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.