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There are a lot famous people named John out there. How many celebrities named John can you think of? The famous Johns below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named John, athletes named John, and even political figures named John. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is John? Add them to the list.

John Travolta has had a pretty long career. Known for his dance moves and good looks, Grease and Saturday Night Fever were his rise to fame. He's also starred in Pulp Fiction and has been in the news for being a Scientologist. And everyone knows of John Lennon. One of the most popular members of the cultural phenomenon, The Beatles. Even after his infamous murder, he is still celebrated every year in Central Park in a dedicated spot called "Strawberry Fields".

And, of course, this list wouldn't be complete without John F. Kennedy. President JFK was the 35th to take office. Some of his accomplishments before his assassination were advancements in the Space Race and establishment of the Peace Corps.

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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Named John
Painter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 67

Birthplace: Seymour, Indiana, United States of America

John J Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951), previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. He is known ...more

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Named John
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 37

Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born Jonathan Taylor Weiss; September 8, 1981) is an American actor, voice actor, and director. He is known for portraying Randy Taylor on Home Improvement and voicing ...more

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Named John
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

Age: 73

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Together with Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and his brother Tom Fogerty, he founded the band Creedence ...more

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Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Named John
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 56

Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States of America

John Francis Bongiovi Jr. (born March 2, 1962), known professionally as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor. Bon Jovi is best known as the ...more

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Named John
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 91 (1735-1826)

Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts Bay, British America

John Adams Jr. (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father who served as the second president of the United States from 1797 to ...more

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John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Named John
Basketball player

Age: 56

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career (1984–2003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz, and the team ...more

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John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Named John
Fashion designer, Businessperson, Film Producer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois, United States of America

John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an American actor, producer, and fashion designer. He received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Places in the Heart (1984) and In ...more

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Named John
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter ...more

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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Named John
Basketball player

Age: 28

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina

Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. (born September 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A Raleigh, North ...more

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John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Named John
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 52

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He began acting in films during the 1980s and has since starred in a number of movies, including Better ...more

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John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Named John
Politician, Diplomat, Attorney at law

Age: Dec. at 81 (1767-1848)

Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts Bay, British America

John Quincy Adams ( (listen); July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and diarist who served as the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to ...more

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Named John
Model, Actor, Singer

Age: 41

Birthplace: Drimnagh, Republic of Ireland

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor. He is known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine (1998), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Match ...more

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John Candy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Named John
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 44 (1950-1994)

Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada

John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian, known mainly for his work in Hollywood films. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of ...more

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Jon Voight is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Named John
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 80

Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States of America

Jonathan Vincent Voight (; born December 29, 1938) is an American actor. He is the winner of one Academy Award, having been nominated for four. He has also won four Golden Globe Awards and has ...more

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John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Named John
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 79

Birthplace: Chesterfield, United Kingdom

Sir John Vincent Hurt (22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017) was an English actor whose career spanned more than 50 years. Hurt came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for ...more

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John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Named John

Age: 64

Birthplace: Canton, Georgia

John Allen Hannah (born April 4, 1951), nicknamed Hog, is a former American football left guard who played for the New England Patriots (1973–1985) in the National Football League (NFL). In 1999 ...more

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John Mackey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Named John
American football player

Age: Died at 70 (1941-2011)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

John Mackey (September 24, 1941 – July 6, 2011) was an American football tight end who played for the Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers. He was born in Roosevelt, New York and attended ...more

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John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Named John
Songwriter, Musician, Drummer

Age: Dec. at 32 (1948-1980)

Birthplace: Redditch, United Kingdom

John Henry Bonham (31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980) was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer for the British rock band Led Zeppelin. Esteemed for his speed, power, fast ...more

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John Lithgow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Named John
Poet, Musician, Author

Age: 73

Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America

John Arthur Lithgow (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor, musician, poet, author, and singer. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony ...more

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Jonathan Ogden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Named John
American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Jonathan Phillip Ogden (born July 31, 1974) is a former American football offensive tackle who played his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played ...more

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John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Named John
Basketball player

Age: 78

Birthplace: Martins Ferry, Ohio, United States of America

John Joseph Havlicek ( HAV-li-chek; April 8, 1940 – April 25, 2019) was an American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA ...more

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John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Named John
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1790-1862)

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

John Tyler (March 29, 1790 – January 18, 1862) was the tenth president of the United States from 1841 to 1845 after briefly serving as the tenth vice president (1841); he was elected to the ...more

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John Boehner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Named John
Businessperson, Politician, Management consulting

Age: 69

Birthplace: Reading, Ohio, United States, with Territories, Hamilton County

John Andrew Boehner ( BAY-nər; born November 17, 1949) is an American politician who served as the 53rd speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015. A member of the ...more

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John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Named John
Actor, Singer, Writer

Age: 51

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Glasgow, United Kingdom

John Scot Barrowman (born 11 March 1967) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter, author, and comic book writer. Born in Glasgow, Barrowman moved to the U.S. with his family in 1975. ...more

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John Terry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Named John
Footballer

Age: 38

Birthplace: London, Barking, United Kingdom

John George Terry (born 7 December 1980) is an English football coach and former professional footballer who played as a centre back. He was previously captain of Chelsea, the England national ...more

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