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List of famous activists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top activists in the world? This includes the most prominent activists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable activists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic activists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned activists.

Items on this list include Bill Cosby and Jenny McCarthy.

From reputable, prominent, and well known activists to the lesser known activists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the activist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous activists ever?" and "What are the names of famous activists?" then you're in the right place. (615 items)

Pamela Anderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Activists
Pamela Denise Anderson is a Canadian-American actress. In addition to her acting career, she is also a model, producer, author, activist, and former showgirl, known for her roles on the ...more

Jenny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Activists
Jennifer Ann "Jenny" McCarthy is an American model, television host, comedian, actress, author, and anti-vaccine activist. She began her career in 1993 as a model for Playboy magazine ...more

Heather Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Activists
Heather Joan Graham is an American actress. After starring in various commercials, her first starring role came in 1988 with the teen comedy License to Drive, followed by her breakthrough role ...more

Russell Brand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Activists
Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. In 2004, Brand achieved notoriety as the host of Big Brother's Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. In 2007, ...more

Alicia Silverstone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Activists
Alicia Silverstone is an American actress, producer, author, and activist. Silverstone made her film debut in The Crush, earning the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and ...more

Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Activists
Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, musician and businessman. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club and went on to ...more

Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Activists
Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She is a two-time Academy Award winner. In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Film ...more

Brigitte Bardot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Activists
Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a French former actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and was ...more

Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Activists
Kelly Ann Hu is an American actress, voice artist and former fashion model. She was Miss Teen USA 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA 1993. Hu starred as Dr. Rae Chang on the American television soap opera ...more

Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Activists
Pierce Brendan Brosnan, is an Irish-American actor, film producer and environmentalist. After leaving comprehensive school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration. He then went ...more

Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Activists
William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by ...more

Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Activists
Susan Abigail Sarandon is an American actress. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes. She was ...more

Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Activists
Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous ...more

John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Activists
John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more

Gillian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Activists
Gillian Leigh Anderson is an American actress. After beginning her career on stage, Anderson achieved international recognition for her role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on the American ...more

Daryl Hannah is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Activists
Daryl Christine Hannah is an American film actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Blade Runner, Splash, Roxanne, Wall Street, Steel Magnolias. She is also an environmental ...more

Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Activists
Charles Robert Redford Jr., better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and a founder of the Sundance Film ...more

Bono is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Activists
Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the ...more

Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Activists
Shirley MacLean Beaty, known professionally as Shirley MacLaine, is an American film, television and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author. She has won one Academy Award, five ...more

Lucy Lawless is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Activists
Lucille Frances "Lucy" Lawless, MNZM is a New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series ...more

Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Activists
Mary Tyler Moore is an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms. Moore is best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a ...more

Cybill Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Activists
Cybill Lynne Shepherd is an American actress, singer and former model. Shepherd's better known roles include Jacy in The Last Picture Show, Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid, Betsy in Taxi Driver, ...more

River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Activists
River Jude Phoenix was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Summer Phoenix, and Liberty Phoenix. Phoenix's work encompassed 24 ...more

Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Activists
Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez, better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an American actor who first achieved fame with roles in the films Badlands and Apocalypse Now. Other ...more

Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Activists
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and ...more

Maria Bello is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Activists
Maria Elena Bello is an American actress and writer. She has appeared in the movies Permanent Midnight, Payback, Coyote Ugly, The Cooler, Thank You for Smoking, and The Jane Austen Book Club. On ...more

Christy Turlington Burns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Activists
Christy Nicole Turlington Burns is an American model currently representing Calvin Klein's Eternity campaign and Maybelline. Turlington was named one of Glamour '​s Women of the Year in 2013, ...more

Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Activists
James Lance Bass is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the bass singer for the American pop boy band ...more

Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Activists
Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler ...more

Julie Christie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Activists
Julie Frances Christie is a British actress. A pop icon of the "swinging London" era of the 1960s, she has won the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. ...more

Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Activists
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom ...more

Leona Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Activists
Leona Louise Lewis is a British singer, songwriter, vocal producer and animal welfare campaigner. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, where she attended the BRIT School ...more

Clay Aiken is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Activists
Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist. Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North ...more

Tim Robbins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Activists
Timothy Francis "Tim" Robbins is an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician. He is known for his roles as Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham, Jacob Singer in ...more

Rob Reiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Activists
Robert "Rob" Reiner is an American actor, director, producer, and activist. As an actor, Reiner first came to national prominence with the role of Michael Stivic, son-in-law of Archie ...more

Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Activists
Ralph Nader is an American political activist of Lebanese origin, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, ...more

Danny Glover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Activists
Daniel Lebern "Danny" Glover is an American actor, film director and political activist. Glover is well known for his roles as Mr. Albert Johnson in The Color Purple, Michael Harrigan ...more

Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Activists
Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and during the American Civil War, a Union spy. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made about thirteen missions ...more

Ted Danson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Activists
Edward Bridge "Ted" Danson III is an American actor, author, and producer, well known for his role as lead character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, and his role as Dr. John Becker on ...more

Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Activists
Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV ...more

Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Activists
Neil Young is a singer-songwriter, Musician,film score composer, film producer, film director, actor and screenwriter.

Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Activists
Vanessa Redgrave, CBE is an English actress of stage, screen and television, as well as a political activist. She is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, and received the 2010 BAFTA ...more

George Lincoln Rockwell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Activists
George Lincoln Rockwell was the founder of the American Nazi Party. Rockwell was a major figure in the neo-Nazi movement in the United States, and his beliefs and writings have continued to be ...more

Naomi Judd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Activists
Naomi Judd is an American country music singer, songwriter, and activist.

La Toya Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Activists
La Toya Yvonne Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist, activist and former model. She is the fifth child of the Jackson ...more

Cassandra Peterson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Activists
Cassandra Peterson 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 television station KHJ wearing ...more

Paul Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Activists
Paul Anthony Sorvino is an American actor. He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the law, and is possibly best known for his roles as Paulie Cicero and Sgt. Phil Cerreta on the ...more

Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Activists
John Michael Stipe is an American singer, lyricist, film producer and visual artist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their ...more

Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Activists
Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The son of a Baptist minister, West ...more

James Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Activists
James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of ...more