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Nelson Rockefeller, part of the wealthy Rockefeller family, was the 41st Vice President to President Gerald Ford. Although he was a Republican, he was quite liberal and was an advocate for maintaining the arts. He helped oversee and preserve art, specifically in New York, and even founded Museum of Primitive Art.

Nelson Mandela was one of the most famous humanitarians of our time. The President of South Africa was famous for being an anti-apartheid revolutionary, and his peace movements. 

Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Statesman, Politician, Peace activist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first ...more

Nelson Cruz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Baseball player Nelson Ramón Cruz Martínez Sr. is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. He has also played in MLB for the Milwaukee ...more

Nelson Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Politician Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller was an American businessman, philanthropist, public servant, and politician. He served as the 41st Vice President of the United States under President Gerald Ford, and ...more

Nelson Frazier, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Wrestler, Actor Nelson Frazier Jr. was an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment in the 1990s and 2000s under the ring ...more

Nelson DeMille is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Novelist Nelson Richard DeMille is an American author of thriller novels. His works include Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, Plum Island, and The General's Daughter. DeMille has also ...more

Nelson Eddy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Actor, Singer Nelson Ackerman Eddy was an American singer and actor who appeared in 19 musical films during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in opera and on the concert stage, radio, television, and in ...more

Nelson Freire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Pianist Nelson Freire is a Brazilian classical pianist. Freire began playing the piano at age 3. He replayed from memory pieces his older sister, Nelma, had just performed. His teachers in Brazil were ...more

Nelson Piquet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Businessperson, Race car driver Nelson Piquet Souto Maior, known as Nelson Piquet, is a Brazilian former racing driver and businessman. Since his retirement, Piquet has been ranked among the greatest Formula One drivers in ...more

Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Nelson is an American rock band founded by singer/songwriters Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. The band achieved huge success during the early 90s with their debut album After the Rain. The album ...more

Nelson Riddle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Sailor Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. His work for Capitol Records kept such ...more

Nelson Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Baseball player Nelson Figueroa, Jr. is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He attended Brandeis University. The right-handed starting pitcher and occasional long reliever stands at 6'1", 185 ...more

Nelson Peltz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur Nelson Peltz is an American businessman and a founding partner, together with Peter W. May and Edward P. Garden, of Trian Fund Management. L.P., an alternative investment management fund, based ...more

Nelson McCormick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Television director, Television producer, Film Director Nelson McCormick is an American director and producer of film and television. Some of his television directing credits include NYPD Blue, V.I.P, Alias, House, Third Watch, ER, Prison Break, 24, ...more

Nelson George is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Cultural critic, Journalist, Television producer Nelson George is an African-American author, columnist, music and culture critic, journalist, and filmmaker. He has been nominated twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Nelson Piquet, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Race car driver Nelson Ângelo Tamsma Piquet Souto Maior, also known as Nelson Piquet Junior or Nelsinho Piquet, is a Brazilian stock car racing driver and former Formula One driver. He currently competes ...more

Nelson Haedo Valdez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Footballer Nelson Antonio Haedo Valdez is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt and the Paraguay national football team as a striker. Valdez started his career with Atlético ...more

Nelson Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter Nelson Falcão Rodrigues was a Brazilian playwright, journalist and novelist. In 1943, he helped usher in a new era in Brazilian theater with his play Vestido de Noiva, considered ...more

Nelson Vails is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Professional Road Racing Cyclist Nelson Beasley Vails is a retired road and track cyclist from the United States. He rode as a professional from 1988 to 1995 representing the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, ...more

Nelson Dingley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Politician, Journalist Nelson Dingley, Jr. was a journalist and politician from the U.S. state of Maine. Dingley was born in Durham, Maine and attended the common schools at Unity, Maine and Waterville College. He ...more

Nelson de la Rosa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Actor Nelson Aquino de la Rosa, a.k.a. Mahow, was one of the shortest men of the 20th and 21st centuries and an actor from the Dominican Republic. Nelson measured 71 centimeters tall.

Nelson Lichtenstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Historian, Professor, Author Nelson Lichtenstein is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy. He is labor historian who has ...more

Nelson A. Miles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Soldier Nelson Appleton Miles was a United States soldier who served in the American Civil War, Indian Wars, and the Spanish–American War.

Nelson W. Aldrich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Businessperson, Politician Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich was a prominent American politician and a leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, where he served from 1881 to 1911. Because of his impact on national politics and ...more

Nelson Bragg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Songwriter, Musician, Drummer Nelson Bragg is an American percussionist, vocalist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California.

