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Who Is The Most Famous Ian In The World?

Updated November 19, 2020 818 votes 47 voters 49.9k views92 items

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

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

Sir Ian McKellen is certainly one of the most famous Ians on this list. One of the famous actors named Ian, he is best known for portraying Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films. He also appeared in such movies as Gods and Monsters and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Another of the famous people with the first name Ian is Ian Curtis. The Joy Division lead singer tragically died by suicide in 1980. Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was actually born Ian Fraser Kilmister. Ian Hunter is another British singer named Ian. 

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    Ian McKellen

    1939-05-25

    BirthplaceBurnley, United Kingdom

    Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans genres...  more

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  • Ian Somerhalder2
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    Ian Somerhalder

    1978-12-08

    BirthplaceCovington, Louisiana, United States of America

    Ian Joseph Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978) is an American actor, model, activist and...  more

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    Ian Curtis

    1956-07-15

    BirthplaceStretford, United Kingdom

    Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English singer-songwriter and musician....  more

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    Ian McShane

    1942-09-29

    BirthplaceEngland, Blackburn

    Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor. He is known for his television...  more

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  • Ian Holm5
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    Ian Holm

    1931-09-12

    BirthplaceGoodmayes, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Ian Holm Cuthbert (September 12, 1931 - June 19th, 2020), known as Ian Holm, was an...  more

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  • Ian Anderson6
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    Ian Anderson

    1947-08-10

    BirthplaceDunfermline, United Kingdom

    Ian Scott Anderson (born 10 August 1947) is a Scottish-born musician, singer, songwriter and...  more

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  • Ian McDiarmid7
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    Ian McDiarmid

    1944-08-11

    BirthplaceCarnoustie, United Kingdom

    Ian McDiarmid (; born 11 August 1944) is a Scottish actor and director best known for...  more

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  • Ian Ziering8
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    Ian Ziering

    1964-03-30

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    Ian Andrew Ziering (; born March 30, 1964) is an American actor and voice actor best known for...  more

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  • Lemmy Kilmister9
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    Lemmy Kilmister

    1945-12-24

    BirthplaceEurasia, Burslem, United Kingdom

    Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015), was an English singer,...  more

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  • Ian Gillan10
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    Ian Gillan

    1945-08-19

    BirthplaceHounslow, London, England

    Ian Gillan (born 19 August 1945) is an English singer and songwriter. He is the lead singer...  more

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  • Ian Wright11
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    Ian Wright

    1963-11-03

    BirthplaceWoolwich, London, United Kingdom

    Ian Edward Wright, (born 3 November 1963) is an English former professional footballer and...  more

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  • Ian Harding12
    Ian Michael Harding (born September 16, 1986) is an American actor. He is known for his role...  more

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  • Ian Paice13
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    Ian Paice

    1948-06-29

    BirthplaceNottingham, United Kingdom

    Ian Anderson Paice (born 29 June 1948) is an English musician, best known as the drummer and...  more

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  • Ian Gomez14
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    Ian Gomez

    1964-12-27

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Ian Gomez (born December 27, 1964) is an American actor known for his comedic TV work, which...  more
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    Ian Hunter

    1939-06-03

    BirthplaceOswestry, England

    Ian Hunter Patterson (born 3 June 1939), known as Ian Hunter, is a British singer-songwriter...  more

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  • Ian Richardson16
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    Ian Richardson

    1934-04-07

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    Ian William Richardson, (7 April 1934 – 9 February 2007) was a Scottish actor of film, stage...  more

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  • Ian Brown17
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    Ian Brown

    1963-02-20

    BirthplaceWarrington, United Kingdom

    Ian George Brown (born 20 February 1963) is an English singer and multi-instrumentalist. He...  more

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  • Ian Brady18
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    Ian Brady

    1938-01-02

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    Ian Brady (born Ian Duncan Stewart on January 2, 1938 in the Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland) is a...  more

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  • Ian Hecox19
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    Ian Hecox

    1987-11-30

    BirthplaceSacramento, California

    Ian Hecox is the co-founder of the online comedy enterprise Smosh. Together with his childhood...  more

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  • Ian Fleming20
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    Ian Fleming

    1908-05-28

    BirthplaceMayfair, London, London, England

    Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was an English author, journalist and...  more

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  • Ian Kinsler21
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    Ian Kinsler

    1982-06-22

    BirthplaceTucson, Arizona

    Ian Michael Kinsler (born June 22, 1982) is an American professional baseball second baseman...  more

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  • Ian Rush22
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    Ian Rush

    1961-10-20

    BirthplaceSt Asaph, United Kingdom

    Ian James Rush, (born 20 October 1961) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played...  more

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  • Ian Paisley23
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    Ian Paisley

    1926-04-06

    BirthplaceArmagh, United Kingdom

    Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside (6 April 1926 – 12 September 2014), was a loyalist...  more
  • Ian Carmichael24
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    Ian Carmichael

    1920-06-18

    BirthplaceEurasia, Humberside, United Kingdom, Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

    Ian Gillett Carmichael, OBE (18 June 1920 – 5 February 2010) was an English actor. He had...  more
  • Ian Kennedy25
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    Ian Kennedy

    1984-12-19

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California

    Ian Patrick Kennedy (born December 19, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for...  more

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