Top Ten Classic Celebrities That Bring You Back to Your Childhood

Whether you used to sing along to their music or watch their movies these are the classic celebrities that really bring you back no matter what age. By classic I mean by the impact and time they've been around.

The Top Ten

1 John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

The greatest musician and human ever!

The Beatles was my childhood. I loved their songs when I was younger and I still do. - Martinglez

He IS my childhood and adulthood and everything in between and following!

2 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.

David Bowie was a great actor and a great musician. I especially loved him as Jareth the Goblin King in the movie Labyrinth. It makes me sad that he died. After finding out that he died, I listened to some of his music for days in a row. I'm still sad. He was just amazing! I think it's awesome that a new constellation was named in his honor.

I haven't listened to him for years or seen all of his movies, but you sure bet my kids will. - keycha1n

I was just talking to Petsounds about this and actually got my whole list idea from the conversation. David played the Goblin king in one of my favourite movies The Labyrinth and I used to watch it when I was little with my mom. It was a huge part of my childhood. - happyhappyjoyjoy

I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence, how David Bowie shaped my teen years. - PetSounds

3 Billy Joel William Martin Joel is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man", he has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s.

Flash back to 1979: The Stranger has captivated most of America's ears and Joel is in the middle of assaulting everyone with his newest smash hit 52nd Street. Easily one of the most underrated musicians of all time.

My first rock concert! March 9th, 2014. He's still one of my favourites. - PetSounds

4 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

My favourite singer ever first introduced to me as a child - happyhappyjoyjoy

Number one for me. - bzsuzsi0128

5 Stevie Nicks Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums.

Fleetwood Mac always takes me back to a good place. - happyhappyjoyjoy

6 Meryl Streep Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep is an American actress. Cited in the media as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility in her roles, transformation into the characters she plays, and her accent adaptation.

She was in one of my favourite movies, Death Becomes Her, and many more. - happyhappyjoyjoy

7 Tom Hanks Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his roles in Splash, Big, Turner & Hooch, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail, The Green Mile, the Toy Story Franchise, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. more.

The voice of Woody from Toy Story.

8 Julie Andrews Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer.

Oh the Sound of Music - happyhappyjoyjoy

Mary Poppins - Billyv

9 Eddie Murphy Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.

I'm pretty young and I'm sure a lot of you are and he voice acted in Shrek as Donkey and became my favourite actor when I was little. - happyhappyjoyjoy

10 Michael J. Fox Michael Andrew Fox, known as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and activist.

Oh, definitely. I modelled myself after Marty McFly when I was younger. He's one cool cucumber. - PetSounds

Definitely made an impact with Back To The Future - happyhappyjoyjoy

The Contenders

11 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

As a kid my favorite MJ song was "You are Not Alone"

12 Ben Savage Bennett Joseph "Ben" Savage (born September 13, 1980) is an American actor and television director. He is best known for his lead role as Cory Matthews on the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World (1993–2000) and its Disney Channel spin-off series Girl Meets World (2014–2017).

I know Ben himself probably isn't considered a classic, but I do consider his show Boy Meets World a classic 90s show that is amazing. If you disagree just add another item - happyhappyjoyjoy

13 Jeremy Clarkson Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring.
14 Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.

I love him. He's a great person, despite his music, but he's blamed for so much. He doesn't deserve the hate and criticism that he gets. I kinda feel sorry for him. And his music does have meaning even if it's misunderstood by lots of people. Also, under the makeup and crazy costumes, he doesn't look that bad and he has a wonderful personality. I have a lot of respect for him even if a lot of others don't.

I bet he brings you back to childhood memories of being absolutely traumatized.

15 Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. more.
16 Christopher Lloyd Christopher Allen Lloyd is an American actor, voice actor and comedian best known for his roles as Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Merlock the Magician in DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and more.
17 John Candy John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian, mainly in American films such as Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Uncle Buck.
18 Peter Lorre Peter Lorre, born László Löwenstein (26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was an Austro-Hungarian-American actor. In Austria, he began his stage career in Vienna before moving to Germany where he had his breakthrough, first on the stage, then in film in Berlin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Lorre more.