Nelson Rangell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Nelson Rangell is an American smooth jazz musician and composer originally from Castle Rock, Colorado. Although Rangell is known for his work with the tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, his ...more

Nelson W. Polsby is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Professor, Political scientist Nelson Woolf Polsby was an American political scientist. He specialized in the study of the United States presidency and United States Congress. He was a professor at the University of ...more

Nelson Glueck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Rabbi, Scientist Nelson Glueck was an American rabbi, academic and archaeologist. He served as president of Hebrew Union College from 1947 until his death, and his pioneering work in biblical archaeology ...more

Nelson T. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Nelson T. Johnson Nelson Trusler Johnson was the United States ambassador to the Republic of China from 1935–41, and to Australia from 1941-45.

Nelson Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Nelson Bonilla Footballer Nelson Wilfredo Bonilla Sánchez is an El Salvadoran footballer who plays for Viitorul as a forward.

Nelson Leigh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Actor Nelson Leigh was a prolific motion picture actor of the 1940s and 1950s.

Nelson Ned is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Nelson Ned Nelson Ned d'Ávila Pinto was a famous Brazilian singer from Ubá, Minas Gerais. Nelson built a solid career as a singer and composer of sentimental, suffering songs, rising to ...more

Nelson Symonds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Nelson Symonds was a jazz guitarist from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.

Nelson Goodman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Philosopher Henry Nelson Goodman was an American philosopher, known for his work on counterfactuals, mereology, the problem of induction, irrealism, and aesthetics.

Nelson Dantas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Actor Nélson Dantas was a Brazilian actor in film and television. He began in 1949, but his peak period began in 1962. In 1981 he won an award at the Festival de Gramado.

Nelson Algren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Novelist, Actor, Writer Nelson Algren was an American writer. He may be best known for The Man with the Golden Arm, a 1949 novel that won the National Book Award and was adapted as a 1955 film of the same name. ...more

Nelson Lee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Actor Nelson Lee is a Taiwanese born Canadian actor who co-starred in the only season of Blade: The Series as Shen, Blade's sidekick and technical support. He also starred in Oz, as inmate Li Chen, ...more

Nelson Horatio Darton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Geologist Nelson Horatio Darton was a geologist who worked for the United States Geological Survey. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and started working in his uncle's drug business at the age of 13, ...more

Nelson Ascencio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Comedian, Actor Nelson Ascencio is a Cuban actor and comedian. Ascencio is most notable for his membership in the recurring cast of comedians on sketch comedy series MADtv and for playing Flavius in The Hunger ...more

Nelson Chamisa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Spokesperson, Politician Nelson Chamisa is a Zimbabwean politician and member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for Kuwadzana, Harare. His charismatic speeches and eloquence saw him rise to become the Secretary for ...more

Nelson Xavier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director Nelson Xavier is a Brazilian actor. He has appeared in 80 films and television shows since 1959. He starred in the 1964 film Os Fuzis, which won the Silver Bear Extraordinary Jury Prize at the ...more

Nelson Chanady is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Professional Road Racing Cyclist Nelson Chanady is a former American "Old School" professional Bicycle Motocross racer whose prime competitive years were from 1981–1987

Nelson Stoll is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Audio Engineer, Sound Mixer Nelson Stoll is a sound mixer.

Nelson Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Screenwriter, Choreographer, Actor Nelson Vasquez is an actor and a voice actor.

Nelson Landrieu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Actor Nelson Landrieu is a film actor.

Nelson McDowell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Actor Nelson McDowell was an American actor. He appeared in 176 films between 1917 and 1945. He was born in Greenville, Missouri and died in Hollywood, California after he shot himself.

Nelson Pereira dos Santos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor Nelson Pereira appeared in the 2013 film Signs Of Gray, Olney's Battle Against The Dragon Of Evil.

Nelson Motta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Film Score Composer, Television director, Record producer Nelson Cândido Motta Filho is a Brazilian journalist, ghostwriter, songwriter, writer, and record producer. He was part of the bossa nova movement, collaborating with Edu Lobo, Dori ...more

Nelson Chai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Nelson Chai is the chief financial officer of American financial services company Merrill Lynch.

Nelson Diebel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Swimmer Nelson W. Diebel is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. Diebel won two gold medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. First, ...more

Nelson Gidding is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer Nelson Roosevelt Gidding was an American screenwriter specializing in adaptations. A longtime collaboration with director Robert Wise began with Gidding's screenplay for I Want To Live!, which ...more