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Who Is The Most Famous Boris In The World?

Updated January 31, 2021 505 votes 33 voters 9.3k views59 items

List RulesVote up all of the Borises you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Boris can you think of? The famous Borises below have many different professions, including notable actors named Boris, famous musicians named Boris, and even athletes named Boris.

Boris Karloff is certainly one of the most famous Borises on this list. One of the famous actors named Boris, he is best known for portraying the monster in Frankenstein. The Mummy and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are among his notable projects.

Another of the famous people with the first name Boris is Boris Johnson. He assumed the office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 2019. He previously served as the Mayor of London from 2008 until 2016.

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Boris? Just add them to the list!

  • 1

    Boris Karloff


    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Alternative NameBoris Karloff

    William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff (), was an English actor who was primarily known for his roles in horror films. He portrayed...  more

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    Boris Johnson


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (; born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since July 2019. He has been...  more
  • 3

    Boris Pasternak


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (; Russian: Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis lʲɪɐˈnʲidəvʲɪtɕ pəstɨrˈnak]; 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1890 – 30 May 1960) was a Russian poet, novelist, and...  more
  • 4

    Boris Yeltsin


    BirthplaceButka, Russia, Russia

    Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin (Russian: Бори́с Никола́евич Е́льцин, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ ˈjelʲtsɨn] (listen); 1 February 1931 – 23 April 2007) was a Soviet and Russian politician who served as...  more

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  • 5

    Boris Kodjoe


    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe (; born March 8, 1973), better known as Boris Kodjoe, is an Austrian-born actor of German and Ghanaian descent known for his roles as Kelby in the 2002...  more

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    Boris Shakhlin


    BirthplaceIshim, Tyumen Oblast, Russia

    Boris Anfiyanovich Shakhlin (Russian: Борис Анфиянович Шахлин; 27 January 1932 – 30 May 2008) was a Soviet gymnast who was the 1960 Olympic all-around champion and the 1958 all-around World Champion....  more
  • 7

    Boris Vian


    BirthplaceVille-d'Avray, France

    Boris Vian (French: [bɔʁis vjɑ̃]; 10 March 1920 – 23 June 1959) was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. Today he is remembered...  more
  • 8

    Boris Becker


    BirthplaceLeimen, Germany

    Boris Franz Becker (German pronunciation: [ˈboːʁɪs ˈbɛkɐ]; born 22 November 1967) is a German former world No. 1 professional tennis player. He was successful from the start of his career, winning...  more

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  • 9

    Boris Leven


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Leven (in early movies – Boris Levin; August 13, 1908 – October 11, 1986) was a Russian-born Academy Award-winning art director and production designer whose Hollywood career spanned...  more
  • 10

    Boris Izaguirre


    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

    Boris Rodolfo Izaguirre Lobo (born September 29, 1965 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan-Spanish screenwriter, journalist, writer, TV host and showman. Izaguirre wrote the scripts of some of the Venezuelan...  more
  • 11

    Boris Sagal


    BirthplaceDnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

    Boris Sagal (October 18, 1923 – May 22, 1981) was a Ukrainian-American television and film director....  more
  • 12

    Boris Said


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Boris Said III (born September 18, 1962) is an American professional race car driver. His father, Bob Said, was a Formula 1 race driver and US Olympic bobsled driver in 1968 and 1972. His NASCAR...  more
  • 13

    Boris Diaw


    BirthplaceCormeilles-en-Parisis, France

    Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw (born April 16, 1982), is a French retired professional basketball player. Diaw, who began his professional career in Pro A, returned to that...  more

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  • 14

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Vadimovich Berezovsky (Russian: Бори́с Вади́мович Березо́вский) is a Russian pianist....  more
  • 15

    Boris Malenko


    BirthplaceNew Jersey, United States of America

    Lawrence J. Simon (June 28, 1933 – September 1, 1994), better known by the ring name, Boris Malenko (Russian: Бори́с Маленко́, tr. pron, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis mɐlˈɛnko]), was an American professional...  more
  • 16

    Boris Volynov


    BirthplaceIrkutsk, Russia

    Boris Valentinovich Volynov (Russian: Бори́с Валенти́нович Волы́нов; born 18 December 1934) is a Soviet cosmonaut who flew two space missions of the Soyuz programme: Soyuz 5, and Soyuz 21. He was the...  more
  • 17

    Boris McGiver


    BirthplaceCobleskill, New York, USA

    Boris McGiver is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in projects such as Lincoln, House of Cards, The Wire, Killing Kennedy, and Person of Interest....  more
  • 18

    Boris Gardiner


    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Boris Gardiner (born 13 January 1943) is a Jamaican singer, songwriter and bass guitarist....  more
  • 19

    Boris Dittrich


    BirthplaceUtrecht, Netherlands

    Boris Ottokar Dittrich (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈboːrɪz ˈditrix]; born 21 July 1955) is a Dutch politician of the Democrats 66 (D66) party and jurist. He is a Member of the Senate since 11 June...  more
  • 20

    Boris Lehman


    BirthplaceSwitzerland, Lausanne

    Boris Lehman, (born 3 March 1944, Lausanne), is a Belgian author-filmmaker of experimental cinema. Lehman initially studied piano, but in the early 1960s became interested in photography and cinema....  more
  • 21

    Boris Kustodiev


    BirthplaceAstrakhan, Russia

    Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev (Russian: Бори́с Миха́йлович Кусто́диев; 7 March [O.S. 23 February] 1878 – 28 May 1927) was a Russian and Soviet painter and stage designer....  more
  • 22

    Boris Morukov


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Vladimirovich Morukov (Russian: Бори́с Влади́мирович Моруков; 1 October 1950 – 1 January 2015) was a Russian physician at the State Research Center RF-Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP)....  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Boris Borisovich Grebenshchikov (Russian: Бори́с Бори́сович Гребенщико́в; born (1953-11-27)27 November 1953), stage name Boris Grebenshikov, also known as Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov, is one of...  more
  • 24

    Boris Mironov


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Olegovich Mironov (Russian: Борис Олегович Миронов, born 21 March 1972) is a Russian former professional ice hockey defenceman. He is the younger brother of Dmitri Mironov....  more
  • 25
    Boris Piergamienszczikow, Борис Миронович Пергаменщиков, Boris Mironowitsch Pergamenschtschikow, was a Russian-born cellist. In 1974, Boris Piergamienszczikow won a gold medal at the Tchaikovsky...  more
  • 26

    Boris Gaganelov


    BirthplacePetrich, Bulgaria

    Boris Atanasov Gaganelov (Bulgarian: Борис Aтанасов Гаганелов; born 7 October 1941 in Petrich) is a former Bulgarian football player and later coach. Gaganelov made 51 appearances for the Bulgaria...  more
  • 27

    Boris Chertok


    BirthplaceŁódź, Poland

    Boris Evseyevich Chertok (Russian: Бори́с Евсе́евич Черто́к; 1 March 1912 – 14 December 2011) was a Russian electrical engineer and the control systems designer in the Soviet Union's space program,...  more
  • 28

    Boris Mikhailov


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Petrovich Mikhailov (Russian: Бори́с Петро́вич Миха́йлов; born October 6, 1944) is a former Soviet ice hockey player. In 2000, he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame....  more
  • 29

    Boris Vallejo


    BirthplaceLima, Peru

    Boris Vallejo (born January 8, 1941) is a Peruvian painter.Vallejo works almost exclusively in the fantasy and erotica genres. His hyper-representational paintings have appeared on the covers of...  more
  • 30

    Boris Berman


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Berman (born Moscow, April 3, 1948) is a Russian pianist and pedagogue. He was a student of Lev Oborin at the Moscow Conservatory. He made his debut in Moscow in 1965. He joined an early music...  more
  • 31

    Boris Barnet


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Vasilyevich Barnet (Russian: Бори́с Васи́льевич Ба́рнет; 18 June 1902 – 8 January 1965) was a Soviet film director, actor and screenwriter of British origin. He directed 27 films between 1927...  more
  • 32

    Boris Akunin


    BirthplaceZestaponi, Georgia

    Boris Akunin (Russian: Борис Акунин) is the pen name of Grigori Chkhartishvili (Russian: Григорий Шалвович Чхартишвили; Georgian: გრიგორი ჩხარტიშვილი) (born 20 May 1956), a Russian writer of Georgian...  more
  • 33

    BirthplaceKharkiv, Soviet Union

    Boris Artzybasheff (Russian: Борис Арцыбашев, 25 May 1899, Kharkov, Russian Empire — 16 July 1965) was an American illustrator of Russian origin active in the United States, notable for his strongly...  more
  • 34

    Boris Brott


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Boris Brott, (born March 14, 1944) is a Canadian conductor and motivational speaker. He is one of the most internationally recognized Canadian conductors, having conducted on stages around the...  more
  • 35

    Boris Nemtsov


    BirthplaceSochi, Krasnodar, Russia

    Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov (Russian: Бори́с Ефи́мович Немцо́в, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis jɪˈfʲiməvʲɪtɕ nʲɪmˈtsof]; 9 October 1959 – 27 February 2015) was a Russian physicist and liberal politician. Nemtsov was one...  more
  • 36

    Boris Korolev


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Danilovich Korolyov (Russian: Борис Данилович Королёв; 1884/85–1963) was a Soviet sculptor-monumentalist, teacher and public figure....  more
  • 37

    Boris Delaunay


    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Boris Nikolaevich Delaunay or Delone (Russian: Бори́с Никола́евич Делоне́; March 15, 1890 – July 17, 1980) was one of the first Russian mountain climbers and a Soviet/Russian mathematician, and the...  more
  • 38

    Boris Dvornik


    BirthplaceSplit, Croatia, Croatia

    Boris Dvornik (16 April 1939 – 24 March 2008) was a Croatian actor....  more
  • 39

