This list of famous left handed people includes everyone from ancient Greek philosophers, to modern day musicians, movie stars and entrepreneurs.
Settle in and grab your coffee, because it’s going to be a long one!
Something I quickly noticed when researching this article is that there is a lot of false information out there on the topic. It’s very easy to do a quick google image search to find out whether someone is left handed or not. It would seem that a lot of other lists of left handed people have not been properly fact checked, or just copy-pasted from other lists, wrongly assuming that they are correct.
Since assuming anything on the internet is a dangerous game, I have made sure to check each of the people below to make sure that they are actually left handed. To do this I located images of them clearly using their left hand when signing autographs or writing.
At the end of this article you’ll also find a list of famous left handed celebrities who regularly appear in left handed lists, but who aren’t actually lefties themselves – imposters!
Famous Left Handed People
I have arranged this list by first name, so apologies if you would have preferred it by surname.
Let’s dive in!
Adam Levine is an American musician, best recognised as being the lead singer in pop-rock band Maroon 5. He is also known for being a long-serving coach on reality talent show The Voice, and has also dabbled in acting, having appeared in shows such as American Horror Story. In addition, Adam also owns his own record label, fragrance line, and menswear range. Busy guy!
Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian movie actor and producer, tv host, and former politician. He is widely regarded as being one of the greatest and most accomplished actors in the rich history of Indian cinema. He has appeared in over 200 movies throughout a career spanning in excess of 5 decades!
Angelina Jolie is an American actress, moviemaker, and humanitarian. She has been named Hollywood’s best paid actress on numerous occasions, and has won several accolades, including three Golden Globe awards and an Academy award. Some of her most notable roles include playing Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider franchise, Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted, and Gia Carangi in Gia.
Annie Lennox is a Scottish-born singer-songwriter, political activist, and philanthropist. She found fame in the 1980s as part of pop-duo the Eurythmics, with songs such as ‘Sweet Dreams’, ‘There Must Be An Angel’, and ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’. She has also enjoyed success as a solo artist with songs such as ‘No More I Love You’s’ and ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’. She has been named the most successful female British artist in the history of UK music.
Babe Ruth was an American professional baseball player, with a career spanning 22 seasons from 1914 until 1935. He is recognised by many as being the greatest baseball player of all time, and was one of the first to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the United States, and 44th overall, serving from 2009 until 2017. He is one of a long list of left handed recent USA presidents.
Ben Stiller is an American movie star, comedian, producer, director, and screenwriter. To date, he has been involved in over 50 movies, including Zoolander, There’s Something About Mary, Meet The Parents, Dodgeball, and the Night at the Museum film series. Throughout his career he has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, several MTV movie awards, and a Britannia award.
Bill Bryson is an American-born writer, known for his humorous books on travel, science, language, and other non-fiction subjects. He is widely praised for his ability to explain scientific topics to the every day Joe, with his book ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ in particular receiving numerous awards.
Bill Clinton was the 42nd serving president of the United States from 1993 until 2001. Before being elected as president he was governor of Arkansas from 1971 to 1981, and prior to that, attorney general of Arkansas. He left his role of president with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S president since 1945.
Bill Gates is best known as being the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. In addition, he is a prolific investor, author, and philanthropist. With the exception of just two years, he held the title of the world’s most wealthiest person from 1995 until 2017.
Bob Geldof is an Irish singer-songwriter and political activist. In the 1970s he found fame in the rock band the Boomtown Rats, where he was the lead singer. In 1984 he co-founded the charity supergroup Band Aid with the aim of raising money to help with famine in Ethiopia. The following year he organised the legendary Live Aid concert to continue raising funds for Ethiopia.
Bruce Willis is an American actor and movie producer. To date, he has appeared in over 70 movies, with his most recognisable role being action hero John McClane in the Die Hard franchise. Other notable movie credits include Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, The Fifth Element, and The Sixth Sense. He has received numerous awards over his impressive career, including a Golden Globe, two Emmys, and two People’s Choice awards.
Cardi B is an American rapper and songwriter. She originally found popularity on Vine and Instagram, and was later signed to Atlantic Records after appearing on Love & Hip Hop: New York, a VH1 reality tv series. Her debut album in 2018 reached number one on the Billboard charts, and was named the top female rap album of the decade. She has received numerous accolades including a Grammy, 8 Billboard Music Awards, and 5 American Music Awards amongst others.
