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Who Is The Most Famous Lionel In The World?

Updated June 2, 2021 444 votes 26 voters 6.1k views51 items

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

Lionel Richie is certainly one of the most famous Lionels on this list. One of the famous singer-songwriters named Lionel, he started his career as a member of the Commodores before breaking out as a solo star. His hits include “Hello,” “All Night Long,” and “Lady.”

Another of the famous people with the first name Lionel is Lionel Barrymore. He was an actor and director. He is best known for playing Mr. Potter in the film It's a Wonderful Life. Lionel Stander is another famous actor named Lionel. 

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Lionel? Just add them to the list! Then be sure to vote up all of the famous Lionels that you recognize.

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    Lionel Richie


    BirthplaceTuskegee, Alabama, United States of America

    Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Richie's style of ballads with the Commodores and in his solo career launched him as one...  more

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    Lionel Stander


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Lionel Jay Stander (January 11, 1908 – November 30, 1994) was an American actor in films, radio, theater and television....  more
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    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Lionel Barrymore (born Lionel Herbert Blythe; April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954) was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor...  more
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    Lionel Jeffries


    BirthplaceForest Hill, London, London, United Kingdom

    Lionel Charles Jeffries (10 June 1926 – 19 February 2010) was an English actor, director and screenwriter. He appeared primarily in films and received a Golden Globe Award nomination during his...  more
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    Lionel Bart


    BirthplaceStepney, East London, United Kingdom

    Lionel Bart (1 August 1930 – 3 April 1999) was a British writer and composer of pop music and musicals. He wrote Tommy Steele's "Rock with the Caveman", which became the first British pop song to...  more
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    Lionel Hampton


    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman,...  more

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    Lionel Chetwynd


    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

    Lionel Chetwynd (born January 29, 1940) is an English-born Canadian–American screenwriter, motion picture and television film director and producer....  more
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    Lionel Atwill


    BirthplaceCroydon, London, England, UK

    Lionel Alfred William Atwill (1 March 1885 – 22 April 1946) was an English-American stage and screen actor. He began his acting career at the Garrick Theatre. After coming to the U.S., he...  more
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    Lionel Blair


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Lionel Blair (born Henry Lionel Ogus; 12 December 1928) is a British actor, choreographer, tap dancer and television presenter....  more
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    Lionel Ferbos


    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Lionel Charles Ferbos (July 17, 1911 – July 19, 2014) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was from New Orleans, Louisiana. At 103, Ferbos was the oldest jazz musician in New Orleans. A native New...  more
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    Lionel Newman


    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut

    Lionel Newman (January 4, 1916 – February 3, 1989) was an American conductor, pianist, and film and television composer. He won the Academy Award for Best Score of a Musical Picture for Hello Dolly!...  more
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    BirthplaceGallipolis Township, Gallipolis, Ohio, USA

    Lionel Burke Cartwright (born February 10, 1960) is an American country music artist. Between 1988 and 1992, Cartwright charted twelve singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts,...  more
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    Lionel Loueke



    Lionel Loueke (born 27 April 1973) is a guitarist and vocalist born in Benin. He moved to Ivory Coast in 1990 to study at the National Institute of Art....  more
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    Lionel Shriver


    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina

    Lionel Shriver (born May 18, 1957) is an American journalist and author who lives in the United Kingdom. She is best known for her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the Orange Prize for...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Lionel Abelanski (born 22 October 1964) is a French actor....  more
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    Lionel Davidson


    BirthplaceKingston upon Hull, United Kingdom

    Lionel Davidson FRSL (31 March 1922 – 21 October 2009) was an English novelist who wrote spy thrillers....  more
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    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Lionel Mark Smith (February 5, 1946 – February 13, 2008) was an American actor. He appeared in several movies including Galaxina, Homicide, Edmond, State and Main, Spartan, and Treasure of Pirate's...  more
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    Lionel Banks


    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah

    With over 200 films to his credit, Lionel Banks (born June 22, 1901, Salt Lake City, Utah - died March 20, 1950, Los Angeles, California) was a hard-working art director from 1935 to 1949. In that...  more
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    Lionel Belmore


    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Lionel Belmore (12 May 1867 – 30 January 1953) was an English character actor and director on stage for more than a quarter of a century....  more
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    Lionel L. Nowell, III has been Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Pepsico, Inc., a holding of PepsiAmericas Inc. since August 2001. Mr. Nowell is responsible for the PepsiCo's worldwide corporate...  more
  • 21

    Lionel Batiste


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    "Uncle" Lionel Batiste (February 11, 1931 – July 8, 2012) was a jazz and blues musician and singer from New Orleans. He began his music career at the age of 11 playing bass drum with the Square Deal...  more
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    Lionel Messi


    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    Lionel "Leo" Andrés Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Paris Saint-Germain and captains the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in...  more

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    Lionel Barber


    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Lionel Barber (born 18 January 1955) is an English journalist. Barber was appointed editor of the Financial Times (FT) in November 2005. Earlier in his career, he worked at The Scotsman and The...  more
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    Lionel Blue


    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

    Lionel Blue, (6 February 1930 – 19 December 2016) was a British Reform rabbi, journalist and broadcaster, described by The Guardian as "one of the most respected religious figures in the UK". He was...  more
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    Lionel Hitchman


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Frederick Lionel Hitchman (November 3, 1901 – January 12, 1969) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League for the Ottawa Senators and...  more
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