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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 Grylls (born 7 June 1974), better known as Bear Grylls, is a British former SAS serviceman, survival instructor, and honorary lieutenant-colonel, and, outside his military career, an adventurer, writer, television presenter and businessman. He is widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild (2006–2011), originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls for the United Kingdom release. Grylls is also involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the UK and US. In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout of the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories at age 35, a post he has held for a second term since 2015. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 44

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 Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter (1996–2007), an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri; the couple also hosted the series Croc Files (1999–2001), The Crocodile Hunter Diaries (2002–2006), and New Breed Vets (2005). They also owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin's parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the Queensland state capital city of Brisbane. Irwin died at 44, after being pierced in the heart ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. 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

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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: Dec. at 70 (1254-1324)

Birthplace: Republic of Venice

Nationality: Republic of Venice

Profession: Merchant, Explorer

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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 (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. From 1985 to 1988 he served as New Zealand's High Commissioner to India and Bangladesh and concurrently as Ambassador to Nepal. Hillary became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school. He made 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 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 89 (1919-2008)

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Greater Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Profession: Mountaineer, Explorer