Who Is The Most Famous Roland In The World?

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Vote up all of the Rolands you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Roland can you think of? The famous Rolands below have many different professions, including notable actors named Roland, famous athletes named Roland, and even musicians named Roland.

Roland Orzabal is certainly one of the most famous Rolands on this list. One of the famous actors named Roland, he is one of the co-founders of the band Tears for Fears. The group's hits include “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout.”

Another of the famous people with the first name Roland is Roland Young. He is an English-born actor. He earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Topper.

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    • Birthplace: Havant, United Kingdom
    Roland Jaime Orzabal de la Quintana (born 22 August 1961) is an English musician. He is a co-founder, main songwriter and joint vocalist of Tears for Fears, and has also produced other artists.
  • Roland Young
    Dec. at 65 (1887-1953)
    • Birthplace: England, London
    Roland Young (11 November 1887 – 5 June 1953) was an English-American actor. He began his acting career on the stage, but later found success and received an Academy Award nomination for his role in the film Topper (1937). In 1960, Young was posthumously honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions in the television and motion pictures industries.
    • Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
    Roland Emmerich (German: [ˈʁoːlant ˈɛməʁɪç]; born November 10, 1955) is a German film director, screenwriter, and producer, widely known for his disaster films. His films, most of which are English-language Hollywood productions, have made more than $3 billion worldwide, including just over $1 billion in the United States, making him the country's 11th-highest-grossing director of all time. He began his work in the film industry by directing the film The Noah's Ark Principle (1984) as part of his university thesis and also co-founded Centropolis Entertainment in 1985 with his sister. He is a collector of art and an active campaigner for the LGBT community, and is openly gay.
  • Roland Barthes
    Dec. at 64 (1915-1980)
    • Birthplace: Cherbourg-Octeville, France
    Roland Gérard Barthes (; French: [ʁɔlɑ̃ baʁt]; 12 November 1915 – 26 March 1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, critic, and semiotician. Barthes' ideas explored a diverse range of fields and he influenced the development of many schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, social theory, design theory, anthropology, and post-structuralism.
    • Birthplace: Jamestown, Ohio
    Roland Orlando James (born February 18, 1958) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons during the 1980s and early 1990s. James played college football for the University of Tennessee, and was recognized as an All-American. He was selected in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft, and played for the NFL's New England Patriots for his entire professional career.
    • Birthplace: Tunisia
    Roland Dyens (October 19, 1955 – October 29, 2016) was a French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger.