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If your name is Roland, then you're in some great company. Here's our list of the most famous people named Roland, including photos when available. How many celebrities named Roland can you think of? The famous Rolands below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Roland, athletes named Roland, and even political figures named Roland. The music industry is no stranger to the name Roland, and the same can be said for Hollywood and show business in general.

Which famous people named Roland are worth mentioning? This list includes film legend Roland Emmerich, whose films have grossed over 3 billion lifetime. Other famous Rolands include Roland Barthes, Roland Orzabal, and Roland Young. To read more about these notable people named Roland, click the corresponding row of who you want to learn more about, and additional information will appear.

Roland Emmerich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 62 Roland Emmerich is a German film director, screenwriter, and producer. His films, most of which are English-language, Hollywood productions, have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. His ...more

Roland Barthes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 65 (1915-1980) Roland Gérard Barthes was a French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician. Barthes' ideas explored a diverse range of fields and he influenced the development ...more

Roland Orzabal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 56 Roland Orzabal is a British musician, songwriter and record producer. He is known mainly as a co-founding member of Tears for Fears, of which he is the main songwriter and joint vocalist, but he ...more

Roland Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 66 (1887-1953) Roland Young was an English actor.

Roland Joffé is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 72 Roland Joffé is an English-French film director who is known for his Oscar nominated movies The Killing Fields and The Mission. He began his career in television. His early television ...more

Roland Harper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 62 Roland Harper is a former professional American football player who played running back for eight seasons for the Chicago Bears. He was selected in the 17th and final round of the 1975 draft ...more

Roland Freisler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 52 (1893-1945) Roland Freisler was a prominent and notorious Nazi lawyer and judge. He was State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice and President of the People's Court, which was set up outside ...more

Roland James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 57 Roland Orlando James is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive back in the National Football League for eleven seasons during the 1980s and early 1990s. ...more

Roland Dyens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 62 Roland Dyens is a French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger.

Roland Lakes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 73 (1939-2012) Roland Hayes Lakes was an American football defensive lineman. He played defensive tackle at University of Wichita, and then for eleven seasons in the NFL.

Roland Brückner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 62 Roland Brückner is a retired German gymnast. He competed at the 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics in all artistic gymnastics events and won a bronze and a silver medal in the team competition, ...more

Roland Gwynne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 89 (1882-1971) Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Roland Vaughan Gwynne, DSO, DL, JP was Mayor of Eastbourne, Sussex, from 1928 to 1931. He was also a patient and close friend of the suspected serial killer Dr John Bodkin ...more

Roland Culver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 84 (1900-1984) Roland Joseph Culver OBE was an English stage, film and television actor.

Roland Kickinger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 50 Roland Kickinger is an Austrian-born American bodybuilder and actor from Vienna. Standing 6-feet-4-inches-tall and weighing from 250-300 pounds, he has appeared in numerous bodybuilding ...more

Roland La Starza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 82 (1927-2009) Roland La Starza was an American boxer and actor. Originally from the Van Nest section of the Bronx, La Starza fought 66 professional bouts from July 7, 1947 to May 8, 1961. He won 57 of the ...more

Roland Topor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 59 (1938-1997) Roland Topor, was a French illustrator, painter, writer, filmmaker and actor, known for the surreal nature of his work. He was of Polish-Jewish origin and spent the early years of his life in ...more

Roland Ratzenberger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 34 (1960-1994) Roland Ratzenberger was an Austrian racing driver who raced in sports prototype, Formula Nippon, Formula 3000 and Formula One. He died during qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, the ...more

Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 40 Roland Gerhard Fryer, Jr. is an American economist and the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He also maintains offices at the National Bureau of Economic Research and W. E. ...more

Roland Grapow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 58 Roland Grapow is a professional guitarist and music producer. Grapow is best known for his time in the leading power metal band Helloween, who he played with for 12 years after replacing ...more

Roland Matthes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 67 Roland Matthes is a retired German swimmer and the most successful backstroke swimmer of all times. Between April 1967 and August 1974 he won all backstroke competitions he entered. He won four ...more

Roland Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 54 Roland Nilsson is a Swedish football manager. As a player, Nilsson played 116 games for Sweden, making him third only to Thomas Ravelli and Anders Svensson in international appearances for ...more

Roland Hedlund is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 84 Roland Hedlund is a Swedish actor. For his role in the 1969 film Ådalen 31 he won the Best Actor award at the 6th Guldbagge Awards. He has appeared in more than 60 films and television ...more

Roland Pertwee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 78 (1885-1963) Roland Pertwee is an actor and screenwriter.

Roland Dane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 41 Roland Dane is a film director, pornographic actor and a film producer.