    Boris Elkis


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Elkis (born in Moscow) is a Russian composer. He has studied at the Gnessins music academy....  more
  • 40

    Boris Hessen


    BirthplaceKirovohrad, Ukraine

    Boris Mikhailovich Hessen (Russian: Бори́с Миха́йлович Ге́ссен), also Gessen (August 16, 1893, Elisavetgrad – December 20, 1936, Moscow), was a Soviet physicist, philosopher and historian of...  more
  • 41

    Boris Sidis


    BirthplaceBerdychiv, Ukraine

    Boris Sidis (; October 12, 1867 – October 24, 1923) was a Ukrainian-American psychologist, physician, psychiatrist, and philosopher of education. Sidis founded the New York State Psychopathic...  more
  • 42

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Boris Strugatsky was an author....  more
  • 43

    Boris Blacher



    Boris Blacher (19 January [O.S. 6 January] 1903 – 30 January 1975) was a German composer and librettist....  more
  • 44

    Boris Fyodorov


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Grigoryevich Fyodorov (Russian: Борис Григорьевич Фёдоров) (13 February 1958 in Moscow – 20 November 2008 in London) was a Russian economist, politician, and reformer. He was awarded a doctor...  more
  • 45

    Boris Cepeda


    BirthplaceQuito, Ecuador

    Boris Cepeda (born September 26, 1974 in Quito) is a German-Ecuadorian Pianist and Diplomat....  more
  • 46

    Boris Gurevich


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

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  • 47

    Boris Kochno


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Evgenievich Kochno or Kokhno (Russian: Бори́с Евге́ньевич Кохно́; 3 January 1904 – 8 December 1990) was a Russian poet, dancer and librettist. Kochno was born in Moscow, Russia, on 3 January...  more
  • 48

    Boris Moiseev


    BirthplaceMogilev, Belarus

    Boris Mikhaylovich Moiseev (Russian: Бори́с Миха́йлович Моисе́ев; born March 4, 1954, Mogilev, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian singer, choreographer, dancer, writer, actor, head of dance...  more
  • 49

    Boris Podolsky


    BirthplaceTaganrog, Russia

    Boris Yakovlevich Podolsky (Russian: Бори́с Я́ковлевич Подо́льский; 29 June 1896 – 28 November 1966) was a Russian-American physicist of Russian Jewish descent, noted for his work with Albert...  more
  • 50

    BirthplaceŽivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Boris Živković (Croatian pronunciation: [bôːriz ʒǐːʋkoʋit͡ɕ]; born 15 November 1975) is a former Croatian footballer of Bosnian Croat descent. He played as right and left full-back and centre-back....  more
  • 51

    Boris Dragojević


    BirthplaceCetinje, Montenegro

    Boris Dragojević (Борис Драгојевић) (born in Cetinje, Montenegro, Yugoslavia) is a Serbian painter. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. He studied painting with Professor Mirjana...  more
  • 52

    Boris Giltburg


    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Giltburg (Hebrew: בוריס גילטבורג‎, born in 1984) is an Israeli classical pianist, born in Russia....  more
  • 53

    Boris Aronson


    BirthplaceKiev, Ukrainian SSR

    Boris Aronson (October 15, 1898 – November 16, 1980) was an American scenic designer for Broadway and Yiddish theatre. He won the Tony Award for Scenic Design six times in his career....  more
  • 54

    Boris Sanson



    Boris Sanson (born 7 December 1980 in Bordeaux, Gironde) is a French sabre fencer. Sanson won the gold medal in the sabre team event at the 2006 World Fencing Championships in Turin after beating...  more
  • 55

    BirthplaceZhytomyr, Ukraine

    Boris Mykolayovych Lyatoshinsky or Lyatoshynsky (Ukrainian: Бори́с Ми́колайович Лятоши́нський, Borys Mykolayovych Lyatoshyns′kyi; January 3, 1895 – April 15, 1968) was a Ukrainian composer,...  more
  • 56

    Boris Pankin


    BirthplaceBishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    Boris Dimitrievich Pankin (Russian: Борис Дмитриевич Панкин; born 20 February 1931 in Frunze) was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR for a brief period in 1991....  more
  • 57

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Boris Viktorovich Rauschenbach (Russian: Бори́с Ви́кторович Раушенба́х, romanized: Borís Víktorovič Raušenbách; 18 January [O.S. 5] 1915, Petrograd – 27 March 2001, Moscow) was a preeminent Soviet...  more
  • 58

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Boris Abramovich Berezovsky (Russian: Бори́с Абра́мович Березо́вский; 23 January 1946 – 23 March 2013), also known as Platon Elenin, was a Russian business oligarch, government official, engineer and...  more
  • 59

    Boris Trajkovski


    BirthplaceStrumica, Republic of Macedonia

    Boris Trajkovski (Macedonian: Борис Трајковски [ˈbɔris ˈtrajkɔfski] (listen); 25 June 1956 – 26 February 2004) was the president and Supreme Commander of the Republic of Macedonia from 1999 to 2004,...  more