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Who Is The Most Famous Willie In The World?

Updated December 10, 2020 705 votes 31 voters 16.1k views86 items

List RulesVote up all of the Willies you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Willie can you think of? The famous Willies below have many different professions, including notable actors named Willie, famous athletes named Willie, and even musicians named Willie.

Willie Nelson is certainly one of the most famous Willies on this list. One of the famous country music stars named Willie, he started his career writing songs for other artists before releasing his debut album ...And Then I Wrote in 1962. “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind” are two of his biggest hits.

Another of the famous people with the first name Willie is Willie Mays. He is a Baseball Hall of Fame member who played with the Giants. He is a 24-time all star and a World Series champion. TV personality Willie Geist is another of the celebrity Willies. 

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    Willie Mays


    BirthplaceWestfield, Alabama, United States of America

    Willie Howard Mays, Jr. (born May 6, 1931), nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid", is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) center fielder who spent almost all of his 22-season career playing for the...  more

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    Willie Nelson


    BirthplaceAbbott, Texas, United States of America

    Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined...  more

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  • 3

    Willie Davis


    BirthplaceLisbon, Louisiana, United States of America

    Willie D. Davis (born July 24, 1934) is a former American football defensive end for the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Davis graduated from...  more
  • 4

    Willie Garson


    BirthplaceHighland Park, New Jersey, United States of America

    Alternative NameWilly Garson, William Garson, Will Garson

    William Garson Paszamant (born February 20, 1964) is an American actor. He has appeared in over 75 films, and more than 300 TV episodes. He is known for playing Stanford Blatch on the HBO series Sex...  more
  • 5

    Willie Geist


    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

    William Russell Geist (born May 3, 1975) is an American television personality, journalist, and humorist. He is co-anchor of MSNBC's Morning Joe and anchor of Sunday Today with Willie Geist. Geist...  more
  • 6

    Willie Brown


    BirthplaceYazoo City, Mississippi

    William Ferdie Brown (born December 2, 1940) is an American football executive and former player and coach. He played as a cornerback for the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders in the National...  more
  • 7

    Willie Pep


    BirthplaceMiddletown, Connecticut

    Guglielmo Papaleo (September 19, 1922 – November 23, 2006) was an American professional boxer, better known as Willie Pep who held the World Featherweight championship twice between the years of 1942...  more

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  • 8

    BirthplaceBernice, Louisiana, USA

    Willie Jess Robertson is an American TV personality, businessman, outdoorsman, hunter, and author. He is best known for his appearances on the reality TV series Duck Dynasty on A&E, and is the...  more
  • 9

    Willie Lanier


    BirthplaceClover, Virginia, United States of America

    Willie Edward Lanier (born August 21, 1945) is a former American football middle-linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1967 through 1977. He won postseason honors for eight...  more
  • 10

    Willie Stargell


    BirthplaceEarlsboro, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Wilver Dornell Stargell (March 6, 1940 – April 9, 2001), nicknamed "Pops" later in his career, was an American professional baseball left fielder and first baseman who spent 21 seasons in Major...  more

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  • 11

    Willie McGee



    Willie Dean McGee (born November 2, 1958) is an American retired professional baseball player who won two batting titles and was named Major League Baseball's 1985 National League MVP. McGee...  more
  • 12

    Willie McCovey


    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    Willie Lee McCovey (January 10, 1938 – October 31, 2018) was an American Major League Baseball first baseman. Known as "Stretch" during his playing days, and later also nicknamed "Mac" and "Willie...  more

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  • 13

    Willie Dixon


    BirthplaceVicksburg, Mississippi, United States of America

    William James Dixon (July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992) was an American blues musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and record producer. He was proficient in playing both the upright bass and the...  more


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  • 14

    Willie Wood


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    William Vernell Wood Sr. (born December 23, 1936) is a former American football safety for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League (NFL), and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame....  more
  • 15

    Willie McGinest


    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, United States of America

    William Lee McGinest, Jr. (born December 11, 1971) is a former American football linebacker who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England...  more
  • 16

    Willie Weeks


    BirthplaceSalemburg, North Carolina, USA

    Willie Weeks (born August 5, 1947) is an American bass guitarist. He has gained fame performing with famous musicians in a wide variety of genres. He has been one of the most in-demand session...  more
  • 17

    Willie Gault


    BirthplaceGriffin, Georgia, United States of America

    Willie James Gault (born September 5, 1960) is a former American football wide receiver and potential Olympic athlete. He played in the National Football League for 11 seasons for the Chicago Bears...  more
  • 18

    BirthplaceHelena, USA, Arkansas

    Willie Lee "Big Eyes" Smith (January 19, 1936 – September 16, 2011) was a Grammy Award-winning American electric blues vocalist, harmonica player, and drummer. He was best known for several stints...  more
  • 19

    Willie Keeler


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    William Henry Keeler (March 3, 1872 – January 1, 1923), nicknamed "Wee Willie", was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1892 to 1910, primarily for the Baltimore...  more

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    Willie Aames


    BirthplaceNewport Beach, California, USA

    Alternative NameWillie Ames

    Willie Aames (born Albert William Upton on July 15, 1960) is an American actor, film and television director, television producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for playing Tommy Bradford, one...  more
  • 21

    Willie Davis


    BirthplaceMineral Springs, Arkansas, United States of America

    William Henry Davis (April 15, 1940 – March 9, 2010) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Los Angeles Dodgers. At the end of his career he ranked...  more
  • 22

    Willie Horton


    BirthplaceArno, Virginia, United States of America

    Willie Wattison Horton (born October 18, 1942) is a former left fielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for six American League teams, primarily the Detroit Tigers. He hit...  more
  • 23

    Willie Randolph


    BirthplaceHolly Hill, South Carolina

    Willie Larry Randolph (born July 6, 1954) is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman, coach, and manager. During an 18-year baseball career, he played from 1975 to 1992 for six...  more

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    Willie Wilson


    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Willie James Wilson (born July 9, 1955) is a former professional baseball player. He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and Chicago Cubs. He was...  more
  • 25

    Willie Brown


    BirthplaceMineola, Texas, United States of America

    Willie Lewis Brown Jr. (born March 20, 1934) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Brown served over 30 years in the California State Assembly, spending 15 years as its speaker. He later...  more