List of famous people named Mike or Michael, along with photos. How many celebrities named Michael can you think of? The famous Mikes and Michaels below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Michael, athletes named Michael, and even political figures named Michael. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is Michael? Add them to the list.Michael Jackson is certainly one of the most famous Michaels on this list. He started singing professionally at the age of 6 with the Jackson Five. About 5-6 years later, he went solo and became one of the most famous musicians of all time. His album Thriller remains the best selling album of all time. Another record breaking Michael would have to be this basketball player. Michael Jordan was a former player for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. He's received 5 MVP Awards and is arguably the best basketball player in the history of the sport.