Celebrities 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 39 James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and ...more

James Milner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 32 James Philip Milner is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Manchester City and the England national team. He previously played for Leeds United, Swindon Town, ...more

James Dean is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 24 (1931-1955) James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in ...more

James Woods is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 70 James Howard Woods is an American actor, producer and voice artist. After his first Golden Globe nomination for a breakthrough role in The Onion Field, Woods starred in Once Upon a Time in ...more

James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 38 James McAvoy is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in 1995's The Near Room and continued to make mostly television appearances until the late 2000s. His notable television work ...more

James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 63 James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer who has directed the two biggest box office films of all time. He first found major ...more

James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 87 James Earl Jones is an American actor who in a career of more than 60 years has become known as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest ...more

James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997) James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many ...more

James Caan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 78 James Edmund Caan is an American actor. He is best known for his starring roles in The Godfather, Thief, The Gambler, Misery, A Bridge Too Far, Brian's Song, Rollerball, Kiss Me Goodbye, El ...more

James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 52 (1961-2013) James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. was an American actor and producer. Gandolfini was best known for his role as Tony Soprano, an American Mafia boss in the HBO series The Sopranos. He garnered ...more

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

James Madison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 85 (1751-1836) James Madison, Jr. was an American statesman, political theorist, and the fourth President of the United States. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for being instrumental ...more

James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 54 (1795-1849) James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States. Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented Tennessee. A Democrat, Polk served as the 17th ...more

James Marsden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 44 James Paul Marsden is an American actor, singer and former Versace model. Marsden began his acting career guest-starring in multiple television shows such as Saved by the Bell: The New Class, ...more

James Spader is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 58 James Todd Spader is an American actor. He is best known for portraying eccentric characters in such films as the action science fiction film Stargate, the controversial psychological thriller ...more

James Van Der Beek is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 41 James David Van Der Beek is an American actor. He rose to fame beginning in 1998 for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson's Creek and for portraying a fictionalized version of ...more

James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 73 (1758-1831) James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States. Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States and the last president from the Virginia dynasty and the ...more

James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 70 James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Taylor achieved his ...more

James Garner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 86 (1928-2014) James Garner was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s ...more

James Corden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 39 James Kimberley Corden, OBE is an English actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, and television host. He hosts the late night television talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden, ...more

James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 77 (1791-1868) James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War. He represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives ...more

James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 54 James Alan Hetfield is the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, and lyricist for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his rhythm ...more

James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 87 (1899-1986) James Francis Cagney, Jr. was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film, though he had his greatest impact in film. Known for his consistently energetic performances, distinctive ...more

James A. Garfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 50 (1831-1881) James Abram Garfield served as the 20th President of the United States, after serving nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Garfield's presidency lasted just 200 days—from March 4, ...more

James Slipper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 28 James Slipper is an Australian rugby union player who plays at prop. Slipper currently captains the Queensland Reds, making his debut during the 2010 Super 14 season. In June 2010 Slipper came ...more

James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 74 (1928-2002) James Harrison Coburn III was an American actor. He was featured in more than 70 films and made 100 television appearances during his 45-year career, winning an Academy Award for his supporting ...more

James May is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 55 James Daniel May is a British television presenter and journalist. He is the co-presenter of the motoring programme Top Gear, alongside Richard Hammond and formerly Jeremy Clarkson. May has ...more

James Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 78 James Oliver Cromwell is an American film and television actor. Some of his more notable films include Babe, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Star Trek: ...more

James Carville is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 73 Chester James Carville, Jr. is an American political commentator and media personality who is a prominent figure in the Democratic Party. Carville gained national attention for his work as the ...more

James Harden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 28 James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Harden played college basketball for ...more

James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 71 James Patterson was born in March 22, 1947 and is one of the biggest bestselling authors and novelists of all times and an award winning American Author. Hes the author of 39 New York Times ...more

James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 26 James David Rodríguez Rubio, usually known as James Rodríguez or simply James, is a Colombian footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombian national team, as ...more

James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 59 (1882-1941) James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known ...more

James Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 53 James Nesbitt is an actor, presenter and comedian from Northern Ireland. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine, ...more

James Cook is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 51 (1728-1779) Captain James Cook, FRS, RN was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific ...more

James Clerk Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 48 (1831-1879) James Clerk Maxwell FRS FRSE was a Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics. His most notable achievement was to formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, ...more

James Marsters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 55 James Wesley Marsters is an American actor and musician. Marsters first came to the attention of the general public playing the popular character Spike, a platinum-blond English vampire in the ...more

James Eagan Holmes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 30 James Holmes is suspected of carrying out a shooting at an Aurora movie theater in which 12 people died and 59 were injured.

James Horwill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 32 James Horwill is an Australian rugby union player, a national and provincial representative Lock forward. He captained the Queensland Reds to a season victory in the 2011 in the Super Rugby ...more

James Clement is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
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James Watt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 83 (1736-1819) James Watt, FRS, FRSE was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both ...more

James Brolin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 77 James Brolin is an American actor, producer and director, best known for his roles in film and television, including sitcoms and soap operas. He is the father of actor Josh Brolin and husband of ...more

James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 44 James Hillier Blount, better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter. He had signed with EMI before securing a recording contract with Atlantic Records and Custard ...more

James Thomas, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 33 James "J. T." Thomas, Jr. is an American television personality known for his appearances as a contestant on the American television show Survivor. He first appeared in the 18th ...more

James Avery is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 68 (1945-2013) James LaRue Avery was an American actor. He played patriarch and Judge Philip Banks in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This character was ranked #34 in TV Guide '​s "50 Greatest TV ...more

James Purefoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 53 James Brian Mark Purefoy is an English actor best known for portraying the title character in the 2009 epic fantasy film Solomon Kane, for portraying Mark Antony in the HBO series Rome, and for ...more

James D. Watson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 90 James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and ...more

James Earl Ray is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
Dec. at 70 (1928-1998) James Earl Ray was an American criminal convicted of the assassination of civil rights and anti-war activist Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray was convicted on March 10, 1969, after entering a guilty ...more

James Ellroy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 70 Lee Earle "James" Ellroy is an American crime fiction writer and essayist. Ellroy has become known for a telegrammatic prose style in his most recent work, wherein he frequently omits ...more

James O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The List of Famous People Named James
age 27 James O'Connor is an Australian professional rugby union footballer who made his international debut for Australia in 2008 at the age of eighteen. He has signed on to play for the Queensland ...more