Entertainment
30 voters

Who Is The Most Famous Neil In The World?

Updated November 16, 2020 750 votes 30 voters 20.6k views89 items

List RulesVote up all of the Neils you've heard of.

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

Neil Young is certainly one of the most famous Neils on this list. One of the famous musicians named Neil, he was a member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young before launching his solo career. “Heart of Gold,” “Rockin' in the Free World,” and “Southern Man” are among his most popular songs.

Another of the famous people with the first name Neil is Neil Patrick Harris. He played the title character on Doogie Howser, M.D. As well as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. He is also a Tony Award-winner taking home the best leading actor in a musical prize for his role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Neil? Just add them to the list!

...more
  • Neil Patrick Harris1

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer,... more on Wikipedia

    More Neil Patrick Harris 

    Neil Patrick Harris Is The Undisputed King Of Halloween And His Family Is Group Costume GoalsThe 29 Best Neil Patrick Harris .GIFs

  • Neil Diamond2
    20

    Neil Diamond

    1941-01-24

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and... more on Wikipedia

    More Neil Diamond 

    The Best Neil Diamond Albums of All Time#43 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists

  • Neil Young3
    20

    Neil Young

    1945-11-12

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking... more on Wikipedia

    More Neil Young 

    The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time16 Interesting Facts About Neil Young You May Not Know

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson4

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Neil deGrasse Tyson (; born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, author, and... more on Wikipedia

    More Neil deGrasse Tyson 

    21 Films Neil deGrasse Tyson Loves (Or Really Hates)#18 of 172 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever

  • Neil Simon5
    20

    Neil Simon

    1927-07-04

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter... more on Wikipedia
  • Neal Schon6
    14

    Neal Schon

    1954-02-27

    BirthplaceTinker Air Force Base, United States of America

    Neal Joseph Schon (born February 27, 1954) is an American rock guitarist, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

    More Neal Schon 

    #536 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time#84 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

  • Neil Gaiman7
    18

    Neil Gaiman

    1960-11-10

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Portchester

    Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of short fiction,... more on Wikipedia

    More Neil Gaiman 

    ‘Coraline’ Is Even More Horrifying As A Book Than A MovieAnswers To All The Lingering Questions In Neil Gaiman's American Gods

  • Neil Armstrong8
    17

    Neil Armstrong

    1930-08-05

    BirthplaceOhio, United States of America

    Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and... more on Wikipedia

    More Neil Armstrong 

    #21 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#45 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • Neil Peart9
    17

    Neil Peart

    1952-09-12

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Neil Ellwood Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer... more on Wikipedia

    More Neil Peart 

    #2 of 532 The Best Drummers Of All Time#131 of 213 The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

  • Neil Sedaka10
    12

    Neil Sedaka

    1939-03-13

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939) is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record... more on Wikipedia

    More Neil Sedaka 

    #521 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#127 of 356 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

  • Neil Marshall11
    15

    Neil Marshall

    1970-05-25

    BirthplaceNorth East England, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

    Neil Marshall (born 25 May 1970) is an English film director, editor and screenwriter.... more on Wikipedia
  • Neil Johnston12
    10

    Neil Johnston

    1929-02-04

    BirthplaceChillicothe, Ohio

    Donald Neil Johnston (February 4, 1929 – September 28, 1978) was an American basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • Neal Broten13
    11

    Neal Broten

    1959-11-29

    BirthplaceRoseau, Minnesota

    Neal LaMoy Broten (born November 29, 1959) is an American former professional ice hockey... more on Wikipedia
  • Neal McDonough14
    11

    Neal McDonough

    1966-02-13

    BirthplaceDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Neal P. McDonough (born February 13, 1966) is an American actor and voice actor, known for his... more on Wikipedia

    More Neal McDonough 

    #124 of 258 The Best Marvel Movie Actors Ever#856 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History

  • Neil Smith15
    11

    Neil Smith

    1966-04-10

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Neil Smith (born April 10, 1966) is a former American football defensive end in the National... more on Wikipedia
  • Neal Anderson16
    15

    Neal Anderson

    1964-08-14

    BirthplaceGraceville, Florida

    Charles Neal Anderson (born August 14, 1964) is an American former college and professional... more on Wikipedia

    More 

    #734 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#135 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

  • Neal Stephenson17
    15

    Neal Stephenson

    1959-10-31

    BirthplaceFort Meade, Maryland, United States of America

    Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer known for his works of... more on Wikipedia

    More Neal Stephenson 

    The Best Neal Stephenson Books#661 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time

  • Neal Brennan18
    Neal Brennan (born October 19, 1973) is an American comedian, writer, producer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Neil Walker19
    14

    Neil Walker

    1976-06-25

    BirthplaceVerona, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Neil Scott Walker (born June 25, 1976) is an American former competition swimmer, four-time... more on Wikipedia
  • Neil Finn20
    8

    Neil Finn

    1958-05-27

    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Te Awamutu

    Neil Mullane Finn (born 27 May 1958) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and musician who is... more on Wikipedia

    More 

    #349 of 639 The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time#300 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

  • Neil Lomax21
    12

    Neil Lomax

    1959-02-17

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Neil Vincent Lomax (born February 17, 1959) is a former American football quarterback.

    More Neil Lomax 

    #153 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#33 of 45 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

  • Neil Tennant22
    12

    Neil Tennant

    1954-07-10

    BirthplaceNorth Shields, United Kingdom

    Neil Francis Tennant (born 10 July 1954) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, music... more on Wikipedia

    More Neil Tennant 

    #65 of 65 Who Is The Most Charming Man Alive?#73 of 110 The Greatest Keytarists of All Time

  • Neil O'Donnell23
    14

    Neil O'Donnell

    1966-07-03

    BirthplaceMorristown, New Jersey

    Neil Kennedy O'Donnell (born July 3, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia

    More 

    #34 of 41 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '90s#13 of 17 The Worst Super Bowl Plays of All Time

  • Neil Walker24
    14

    Neil Walker

    1985-09-10

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Neil Martin Andrew Walker (born September 10, 1985) is an American professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
  • Neil Kinnock25
    12

    Neil Kinnock

    1942-03-28

    BirthplaceEurasia, Tredegar, United Kingdom

    Neil Gordon Kinnock, Baron Kinnock, (born 28 March 1942) is a British Labour Party... more on Wikipedia