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A list of famous people who have been knighted, ranked by fame and popularity by fans of British chivalry like you. Being knighted is one of the highest honors that an individual can hope to receive. Famous people have been knighted for their contributions to music, film, theater and charity work. In special cases, honorary knighthoods can be bestowed upon worthy candidates from foreign countries.

Who is the most famous person who has been knighted? Ronald Reagan tops our list. Reagan received an honorary knighthood in 1989 from Queen Elizabeth II. After the ceremony Reagan made a statement saying, “I feel greatly honored. I can't say how proud I am.” Four years after Reagan received the honor, his vice president and President at the time George H.W. Bush, also received the honorary knighthood. Other "Sirs" knighted in England include Sean Connery, Bono, and Michael Caine.  

Several famous musicians have been knighted. English super star Paul McCartney was given the honor in 1997 and Elton John was knighted the following year. Actors, Ben Kingsley and Patrick Stewart have also received the great honor of knighthood, as has the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. The French also bestow honorary knighthoods with recipients including American actors of classic and modern cinema, Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro.

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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In 2000, Sean Connery was knighted by the Queen.  Connery is a firm supporter of Scotland's Independence and it is believed that this stance caused a delay in his knighthood.

Age: 86

Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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In 2010, Robert Redford was inducted into France's elite Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Age: 79

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Television producer, Film Producer, + more

Credits: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, All the President's Men, Out of Africa

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood on Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Age: 61

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur

Credits: The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, Freakonomics, Give Us the Money, The Billionaires' Pledge

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted
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Clint Eastwood was made a commander in the prestigious French Legion of Honor in 2009 by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Age: 86

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician, Pianist, Television producer, + more

Credits: Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven, Rawhide

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