television actor; his notable roles include Mike...  more
  • 19

    Hugh Griffith



    Hugh Emrys Griffith (30 May 1912 – 14 May 1980) was a Welsh film, stage and television actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Ben-Hur (1959) and received an...  more
  • 20

    Hugh Dennis


    BirthplaceNorthamptonshire, United Kingdom

    Peter Hugh Dennis (born 13 February 1962), known professionally as Hugh Dennis, is an English comedian, actor, writer, impressionist and voice-over artist, best known for being one half of Punt and...  more
  • 21

    Hugh Culverhouse

    Hugh Franklin Culverhouse, Sr. (February 20, 1919 – August 26, 1994) was the American longtime owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was a successful tax lawyer,...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE (13 March 1884 – 1 June 1941) was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. Among...  more
  • 23

    Hugh McMeniman


    BirthplaceBrisbane, Australia

    Hugh McMeniman (born 1 November 1983 in Brisbane) is an Australian rugby union footballer who currently plays for Honda Heat in Japan. He previously played for Queensland Reds and Western Force in...  more
  • 24

    Hugh Freeze


    BirthplaceOxford, Mississippi

    Danny Hugh Freeze Jr. (born September 27, 1969) is an American football coach. He is currently the head football coach at Liberty University. A successful high school football coach at Briarcrest...  more
  • 25

    Hugh Robinson


    BirthplaceNeosho, Missouri

    Hugh Armstrong Robinson (May 13, 1881 – 1963) was a pioneer in the earliest days of aviation, combining his skills of inventor, pilot, and daredevil. Among other things, he is said to have been the...  more
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