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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.
  • Sonny Jurgensen

    American football player
    Christian Adolph Jurgensen III (born August 23, 1934), known better as Sonny Jurgensen, is a...  more

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  • Sonny Liston

    Professional Boxer
    Charles L. "Sonny" Liston (c. 1930 – c. December 30, 1970) was an American professional boxer...  more

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    #28 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time#54 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

  • Sonny Bono

    Film Score Composer, Record producer
    Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono (; February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998) was an American...  more

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    #1738 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#605 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • Sonny is a common nickname and occasional given name....  more

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    #150 of 357 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame#1150 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

  • Sonny Gray

    Baseball player
    Sonny Douglas Gray (born November 7, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for...  more
  • Sonny Rollins

    Saxophonist, Musician
    Walter Theodore "Sonny" Rollins (born September 7, 1930) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist...  more

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  • Santino "Sonny" Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather and...  more
  • Sonny Chiba

    Film Producer, Actor
    Shinichi Chiba (Japanese: 千葉 真一, Hepburn: Chiba Shin'ichi, born January 22, 1939), also known...  more
  • Sonny Bill Williams

    Rugby Player, Professional Boxer
    Sonny William Williams (born 3 August 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer,...  more
  • Sonny Boy Williamson II

    Songwriter, Musician
    Alex or Aleck Miller (né Ford, possibly December 5, 1912 – May 24, 1965), known later in his...  more


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  • John Lee Curtis "Sonny Boy" Williamson (March 30, 1914 – June 1, 1948) was an American blues...  more

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    #33 of 114 The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists#74 of 154 The Best Electric Blues Artists

  • Sonny Sharrock

    Guitarist, Musician
    Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock (August 27, 1940 – May 25, 1994) was an American jazz...  more
  • Huey "Sonny" Simmons (born August 4, 1933) is an American jazz musician....  more
  • Sonny James

    Guitarist, Songwriter
    Jimmie Hugh Loden (May 1, 1928 – February 22, 2016), known professionally as Sonny James, was...  more

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    #130 of 215 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time#150 of 200 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

  • Clyde Vernon "Sonny" Landreth (born February 1, 1951) is an American blues musician from...  more
  • Sonny Carter

    Astronaut, Physician
    Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr., M.D. (August 15, 1947 – April 5, 1991), (Capt, USN), was an...  more
  • Sonny King

    Larry Johnson was a professional wrestler better known as Sonny King. He competed in the World...  more
  • Ulmo Shannon "Sonny" Randle Jr. (January 6, 1936 – May 23, 2017) was an American sportscaster...  more
  • Sonny Stitt

    Saxophonist, Musician
    Edward Hammond Boatner Jr. (February 2, 1924 – July 22, 1982), known professionally as Sonny...  more
  • Sonny Terry

    Film Score Composer, Musician
    Saunders Teddell, or Saunders Terrell (or other variants, sources differ) (October 24, 1911 –...  more

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    #69 of 225 The Best Blues Artists of All Time#72 of 115 The Best Musical Artists From Georgia

  • Sonny Sixkiller

    Actor, Sports commentator
    Alex L. "Sonny" Sixkiller (born September 6, 1951) is a former American football player and...  more
  • Sonny Clark

    Jazz Pianist
    Conrad Yeatis "Sonny" Clark (July 21, 1931 – January 13, 1963) was an American jazz pianist...  more
  • Sonny Shroyer

    Model, Actor
    Otis Burt "Sonny" Shroyer, Jr. (born August 28, 1935) is an American actor who has appeared in...  more
  • Sonny Criss

    Musician, Composer
    William "Sonny" Criss (23 October 1927 – 19 November 1977) was an American jazz musician.An...  more
  • Sonny Payne (May 4, 1926 – January 29, 1979) was an American jazz drummer, best known for his...  more