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Famous People Named Jan 

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Who knew there were so many famous people named Jan in the world? Our list of celebrities named Jan includes pictures and information about each person when available, so you can get to know them a little better if you don't know them. The famous Jans below come from all walks of life, but all ended up achieving fame or notoriety in one way or another. This list includes singers named Jan, actors named Jan, and much more. Jan Hooks, Jan Vertonghen, and Jan Smithers are only a few of the well-known people named Jan on this list.
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Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Comedian, Actor

Age: Dec. at 57 (1957-2014)

Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, United States of America

Janet Vivian Hooks (April 23, 1957 – October 9, 2014) was an American actress and comedian, best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she was a repertory player from 1986 to 1991, ...more

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Jan Vertonghen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Soccer Player

Age: 31

Birthplace: Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjɑn vərˈtɔŋə(n)]; born 24 April 1987) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Belgium ...more
Jan Smithers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Actor

Age: 69

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, North Hollywood, California

Karin Jan Smithers (born July 3, 1949) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982).
Jan Brewer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Politician, Radiologic technologist

Age: 74

Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Janice Kay Brewer (born September 26, 1944) is an American politician and author who served as Governor of Arizona, from 2009 to 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Brewer is the fourth ...more
Jan Mølby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Footballer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Kolding, Denmark

Jan Mølby (born 4 July 1963) is a Danish former professional footballer and manager. As a player, he was a midfielder from 1982 to 1998. After starting his career with Kolding, he moved ...more

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#304 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #41 of 140 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time #13 of 132 The Best Soccer Players from Denmark

Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Jan and Dean were an American rock duo consisting of William Jan Berry (April 3, 1941 – March 26, 2004) and Dean Ormsby Torrence (born March 10, 1940). In the early 1960s, they were pioneers of ...more

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#143 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #156 of 318 The Greatest American Rock Bands #444 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Jan
American football player

Age: 73

Birthplace: Fetsund, Norway

Jan Stenerud (, Norwegian: [ˈsteːnərʉːd]; born November 26, 1942) is a Norwegian-born former American football player for the AFL/NFL Kansas City Chiefs (1967–1979), Green Bay Packers ...more
Jan Paul Beahm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Age: Dec. at 22 (1958-1980)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Darby Crash (formerly Bobby Pyn; born Jan Paul Beahm; September 26, 1958 – December 7, 1980) was an American punk rock vocalist and songwriter who, along with longtime friend Pat Smear (born ...more
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Keytarist

Age: 67

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Jan Hammer (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈɦamɛr]) (born 17 April 1948) is a Czech-American musician, composer and record producer. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards ...more

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#706 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #74 of 164 The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time #52 of 78 The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

Jan Tomaszewski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Journalist, Footballer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland

Jan Tomaszewski (born 9 January 1948) is a former Polish international football goalkeeper of the 1970s. He kept goal for the national teams that came third at the 1974 World Cup, where he was ...more

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#270 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #23 of 230 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time #15 of 171 The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked

Jan Oblak is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Jan Oblak Soccer Player

Age: 26

Birthplace: Škofja Loka, Slovenia

Jan Oblak (born 7 January 1993) is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Slovenia national team. Oblak signed for ...more

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#114 of 357 The Best Current Soccer Players #34 of 230 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time #6 of 32 The Best Goalies In The World Right Now

Jan Akkerman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Guitarist

Age: 72

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jan Akkerman (born 24 December 1946) is a Dutch guitarist. He first found international commercial success with the band Focus, which he co-founded with Thijs van Leer. After leaving Focus, he ...more

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#166 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #218 of 229 The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams #110 of 136 The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

Jan Björklund is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Politician, Military Officer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Mark Municipality, Sweden

Jan Arne Björklund (born 18 April 1962) is a Swedish politician of the Liberals. He has been a member of the Riksdag since 2006, representing Stockholm County, and served as leader of the ...more
Jan Ullrich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Age: 45

Birthplace: Rostock, Germany

Jan Ullrich (German pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈʊlrɪç]); born 2 December 1973) is a German former professional road bicycle racer. Ullrich won gold and silver medals in the 2000 Summer Olympics ...more
Jan Kodeš is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Tennis player

Age: 73

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Jan Kodeš (born 1 March 1946) is a Czech former tennis player who won three Grand Slam singles events in the early 1970s. Kodeš's greatest success was achieved on the clay courts of the French ...more

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#2,074 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #51 of 258 The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time #47 of 89 The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

Jan Sterling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Actor

Age: Dec. at 83 (1921-2004)

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

Jan Sterling (born Jane Sterling Adriance, April 3, 1921 – March 26, 2004) was an American film, television and stage actress. At her most active in films during the 1950s (immediately prior to ...more
Jan Nisar Akhtar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Poet, Film Producer, Lyricist

Age: Dec. at 62 (1914-1976)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior, India

Jan Nisar Akhtar (Urdu: جاں نِثار اختر‎; 18 February 1914 – 19 August 1976) was an 20th century Indian poet of Urdu ghazals and nazms, and a part of the Progressive Writers' Movement, who was ...more
Jan de Bont is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Film Producer, Cinematographer, Film Director

Age: 75

Birthplace: Eindhoven, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Jan de Bont (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjɑn də ˈbɔnt]; born 22 October 1943) is a Dutch cinematographer, director and film producer. He is widely known for directing the films Speed and Twister. As ...more
Jan Kuehnemund is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Guitarist, Backing vocalist

Age: Dec. at 52 (1961-2013)

Birthplace: Saint Paul, United States of America, Ramsey County, United States, with Territories, + more

Janice Lynn "Jan" Kuehnemund (; November 18, 1953 – October 10, 2013) was an American lead guitarist who founded the all-female hard rock/glam metal band Vixen.
Jan Axel Blomberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Songwriter, Musician, Drummer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Trysil, Norway

Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg (born August 2, 1969) is a Norwegian heavy metal drummer. He is best known as the drummer of Mayhem, which he joined in 1988. In 1987 Blomberg formed the ...more
Jan Ladislav Dussek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Pianist, Composer

Age: Dec. at 52 (1760-1812)

Birthplace: Čáslav, Czech Republic

Jan Ladislav Dussek (baptized Jan Václav Dusík, with surname also written as Duschek or Düssek; 12 February 1760 – 20 March 1812) was a Czech composer and pianist. He was an ...more

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#263 of 362 The Best Classical Composers #168 of 177 The Greatest Pianists Ever

Jan Håkan Haugland... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Disc jockey, Drummer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Storslett, Nordreisa, Norway

Jan-Håkan "Ian" Haugland (born 13 August 1964 in Nordreisa, Norway) is the drummer in the Swedish rock band Europe. When he was eight months old, he and his family moved to the ...more
Jan Ernst Matzeliger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 37 (1852-1889)

Birthplace: Suriname, DVD Region 4, Paramaribo District, Paramaribo, South America

Jan Ernst Matzeliger (September 15, 1852 – August 24, 1889) was an inventor whose lasting machine brought significant change to the manufacturing of shoes. Matzeliger was born on a coffee ...more
Jan Koller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Jan
Footballer

Age: 45

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Jan Koller (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈkolɛr]; born 30 March 1973) is a former Czech footballer who played as a striker. He was noted for his height, strong physique, and heading ability. He ...more
Jan Behrendt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Jan

Age: 51

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Jan Behrendt (born 29 November 1967 in Ilmenau, Bezirk Suhl) is an East German-German luger who competed from the mid-1980s to 1998. Together with Stefan Krauße he won two Olympic gold ...more