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Famous People Named John 

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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.

John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named John
Politician, Military Officer, Author

Age: Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Brookline, New England, Norfolk County, United States of America, + more

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from ...more

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named John
Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer

Age: Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the rhythm guitarist for ...more

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named John
Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)

Birthplace: Winterset, USA, Iowa

Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor, filmmaker, and Presidential ...more

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John Travolta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named John
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 65

Birthplace: USA, Englewood, New Jersey

John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and singer. Travolta rose to fame during the 1970s, appearing on the television series Welcome Back, ...more

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John Cena is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named John
Bodybuilder, Rapper, Wrestler

Age: 41

Birthplace: West Newbury, Massachusetts, United States of America

John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. (; born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper, and TV personality. As a wrestler, he is currently signed to WWE. As a TV personality, he ...more

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named John
Pilot, Record producer, Poet

Age: Dec. at 54 (1943-1997)

Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist, and humanitarian, ...more

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John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named John
Clown

Age: Dec. at 52 (1942-1994)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Jon Hamm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named John
Television director, Television producer, Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Jonathan Daniel Hamm (born March 10, 1971) is an American actor, best known for playing advertising executive Don Draper in the AMC television drama series Mad Men (2007–2015). For much of the ...more

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John Elway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named John
Athlete, American football player

Age: 58

Birthplace: Port Angeles, Washington, United States of America

John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is currently general manager and President of Football Operations of the Denver Broncos of the National ...more

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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named John
Record producer, Guitarist, Comedian

Age: 41

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

John Clayton Mayer (; born October 16, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, ...more

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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named John
Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist

Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, activist, political commentator, actor, and television host. He hosted The ...more

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John Stamos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named John
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

Age: 55

Birthplace: USA, California, Cypress

John Phillip Stamos (born August 19, 1963) is an American actor, producer, musician, comedian and singer. He first gained recognition for his contract role as Blackie Parrish on the ABC ...more

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John C. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named John
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, singer, voice actor, screenwriter, and producer who made his film debut in Brian De Palma's war film Casualties of War ...more

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John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named John
Comedian, Television producer, Actor

Age: 66

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American actor and voice artist. Early in his career, he was known for playing Dan Conner on the ABC TV series Roseanne (1988–1997; 2018), for ...more

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John Krasinski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named John
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 39

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

John Burke Krasinski (; born October 20, 1979) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Besides appearing in and making feature films, he is known for his role as Jim Halpert ...more

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John McCain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named John
Pilot, Statesman, Politician

Age: 82

Birthplace: Coco Solo

John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician and military officer, who served as a United States senator from Arizona from January 1987 until his death. ...more

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John Ritter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named John
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 55 (1948-2003)

Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States of America

Jonathan Southworth Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor and comedian. He was the son of the singing cowboy star Tex Ritter and the father of actors Jason and ...more

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named John
Tennis player, Commentator, Talk show host

Age: 60

Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

John Patrick McEnroe Jr. (born February 16, 1959) is an American retired tennis player. He was known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills, and for confrontational on-court behavior ...more

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John Kerry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named John
Spokesperson, Prosecutor, Politician

Age: 75

Birthplace: Aurora, Colorado, United States of America

John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is an American politician who served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously ...more

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Jon Favreau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named John
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Flushing, New York City, New York, USA

Jonathan Favreau (; born October 19, 1966) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for his work with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, directing and starring as ...more

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Jon Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named John
Mixed Martial Artist

Age: 31

Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America

Jonathan Dwight Jones (born July 19, 1987) is an American professional mixed martial artist who is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Widely regarded as one of the greatest ...more

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John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named John
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 48

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

John Anthony Frusciante ( (listen); born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, composer, and producer. He is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, ...more

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John Edwards is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named John
Politician, Writer, Lawyer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Seneca, South Carolina, United States of America

Johnny Reid "John" Edwards (born June 10, 1953) is an American lawyer and former politician who served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice ...more

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John Legend is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named John
Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 40

Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States of America

John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist. Prior to the release of Legend's debut ...more

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Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named John
Ice Hockey Player, Athlete

Age: 33

Birthplace: Milford, Connecticut

Jonathan Douglas Quick (born January 21, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Quick was selected in the third ...more

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