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List of famous people named Neil, along with photos. How many celebrities named Neal can you think of? The famous Neils below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Neil, athletes named Neal, and even political figures named Neil. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is Neil? Add them to the list.

Neil Patrick Harris is an actor of film, t.v. and stage. He got his start as a child on the hit show Doogie Howser, MD. Now he's hosted several Tony Award shows, had the memorable role in the show How I Met Your Mother, and has won many awards including the Tony. Of course, there are a few musicians on this list Neil Young and Neil Diamond. They have both had many hits and have been inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

You may know Neil deGrasse Tyson from hosting the hit show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. But he's done so much more that just host this Seth McFarlane show. He's an astrophysicist, cosmologist and author. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.
  
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 73

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with ...more

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Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 45

Birthplace: Albuquerque, USA, New Mexico

Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, magician, and singer. He is known primarily for his comedy roles on television and his dramatic and ...more

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Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, Diamond has sold more ...more

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Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

Birthplace: Ohio, United States of America

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who was the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, ...more

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Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 66

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Neil Ellwood Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards ...more

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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 58

Birthplace: Portchester, United Kingdom

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. His works include the ...more

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 60

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Neil deGrasse Tyson (; born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at ...more

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Neil Simon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Dec. at 91 (1927 - 2018)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly ...more

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Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Neil Smith Age: 52

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Neil Smith (born April 10, 1966) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1988 to 1996, the Denver Broncos from 1997 ...more
Neil Sedaka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 79

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939) is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record producer. Since his music career began in 1957 as a short-lived founding member of the Tokens, he has ...more

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Neal Broten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 59

Birthplace: Roseau, Minnesota

Neal LaMoy Broten (born November 29, 1959) is an American former professional ice hockey player. A member of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal at Lake Placid in 1980, ...more
Neal McDonough is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 53

Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Neal P. McDonough (born February 13, 1966) is an American actor and voice actor, known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers ...more

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Neal Schon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 65

Birthplace: Tinker Air Force Base, United States of America

Neal Joseph Schon (born February 27, 1954) is an American rock guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, best known for his work with the bands Journey (in which he is the only constant original ...more

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Neil Finn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Neil Finn Age: 60

Birthplace: New Zealand, Te Awamutu

Neil Mullane Finn (born 27 May 1958) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and musician who is currently a member of Fleetwood Mac. With his brother Tim Finn, he was the co-frontman for Split Enz, ...more

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Neil Johnston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Dec. at 49 (1929-1978)

Birthplace: Chillicothe, Ohio

Donald Neil Johnston (February 4, 1929 – September 28, 1978) was an American basketball player at the center position who played eight years in the National Basketball Association (NBA), from ...more

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Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 59

Birthplace: Fort Meade, Maryland, United States of America

Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, ...more

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Neil O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Neil O'Donnell Age: 49

Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey

Neil Kennedy O'Donnell (born July 3, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 14 seasons (1990–2003) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York ...more

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Neal Anderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Neal Anderson Age: 51

Birthplace: Graceville, Florida

Charles Neal Anderson (born August 14, 1964) is an American former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during ...more
Neil Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 33

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Neil Martin Andrew Walker (born September 10, 1985) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by his hometown ...more
Neil Lomax is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 56

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon

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

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Neil Tennant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 64

Birthplace: North Shields, United Kingdom

Neil Francis Tennant (born 10 July 1954) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, music journalist and co-founder of the synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, which he formed with Chris Lowe in 1981. ...more

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Neal Boortz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 73

Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Neal A Boortz Jr. (born April 6, 1945) is an American author, former attorney, and former conservative radio host. His nationally syndicated talk show, The Neal Boortz Show, which ended in 2013, ...more
Neil Flynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 58

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Neil Richard Flynn (born November 13, 1960) is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as Janitor on Scrubs and Mike Heck in the ABC comedy series The ...more

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Neil LaBute is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 55

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Neil N. LaBute (born March 19, 1963) is an American playwright, film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best-known for a play that he wrote and later adapted for film, In the Company of ...more
Neil Jordan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Neil
Age: 69

Birthplace: Sligo, Republic of Ireland

Neil Patrick Jordan (born 25 February 1950) is an Irish film director, screenwriter, novelist and short-story writer. His first book, Night in Tunisia, won a Somerset Maugham Award and the ...more