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Famous People Whose Last Name Is Peterson

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

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  • Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985) is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma and was...  more
  • Patrick De'mon Peterson Jr. (born July 11, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana State...  more
  • Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles...  more
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    Amanda Peterson (born Phyllis Amanda Peterson, July 8, 1971 – July 3, 2015) was an American actress, most known for her role as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 comedy film Can't Buy Me Love....  more
  • Gervase Peterson (born November 2, 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a contestant on Survivor: Borneo, the first edition of the popular CBS reality television series Survivor, which premiered...  more
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    Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, but simply "O.P." by his...  more
  • Morris Russell Peterson Jr. (born August 26, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player. He is also a cousin of former basketball player of the Indiana Pacers and the New York...  more
  • Deborah Mary Peterson (born August 22, 1961) is an American musician and the drummer of the band The Bangles. She sang lead vocals on two of the band's released singles, "Going Down to Liverpool"...  more
  • Victoria Anne Theresa Peterson Cowsill (born January 11, 1958) is an American rock musician and songwriter. She described herself as a solo artist in her early years – "I was a kid who brought her...  more
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    Bengt Ronnie Peterson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈrɔnːɪ ²peːtɛˌʂɔn]; 14 February 1944 – 11 September 1978) was a Swedish racing driver. Known by the nickname 'SuperSwede', he was a two-time runner-up...  more
  • Julian Thomas Peterson (born July 28, 1978) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in...  more
  • Carla Constanza Peterson (born April 6, 1974) is an Argentine actress. ...  more
  • Scott Lee Peterson (born October 24, 1972) is an American convicted murderer who is currently on death row in San Quentin State Prison. In 2004, he was convicted of the first-degree murder of his...  more
  • Eric Neal Peterson (born October 2, 1946) is a Canadian stage, television, and film actor, known for his roles in three major Canadian series – Street Legal (1987-1994), Corner Gas (2004-2009), and...  more
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    William E. Peterson (May 15, 1920 – August 5, 1993) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. His career included head coaching stops at Florida State University,...  more
  • Sondra Peterson (born 1935) is an American model. She is best known for her work in the 1950s and 1960s appearing in major magazines beside other icons of the age like Veruschka von Lehndorff and...  more
  • Collin Clark Peterson (born June 29, 1944) is an American politician, a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 7th congressional district, and...  more
  • Indira Viswanathan Peterson is a literary critic and the David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She is a specialist in South Asian Studies....  more
  • Paige Ellen Peterson is an American actress and veteran cheerleader, best known for being typecast as pompon captain Amy Wright in the American television sitcom Hang Time between 1996 and 1997. She...  more
  • Adrian Nicholas Peterson (born July 1, 1979) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League and United Football League. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in...  more
  • James Kenneth Peterson (born November 21, 1978) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college...  more
  • Lamont Peterson is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2004 to 2019. He held world championships in two weight classes, including the unified WBA (Super) and IBF light...  more
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    Merrill Daniel Peterson (31 March 1921 – 23 September 2009) was a history professor at the University of Virginia and the editor of the prestigious Library of America edition of the selected writings...  more
  • Peter George Peterson (June 5, 1926 – March 20, 2018) was an American investment banker who served as United States Secretary of Commerce from February 29, 1972, to February 1, 1973, under the...  more
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