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

Willie Nelson, for example, is a famous musician and activist. In the 60's, he was known for his country music. Some of his hits were "On the Road Again" and Pancho and Lefty". He's also a huge advocate and participator in the "National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws". Willie Mays, on the other hand, wasn't so into music as he was into sports. He was a center fielder for the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. 

Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 85

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Abbott

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), ...more

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Insane Willie Nelson Stories That Are 100% True #6 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #172 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 81

Birthplace: Lisbon, 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

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#67 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #206 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #30 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 70

Birthplace: Clover, 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

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#62 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #246 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #22 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 87

Birthplace: Westfield, 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 ...more

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#5 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #13 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #610 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

Willie Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 78

Birthplace: Yazoo 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 ...more
Willie Wood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 79

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

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
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Dec. at 84 (1922-2006)

Birthplace: Middletown, 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 ...more

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#21 of 188 The Best Boxers of All Time #23 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #42 of 199 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

Willie McCovey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 81

Birthplace: Mobile, 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 ...more

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#62 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #58 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #59 of 320 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Dec. at 61 (1940-2001)

Birthplace: Earlsboro, 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 ...more

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#70 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #54 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #16 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

Willie McGee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 60

Birthplace: California

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

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#248 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #164 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame #24 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time

Willie Aames is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 58

Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, USA

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, ...more

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Willie Dixon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Willie Dixon Dec. at 77 (1915-1992)

Birthplace: Vicksburg, 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 ...more

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The Best Willie Dixon Albums of All Time #192 of 232 The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time #81 of 185 The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

Willie Gault is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Willie Gault Age: 55

Birthplace: Griffin, 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 ...more

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#1,401 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #82 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #29 of 147 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Willie McGinest Age: 47

Birthplace: Long 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
Willie Randolph is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 64

Birthplace: Holly 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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#281 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #239 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame #36 of 158 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 63

Birthplace: Montgomery, 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. ...more
Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Willie Roaf Age: 48

Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas

William Layton Roaf (born April 18, 1970), nicknamed "Nasty," is a former American football offensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He ...more
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Dec. at 51 (1872-1923)

Birthplace: New 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 ...more

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#145 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #102 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #90 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

Willie Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 37

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Willie Julius Green (born July 28, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player who is an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). During ...more
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 76

Birthplace: Arno, 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 ...more
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Dec. at 70 (1940-2010)

Birthplace: Mineral 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
Willie Wells is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Dec. at 83 (1906-1989)

Birthplace: Austin, Texas

Willie James Wells (August 10, 1906 – January 22, 1989), nicknamed "The Devil," was an American baseball player. He was a shortstop who played from 1924-48 for various teams in the ...more
Willie Hernández ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 64

Birthplace: Aguada, Puerto Rico

Guillermo "Willie" Hernández Villanueva (born November 14, 1954) is a former relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (1977–1983), Philadelphia Phillies (1983), and Detroit Tigers ...more
Willie Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 84

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Mineola

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 ...more
Willie O'Ree is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Willie
Age: 83

Birthplace: Fredericton, Canada

Willie Eldon O'Ree, (born October 15, 1935) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, known best for being the first black player in the National Hockey League. O'Ree played as a ...more