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Who Is The Most Famous Peter In The World?

Updated October 20, 2020 985 votes 64 voters 103.3k views102 items

List RulesVote up all of the Peters you have heard of.

How many celebrities named Peter can you think of? The famous Peters and Petes below have many different professions, including notable actors named Peter, famous athletes named Peter, and even political figures named Peter. This list has every famous Peter, from legendary musician Peter Frampton to pro tennis player Pete Sampras.

Peter Gabriel, one of the most famous singers named Peter, became a household name as the lead singer of the progressive rock band Genesis. He is also a prominent human rights activist, earning the Man of Peace Award in 2006.

Another of the famous people with the first name Peter is Peter Jackson. He is a filmmaker best known for directing the critically and commercially successful Lord of the Rings movie franchise based off J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels. Jackson became the third-highest-grossing film director of all time, his films having made $6.5 billion total.

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  • Peter Dinklage1

    Peter Dinklage


    BirthplaceMorristown, New Jersey, USA

    Peter Hayden Dinklage (; born June 11, 1969) is an American actor and producer. Dinklage...  more

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  • Pete Davidson2

    Pete Davidson


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Peter Davidson (born November 16, 1993) is an American actor and comedian. He is a cast member...  more
  • Peter Gabriel3

    Peter Gabriel


    BirthplaceEngland, Chobham

    Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer, songwriter, record producer...  more

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  • Peter Frampton4

    Peter Frampton


    BirthplaceBromley, United Kingdom

    Peter Kenneth Frampton (born 22 April 1950) is an English rock musician, singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Peter Jackson5

    Peter Jackson


    BirthplacePorirua, Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

    Sir Peter Robert Jackson (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter,...  more

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  • Peter Sarsgaard6

    Peter Sarsgaard


    BirthplaceUSA, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

    John Peter Sarsgaard (; born March 7, 1971) is an American actor. His first feature role was...  more

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  • Peter O'Toole7

    Peter O'Toole


    BirthplaceConnemara, Republic of Ireland

    Peter Seamus O'Toole (; 2 August 1932 – 14 December 2013) was a British stage and film actor...  more

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  • Peter Sellers8

    Peter Sellers


    BirthplaceSouth East England, Eurasia, South West England, Dorset, United Kingdom

    Peter Sellers, CBE (born Richard Henry Sellers; 8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an...  more

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  • Pete Sampras9

    BirthplacePotomac, Maryland

    Pete Sampras (born August 12, 1971) is an American former professional tennis player. A...  more

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  • Peter Capaldi10

    Peter Capaldi


    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor, writer and director. He...  more

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  • Peter Gallagher11

    Peter Gallagher


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Peter Killian Gallagher (born August 19, 1955) is an American actor, musician and writer....  more


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  • Peter Fonda12

    Peter Fonda


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Peter Henry Fonda (February 23, 1940 – August 16, 2019) was an American actor, director, and...  more

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  • Pete Townshend13

    Pete Townshend


    BirthplaceChiswick, London, England

    Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English multi-instrumentalist,...  more

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  • Peter Green14

    Peter Green


    BirthplaceBethnal Green, London, United Kingdom

    Peter Green (October 29, 1946 – July 25, 2020) was an English blues rock singer-songwriter and...  more

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  • Pete Rose15

    Pete Rose


    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    Peter Edward Rose (born April 14, 1941), also known by his nickname "Charlie Hustle", is an...  more

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  • Peter Bogdanovich16

    BirthplaceKingston, New York, United States of America

    Peter Bogdanovich (born July 30, 1939) is an American director, writer, actor, producer,...  more

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  • Peter Ustinov17

    Peter Ustinov


    BirthplaceSwiss Cottage, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, (, ; 16 April 1921 – 28 March 2004), was an English actor,...  more

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  • Pete Maravich18

    Pete Maravich


    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was...  more

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  • Pete Seeger19

    Pete Seeger


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Peter Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and social activist....  more

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  • Peter Falk20

    Peter Falk


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, known for his...  more

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  • Peter Lorre21

    Peter Lorre


    BirthplaceRužomberok, Slovakia

    Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein; 26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was a Hungarian-born...  more

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  • Pete Doherty22

    Pete Doherty


    BirthplaceHexham, United Kingdom

    Peter Doherty (born 12 March 1979) is an English musician, songwriter, actor, poet, writer,...  more

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  • Pete Carroll23

    Pete Carroll


    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Peter Clay Carroll (born September 15, 1951) is an American football coach who is the head...  more

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  • Peter Cushing24

    Peter Cushing


    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE (26 May 1913 – 11 August 1994) was an English actor best known for...  more

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  • Pete Wentz25

    Pete Wentz


    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

    Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, singer, songwriter...  more

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