Christian Slater is an American actor and producer. He made his movie debut in 1985 playing Binx in ‘The Legend of Billie Jean’, and later gained wider popularity thanks to his role in the 1989 satire ‘Heathers’. Other notable movies he has appeared in include ‘True Romance’, ‘Interview With The Vampire’, ‘Broken Arrow’, and ‘Hard Rain’. Throughout his career he has won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe, and 2 MTV Movie Awards.
Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is probably best known for his roles as Dr. Raymond Stantz in the Ghostbusters franchise, and for playing Elwood in the Blues Brothers movies. He is also part of the Blues Brothers band, which has been touring since 1978. In addition he also co-founded the ‘House Of Blues’ chain of music venues, and the vodka brand ‘Crystal Head’.
David Bowie was an English singer-songwriter, as well an an actor. He is widely regarded as being one of the most important and influential musicians of the 20th century. He is also recognised as being one of the best selling artists of all time, having shifted over 100 million records worldwide. Following his death in 2016, Rolling Stone magazine named him the ‘Greatest Rock Star Ever‘.
David Rockefeller was an American banker. He was the chief executive and chairman of Chase Manhattan Corporation, one of the big four banks of the United States. He passed away in 1917 aged 101, and had amassed an estimated net worth of $3.3 billion.
Dennis Quaid is an American actor. Notable movies that he has appeared in include The Big Easy, Frequency, Far From Heaven, The Special Relationship, and Dragonheart. He is the younger brother of actor Randy Quaid (also a lefty!).
Diane Keaton is an American actress and movie-maker. She first found fame through her roles as Kay Adams-Corleone in the Godfather trilogy of movies. Other notable movies in which she appears include ‘Play It Again, Sam’, ‘Manhattan’, ‘The First Wives Club’, and ‘Father of the Bride’. Throughout her career she has won numerous awards, including 2 Golden Globes, a Bafta, an Academy Award, and the AFI Life Achievement Award.
Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers III) is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is recognised as being one of the greatest rap artists of all time and has sold over 220 million records worldwide at the time of writing – making him also one of the best-selling music artists of all time! In addition he has also appeared in a string of movies including the hit 2002 semi-autobiographical film ‘8 Mile’.
Emma Thompson is a British actress, producer, author, and comedian. Notable movies that she has appeared in include the Harry Potter franchise, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Howards End, and Saving Mr. Banks. Throughout her career she has received numerous accolades, including 2 Golden Globes, 2 Academy Awards, 3 BAFTAs, and an Emmy.
George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush was the 41st president of the United States, serving from 1989 until 1993. In addition, he also served as the 43rd vice president under Ronald Reagan from 1981 until 1989. He was the first incumbent vice president to go on to become president since 1836, when Martin Van Buren achieved the same feat.
Gerald Ford was the 38th president of the United States, serving from 1974 until 1977. Prior to this, Ford also served as the 40th united states vice president under Richard Nixon. To this day, Gerald Ford is the only person to have served as both vice president and president without being elected by the Electoral College.
Goldie Hawn is an American actress, producer, singer and dancer. Notable movies that she has appeared in include Cactus Flower, The First Wives Club, Death Becomes Her, Shampoo, and Private Benjamin. She has won an Academy Award, as well as a Golden Globe, and was also recently inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Gordon Ramsay is a Scottish-born chef, television personality, and writer. His global restaurant group ‘Gordon Ramsay Restaurants’ has been recognised with 16 Michelin stars in total, and at the time of writing, holds 7. As a TV personality, he is best known for hosting competitive cookery and food shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. In 2020, Forbes ranked him as being the 19th highest-earning celebrity in the world.
Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor, producer, and singer. As a movie-star, he is probably best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. Other notable films that he has appeared in include ‘The Prestige’, ‘Les Misérables’, ‘The Greatest Showman’, and ‘Kate & Leopold’. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards, including a Grammy, and a Golden Globe.
James Cameron is a Canadian movie director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his big-budget sci-fi films such as Terminator 1 & 2, Aliens, and Avatar. He is also known for directing and writing the critically acclaimed ‘Titanic’, which was the highest grossing movie of all time until Avatar overtook it in 2010! In addition, Cameron is also an environmentalist and owns numerous sustainability businesses.
James Cromwell is an American actor and activist. Movies that he is best known for include ‘L.A Confidential’, ‘The Green Mile’, ‘Babe’, and ‘The Artist’. He is also known for his roles in television shows such as ‘American Horror Story’, ‘Six Feet Under’, and ‘Boardwalk Empire’. He has been awarded and nominated for numerous accolades including an Emmy and a Canadian Screen Award.
Jason Alexander is an American actor, comedian, director and presenter. He is undoubtedly best known for his role as George Costanza in the hugely successful ‘Seinfeld’ television comedy series. Other notable roles include playing Philip Stuckey in Pretty Woman, and the lead character in the nominated series Duckman. He has also had a successful career both starring in and directing musicals.
Jay Leno is an American tv host, comedian, and writer. After gaining popularity as a stand-up comic, he went on to become the host of talk show ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’, and subsequently “The Jay Leno Show’. He is a huge car and motorcycle enthusiast, and currently hosts ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’. In 2014 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the Hunger Games series of movies, and in the X-Men franchise. Other notable movies she has appeared in include American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Mother!, and Red Sparrow. She was the world’s highest paid actress in both 2015 and 2016, and has been awarded many accolades, including an Academy Award and 3 Golden Globes (at the time of writing).
Jennifer Saunders is an English actress, comedian, and screenwriter. She is best known for her roles as herself in the sketch show ‘French and Saunders’, and Edina Monsoon in the sitcom ‘Absolutely Fabulous’. Throughout her career she has won several awards, including 3 BAFTAs, a People’s Choice Award, and a British Comedy Award.
Jeremy Renner is an American actor and singer. He is probably best known for his role as Hawkeye in several of the Marvel universe movies. In addition, he has appeared in 2 movies from the Mission Impossible franchise, The Bourne Legacy, American Hustle, and Hansel and The Hurt Locker, amongst others. He has been nominated for several prestigious film awards, and has won several, including a Film Critics’ Choice award for his role in American Hustle.
Jerry Seinfeld is as American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is undoubtedly best known for playing himself on the hit U.S comedy ‘Seinfeld’. Famously, Seinfeld was the first ever tv actor to rake in US$1 million per episode when the sitcom was at the height of its popularity. At the time of writing he is the host of the popular show ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’.
Jimi Hendrix is widely regarded as being one of the most influential and celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Rolling Stone has ranked him as being the greatest guitar player of all time. If asked to name a few famous left handed people, Jimi Hendrix would surely be on most people’s lists! Although naturally left handed, he was actually forced to write with his right hand as a child.
Joan of Arc
One to take with a pinch of salt, as the only ‘evidence’ of her being left handed is through hand-writing analysis and artistic depictions. Joan of Arc was born around 1412, and famously led the French army to victory against the English in 1429 at Orléans when they were attempting to defeat France during the Hundred Years’ War.
John McEnroe is a former American professional tennis player. He is famous for his fiery temper on court, which often landed him in trouble with tennis umpires and regulators. He ended his career on an impressive 77 single and 78 doubles titles, and also attained the world number one ranking in both divisions. Since retiring from professional tennis, he taken on commentating roles as well as coaching current players.
Judy Garland was an American actress, singer, and dancer. She has appeared in over 20 movies, but is best remembered for her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Other notable movies she starred in include Meet Me in St. Louis, A Star Is Born, Judgment at Nuremberg, and Summer Stock. She also released 8 studio albums, and hosted her own show – The Judy Garland Show. She died in London in 1969 aged 47 from an accidental overdose.
Julia Roberts is an American actress and producer. She gained popularity after starring in the hit romantic comedy Pretty Woman. Other notable movies she has appeared in include Erin Brockovich, Notting Hill, Ocean’s 11 & 12, Runaway Bride, and My Best Friend’s Wedding amongst many, many others. She has won several awards over her impressive career, including 3 Golden Globes and an Academy Award (at the time of writing).
Julianne Moore is an American actress and author. Hit movies that she has appeared in include Nine Months, Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Big Lebowski, Magnolia, Still Alice, and The Hunger Games series. Throughout her career she has received numerous accolades, including two Emmys, 2 Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. (at the time of writing). As an author, she also has a successful series of children’s books which were also adapted into a musical.
Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer who was accidentally discovered on YouTube at a young age. His first album My World 2.0, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200, making him the youngest solo male artist to achieve this feat since Stevie Wonder in 1963. At the time of writing he has sold over 150 million albums worldwide, and has received numerous accolades including 2 Grammys, 21 MTV Europe Music Awards, and 20 Billboard Music Awards.
Kate Hudson is an American actress, author and fashion designer. She gained popularity through her role as Penny Lane in the hit 2000 movie Almost Famous. Other notable films she has appeared in include How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, You, Me and Dupree, Mother’s Day, and Music. Kate has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including a Golden Globe for her performance in Almost Famous. She is the daughter of actress Goldie Hawn (another entry in this list of famous left handed celebrities!).
Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor. He made his movie debut in the 1986 sports-drama Youngblood, but didn’t receive widespread popularity until his role in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in 1989. He is probably most well known for his role as Neo in the Matrix trilogy. He has established himself as a movie action hero, with leading roles in films such as Speed, Point Break, and the John Wick series.
Kurt Cobain was an American musician, known for being the frontman of legendary rock band Nirvana. He is widely considered as being one of the most influential and iconic rock stars of all time. To date, Nirvana has sold in excess of 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best selling bands ever. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Kurt died in 1994 aged 27 from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
Lady Gaga is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the world’s best selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records at the time of writing. With the exception of her debut record (which reached number 2), all of her albums have reached the number one position in the U.S charts. As an actress she has starred in ‘A Star Is Born’ alongside Bradley Cooper, and received a Golden Globe for her performance in in the miniseries ‘American Horror Story’.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, and theorist. He is widely regarded as being one of the greatest painters of all time, and is also credited with having founded the High Renaissance. His ‘Mona Lisa’ artwork is generally thought of as being the world’s most famous painting. In addition, his ‘Last Supper’ painting is the most reproduced religious artwork of all time. Furthermore, he also made several substantial discoveries in anatomy, engineering, geology, hydrodynamics and other fields.
Lisa Kudrow is an American actress, writer, producer, and comedian. She is undoubtedly best known for her role as Phoebe Buffay (and her twin sister Ursula) in Friends, one of the most popular television shows of all time. She has also appeared in and directed a number of other tv shows and movies, such as ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, The Opposite of Sex, Kabluey, and The Comeback.
M.C. Escher was a Dutch artist, famous for his detailed and mathematically inspired works that create unusual optical and conceptual effects. Although not fully appreciated during his lifetime, he has become one of the most celebrated artists of all time. In total, he produced some 2000 drawings and sketches, as well as around 450 wood engravings, woodcuts, and lithographs.
Mark Hamill is an American actor and writer. He is undoubtedly best known for his roles as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars series of movies. He has also appeared in other films such as Corvette Summer, and The Big Red One, as well as various theater productions. In addition he has leant his voice to many animated movies, such as Batman: The Animated Series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Regular Show.
Mark Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, and former musician. Although beginning his career in the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, he transitioned into acting and became one of Hollywood’s leading male stars. Well known movies that he has appeared in include Boogie Nights, The Perfect Storm, Planet of the Apes, The Departed, and The Italian Job. He was the world’s highest paid actor in 2017 and has received numerous accolades throughout his career. He also co-owns the restaurant and bar chain ‘Wahlburgers’ with his two brothers.
Martin Freeman is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Tim Canterbury in The Office television series, and as Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit movie trilogy. Other notable films that he has appeared in include Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Captain America: Civil War. Throughout his career he has received numerous accolades, including an Emmy, a BAFTA, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Martina Navratilova is a Czech-American former professional tennis player and coach. She is widely recognised as being one of the greatest tennis players of all time. She held the world number one position for a total of 332 weeks in singles, and 237 weeks in doubles. Throughout her career she won a total of 59 major titles, and holds the record for most Grand Slam titles won by a single player. Incredibly, she won her last major title in 2006, just weeks before her 50th birthday!
