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

Updated November 12, 2020 1.1k votes 92 voters 88.3k 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 Heughan1
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    Sam Heughan

    1980-04-30

    BirthplaceNew Galloway, Scotland

    Sam Heughan (; born 30 April 1980) is a Scottish actor, best known for his acclaimed role as...  more

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  • Samuel L. Jackson2
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    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. A...  more

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  • Sam Elliott3
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    Sam Elliott

    1944-08-09

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, United States of America

    Samuel Pack Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American actor. His lanky physique, thick...  more

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  • Sammy Sosa4
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    Sammy Sosa

    1968-11-12

    BirthplaceSan Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

    Samuel Kelvin Peralta Sosa (born November 12, 1968) is a Dominican American former...  more

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  • Sam Smith5
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    Sam Smith

    1992-05-19

    BirthplaceBishop's Stortford, United Kingdom

    Samuel Frederick Smith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer and songwriter. They rose to...  more

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  • Sam Worthington6
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    Sam Worthington

    1976-08-02

    BirthplaceGodalming, England

    Samuel Henry John Worthington (born August 2, 1976) is an Australian actor and writer. He...  more

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  • Sam Rockwell7
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    Sam Rockwell

    1968-11-05

    BirthplaceDaly City, California, United States of America

    Sam Rockwell (born November 5, 1968) is an American actor. He became well known for his...  more

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  • Samuel Adams8
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    Samuel Adams

    1722-09-27

    BirthplaceEastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America

    Samuel Adams (September 27 [O.S. September 16] 1722 – October 2, 1803) was an American...  more

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  • Sam Claflin9
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    Sam Claflin

    1986-06-27

    BirthplaceIpswich, United Kingdom

    Samuel George Claflin (born 27 June 1986) is an English actor. He is known for portraying...  more

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  • Sam Raimi10
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    Sam Raimi

    1959-10-23

    BirthplaceRoyal Oak, Michigan, United States of America

    Samuel M. Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American filmmaker, actor, and producer,...  more

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  • Sam Neill11
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    Sam Neill

    1947-09-14

    BirthplaceIreland, Europe, Eurasia, Ulster, County Tyrone

    Nigel John Dermot Neill (born 14 September 1947), known professionally as Sam Neill, is a...  more

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  • Sammy Hagar12
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    Sammy Hagar

    1947-10-13

    BirthplaceSalinas, California, United States of America

    Samuel Roy Hagar (born October 13, 1947), also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock...  more

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  • Sam Cooke13
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    Sam Cooke

    1931-01-22

    BirthplaceClarksdale, Mississippi, United States of America

    Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an...  more

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  • Sammy Davis, Jr.14
    17

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, musician,...  more

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  • Sam Shepard15
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    Sam Shepard

    1943-11-05

    BirthplaceUSA, Fort Sheridan, Illinois

    Samuel Shepard Rogers III (November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017), known professionally as Sam...  more

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  • Sam Hunt16
    Sam Lowry Hunt (born December 8, 1984) is an American singer and songwriter born in Cedartown,...  more

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  • Sam Waterston17
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    Sam Waterston

    1940-11-15

    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    Samuel Atkinson Waterston (born November 15, 1940) is an American actor, producer, and...  more

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  • Samuel Beckett18
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    Samuel Beckett

    1906-04-13

    BirthplaceFoxrock, Republic of Ireland

    Samuel Barclay Beckett (; 13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish novelist, playwright,...  more

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  • Sam Kinison19
    10

    Sam Kinison

    1953-12-08

    BirthplaceYakima, Washington, United States of America

    Samuel Burl Kinison (; December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedian...  more

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  • Samuel Eto'o20
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    Samuel Eto'o

    1981-03-10

    BirthplaceDouala, Wouri, Cameroon

    Samuel Eto'o Fils (French pronunciation: ​[samɥɛl eto fis]; born 10 March 1981) is a...  more

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  • Sam Bradford21
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    Sam Bradford

    1987-11-08

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Samuel Jacob Bradford (born November 8, 1987) is an American football quarterback who is...  more

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  • Samuel Witwer22
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    Samuel Witwer

    1977-10-20

    BirthplaceGlenview, Illinois, USA

    Samuel Stewart "Sam" Witwer (born October 20, 1977) is an American actor and musician. He is...  more

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  • Sam Cassell23
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    Sam Cassell

    1969-11-18

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Samuel James Cassell Sr. (born November 18, 1969) is a former professional basketball player...  more

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  • Sam Huff24
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    Sam Huff

    1934-10-04

    BirthplaceFarmington, West Virginia

    Robert Lee "Sam" Huff (born October 4, 1934) is a former professional American football...  more

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  • Sam McMurray25
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    Sam McMurray

    1952-04-15

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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