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Famous People Named Sonny 

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Who knew there were so many famous people named Sonny in the world? Our list of celebrities named Sonny includes pictures and information about each person when available, so you can get to know them a little better if you don't know them. The famous Sonnys below come from all walks of life, but all ended up achieving fame or notoriety in one way or another. This list includes singers named Sonny, actors named Sonny, and much more. Sonny Jurgensen, Sonny Liston, and Sonny Bono are only a few of the well-known people named Sonny on this list.
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Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
American football player

Age: 81

Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina

Christian Adolph Jurgensen III (born August 23, 1934), known better as Sonny Jurgensen, is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia ...more

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Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Professional Boxer

Age: Dec. at 38 (1932-1970)

Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas

Charles L. "Sonny" Liston (c. 1930 – c. December 30, 1970) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1953 to 1970. A dominant contender of his era, he became the world ...more

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Sonny Bono is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

Age: Dec. at 63 (1935-1998)

Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, + more

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono (; February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and politician who came to fame in partnership with his ...more

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Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Sonny Gray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Baseball player

Age: 29

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee

Sonny Douglas Gray (born November 7, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Oakland Athletics and ...more
Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader

Age: 88

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Walter Theodore "Sonny" Rollins (born September 7, 1930) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist who is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. In ...more

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Sonny Corleone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Sonny

Birthplace: New York

Santino "Sonny" Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. He is the oldest son of the mafia don Vito Corleone and Carmela ...more
Sonny Chiba is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Film Producer, Actor, Singer

Age: 80

Birthplace: East Asia, Asia, Japan, Fukuoka, Kyushu, + more

Shinichi Chiba (Japanese: 千葉 真一, Hepburn: Chiba Shin'ichi, born January 22, 1939), also known as Sonny Chiba, is a Japanese actor, singer, film producer, film director, and martial artist. Chiba ...more
Sonny Bill Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Rugby Player, Professional Boxer

Age: 33

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Sonny William Williams (born 3 August 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer, heavyweight boxer and former rugby league player. He is only the second person to represent New Zealand in ...more
Sonny Boy Williamson II ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Sonny Boy Williamson II Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader

Age: Dec. at 53 (1912-1965)

Birthplace: Glendora, Mississippi

Alex or Aleck Miller (né Ford, possibly December 5, 1912 – May 24, 1965), known later in his career as Sonny Boy Williamson, was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. ...more

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Sonny Boy Williamson I ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Sonny

Age: Dec. at 34 (1914-1948)

Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee

John Lee Curtis "Sonny Boy" Williamson (March 30, 1914 – June 1, 1948) was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He is often regarded as the pioneer of the blues ...more

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Sonny Sharrock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Guitarist, Musician, Composer

Age: Dec. at 54 (1940-1994)

Birthplace: Ossining, New York

Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock (August 27, 1940 – May 25, 1994) was an American jazz guitarist. He was married to singer Linda Sharrock, with whom he recorded and performed. One of ...more
Sonny Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Oboist

Age: 85

Birthplace: Sicily Island, Louisiana

Huey "Sonny" Simmons (born August 4, 1933) is an American jazz musician.
Sonny James is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 89

Birthplace: Hackleburg, Alabama, United States of America

Jimmie Hugh Loden (May 1, 1928 – February 22, 2016), known professionally as Sonny James, was an American country music singer and songwriter best known for his 1957 hit, "Young Love". ...more

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Sonny Landreth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Guitarist

Age: 68

Birthplace: Mississippi, Canton, Madison County, United States of America, United States, + more

Clyde Vernon "Sonny" Landreth (born February 1, 1951) is an American blues musician from southwest Louisiana who is especially known as a slide guitar player. He was born in Canton, ...more
Sonny Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Astronaut, Physician

Age: Dec. at 44 (1947-1991)

Birthplace: Macon, Georgia

Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr., M.D. (August 15, 1947 – April 5, 1991), (Capt, USN), was an American chemist, physician, professional soccer player, naval officer and aviator, test ...more
Sonny King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Wrestler

Age: 74

Larry Johnson was a professional wrestler better known as Sonny King. He competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), where he won the WWWF Tag Team Championship.
Sonny Randle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Coach

Age: 83

Birthplace: Virginia

Ulmo Shannon "Sonny" Randle Jr. (January 6, 1936 – May 23, 2017) was an American sportscaster and football player and coach. He played wide receiver in the National Football League ...more

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Sonny Stitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Saxophonist, Musician, Singer

Age: Dec. at 58 (1924-1982)

Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts

Edward Hammond Boatner Jr. (February 2, 1924 – July 22, 1982), known professionally as Sonny Stitt, was an American jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom. Known for his warm tone, he was ...more

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Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor

Age: Dec. at 75 (1911-1986)

Birthplace: Greensboro, Georgia, United States of America

Saunders Teddell, or Saunders Terrell (or other variants, sources differ) (October 24, 1911 – March 11, 1986), known as Sonny Terry, was an American Piedmont blues and folk musician, who was ...more

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Sonny Sixkiller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Actor, Sports commentator, American football player

Age: 67

Birthplace: USA, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Alex L. "Sonny" Sixkiller (born September 6, 1951) is a former American football player and current sports commentator.
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Jazz Pianist

Age: Dec. at 32 (1931-1963)

Birthplace: Herminie, Pennsylvania

Conrad Yeatis "Sonny" Clark (July 21, 1931 – January 13, 1963) was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom.
Sonny Shroyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Model, Actor, Singer

Age: 83

Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, USA

Otis Burt "Sonny" Shroyer, Jr. (born August 28, 1935) is an American actor who has appeared in various television and movie roles. He is known for his role as Deputy Sheriff Enos ...more
Sonny Criss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Musician, Composer

Age: Dec. at 50 (1927-1977)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

William "Sonny" Criss (23 October 1927 – 19 November 1977) was an American jazz musician.An alto saxophonist of prominence during the bebop era of jazz, he was one of many players ...more

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Sonny Payne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Sonny
Drummer

Age: Dec. at 53 (1926-1979)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Sonny Payne (May 4, 1926 – January 29, 1979) was an American jazz drummer, best known for his work with Count Basie and Harry James.