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Famous People Named Ismail

Updated October 13, 2018 100 items
Ever wondered how many famous people named Ismail there are? This list of celebrities named Ismail includes photos and information about each person when available. The famous Ismails on this list come in all shapes and sizes, but all ended up achieving some kind of fame in their respective fields. This includes singers and musicians named Ismail, actors named Ismail, and even athletes named Ismail. Well-known Ismails like Ismail Merchant, Ismail Kadare, and Ismail Yasin are just the start of this list.
  • Ismail Merchant

    Television producer, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 68 (1936-2005)

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Ismail Merchant (born Ismail Noor Muhammad Abdul Rahman; 25 December 1936 – 25 May 2005) was an Indian-born film producer and director. He worked for many years in collaboration with Merchant Ivory...  more
  • Ismail Kadare

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceGjirokastër County, Gjirokastër, Eurasia, Albania, Gjirokastër District

    Ismail Kadare (Albanian pronunciation: [ismaˈil kadaˈɾe], also spelled Ismaïl Kadaré in French; born 28 January 1936) is an Albanian novelist, poet, essayist and playwright. He has been a leading...  more
  • Ismail Yasin

    Comedian, Actor

    AgeDec. at 59 (1912-1972)

    BirthplaceEgypt, Suez

    Ismail Yassine (also credited as Ismail Yasseen; Arabic: إسماعيل ياسين‎ IPA: [esmæˈʕiːl jæˈsiːn]) (September 15, 1912 − May 24, 1972) was an Egyptian comedian/actor. Known for his eponymous film...  more
  • İsmail YK

    Musician, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplaceHamm, Germany

    İsmail Yurtseven (born July 5, 1978), better known by his stage name İsmail YK, is a Turkish Pop-Arabesque singer and composer. YK stands for Yurtseven Kardeşler, the siblings group he was a member...  more
  • Age73

    BirthplaceDire Dawa, Ethiopia

    Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (Somali: Ismaaciil Cumar Geelle; Arabic: إسماعيل عمر جليه‎) (born 27 November 1946) is the current President of Djibouti, in office since 1999. He is often referred to in the...  more
  • AgeDec. at 81 (1926-2007)

    BirthplacePeshawar, Pakistan

    Ismail Gulgee also known as simply Gulgee (25 October 1926 – 16 December 2007) was a Pakistani painter artist....  more
  • İsmail Cem İpekçi

    Politician, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 66 (1940-2007)

    BirthplaceIstanbul, Turkey

    İsmail Cem (born İsmail Cem İpekçi, 15 February 1940 – 24 January 2007) was a Turkish social democratic politician, intellectual and journalist who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey...  more
  • İsmail Kartal

    İsmail Kartal (born 15 June 1961), also known as Arap İsmail, is a former Turkish footballer and currently the manager of Çaykur Rizespor....  more
  • Ismail Khalidi

    Ismail Ragib Khalidi (Arabic: إسماعيل راغب الخالدي‎; November 13, 1916 – September 2, 1968) was a senior political affairs officer for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.Khalidi was...  more
  • Ismail Panaparambil is the father of Mammootty....  more
  • Ismail Kurban Husein Poonawala (born January 7, 1937) is a professor of Arabic at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) of over 30...  more
  • Age35

    BirthplaceTurkey, Istanbul

    İsmail Hacıoğlu is a Turkish actor and son of former Fenerbahçe player Mehmet Hacıoğlu....  more
  • İsmail Necmi

    Film Art Director, Production Designer



    Ismail Necmi is a Turkish independent filmmaker, photographer and visual artist....  more
  • Ismail Darbar

    Film Score Composer, Musician


    BirthplaceSurat, India

    Ismail Darbar (born 1 June 1964) is an Indian bollywood film score composer, instrumentalist, violinist and music director, a popular name in Indian Film Industry: Bollywood. Darbar is a national...  more
  • Ismail Jamaludin

    Film Producer, Screenwriter



    Ismail Jamaludin is an actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer....  more
  • İsmail Ogan (born 5 March 1933) is a retired Turkish freestyle wrestler and coach. He competed at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics and won a silver and a gold medal, respectively. He also collected three...  more
  • Ismail Khalidi

    Poet, Actor

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

    Ismail Khalidi (Arabic: إسماعيل خالدي‎; born 1982) is a Palestinian American playwright, poet, director and actor, best known for the plays Tennis in Nablus (2010) and Truth Serum Blues (2005)....  more
  • İsmail Beşikçi

    Sociologist, Author


    Birthplaceİskilip, Turkey

    İsmail Beşikçi (born 1939 in İskilip, Turkey) is a Turkish sociologist, philosopher, revolutionary, and writer. He is a PEN Honorary Member. He has served 17 years in prison on propaganda (trumped...  more
  • Ismail Ahmed Ismail

    Track and field athlete


    BirthplaceKhartoum, Sudan

    Ismail Ahmed Ismail (born 1 November 1984) is a Sudanese runner, who specializes in the 800 metres. He was born in Khartoum. Ismail reached the final in that event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in...  more
  • Ismail I


    AgeDec. at 36 (1487-1524)

    BirthplaceIran, Azerbaijan, Eurasia, Ardabil Province, Ardabil

    Ismail I (Persian: اسماعیل‎, romanized: Esmāʿīl, pronounced [esmɒːʔiːl]; July 17, 1487 – May 23, 1524), also known as Shah Ismail I (شاه اسماعیل), was the founder of the Safavid dynasty, ruling from...  more
  • Ismail Moala

    Volleyball player


    BirthplaceSfax, Tunisia

  • Ismail Kanater



    BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    Ismail Kanater is an actor....
  • Age51

    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai

    Ismail Bashey is an actor....  more
  • Ismail Matar

    Soccer Player


    BirthplaceAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Ismail Matar Ibrahim Khamis Al Mukhaini Al Junaibi (Arabic: إسماعيل مطر‎; born 7 April 1983 in Abu Dhabi) is an Emirati footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or forward for Al Wahda and...  more
  • Ismail Akbay

    Physicist, Scientist



    Ismail Akbay (October 17, 1930 – July 26, 2003) was a Turkish scientist. He is mostly remembered as the first Turk to work for NASA....  more
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