Matt Dillon is an American actor and movie director. He made his feature movie debut in 1979s Over The Edge, and went on to cement himself as a teen idol in films such as My Bodyguard, Little Darlings, and The Outsiders. Other notable movies that he has appeared in include There’s Something About Mary, Wild Things, You, Me and Dupree, and Crash.
Matt Groening is an American animator, cartoonist, writer, and producer. He is best known as being the creator of The Simpsons, the longest running television series in history. In addition he is also the creator of the popular Futurama and Disenchantment animated television shows. Throughout his career has been awarded many accolades, including 13 Emmys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Matthew Broderick is an American actor. He is probably best known for his role as Ferris Bueller in the 1986 comedy movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Other films he has appeared in include The Cable Guy, Godzilla, Inspector Gadget, and WarGames. He also famously voiced adult Simba in The Lion King. Throughout his career he has been awarded with several accolades, including 2 Tony Awards, and a place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Morgan Freeman is an American actor and director. He is particularly well known for his distinctive deep voice, which has resulted in him undertaking many roles as narrator. Notable movies that he has appeared in include The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Unforgiven, Amistad, Invictus, and The Dark Knight trilogy. Throughout his impressive career he has gained many awards, including a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, and he has also been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Nicole Kidman is an American-born Australian actress, producer, and singer. She first gained fame through her breakout role in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm. Other notable movies that she has appeared in include Days of Thunder, Far and Away, Eyes Wide Shut, The Others, Batman Forever, and Moulin Rouge. Throughout her career she has received an impressive 5 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, and an Academy Award amongst others. In 2020, the New York Times placed her as the fifth greatest actor of the 21st century.
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, engineer, and futurist. He is best known for his contributions to the design of the current AC electricity supply network. In total he obtained roughly 300 patents around the world for his many inventions. It is believed that Tesla was a natural left hander, but was taught to write with his right hand from an early age.
Noel Gallagher is an English musician and record producer. He is best known as being the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist, and songwriter in UK rock band Oasis. The band has sold over 75 million records and has received numerous accolades, including 17 NME Awards, 9 Q Awards, 4 MTV Europe Awards, and 6 Brit Awards. After departing Oasis in 2009 he formed Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Oprah Winfrey is an American chat show host, tv host, producer, actress, and author. She is best known for her chat show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, which ran for a quarter of a century and was the highest-rated show of its kind in television history. She has regularly been ranked as being the most influential woman in the world. She has won several accolades throughout her career, including 18 Daytime Emmys, 2 Primetime Emmys, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Oscar De La Hoya
Oscar De La Hoya is an American former professional boxer. He was nicknamed ‘The Golden Boy of Boxing’, and has been ranked as one of the best boxers of all time. He competed from 1992 until 2008 and won a total of 11 world titles across six different weight classes.
Owen Wilson is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for his association with director Wes Anderson, and has starred in many of his movies including The Royal Tenenbaums, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zisou, and The Darjeeling Limited. He has also starred in many well-loved comedy films such as Zoolander, Starsky & Hutch, Wedding Crashers, and Midnight in Paris.
Paul McCartney is an English musician, and record and film producer. He is best known as being the bassist and co-lead vocalist in the Beatles. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970 he formed Wings and also embarked on a solo career, enjoying great success with both. He is one of the most successful composers and performers in music history, having written or co-written 32 songs that have all topped the Billboard charts. At the time of writing he is also one of the wealthiest, with an estimated net worth of around £800 million.
Phil Collins is an English musician, record producer, and actor. He is best known for being the drummer and singer in rock band Genesis, as well as for his successful solo career. His most successful tracks include In The Air Tonight, Against All Odds, I Wish It Would Rain Down, and Another Day in Paradise. He is one of the world’s best selling musical artists, having sold around 150 million records worldwide. He has won 8 Grammy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and 6 Brit Awards amongst many others over his long career.
Prince Charles is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and next in line to the British throne. He is the longest serving Prince of Wales, holding the title since 1958. He is also the author and co-author of approximately three dozen books.
Prince William is a member of the British royal family. He is the oldest son of Prince Charles (also a lefty), and Diana, Princess of Wales. He is second in line to the British throne after his father.
Randy Quaid is an American actor, and older brother to actor Dennis Quaid (another member of this list of famous left handed people!). He is probably best known for his role as cousin Eddie in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series of films. Other notable movies he has appeared in include The Last Detail, Midnight Express, LBJ: The Early Years, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Elvis. He was the recipient of a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of U.S President Lyndon Johnson in 1987’s LBJ: The Early Years.
