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Famous People Named Roland 

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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: 63

Birthplace: Eurasia, Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, 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 ...more

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Roland Barthes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Dec. at 65 (1915-1980)

Birthplace: Manche, Normandy, Lower Normandy, Cherbourg-Octeville

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 ...more

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Roland Orzabal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 57

Birthplace: Portsmouth, 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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Dec. at 66 (1887-1953)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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 ...more
Roland Joffé is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 73

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Roland Joffé (born 17 November 1945) is a British director and producer of film and television, known for the Academy Award-winning movies The Killing Fields and The Mission. He began his ...more
Roland Harper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Roland Harper Age: 62

Birthplace: Seguin, Texas

For the naturalist see Roland McMillan Harper Roland Harper (born February 28, 1953 in Seguin, Texas) is a former professional American football player who played running back for eight seasons ...more
Roland Freisler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Dec. at 52 (1893-1945)

Birthplace: Celle, Germany

Roland Freisler (30 October 1893 – 3 February 1945) was a jurist and judge of Nazi Germany. He was State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice, and President of the People's Court. He was ...more

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Roland James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 57

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 ...more
Roland Dyens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 63

Birthplace: Tunisia

Roland Dyens (October 19, 1955 – October 29, 2016) was a French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger.
Roland Lakes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Dec. at 73 (1939-2012)

Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Roland Hayes Lakes (December 25, 1939 – March 5, 2012) was an American football defensive lineman. He played defensive tackle at University of Wichita, and then for eleven seasons in the NFL ...more
Roland Brückner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 63

Birthplace: Köthen (Anhalt), Germany

Roland Brückner (born 14 December 1955) 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 ...more
Roland Gwynne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)
Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Roland Vaughan Gwynne, DSO, DL, JP (16 May 1882 – 15 November 1971), was Mayor of Eastbourne, Sussex, from 1928 to 1931. He was also a patient, close friend, and probable ...more
Roland Culver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Dec. at 84 (1900-1984)

Birthplace: Highgate, England, London

Roland Joseph Culver, OBE (31 August 1900 – 1 March 1984) was an English stage, film, and television actor.
Roland Kickinger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 50

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Roland Kickinger (born March 30, 1968) is an Austrian bodybuilder and actor from Vienna. Standing 6-feet-4-inches-tall (1,93 m) and weighing from 250-300 pounds (113 to 136 kg), he has appeared ...more
Roland La Starza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Dec. at 82 (1927-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Roland La Starza (May 12, 1927 – September 30, 2009) 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 ...more
Roland Topor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Dec. at 59 (1938-1997)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Roland Topor (7 January 1938 – 16 April 1997) was a French illustrator, cartoonist, comics artist, painter, novelist, playwright, film and TV writer, filmmaker and actor, known for the surreal ...more
Roland Ratzenberger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Dec. at 34 (1960-1994)

Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria

Roland Ratzenberger (German: [ˈʁoːlant ˈʁatsn̩bɛɐ̯ɡɐ]; 4 July 1960 – 30 April 1994) was an Austrian racing driver who raced in sports prototype, British Formula 3000, Japanese Formula 3000 and ...more
Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 41

Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida

Roland Gerhard Fryer Jr. (born June 4, 1977) is an American economist. In 2007, at age 30, he became the youngest African-American to ever receive tenure at Harvard.. In 2019, Fryer was ...more
Roland Grapow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 59

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Hamburg, West Germany, Germany

Roland Grapow (born 30 August 1959 in Hamburg, Germany) is a professional guitarist and music producer. Grapow is best known for his time in the leading power metal band Helloween, who he played ...more
Roland Matthes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 68

Birthplace: Pößneck, Germany

Roland Matthes (born 17 November 1950) 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 ...more
Roland Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 55

Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden

Roland Nilsson (born 27 November 1963) is a Swedish football manager. As a player, Nilsson played 116 games for Sweden, making him the sixth most capped player in the Swedish national team. He ...more
Roland Hedlund is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Age: 85

Birthplace: Västerbotten, Sweden

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
Dec. at 78 (1885-1963)

Birthplace: Brighton, United Kingdom

Roland Pertwee (15 May 1885 – 26 April 1963) was an English playwright, film and television screenwriter, director and actor. He was the father of Doctor Who actor Jon Pertwee and fellow ...more
Roland Arnall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Roland Arnall Dec. at 69 (1939-2008)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Roland E. Arnall (March 29, 1939 – March 17, 2008) was an American businessman and diplomat. As the owner of ACC Capital Holdings, he became a billionaire with Ameriquest Mortgage. He was ...more
Roland Bautista is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Roland
Dec. at 61 (1951-2012)
Roland Bautista (May 30, 1951 – February 29, 2012) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. Bautista was best known for his work with Earth, Wind & Fire. As well he worked with ...more