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

Unfortunately, the famous Paul Walker died in 2013 when he was fatally injured in a car accident. Other Pauls you know include Beatles legend Paul McCartney, basketball sensation Paul Pierce, and famous DJ Paul Oakenfold.

Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

Age: 76

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His ...more

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He won and was ...more

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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Basketball player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently an analyst on ...more

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Paul Walker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Film Producer, Model, Actor

Age: Dec. at 40 (1973-2013)

Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States of America

Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor, social activist and philanthropist. He was best known for his role as Brian O'Conner in The Fast and the ...more

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Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 51

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (; born June 6, 1967) is an American actor and producer. He first garnered attention for his breakout role in Private Parts (1997) as Kenny "Pig Vomit" ...more

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

Age: 74

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of ...more

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Paul Rudd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States of America

Paul Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and film producer. Rudd studied theater at the University of Kansas and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, before ...more

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Paul Ryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Politician

Age: 49

Birthplace: Janesville, Wisconsin, United States of America

Paul Davis Ryan (born January 29, 1970) is an American politician who served as the 54th speaker of the United States House of Representatives from October 2015 to January 2019. He was also the ...more

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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Basketball player

Age: 28

Birthplace: Palmdale, California

Paul Cliftonantho George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star ...more

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Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Paul
American football player

Age: 76

Birthplace: Warren, Ohio

Paul Dryden Warfield (born November 28, 1942) is an American former professional football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1964 to 1977 for the Cleveland ...more

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Paul Bettany is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Guitarist, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 47

Birthplace: Shepherd's Bush, London, United Kingdom

Paul Bettany (born 27 May 1971) is an English-American actor. He is known for his voice role as J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically the films Iron Man (2008), ...more

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Paul Reubens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 66

Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America

Paul Reubens (; né Rubenfeld; born August 27, 1952) is an American actor, writer, film producer, game show host, and comedian, best known for his character Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined ...more

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Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Actor

Age: 55

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Paul Mark Oakenfold (born 30 August 1963), formerly known mononymously as Oakenfold, is an English record producer and trance DJ. He is a three-time Grammy Award and two-time World Music Awards ...more

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Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Record producer, Musician, Disc jockey

Age: 47

Birthplace: Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany

Matthias Paul (born 16 December 1971), known professionally as Paul van Dyk is a German DJ, record producer and musician. One of the first true renowned DJs, van Dyk was the first artist to ...more

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Paul Wesley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Model, Actor

Age: 36

Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski (Polish: ['pavɛw vaɕi'lɛfskʲi]; born July 23, 1982), known professionally as Paul Wesley and formerly as Paul Wasilewski, is an American actor, director, and producer. He ...more

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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Footballer

Age: 44

Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Paul Scholes ( SKOHLZ; born 16 November 1974) is a co-owner of Salford City, an English football coach and former player. He spent his entire professional playing career with Manchester United, ...more

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Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Painter, Record producer, Guitarist

Age: 67

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

Paul Stanley (born Stanley Bert Eisen; January 20, 1952) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and painter, best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the rock band ...more

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Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Basketball player

Age: 34

Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana

Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward from Louisiana Tech ...more

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Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 48

Birthplace: Studio City, California, United States of America

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Paul Molitor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Baseball player

Age: 62

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

Paul Leo Molitor (born August 22, 1956), nicknamed "Molly" and "The Ignitor", is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and former manager of the Minnesota ...more

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Paul Konerko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Baseball player

Age: 42

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island

Paul Henry Konerko (; born March 5, 1976) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and, ...more

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Paul Coffey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Ice Hockey Player

Age: 57

Birthplace: Weston, Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Paul Douglas Coffey (born June 1, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played for nine teams in the National Hockey League. Known for his speed and scoring prowess, ...more

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Paul Krause is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Paul
American football player

Age: 77

Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States of America

Paul James Krause (born February 19, 1942) is a former American football safety who played in the National Football League (NFL). Gifted with a great frame, speed and range, Krause established ...more

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Paul the Apostle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker

Birthplace: Tarsus, Turkey

Paul the Apostle (Latin: Paulus; Greek: Παῦλος, romanized: Paulos; Coptic: ⲡⲁⲩⲗⲟⲥ; c. 5 – c. 64 or 67), commonly known as Saint Paul and also known by his Jewish name Saul of Tarsus (Hebrew: ...more

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Paul Gascoigne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Paul
Footballer

Age: 51

Birthplace: Dunston, United Kingdom

Paul John Gascoigne (, born 27 May 1967) is an English former professional football player and manager. He is also known by his nickname, Gazza. He earned 57 caps during his England career. The ...more

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