Roland Arnall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Roland Arnall Died at 69 (1939-2008) Roland E. Arnall was an American businessman and diplomat. As the owner of ACC Capital Holdings, he became a billionaire with Ameriquest Mortgage. He was co-founder of the Simon Wiesenthal ...more

Roland Bautista is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 61 (1951-2012) Roland Bautista was a rhythm guitarist who was a former member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. In his career Bautista has also worked with artists such as Tom Waits, The Jackson 5, Ramsey ...more

Roland Huntford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Roland Huntford age 91 Roland Huntford is an author, principally of biographies of Polar explorers. He lives in Cambridge, and was formerly Scandinavian correspondent of The Observer, also acting as their winter ...more

Roland Pröll is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Roland Pröll age 68 Roland Pröll is a German pianist, conductor, composer, musicologist, and professor of music.

Roland Schoeman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 37 Roland Mark Schoeman is a South African swimmer and was a member of the South African swim team at the 2000 Olympic Games, 2004 Olympic Games, 2008 Olympic Games, and the 2012 Olympic Games.

Roland Petit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 87 (1924-2011) Roland Petit was a French ballet company director, choreographer and dancer. He trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet school, and became well known for his creative ballets.

Roland Lamah is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 30 Roland Conde Lamah is a Belgian footballer who plays as a midfielder.

Roland Pöntinen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Roland Pöntinen age 54 Roland Peter Pöntinen is a Swedish pianist and composer. He is the son of a Finnish-speaking father, a native of the Russian district of Ingria who emigrated from the Soviet Union to Sweden ...more

Roland Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 49 Roland Sebastian Martin is an American journalist and syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate and author. He is a commentator for TV One and the host of News One Now, a one-hour weekday ...more

Roland Michener is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 91 (1900-1991) Daniel Roland Michener PC CC CMM OOnt CD QC FRHSC, commonly known as Roland Michener, was a Canadian lawyer, politician, and diplomat who served as Governor General of Canada, the 20th since ...more

Roland Burris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 80 Roland Wallace Burris is a former United States Senator from the state of Illinois and a member of the Democratic Party. In 1978, Burris was the first African-American elected to statewide ...more

Roland Winters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 85 (1904-1989) Roland Winters was an American actor who portrayed Charlie Chan in six films.

Roland Manookian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 36 Roland Manookian is an English actor, who is most notable for his role as Zebedee, in the 2004 film The Football Factory, and as Craig Rolfe in Rise of the Footsoldier in 2007. He has also ...more

Roland Piquepaille is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Roland Piquepaille Died at 62 (1947-2009) Roland Piquepaille was a technology writer, both for ZDNet and for his own blog, Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends, and a former software engineer at Silicon Graphics and Cray Research. ...more

Roland Fischnaller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 37 Roland Fischnaller is a professional snowboarder.

Roland Merullo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 64 Roland Merullo is an American author who writes novels, essays and memoir. His best-known works are the novels Breakfast with Buddha, In Revere, In Those Days, A Little Love Story, Revere Beach ...more

Roland Levinsky is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 64 (1943-2007) Professor Roland Levinsky was an academic researcher in biomedicine and a university senior manager. His last post, which he held at the time of his death, was as Vice-Chancellor of the ...more

Roland West is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 67 (1885-1952) Roland West was a Hollywood director known for his innovative film noir movies of the 1920s and early 1930s.

Roland Gift is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Named Roland
age 56 Roland Lee Gift is a British singer and actor. He was the lead singer of the band Fine Young Cannibals.

Roland Varno is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 88 (1908-1996) Roland Varno was a character actor from Utrecht, Netherlands. He appeared in dozens of films in the 1930s and 1940s including the Return of the Vampire, My Name is Julia Ross, Gunga Din, Three ...more

Roland Lessing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Roland Lessing age 39 Roland Lessing is a biathlete.

Roland Burrage Dixon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 59 (1875-1934) Roland Burrage Dixon was an American anthropologist, born at Worcester, Mass. In 1897 he graduated from Harvard University, where he remained as an assistant in anthropology, taking the degree ...more

Roland Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Roland Smith age 66 Roland Smith is an American author of young adult fiction as well as nonfiction books for children.

Roland Dantes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 69 (1940-2009) Rolando Pintoy Dantes was an actor, champion bodybuilder and Filipino martial artist who trained with Remy Presas for over 30 years. He was born on June 15, 1943 in the Philippines. He has also ...more

Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 70 (1932-2002) Roland Pembroke Hanna was an American jazz pianist, composer, and teacher.

Roland Drew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Died at 88 (1900-1988) Roland Drew or Walter Goss was an American actor, primarily worked in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Noted primarily as Delores del Rio's leading man in Ramona in 1928, another of his prominent ...more