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Who Is the Most Famous Jay In The World?

Updated January 19, 2021 819 votes 44 voters 21.7k views86 items

List RulesVote up all of the Jays you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Jay can you think of? The famous Jays below have many different professions, including notable actors named Jay, famous athletes named Jay, and even musicians named Jay.

Jay Leno is certainly one of the most famous Jays on this list. One of the famous comedians named Jay, he is best known for hosting The Tonight Show from 1992 to 2009. A classic car collector, he is also the host of Jay Leno's Garage.

Another of the famous people with the first name Jay is Jay Pharoah. He was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 2010 to 2016. He is popular thanks in part to his hilarious impressions of Will Smith, Jay-Z, Barack Obama, and more celebrities. Former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler is another celebrity named Jay. 

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    Jay Leno

    1950-04-28

    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, United States of America

    James Douglas Muir Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television host. After doing stand-up comedy for years, he became the host of NBC's The Tonight...  more

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    Jay Pharoah

    1987-10-14

    BirthplaceVirginia, USA

    Jared Antonio Farrow (born October 14, 1987), better known by his stage name Jay Pharoah, is an American actor, stand-up comedian, impressionist, and rapper. He joined the cast of NBC's Saturday...  more

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    #19 of 19 The Greatest SNL Impressions on the Show Today#66 of 94 The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

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    Jay Baruchel

    1982-04-09

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel (; born April 9, 1982) is a Canadian actor, director, screenwriter, and comedian. He is known for his voice role as Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise,...  more

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    #26 of 97 The Funniest Canadian Comics And Actors of All Time#19 of 52 Actors Who Almost Got the Part in a DC Film

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    Jay Park

    1987-04-25
    Jay Park (Korean name: Park Jae-beom (born April 25, 1987) is a Korean American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, choreographer, entrepreneur, actor, member of the Seattle-based...  more

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    Jay Mohr

    1970-08-23

    BirthplaceVerona, New Jersey, United States of America

    Jon Ferguson Cox "Jay" Mohr (born August 23, 1970) is an American actor, comedian and radio host. He is known for his role as Professor Rick Payne in the TV series Ghost Whisperer (2006–2008), the...  more

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    Jay Cutler

    1983-04-29

    BirthplaceCarter Township, Santa Claus, Indiana

    Jay Christopher Cutler (born April 29, 1983) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 12 seasons, primarily with the Chicago Bears. He played college...  more

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    BirthplaceUSA, Hinsdale, Illinois

    Alternative NameJumbulingham, Jay Chandrasekhar, Jumbulingam, Jumbulingham Chandrasekhar

    Jayanth Jambulingam Chandrasekhar (born April 9, 1968) is an American comedian, film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for his work with the sketch comedy group Broken Lizard and...  more
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    Jay Electronica

    1976-09-19

    BirthplaceMagnolia Projects

    Timothy Elpadaro Thedford (born September 19, 1976), known professionally as Jay Electronica is an American rapper and record producer from New Orleans. Electronica first gained significant attention...  more

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    Jay Hernandez

    1978-02-20

    BirthplaceMontebello, California, USA

    Javier Manuel Hernandez Jr. (born February 20, 1978) is an American actor and fashion model. After making his television debut in NBC's Hang Time, Hernandez made his film debut opposite Kirsten Dunst...  more
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    Jay Roach

    1957-06-14

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    Mathew Jay Roach (born June 14, 1957) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for directing the Austin Powers films and Meet the Parents. He also directed the comedy film...  more
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    Jay Manuel

    1972-08-14

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Illinois, USA

    Jay Manuel (born August 14, 1972) is an American-born Canadian TV host, Creative Director and Make-up Artist. He is most recognizable as the former Creative Director on the popular reality television...  more
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    Jay Bruce

    1987-04-03

    BirthplaceBeaumont, Texas

    Jay Allen Bruce (born April 3, 1987) is an American professional baseball corner outfielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for...  more
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    Jay Bell

    1965-12-11

    BirthplaceEglin Air Force Base, Florida

    Jay Stuart Bell (born December 11, 1965) is an American former Major League Baseball shortstop and current Coach. He played for the Cleveland Indians (1986–88), Pittsburgh Pirates (1989–96), Kansas...  more
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    Jay Buhner

    1964-08-13

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Jay Campbell Buhner (born August 13, 1964), nicknamed "Bone", is a former Major League Baseball right fielder. At 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), he was among the most recognizable players of...  more
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    Jay Sean

    1981-03-26

    BirthplaceHarlesden, London, United Kingdom

    Kamaljit Singh Jhooti (born 26 March 1981), better known by the stage name Jay Sean, is an English singer and songwriter. He debuted in the UK's Asian Underground scene as a member of the Rishi Rich...  more

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    Jay Bunyan

    1981-08-29

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Jay Ryan (born 29 August 1981) is a New Zealand actor. He is best known for his roles as Jack Scully in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, Kevin in the New Zealand comedy-drama programme Go Girls,...  more
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    Jay Lethal

    1985-04-29

    BirthplaceElizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

    Jamar Shipman (born April 29, 1985), better known by the ring name Jay Lethal, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to Ring of Honor (ROH), where he is a former two-time ROH World...  more
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    Jay Chou

    1979-01-18

    BirthplaceTaiwan, Linkou District

    Jay Chou (traditional Chinese: 周杰倫; simplified Chinese: 周杰伦; pinyin: Zhōu Jiélún; Wade–Giles: Chou Chieh-lun; born 18 January 1979) is a Taiwanese musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, film...  more

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    Jay Rockefeller

    1937-06-18

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV (born June 18, 1937) is an American politician who served as a United States Senator from West Virginia (1985–2015). He was first elected to the Senate in 1984,...  more
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    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California, United States of America

    Jay Dee Daugherty (born March 22, 1952) is an American drummer and songwriter most known for his work with Patti Smith. As a member of the Patti Smith Group, he has been nominated twice to the Rock...  more
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    Jay Rock

    1986-03-31

    BirthplaceWatts, Los Angeles, California

    Johnny Reed McKinzie Jr. (born March 31, 1985), better known by his stage name Jay Rock, is an American rapper and songwriter from Watts, California. Rock ultimately chose to pursue a career as a...  more

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    Jay McCarroll

    1974-10-11

    BirthplaceLehman Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Jay McCarroll (born October 11, 1974) is a fashion designer who gained fame after winning the debut season of the competitive reality show Project Runway in 2005....  more
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    Jay Bilas

    1963-12-24

    BirthplaceSan Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Jay Scot Bilas (born December 24, 1963) is an American college basketball analyst for ESPN, a former NCAA Tournament Announcer with CBS Sports, and also a former college basketball player....  more
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    Jay Thomas

    1948-07-12

    BirthplaceKermit, Texas, USA

    Jay Thomas (born Jon Thomas Terrell; July 12, 1948 – August 24, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, and radio personality. He was heard in New York from 1976-79 on Top 40 station 99X, and later on...  more

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    Jay Bouwmeester

    1983-09-27

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Jay Daniel Bouwmeester (born September 27, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a first round...  more
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