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Famous People Named Sam & Samuel 

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List of famous people named Sam or Samuel, along with photos. How many celebrities named Sam can you think of? The famous Samuels below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Sam, athletes named Sam, and even political figures named Sam. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is Samuel or Sammy? Add them to the list.

Sam Huff was a former linebacker for the New York Giants. In 1982, he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Or maybe you're in a more musical mood. Sam Cooke was a famous soul singer-songwriter. Some of his major hits include "Wonderful World" and "Cupid". And of course, Samuel L. Jackson is a sure fire hit on this list. He's starred in movies such as Pulp Fiction and Snakes on a Plane. His career has lasted for over 4 decades and is still going strong.
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 70

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. A recipient of critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards, Jackson is the actor whose films have ...more

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Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Baseball player

Age: 50

Birthplace: San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

Samuel Kelvin Peralta Sosa (born November 12, 1968) is a Dominican American former professional baseball right fielder. Starting his career with the Texas Rangers, Sosa became a member of the ...more

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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Television producer, Musician, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Harlem

Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, musician, dancer, actor, vaudevillian, comedian and activist known for his impressions of actors, musicians and ...more

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Sammy Hagar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 71

Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States of America

Samuel Roy Hagar (born October 13, 1947), also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur. Hagar came to prominence in the 1970s with ...more

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Sam Huff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
American football player

Age: 81

Birthplace: Farmington, West Virginia

Robert Lee "Sam" Huff (born October 4, 1934) is a former professional American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants and the Washington ...more

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Sam Rockwell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Actor

Age: 50

Birthplace: Daly City, California, United States of America

Sam Rockwell (born November 5, 1968) is an American actor. He became well known for his leading roles in Lawn Dogs (1997), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Matchstick Men (2003), The ...more

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Sam Worthington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Godalming, England

Samuel Henry John Worthington (born August 2, 1976) is an Australian actor and writer. He portrayed Jake Sully in the 2009 film Avatar, Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation, and Perseus in ...more

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Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 74

Birthplace: USA, California, Sacramento

Samuel Pack Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American actor. His lanky physique, thick moustache, deep and resonant voice and Western drawl have led to frequent roles as cowboys and ranchers. ...more

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Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Athlete, American football player

Age: 28

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

Samuel Jacob Bradford (born November 8, 1987) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He has played in the National Football League (NFL) for the St. Louis Rams, ...more

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Samuel Eto'o is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Footballer

Age: 37

Birthplace: Douala, Wouri, Cameroon

Samuel Eto'o Fils (French pronunciation: ​[samɥɛl eto fis]; born 10 March 1981) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who lasted played as a striker for Qatar SC. In his prime, Eto'o was ...more

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Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 71

Birthplace: Ireland, Europe, Eurasia, Ulster, County Tyrone, + more

Nigel John Dermot Neill (born 14 September 1947), known professionally as Sam Neill, is a New Zealand actor, writer, producer, director, and vineyard owner. Born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, he ...more

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Sam Raimi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 59

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Royal Oak

Samuel M. Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American filmmaker, actor, and producer, primarily known for creating the cult horror Evil Dead series, and directing the Spider-Man trilogy ...more

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Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Basketball player, Coach

Age: 49

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Samuel James Cassell Sr. (born November 18, 1969) is a former professional basketball player and current assistant coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Drafted 24th overall in the 1993 NBA draft ...more

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Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 39 (1953-1992)

Birthplace: Yakima, Washington, United States of America

Samuel Burl Kinison (; December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often ...more

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Sam Waterston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 75

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Samuel Atkinson Waterston (born November 15, 1940) is an American actor, producer, and director. Among other roles, he is noted for his portrayal of Sydney Schanberg in The Killing Fields ...more

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Samuel Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Politician

Age: Dec. at 81 (1722-1803)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Samuel Adams (September 27 [O.S. September 16] 1722 – October 2, 1803) was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a politician ...more

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Sam Shepard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Television director, Musician, Screenwriter

Age: 75

Birthplace: USA, Fort Sheridan, Illinois

Samuel Shepard Rogers III (November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017), known professionally as Sam Shepard, was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director whose career spanned half ...more

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Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Basketball player

Age: 85

Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina

Samuel Jones (born June 24, 1933) is an American retired professional basketball player at shooting guard. He was known for his quickness and game-winning shots, especially during the NBA ...more

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Sam Claflin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 32

Birthplace: England, Ipswich

Samuel George Claflin (born 27 June 1986) is an English actor. He is known for portraying Philip Swift in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games ...more

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Samuel Beckett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Theatre Director, Poet, Cricketer

Age: Dec. at 83 (1906-1989)

Birthplace: Foxrock, Republic of Ireland

Samuel Barclay Beckett (; 13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary translator. A resident of Paris for most ...more

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Samuel Witwer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Musician, Actor

Age: 41

Birthplace: USA, Glenview, Illinois

Samuel Stewart "Sam" Witwer (born October 20, 1977) is an American actor and musician. He is known for playing Crashdown in Battlestar Galactica, Davis Bloome in Smallville, Aidan ...more

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Sam Phillips is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Singer-songwriter, Actor, Composer

Age: 57

Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States of America

Sam Phillips (born Leslie Ann Phillips, January 28, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter. She began her career in the contemporary Christian music industry but, uncomfortable with that image ...more

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Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Actor

Age: 38

Birthplace: New Galloway, United Kingdom

Sam Heughan (; born 30 April 1980) is a Scottish actor, best known for his acclaimed role as Jamie Fraser in the Starz series Outlander, for which he has received four nominations for the Saturn ...more

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Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Television director, Theatre Director, Television producer

Age: 53

Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom

Samuel Alexander Mendes (born 1 August 1965) is an English film director, film producer, screenwriter, and stage director best known for directing the drama film American Beauty (1999), which ...more

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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Sam & Samuel
Singer-songwriter

Age: 26

Birthplace: Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom

Samuel Frederick Smith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer and songwriter. They rose to prominence in October 2012 after being featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", ...more

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