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Who Is The Most Famous Neil In The World?

Updated November 16, 2020 750 votes 30 voters 20.7k 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!

  • Neil Patrick Harris1

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

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  • Neil Diamond2

    Neil Diamond


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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  • Neil Young3

    Neil Young


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

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

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  • 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

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  • Neil Simon5

    Neil Simon


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

    Neal Schon


    BirthplaceTinker Air Force Base, United States of America

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

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  • Neil Gaiman7

    Neil Gaiman


    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Portchester

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

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  • Neil Armstrong8

    Neil Armstrong


    BirthplaceOhio, United States of America

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

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  • Neil Peart9

    Neil Peart


    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

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

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  • Neil Sedaka10

    Neil Sedaka


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939) is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record...  more
  • Neil Marshall11

    Neil Marshall


    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
  • Neil Johnston12

    Neil Johnston


    BirthplaceChillicothe, Ohio

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

    Neal Broten


    BirthplaceRoseau, Minnesota

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

    Neal McDonough


    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

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  • Neil Smith15

    Neil Smith


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

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

    Neal Anderson


    BirthplaceGraceville, Florida

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


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  • Neal Stephenson17

    Neal Stephenson


    BirthplaceFort Meade, Maryland, United States of America

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

    Neil Walker


    BirthplaceVerona, Wisconsin, United States of America

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

    Neil Finn


    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Te Awamutu

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


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  • Neil Lomax21

    Neil Lomax


    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

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  • Neil Tennant22

    Neil Tennant


    BirthplaceNorth Shields, United Kingdom

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

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  • Neil O'Donnell23

    Neil O'Donnell


    BirthplaceMorristown, New Jersey

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  • Neil Walker24

    Neil Walker


    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

    Neil Kinnock


    BirthplaceEurasia, Tredegar, United Kingdom

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