Ratan Tata is an Indian industrialist, philanthropist, and former chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Group, a multinational conglomerate manufacturer of airplanes, motor vehicles and other products. He is also a leading philanthropist in India, supporting many fields such as medicine, rural development, and education.
Rebel Wilson is an Australian comedian, actress, writer, singer, and producer. Movies she has appeared in include the Pitch Perfect series, How To Be Single, Grimsby, Isn’t It Romantic, Cats, and Jojo Rabbit. She has won several awards throughout her career including MTV Movie Awards for best female performance and best breakthrough performance for her role in Pitch Perfect.
Richard Dreyfuss is an American actor and writer. He is probably best known for his role as Hooper in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller Jaws. Other notable movies in which he has appeared include The Goodbye Girl, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Day Reagan Was Shot, Nuts, and Mr. Holland’s Opus. Throughout his career has been honored with many accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA.
Ricky Martin is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, actor, author, and record producer. He is probably best known for his 1999 hit ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’, which helped him gain worldwide recognition. He is one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all time, having sold in excess of 70 million articles worldwide. He has also enjoyed success as an actor, and earned an Emmy nomination for his role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
Rik Mayall was an English actor, comedian and writer. He has starred in many cult sitcoms throughout his career, including The Young Ones, Blackadder, and Bottom. In addition, he has appeared in a number of hit movies including Drop Dead Fred, Guest House Paradiso, and Carry on Columbus. He died in 2014 aged 56 from a sudden heart attack.
Ringo Starr is an English musician, singer, and actor. He achieved worldwide fame during the 1960s as the drummer of pop-rock band The Beatles. The band is the best-selling act of all time, with an unbelievable 600 million records sold worldwide. The group has received 7 Grammy Awards, 4 Brits, an Academy Award, and 15 Ivor Novello awards amongst others. Starr has also enjoyed a successful career as an actor and solo artist.
Ron Perlman is an American actor. Movies that he has appeared in include Quest For Fire, Alien: Resurrection, Hellboy, The Name of The Rose, and Drive. He has also starred in many television shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Beauty and the Beast, and StartUp. His distinctive voice has also landed him many narrative roles, for example he has narrated the Fallout series of video games since 1997.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker an an American actress and producer. She is probably best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw on the hit television series Sex and the City, which ran from 1998 until 2004. In addition to her performances on television, she has also starred in many popular movies, including Footloose, Hocus Pocus, The First Wives Club, L.A. Story, Mars Attacks!, and The Family Stone. Throughout her career she has received 4 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys and 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is married to actor Matthew Broderick, another entry in this list of famous left handed people!
Scarlett Johansson is an American actress and singer. Notable movies she has appeared in include Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, and Her. She is also well known for her role as Natasha Romanov/Black Widow in various Marvel universe films. In 2018 and 2019 she was ranked the world’s highest-paid actress. In addition to receiving numerous accolades including a Tony Award and a BAFTA, she has also been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Seal is a British singer and songwriter. He is best known for the song Kiss From a Rose, which was released in 1994. Other hit songs include Crazy, and Killer. He has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide, and has received 3 Brit Awards, 4 Grammys, and 2 Ivor Novello awards amongst others. In addition he has also served as a coach on the popular reality show The Voice Australia.
Seth Rogen is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, and movie-maker. After starting his career as a stand-up comedian, and later a writer, Rogen found international fame through his performances in a variety of hit movies. Such movies include The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Pineapple Express, and The Interview. He has also lent his distinctive voice to many vocal roles in films including Shrek the Third, Ku Fu Panda, Sausage Party, and the Lion King (2019).
Shawn Michaels is a former professional wrestler, actor, and tv presenter. He is widely regarded as being one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, having held the WWF Championship three times, and the WWE Championship once. Now retired, he is currently a coach at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Technically he is ambidextrous, using his right hand to color and draw, but using his left hand to write.
Spike Lee is an American movie director, producer, and actor. He has directed such films as She’s Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing, BlacKkKlansman, Malcolm X, and Summer of Sam. He had produced over 35 movies and has also acted in several of them. Throughout his career he has won numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and 2 Emmys.