He's very well known for his role as Hans Beckert in the movie "M".

19 Bruce Lee Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.

He was just plain badass! He was a great actor and a great person. Many people learned from him. So sad he died. So awesome and died too soon. R.I.P. Bruce Lee. You were amazing!

20 Jim Varney James Albert "Jim" Varney, Jr. was an American actor, comedian, and writer best known for his role as Ernest.

I love him as Ernest P. Worrell. Ernest may not be very wise, but he is pretty nice as well as funny, which is what makes him such a loveable character. So sad he died.

21 Vincent Price Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films.

The legendary Vincent Price, best known for his roles in old horror films and eerie way of speaking. How can you not love this guy? He also starred in The Nightmare with Alice Cooper, did the intro to Alice Cooper's The Black Widow, and did a cool voice over for Michael Jackson's Thriller. He's a legend, and one of the greatest.

22 Marlon Brando Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.
23 Tommy Chong Thomas B. Kin Chong is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, director, musician and cannabis rights activist who is known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox's That '70s Show.
24 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.
25 Jimmy Castor

I love "Troglodyte" by the Jimmy Castor Bunch. I watch it on YouTube once in a while.

26 Tim Curry Timothy James "Tim" Curry is an English actor, voice actor and singer, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film and television productions, often portraying villainous roles or character parts.

He has played many great and memorable characters from many great movies and does it so well. Legend, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Muppet Treasure Island, etc. Such a great actor but so underrated. He's a fantastic actor.

27 Sharon Tate Sharon Marie Tate Polanski (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American actress and model. more.
28 Michael Clarke Duncan Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and various similar honors.
29 Fred Savage
30 Simon Cowell Simon Phillip Cowell is an English reality television judge, entrepreneur, philanthropist, film, record, and television producer.
31 Benjamin Orr Benjamin Orzechowski, known as Benjamin Orr, was an American musician best known as a singer, bassist and co-founder of the rock band the Cars.

He was a great singer and a great guitarist. And I love the Cars. Such a great band yet so underrated. Ben was great solo too. I fell in love with the hit song "Stay the Night" the first time hearing it and I've been addicted to it ever since. Benjamin Orr was not only a great musician, but a complete angel, inside and out. I love him so much. It still makes me sad that he died. He was so sweet and so awesome.

32 Steven Tyler Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.
33 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.
34 Jack Nicholson John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for over 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters. In many more.
35 Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. His role in a movie is often rather big. His character is often on the "loopy side" and his character being in a darker state of mind, etc.
36 Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

I love Ozzy Osbourne! He is one of my favorite musicians/celebrities of all time. I have a lot of respect for him. He was awesome with Black Sabbath and he's awesome now. He rocks!

37 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and more.
38 Neil Young Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
39 Billy Drago

My favorite actor.

40 Jamie Lee Curtis Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest is an American actress and author. She made her film debut in 1978 by starring as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's Halloween.
41 Ray Stevens

I love The Streak. "I hollered, I said Don't Look Ethyl! " That video/song always makes me laugh. It's hilarious!

42 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.
43 Ted Nugent Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and far right activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock.
44 Tommy Shaw Tommy Roland Shaw is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and performer best known for his work with the rock band Styx.
45 John Wayne Marion Mitchell Morrison, known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor, director, and producer.
46 Clint Eastwood Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and political figure.
47 Glenn Danzig Glenn Danzig is an American singer, songwriter, and musician from Lodi, New Jersey. He is the founder of the bands Misfits, Samhain and Danzig. He owns the Evilive record label as well as Verotik, an adult-oriented comic book publishing company.
48 John Mellencamp
49 Steve Miller Steven Haworth Miller is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known as leader of the Steve Miller Band.
50 Gary Hoey
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