Celebrities Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin  

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Being a fairly common name, it's no surprise there are a lot of famous people with the last name Franklin. Do you recognize all the celebrities whose last name is Franklin on this list? Although not all of these people are related, they are all famous people with Franklin as their surname. From athletes and actors to musicians and political figures, this list provides images of each famous Franklin along with information about their lives. If your surname is also Franklin, you very well could be related to some of the well-known people on this list. Examples of famous Franklins include Aretha Franklin, Benjamin Franklin, and Missy Franklin, but there are plenty of others on this list to learn about other than just those three.

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 76 - Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was ...more

Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 84 (1706-1790) - Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, ...more

Missy Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 22 - Melissa Jeanette Franklin is an American competition swimmer and four-time Olympic gold medalist. She currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both ...more

James Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 46 - James E. Franklin is an American football coach. He currently is the head coach at Penn State.

Rich Franklin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 43 - Richard Jay "Rich" Franklin II is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Middleweight Champion. As of June 2014, ...more

Kirk Franklin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 48 - Kirk Dwayne Franklin is an American gospel musician, choir director, and author. He is known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs such as The Family, God's Property and One Nation Crew, ...more

Bonnie Franklin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 69 (1944-2013) - Bonnie Gail Franklin was an American actress, best known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time. She was nominated for Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Awards.

James Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 37 - James Edward Charles Franklin is a New Zealand cricketer. He is a left-arm medium-fast bowler who can swing the ball. He began his career as a capable left-handed lower order batsman, but has ...more

Rosalind Franklin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 38 (1920-1958) - Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and ...more

Ryan Franklin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 45 - Ryan Ray Franklin is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis

Diane Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 56 - Diane DeLaurentis is a film producer.

Pamela Franklin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 68 - Pamela Franklin is a British actress who appeared in feature films from 1961 until 1976, and on American television throughout the 1970s. She is best known for her role in The Prime of Miss Jean ...more

Nick Franklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 27 - Nicholas Edward "Nick" Franklin is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the first ...more

Kimberly Franklin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 37 - Kimberly Franklin is a pornographic actress.

Joe Franklin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 92 - Joe Franklin was an American radio and television host personality from New York City. His show began in 1950 on WJZ-TV and moved to WOR-TV from 1962 to 1993.

Melissa Franklin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 62 - Melissa Eve Bronwen Franklin is an experimental particle physicist and the Department Chair and Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University. While working at the Fermi National ...more

Aubrayo Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 35 - Aubrayo Razyo Franklin is a former American football nose tackle and is currently an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the ...more

Cassandra Franklin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 53 - Cassandra Franklin is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Fiji.

Joseph Paul Franklin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 63 (1950-2013) - Joseph Paul Franklin was an American serial killer. He was convicted of several murders, and given six life sentences, as well as a death sentence. He confessed to the attempted murders of two ...more

Jamaal Franklin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 26 - Jamaal Franklin is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. He was selected with the 41st overall pick in the ...more

Farrah Franklin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 36 - Farrah Franklin is an American singer and actress. She is a former member of Destiny's Child who replaced LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett alongside Michelle Williams.

Carl Franklin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 68 - Carl Franklin is an American actor, screenwriter and film and television director. Franklin is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and continued his education at the AFI ...more

Bobby Franklin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 79 - Bobby Ray Franklin is a former American football safety for the Cleveland Browns. He played as a quarterback for Ole Miss in college, and was the head football coach st Northwest Mississippi ...more

Lance Franklin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 31 - Lance "Buddy" Franklin is a professional Australian rules footballer. Franklin plays for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League. He played for the Hawthorn Football Club ...more

Patricia Franklin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 76 - Patricia Franklin is an English actress. Her television credits include Black Books, The Bill, Silent Witness, The Sweeney and Play for Today. She has appeared in five Carry On films - Carry On ...more

Melvin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 53 (1942-1995) - David Melvin English better known by the stage name Melvin Franklin, was an American bass singer. Franklin was best known for his role as a member of Motown singing group The Temptations from ...more

Bruce Franklin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Bruce Franklin is a founding member and guitarist for the American Doom Metal band Trouble. In 1979 Bruce Franklin formed the band with his hometown friends Eric Wagner, Rick Wartell, Jeff Olson ...more

Tony Franklin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 59 - Anthony Ray Franklin is a former National Football League football kicker in the National Football League between 1979 and 1988 for the Philadelphia Eagles, the New England Patriots, and the ...more

Sidney Franklin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 79 (1893-1972) - Sidney Franklin was a film director, producer and a screenwriter.

