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This list of famous adventurers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top adventurers in the world? This includes the most prominent adventurers, living and dead, both from America and abroad. These brave adventurers are also some of the best celebs to team with during a zombie apocalypse and famous people who were attacked by animals. This list of notable adventurers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic adventurers 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 adventurers.

No list of famous adventurers would be complete without the likes of Bear Grylls, Aron Ralston, and Steve Irwin. These famous adventurers names are widely known and regarded as brave and daring men and women who are willing to push themselves in the pursuit of great adventure. Whether they are a TV personality or a popular person going on adventures, they are all here! 

From reputable, prominent, and well known adventurers to the lesser known adventurers of today, these are some of the best adventurers exploring the world. Who are the most famous adventurers ever? What are the names of famous adventurers? Take a look below!

Bear Grylls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Adventurers
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Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild, originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom. Grylls is also involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the United Kingdom and the United States. In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout at the age of 35. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 43

Birthplace: Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Profession: Author, Actor, Writer, Motivational speaker, Presenter

Credits: Man vs. Wild, Worst-Case Scenario, Escape to the Legion, The Island with Bear Grylls, Short Poppies, + more

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Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Adventurers
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Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri. Together, the couple also owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin's parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometres north of the Queensland state capital city of Brisbane. Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean's Deadliest. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship MY Steve ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)

Birthplace: Essendon, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Profession: Conservationist, Actor, Zoologist, Voice acting, Naturalist, + more

Credits: The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, Ocean's Deadliest, The Crocodile Hunter

Also Ranked

#13 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#25 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

#90 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Adventurers
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Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde, a book that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned the mercantile trade from his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, who travelled through Asia, and met Kublai Khan. In 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice at war with Genoa; Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299, became a wealthy merchant, married, and had three children. He died in 1324 and was buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Venice. Marco ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 70 (1254-1324)

Birthplace: Republic of Venice

Nationality: Republic of Venice

Profession: Merchant, Explorer

Also Ranked

#56 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Edmund Hillary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Adventurers
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Sir Edmund Percival Hillary KG ONZ KBE was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Indian Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Hillary was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Hillary became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school, making his first major climb in 1939, reaching the summit of Mount Ollivier. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a navigator during World War II. Prior to the 1953 Everest expedition, Hillary had been part of ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 89 (1919-2008)

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Profession: Mountaineer, Explorer

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