Tim Allen is an American actor and comedian. He is probably best known for his roles as Tim ‘The Toolman’ Taylor in the sitcom Home Improvement, and Mike Baxter in Last Man Standing. In addition he is also recognised for voicing Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story series of movies. Other films he has appeared in include Galaxy Quest, wild Hogs, Last Man Standing, and Joe Somebody. He has won numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe and 2 People’s Choice Awards.
Tina Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best recognised for her work on the television sketch series Saturday Night Live, as well as for creating the comedy shows 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She has also appeared in several hit movies, including Mean Girls (which she later adapted into a musical), Baby Mama, Date Night, Megamind, and Wine Country. She has received numerous awards, including 9 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 5 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and 7 Writers Guild of America Awards.
Uri Geller is an Israeli-British illusionist, television personality, and psychic. He is best known for his signature spoon bending television performances and other illusions, such as describing hidden drawings and making watches stop. He claims that his feats are the result of paranormal powers, given to him by extra-terrestrials.
Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedian, author, and tv personality. She is probably best known for her role in the comedy movie Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit. Other movies she has appeared in include The Color Purple, and Ghost. She is one of very few people to win all four of the major American awards – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. At the height of her career she was the highest paid actress in Hollywood.
Will Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. He gained popularity in the mid 1990s as a member of the sketch show Saturday Night Live, and has gone on to become one of the most famous comedy actors of all time. His most recognisable role has to be Ron Burgundy in the Anchorman series of movies. Other notable movies that he has starred in include Elf, The Other Guys, Zoolander, Old School, Blades of Glory, Step Brothers. and Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
Need Even MORE?!
If you need even more left handed celebrities than these, why not also check out my huge list of left handed guitar players as well for some extra faces!
Or you can also browse my list of well known left handed bassists!
A Summary of Left Handed Celebrities
Here is a quick summary of some of the more populated professions of left handed celebrities.
Left Handed Actors
Amitabh Bachchan, Angelina Jolie, Ben Stiller, Bruce Willis, Christian Slater, Dan Aykroyd, Dennis Quaid, Diane Keaton, Emma Thompson, Goldie Hawn, Hugh Jackman, Hugh Jackman, James Cromwell, Jason Alexander, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Saunders, Jeremy Renner, Jerry Seinfeld, Judy Garland, Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, Kate Hudson, Keanu Reeves, Lisa Kudrow, Mark Hamill, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Freeman, Matt Dillon, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Owen Wilson, Randy Quaid, Rebel Wilson, Richard Dreyfuss, Rik Mayall, Ron Perlman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Scarlett Johanssen, Seth Rogen, Tim Allen, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Ferrell.
Left Handed Musicians
Adam Levine, Annie Lennox, Bob Geldof, Cardi B, David Bowie, Eminem, Jimmy Hendrix, Justin Bieber, Kurt Cobain, Lady Gaga, Noel Gallagher, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Ricky Martin, Ringo Starr, Seal.
See more in my list of left handed guitarists.
Left Handed Presidents & Leaders
Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Prince Charles, Prince William.
Left Handed Celebrities (Who Aren’t Actually Lefties!)
While researching this list, it became very clear to me that there was a lot of mindless copying and pasting going on around the internet, without any real investigation into the topic. As a result, most of the other lists of famous left handed people on the internet contain a large number of people who are right handed!
So here is a list of famous “left handed” people that appear in those lists, who aren’t actually left handed. I discounted these people as it is very easy to find images of them writing with their right hands.
Albert Einstein, Buzz Aldrin, Brad Pitt, Celine Dion, Charlie Chaplin, Demi Moore, Diego Maradona, Drew Barrymore, Fred Astaire, Helen Keller, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jessica Alba, Jim Carrey, Jim Henson, Kenneth Branagh, Kim Basinger, Marilyn Monroe, Mark Zuckerberg, Neil Armstrong, Pierce Brosnan, Robert De Niro, Sting, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Winston Churchill.
It’s worth noting that there is every chance that some of these people could be natural left handers, forced to write with their right hands. But in my research I could find no real evidence of this. Please drop me an email if you know otherwise.
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If you think there is a glaring omission from this list, please send me an email!