Chip Franklin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 59 - Chip Franklin is a nationally known writer, producer, comedian and musician. For the last 20+ years, he was a talk show host, most recently on KGO in San Francisco, California. He is also former ...more

Johnathan Franklin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 26 - Johnathan A. Franklin is a former American football running back for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Franklin played college football for the University of California, Los ...more

Michelle Lesniak Franklin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Michelle Lesniak Franklin is the winner of the Season 11 of Project Runway.

Bob Franklin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 53 - Robert "Bob" Andrew Franklin is a Hillingdon, London-born, Welsh raised, comedian who has lived in Australia since 1989.

John Hope Franklin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 94 (1915-2009) - John Hope Franklin was an American historian of the United States and former president of Phi Beta Kappa, the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the ...more

Andra Franklin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 47 (1959-2006) - Andra Bernard Franklin was an American running back in the National Football League from 1981 to 1984 for the Miami Dolphins. Franklin played collegiately at the University of Nebraska. Franklin ...more

Richard Franklin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 82 - Richard Franklin is a British actor. He has had various roles in different television programmes including Crossroads and Emmerdale Farm. However, his most significant role was that of Captain ...more

Richard Franklin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 59 (1948-2007) - Richard Franklin was an Australian-born film director.

Jimmy Franklin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 57 (1948-2005) -

Don Franklin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 57 - Don Franklin is an American actor, best known for his roles in seaQuest DSV as Commander Jonathan Ford, Seven Days as Captain Craig Donovan, and as one of The Young Riders.

Erma Franklin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 64 (1938-2002) - Erma Vernice Franklin was an American gospel and R&B singer. She was the elder sister of Aretha Franklin. Franklin's best known recording was the original version of "Piece of My ...more

Gretchen Franklin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 94 (1911-2005) - Gretchen Franklin was an English actress and dancer with a career in showbusiness that spanned over eighty years. She was born in Covent Garden, west London; a cousin was the actor Clive Dunn. ...more

Jon Franklin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Jon Franklin age 75 - Jon Franklin is a Pulitzer-prize winning writer.

Carolyn Franklin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 44 (1944-1988) - Carolyn Ann Franklin was an American singer and songwriter, daughter of prominent preacher C. L. Franklin and younger sister of musician Aretha Franklin.

David Franklin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
David Franklin age 57 - David Franklin is an American microbiologist and former fellow of Harvard Medical School who while employed by Parke-Davis filed the 1996 whistleblower lawsuit exposing their illegal promotion ...more

Joel Franklin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin

Ben Franklin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Died at 61 (1942-2003) - Ben Franklin was mayor of the city of Nepean, Ontario from 1978 to 1997. Nepean became part of the city of Ottawa in 2001. He was born in Elgin, Ontario in 1942. He graduated from Carleton ...more

Heath Franklin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 37 - Heath Franklin is an Australian comedic performer, improviser and writer.

Red Franklin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
Red Franklin Norman C. "Red" Franklin was an American football running back who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1935–1937. He played college football at Oregon State University, earning ...more

William Temple Franklin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
William Temple Franklin Died at 63 (1760-1823) - William Temple Franklin, known as Temple Franklin, was a British-born American diplomat and real estate speculator. He is best known for his involvement with the American diplomatic mission in ...more

Paul Franklin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Franklin
age 63 - Paul V. Franklin is an American multi-instrumentalist, known mainly for his work as a steel guitarist. He began his career in the 1970s as a member of Barbara Mandrell's road band; in addition ...more