Famous People Born In 1961

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Discover the most famous people born in 1961. The list includes people like Barack Obama, Michael J. Fox, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, George Clooney and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, football players, journalists and directors born in 1961. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
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 1 
Barack Obama
(44th President of the United States (2009-2017))
Barack Obama
242
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 4th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
 2 
Princess Diana
(First Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales)
Princess Diana
83
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 31, 1997
 3 
Eddie Murphy
(Actor, )
Eddie Murphy
50
Birthdate: 3rd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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George Clooney
(Actor Best Known for His TV Series 'ER' and Films: 'Syriana' and 'Ocean's Eleven' Trilogy)
George Clooney
73
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 6th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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Michael J. Fox
(Retired Actor, Activist & Philanthropist)
Michael J. Fox
36
Birthdate: 9th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
 6 
Woody Harrelson
(Actor and Playwright)
Woody Harrelson
39
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 23rd July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(Actress and Comedian Known for Her Work in 'Saturday Night Live' and the TV Sitcom 'Seinfeld')
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
43
Birthdate: 13th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, United States
 8 
Wayne Gretzky
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players in the History of the National Hockey League)
Wayne Gretzky
45
Birthdate: 26th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
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Ralph Macchio
(Known for His Performance in ‘Karate Kid’ Films and ‘Cobra Kai’ TV Series)
Ralph Macchio
20
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Huntington, New York, United States
 10 
Jennifer Coolidge
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Role as ‘Jeanine Stifler’ in ‘American Pie’ Film Series)
Jennifer Coolidge
44
Birthdate: 28th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Ricky Gervais
(British Comedian, Actor and Director)
Ricky Gervais
20
Birthdate: 25th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Whitley, Reading, England
 12 
Meg Ryan
(One of the Top Actresses of 1990s & Early 2000s)
Meg Ryan
46
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 19th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
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James Gandolfini
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Tony Soprano’ in the TV Series ‘The Sopranos’)
James Gandolfini
21
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westwood, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 19, 2013
 14 
Heather Locklear
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Amanda Woodward’ in the TV Series ‘Melrose Place’)
Heather Locklear
22
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 25th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Laurence Fishburne
18
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 30th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
 16 
Forest Whitaker
(Best Known for His Role in 'The Last King of Scotland')
Forest Whitaker
15
Birthdate: 15th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Longview, Texas, United States
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Stephen Hillenburg
(Creator of the Nickelodeon Animated TV Series 'SpongeBob SquarePants')
Stephen Hillenburg
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 21st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Sill, Oklahoma, United States
Died: November 26, 2018
 18 
Peter Jackson
(Director, Writer and Producer of the 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy & the 'Hobbit' Trilogy)
Peter Jackson
21
Birthdate: 31st October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pukerua Bay, New Zealand
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Billy Ray Cyrus
(American singer-songwriter)
Billy Ray Cyrus
32
Listed In: Country Singers
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Flatwoods, Kentucky, United States
 20 
Lea Thompson
(Actress Best Known for Her Roles in the 'Back to the Future' Film Trilogy & 'Howard the Duck')
Lea Thompson
21
Birthdate: 31st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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Christopher Meloni
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Elliot Stapler’ in the TV Series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’)
Christopher Meloni
10
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 2nd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
 22 
Dennis Rodman
(Former Professional Basketball Player Who was Arguably the Best Rebounding Forward in NBA History)
Dennis Rodman
41
Birthdate: 13th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
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 23 
Nadia Comaneci
(Romanian Retired Gymnast and a Five-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Nadia Comaneci
19
Listed In: Gymnasts
Birthdate: 12th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Onești, Romania
 24 
Dan Marino
(Former American Football Player and One of the Greatest Quarterbacks in NFL History)
Dan Marino
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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George Lopez
(Actor Known for Starring in His Self-Produced 'ABC Sitcom')
George Lopez
8
Birthdate: 23rd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 26 
Nancy Travis
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Sylvia Bennington’ in the Film ‘Three Men and a Baby’)
Nancy Travis
15
Birthdate: 21st September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
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Susan Boyle
(Scottish Singer Best Known for Her Album ‘I Dreamed a Dream’)
Susan Boyle
23
Listed In: Pop Singers
Birthdate: 1st April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland
 28 
Enya
(Irish Singer and Musician Known for Pioneering Modern 'Celtic' and 'New-Age' Music)
Enya
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 17th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland
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Marco Pierre White
14
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: 11th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom
 30 
Steve Young
(American football player)
Steve Young
11
Birthdate: 11th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
 31 
Dylan McDermott
(Actor known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the legal drama series The Practice)
Dylan McDermott
4
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
 32 
Bonnie Hunt
(Actress, comedian whose roles include Rain Man, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, Cheaper by the Dozen)
Bonnie Hunt
6
Birthdate: 22nd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 33 
Elizabeth McGovern
(American film actor)
Elizabeth McGovern
9
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 18th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
 34 
Julia Gillard
(27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010 - 2013))
Julia Gillard
26
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 29th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barry, Wales
 35 
John Corbett
(Actor and Country Music Singer)
John Corbett
12
Birthdate: 9th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
 36 
Eugenio Derbez
(Mexican Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Films: 'Instructions Not Included' and 'CODA')
Eugenio Derbez
12
Birthdate: 2nd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Villa Milpa Alta, Mexico
 37 
Tom Ford
(Fashion Designer & Founder of His Eponymous Luxury Brand 'Tom Ford')
Tom Ford
39
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: 27th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
 38 
Iain Glen
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Alexander Isaacs’ in ‘Resident Evil’ Film Series)
Iain Glen
12
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 24th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
 39 
Rob Hall
(Mountaineer)
Rob Hall
16
Listed In: Mountaineers
Birthdate: 14th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Died: May 11, 1996
 40 
Tim Roth
(Actor)
Tim Roth
9
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 14th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
 41 
Carey Lowell
(Actress)
Carey Lowell
5
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huntington, New York, United States
 42 
Virginia Madsen
(Actress Best Known for Her Roles in Films: 'Candyman', 'Sideways' and the Mystery Series 'Monk')
Virginia Madsen
8
Birthdate: 11th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 43 
Jane Leeves
(Actress)
Jane Leeves
5
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 18th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ilford, Essex
 44 
Joko Widodo
(President of Indonesia)
Joko Widodo
14
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 21st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Surakarta
 45 
Reggie White
(American Football Player)
Reggie White
9
Birthdate: 19th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Died: December 26, 2004
 46 
Carl Lewis
(American Track-and-Field Athlete Who Won Nine Olympic Gold Medals During the 1980s and 1990s)
Carl Lewis
12
Listed In: Athletes
Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
 47 
Peri Gilpin
(Best Known for Her Roles in the TV Series: ‘Frasier’ and ‘Make It or Break It’)
Peri Gilpin
8
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States
 48 
Doc Rivers
(Former Professional Basketball Player and Head Coach of the Philadelphia 76ers')
Doc Rivers
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 13th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 49 
George Stephanopoulos
(Co-Anchor of ABC TV Show 'Good Morning America')
George Stephanopoulos
9
Birthdate: 10th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
 50 
Boy George
(Lead Singer of the Pop Band 'Culture Club')
Boy George
40
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 14th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barnehurst, Bexleyheath, United Kingdom