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Who knew there were so many famous people named Van in the world? Our list of celebrities named Van 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 Vans 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 Van, actors named Van, and much more. Van Halen, Van Morrison, and Van Cliburn are only a few of the well-known people named Van on this list.
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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Van
Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1972. Credited with "restoring hard rock to the forefront of the music scene", Van Halen is known for its ...more

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Van
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 73

Birthplace: Pottinger

Sir George Ivan "Van" Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. His professional career began as a teenager in the ...more

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Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Van
Pianist

Age: Dec. at 79 (1934-2013)

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr. (; July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013) was an American pianist who, at the age of 23, achieved worldwide recognition when he won the inaugural ...more

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Van Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Van
Actor, Singer, Dancer

Age: Dec. at 92 (1916-2008)

Birthplace: Newport, USA, Rhode Island

Charles Van Dell Johnson (August 25, 1916 – December 12, 2008) was an American film, television theatre and radio actor, singer, and dancer. He was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and ...more
Van der Graaf Generator ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Van
Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-songwriters Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records. ...more

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Van Dyke Parks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Van
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

Age: 76

Birthplace: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States of America

Van Dyke Parks (born January 3, 1943) is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, and record producer who has composed various film and television soundtracks. He is known for his 1967 album ...more
Van Heflin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Van
Soldier, Actor

Age: Dec. at 61 (1910-1971)

Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Walters

Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin Jr. (December 13, 1908 – July 23, 1971) was an American theatre, radio and film actor. He played mostly character parts over the course of his film career, but ...more

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Van Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Van
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 48

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Van Hunt (born March 8, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He released his debut album, Van Hunt, in 2004, and a follow-up, On the Jungle Floor, ...more
Van Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Van
Civil Rights Advocate, Environmentalist, Author

Age: 50

Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee, United States of America

Anthony Kapel "Van" Jones (born September 20, 1968) is an American news commentator, author, and non-practicing attorney. He is a co-founder of several nonprofit organizations, ...more

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Van Hammer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Van
Wrestler, Actor

Age: 51

Birthplace: USA, Hebron, Maryland

Mark Hildreth (born November 11, 1967) is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his tenures in World Championship Wrestling under the ring name Van Hammer or simply
Van McCoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Van
Record producer, Songwriter, Singer

Age: Dec. at 39 (1940-1979)

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

Van Allen Clinton McCoy (January 6, 1940 – July 6, 1979) was an American musician, record producer, arranger, songwriter, singer and orchestra conductor. He is known best for his 1975 ...more

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Van Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Van
Drummer

Age: 52

Van Williams (born December 5, 1966) is an American drummer, best known as the former drummer of Nevermore. Van Williams hails from New York where he began his music career in various bands, ...more
Van Alexander is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Van
Conductor, Arranger, Bandleader

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Van Alexander (May 2, 1915 – July 19, 2015) was an American bandleader, arranger, and composer.
Van Lingle Mungo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Van
Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 74 (1911-1985)

Birthplace: Pageland, South Carolina

Van Lingle Mungo (June 8, 1911 – February 12, 1985) was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher known for his career with the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers. Mungo played for the Dodgers from 1931 ...more
Van Wyck Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Van
Van Wyck Brooks Literary critic, Biographer, Historian

Age: Dec. at 77 (1886-1963)

Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey

Van Wyck Brooks (February 16, 1886 in Plainfield, New Jersey – May 2, 1963 in Bridgewater, Connecticut) was an American literary critic, biographer, and historian.
Van Dyke Brooke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Van
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

Age: Dec. at 62 (1859-1921)

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Van Dyke Brooke, né Stewart McKerrow (22 June 1859–17 September 1921) was an early American actor, screenwriter and film director, whose works include The Reprieve: An Episode in the Life ...more
Van DeCree is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Van
Van DeCree
Van Ness DeCree, from Warren, Ohio, is a former football defensive end who was a two-time All-American (1973, 1974) at Ohio State University. DeCree is a member of the Ohio State Football Hall ...more
Van Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Van
Actor, Diving instructor

Age: 85

Birthplace: Texas, Fort Worth, USA

Van Zandt Jarvis Williams (February 27, 1934 – November 28, 2016) was an actor best known for his leading role as Kenny Madison in both Warner Bros. television detective series Bourbon Street ...more
Van Snowden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Van
Actor, Puppeteer

Age: Dec. at 71 (1939-2010)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Van Charles Snowden (February 19, 1939 – September 22, 2010) was an American puppeteer active in the film and television industries for decades. Snowden performed as the H.R. Pufnstuf character ...more
Van Epperson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Van
Public speaker, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 62

Birthplace: Sweetwater, Tennessee, United States of America

Van Epperson is an American actor, director, screenwriter, script doctor, acting teacher, and public speaker.
Van Nest Polglase is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Van
Set Decorator, Film Art Director

Age: Dec. at 70 (1898-1968)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Van Nest Polglase (August 25, 1898 – December 20, 1968) was an American art director. He was nominated for six Academy Awards in the category Best Art Direction. Best remembered as head of the ...more
Van Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Van
Costume Designer, Makeup Artist

Age: Dec. at 61 (1945-2006)

Birthplace: Marianna, Florida

Walter Avant "Van" Smith, Jr. (August 17, 1945 - December 5, 2006) was an American costume designer and make-up artist. He worked primarily in the films of John Waters, designing the ...more
Van Tran is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Van
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Van Thai Tran (Vietnamese: Trần Thái Văn; born October 19, 1964) is a Vietnamese American attorney and politician in California, formerly serving as a Republican member of the California ...more
Van Doude is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Van
Actor

Age: 92

Birthplace: Haarlem, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Van Doude is an actor.
Van Hansis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Van
Actor

Age: 37

Birthplace: North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

Van Hansis (born Evan Vanfossen Hansis on September 25, 1981 in North Adams, Massachusetts) is an American actor. Hansis portrayed Luke Snyder on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns from ...more