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The List of Famous People Named James 

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

If you want a James who's got some presidential power, you have many to choose from: James Buchanan, James Monroe, James K. Polk, and James Madison, to name a few. Or maybe you like to go a little old school with It's a Wonderful Life's James Stewart; he wasn't just an award winning actor, he also received many military honors in World War II. And of course, today's heartthrob James Franco has appeared on the screen, directed behind the screen, and has even appeared in Broadway's Of Mice and Men.
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 40

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his ...more

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James Milner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 33

Birthplace: Wortley, United Kingdom

James Philip Milner (born 4 January 1986) is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool. A versatile player, he has been used in many different positions such ...more

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James Dean is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 24 (1931-1955)

Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, United States of America

James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor from Indiana. He is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed ...more

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James Woods is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 71

Birthplace: Vernal, Utah, United States of America

James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, and producer. His best known roles are Videodrome (1983), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Casino (1995), Nixon ...more

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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 39

Birthplace: Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

James McAvoy (; born 21 April 1979) is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in The Near Room (1995) and made mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film ...more

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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 64

Birthplace: Canada, Kapuskasing, Americas

James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian filmmaker and environmentalist who currently lives in New Zealand and the United States. After working in special effects, he found ...more

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 88

Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. His career has spanned more than seven decades, and he has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and ...more

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history. Known for his distinctive drawl, ...more

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James Caan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

James Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American actor. After early roles in The Glory Guys (1965), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, El Dorado (1967), and The Rain People ...more

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James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 52 (1961-2013)

Birthplace: Westwood, New Jersey, United States of America

James Joseph Gandolfini Jr. (Italian: [ɡandolˈfiːni]; September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013) was an American actor best known for his role as Tony Soprano, the Italian-American crime boss in HBO's ...more

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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)

Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States of America

James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of ...more

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James Madison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 85 (1751-1836)

Birthplace: Port Conway, Virginia, United States of America

James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 ...more

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James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 54 (1795-1849)

Birthplace: Pineville, North Carolina, United States of America

James Knox Polk (November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–1839) ...more

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James Marsden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 45

Birthplace: Stillwater, USA, Oklahoma

James Paul Marsden (born September 18, 1973) is an American actor, singer, and former model. Marsden began his acting career guest-starring in television shows Saved by the Bell: The New Class, ...more

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James Spader is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 59

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying eccentric characters in films such as the drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), the action ...more

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James Van Der Beek is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 41

Birthplace: Cheshire, USA, Connecticut

James David Van Der Beek (born March 8, 1977) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson's Creek. He played a fictionalized version of himself on ...more

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James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 73 (1758-1831)

Birthplace: Monroe Hall, Virginia, United States of America

James Monroe (; April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat and Founding Father who served as the fifth president of the United States from 1817 to 1825. A member ...more

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 70

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one ...more

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James Garner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States of America

James Garner (born April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor, producer, and voice artist. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including popular roles ...more

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James Corden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 40

Birthplace: London Borough of Hillingdon, United Kingdom

James Kimberley Corden (born 22 August 1978) is an English actor, singer, comedian, and television host. He hosts The Late Late Show with James Corden, a late-night television talk show on CBS. ...more

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James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 77 (1791-1868)

Birthplace: Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, United States of America

James Buchanan Jr. (; April 23, 1791 – June 1, 1868) was the 15th president of the United States (1857–1861), serving prior to the American Civil War. A member of the Democratic Party, he served ...more

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James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 55

Birthplace: Downey, California, United States of America

James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is an American musician and songwriter best known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy ...more

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James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 87 (1899-1986)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

James Francis Cagney Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film (though primarily known for the latter). Known for his consistently ...more

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James A. Garfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 50 (1831-1881)

Birthplace: Moreland Hills, Ohio, United States of America

James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the 20th president of the United States, serving from March 4, 1881 until his death by assassination six and a half months ...more

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James Slipper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Age: 29

Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia

James Slipper (born 6 June 1989 in Gold Coast, Queensland) is an Australian rugby union player who plays at prop. Slipper currently captains the Queensland Reds, making his debut during the 2010 ...more