List of Famous Activists

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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