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Who Is The Most Famous Lawrence Or Laurence In The World?

Updated February 5, 2021 789 votes 35 voters 13.1k views84 items

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How many celebrities named Lawrence or Laurence can you think of? The famous Lawrences and Laurences below have many different professions, including notable actors named Laurence, famous musicians named Lawrence, and even athletes named Lawrence.

Laurence Fishburne is certainly one of the most famous Laurences on this list. One of the famous actors named Laurence, he is best known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix films. Boyz n the Hood, Apocalypse Now, and What's Love Got To Do With It are among his notable projects.

Another of the famous people with the first name Lawrence is Lawrence Welk. He was the bandleader and host of The Lawrence Welk Show. “Beer Barrel Polka” and “Tonight You Belong To Me” are among his popular songs.

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    BirthplaceAugusta, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Laurence John Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) is an American actor, playwright, producer, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy, Jason "Furious"  ...more

    People Are Debating Which Laurence Fishburne Role Is His Most Memorable, Other Than 'The Matrix'#6 of 22 Unicef Goodwill Ambassadors For The United States#83 of 264 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

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    23

    BirthplaceDorking, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, dominated  ...more

    #121 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#43 of 117 The Best English Actors of All Time#190 of 289 The Coolest Actors Ever

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    1903-03-11
    19

    BirthplaceStrasburg, North Dakota, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted the television program The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to  ...more
  • 4

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (born September 22, 1971) is an American character actor who has appeared in films, television series and theatre. He portrayed D'Angelo Barksdale on the HBO drama series The  ...more
  • 5

    BirthplaceYonkers, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Monsanto Ferlinghetti (March 24, 1919 – February 22, 2021) was an American poet, painter, socialist activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. He was the author of  ...more
  • 6
    1949-01-14
    17

    BirthplaceArea code 786, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Area code 305, Florida

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Edward Kasdan (born January 14, 1949) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known as co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the  ...more
  • 7

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Eugene Williams (May 10, 1935 – January 7, 1980) was an American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer, songwriter, producer, and pianist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Williams is best  ...more
  • 8
    1977-08-25
    13

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    NationalityAustralia

    Lawrence Leung (born 25 August 1977) is an Australian comedian, writer and director from Melbourne, Victoria. He is best known for his television series Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure  ...more
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    1938-06-24
    17

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Block (born June 24, 1938) is an American crime writer best known for two long-running New York–set series about the recovering alcoholic P.I. Matthew Scudder and the gentleman burglar  ...more
  • 10
    1959-02-04
    19

    BirthplaceWilliamsburg, Virginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959), nicknamed "L.T.", is an American former football player. Taylor played his entire professional career as a linebacker for the New York Giants  ...more

    #1001 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1 of 1,341 The Best Football Players Ever#20 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames

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    1928-10-01
    11

    BirthplaceJoniškis, Lithuania

    NationalityLithuania, United Kingdom, South Africa

    Laurence Harvey (born Laruschka Mischa Skikne; 1 October 1928 – 25 November 1973) was a Lithuanian-born British Jewish actor. In a career that spanned a quarter of a century, Harvey appeared in  ...more

    #67 of 75 Famous Actors Who Were Almost James Bond#226 of 242 Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (born September 4, 1953) is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Claudine (1974), Cooley High (1975), Roots  ...more
  • 13
    1907-08-03
    13

    BirthplaceLawrence, Kansas

    Lawrence Brown or Laurence Brown may refer to: Lawrence Benjamin Brown (1893–1972), American pianist, composer, and arranger of African-American folk songs Lawrence Brown (jazz trombonist)  ...more
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    1956-11-22
    11

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityCanada

    Lawrence Henry Gowan (born 22 November 1956) is a Scottish Canadian musician, born in Glasgow. Gowan has been both a solo artist and the current lead vocalist and keyboardist of the band Styx since  ...more
  • 15
    1898-07-28
    10

    BirthplaceUSA, California, San Francisco

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Gray (July 28, 1898 – February 2, 1970) was an American actor of the 1920s and 1930s.  ...more
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    1937-04-03
    14

    BirthplaceMasson, Quebec, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Lawrence Dane is an actor.  ...more
  • 17

    BirthplaceLondon, England, UK

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Laurence Roderick Llewelyn-Bowen (born 11 March 1965) is a British self-styled "homestyle consultant" and television personality best known for his appearances on the BBC programme Changing Rooms  ...more
  • 18
    1978-05-26
    16

    BirthplaceYorkshire, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Laurence Paul Fox (born 26 May 1978) is an English actor, singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his leading role as DS James Hathaway in the British TV drama series Lewis from 2006 to 2015.  ...more
  • 19
    1919-09-16
    16

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence "Larry" Dobkin (September 16, 1919 – October 28, 2002) was an American television director, character actor and screenwriter whose career spanned seven decades. Dobkin was a prolific  ...more
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    11

    BirthplaceCanada

    NationalityCanada

    Lawrence Guterman (born July 18, 1966) is a Canadian film director known for his work in companies like DreamWorks, Warner Bros. New Line Cinema. and Universal. He directed the feature films Cats &  ...more
  • 22

    BirthplaceFort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Laurence George Luckinbill (born November 21, 1934) is an American actor, playwright and director. He has worked in television, film, and theatre, doing triple duty in the theatre by writing,  ...more
  • 23

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger (August 1, 1930 – June 4, 2011) was an American statesman and career diplomat, who served briefly as the Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush. Previously,  ...more
  • 24
    1947-08-20
    9

    BirthplaceNew Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Alan Kudlow (born August 20, 1947) is an American financial analyst and former television host serving as Director of the National Economic Council under President Donald Trump since  ...more
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    10

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Hugh Laurence "Laurie" Doherty (8 October 1875 – 21 August 1919) was a British tennis player and the younger brother of tennis player Reginald Doherty. He was a six-time Grand Slam champion and a  ...more
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