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Who Is The Most Famous Sam or Samuel In The World?

Updated November 12, 2020 1.2k votes 134 voters 93.0k views116 items

List RulesVote up all of the Sams and Samuels you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Samuel can you think of? The famous Sams and Samuels below have many different professions, including notable actors named Samuel, singers named Sam, famous athletes named Samuel, and directors named Samuel. This list includes Sam Rockwell, Sammy Davis Jr, Sam Worthington, and many more.

Samuel L. Jackson is definitely one of the most famous Samuels on this list. One of the American actors called Sam, he has frequently collaborated with director Quentin Tarantino, such as with the movie Pulp Fiction, which earned Jackson an Academy Award nomination.

Another of the famous people with the first name Samuel is Sammy Sosa. One of the most famous athletes named Samuel, Sosa began his baseball career with the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox before moving over to the Chicago Cubs.

There are some famous women named Sam as well. Of course, in their cases, Sam is short for Samantha. Sam Ryan and Sam Faiers are just a few of the females you'll find on this list. Musician Sam Phillips is another female celebrity Sam. 

Did we forget one of your favorite famous men or women named Sam? Just add them to the list!

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    Sam McMurray

    1952-04-15
    Sam McMurray (born April 15, 1952) is an American actor and voice actor, who is best known for...  more
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    Sam Mills

    1959-06-03
    Samuel Davis Mills Jr. (June 3, 1959 – April 18, 2005) was an American football linebacker who...  more

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    Sam Perkins

    1961-06-14
    Samuel Perkins (born June 14, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player and...  more

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    Sam Jones

    1933-06-24
    Samuel Jones (born June 24, 1933) is an American retired professional basketball player at...  more

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    Sam Peckinpah

    1925-02-21
    David Samuel Peckinpah (; February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director...  more

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    Sam Phillips

    1962-01-28
    Sam Phillips (born Leslie Ann Phillips, January 28, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter....  more

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    Sam Trammell

    1969-01-29
    Sam Trammell (born January 29, 1969) is an American actor, known for his role as Sam Merlotte...  more
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    Samuel Morse

    1791-04-27
    Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter and...  more

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    Sam Crawford

    1880-04-18
    Samuel Earl Crawford (April 18, 1880 – June 15, 1968), nicknamed "Wahoo Sam", was an American...  more

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    #36 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#19 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

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    Sam Simon

    1955-06-06
    Samuel Michael Simon (June 6, 1955 – March 8, 2015) was an American director, producer,...  more

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    Sam Langford

    1883-03-04
    Samuel Edgar Langford (March 4, 1883 – January 12, 1956), known as the Boston Tar Baby, Boston...  more

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    Sam Harris

    1967-04-09
    Samuel Benjamin Harris (born April 9, 1967) is an American author, public intellectual,...  more

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    Samuel Alito

    1950-04-01
    Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. (; born April 1, 1950) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court...  more
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    Sam Mendes

    1965-08-01
    Samuel Alexander Mendes (born 1 August 1965) is an English film director, film producer,...  more

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    #29 of 250 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked#21 of 32 The Best Directors of the '90s

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    Samuel R. Delany (; born April 1, 1942), Chip Delany to his friends, is an African-American...  more

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    Sam Houston

    1793-03-02
    Samuel Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was an American soldier and politician. An...  more

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    Samuel Davis Dalembert (born May 10, 1981) is a former Haitian-Canadian professional...  more

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    Sam Walton

    1918-03-29
    Samuel Moore Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992) was an American businessman and...  more

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    Samuel Barber

    1910-03-09
    Samuel Osmond Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer of...  more

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    #117 of 368 The Best Classical Composers#4 of 50 The Greatest Artists With Only One Masterpiece

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    Sam Pinto

    1989-12-11
    Samuelle Lynne Acosta "Sam" Pinto (born December 11, 1989) is a Filipino actress....  more
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    Sam Brownback

    1956-09-12
    Samuel Dale Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is an American attorney, politician, diplomat...  more
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    Sam Ryan

    1969-02-05
    Samantha Ryan is an American sportscaster who is a sports anchor for WABC-TV New York's...  more
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    Samuel Gompers

    1850-01-27
    Samuel Gompers (January 27, 1850 – December 13, 1924) was an English-born American labor union...  more
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    Sam Rice

    1890-02-20
    Edgar Charles "Sam" Rice (February 20, 1890 – October 13, 1974) was an American pitcher and...  more

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    #200 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#282 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

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    Sam Thompson

    1860-03-05
    Samuel Luther "Big Sam" Thompson (March 5, 1860 – November 7, 1922) was an American...  more

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