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Famous People Named William

Based on the clues, name these famous people named William, Bill, or some variant thereof.
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First submittedFebruary 1, 2013
Last updatedNovember 27, 2017
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Clue
Answer
President between two Bushes
Bill Clinton
"Piano Man" singer
Billy Joel
Norman who invaded England in 1066
William the Conqueror
Former world's richest man
Bill Gates
Playwright known as "The Bard"
William Shakespeare
Outlaw also called William H. Bonney
Billy the Kid
You could say this English Romantic
poet had a way with words
William Wordsworth
Once America's most beloved comic,
now maybe its most hated
Bill Cosby
Scottish rebel portrated by Mel Gibson
William Wallace
Quaker who founded a U.S. state
William Penn
Oklahoma cowboy and humorist who
never met a man he didn't like
Will Rogers
Clue
Answer
He's the Fresh Prince
Will Smith
Wild west showman born
as William Cody
Buffalo Bill
Name of two British PMs,
elder and younger
William Pitt
Shot an apple off his son's head
William Tell
Compatriot of Leonard Nimoy
William Shatner
"Ghostbusters" star
Bill Murray
Don't tell his heart, his
achy-breaky heart
Billy Ray Cyrus
"White Wedding" singer
Billy Idol
"Lord of the Flies" author
William Golding
Baseball's "Say Hey Kid"
Willie Mays
Frequent Oscars host
Billy Crystal
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level 61
Feb 20, 2013
Got 'em all but Will Rogers. Pretty good.
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level 83
Feb 20, 2013
Tried every version of Duke, 2, of Normandy I could come up with. Forgot his nickname.
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level 69
Apr 24, 2014
One of his nicknames. The other one is William the Bastard, but sadly that one hasn't endured.
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level 83
Oct 15, 2015
Maybe it had added yet when you commented but the first thing I tried was "The Bastard" and it worked.
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level 76
Nov 29, 2015
2 would have been wrong anyway. He was William I.
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level 67
Mar 16, 2018
I tried all versions of King William I ........ no coronation.
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level 50
Mar 17, 2018
True but William 1 didn't work - surely it should?
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level 20
Feb 20, 2013
You should add Bill Sykes from Oliver!
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level 51
Feb 20, 2013
Only missed Will Rogers.
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level 73
Jan 10, 2018
Always amazes me that you allow so many type-ins for various words but you don't allow Shakespear (without the e on the end), even though the bard himself famously spelt his name many different ways, sometimes without the e
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level 47
Feb 16, 2018
Accept 'William The Bastard' for William the Conqueror?
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level 67
Mar 16, 2018
Doesn't mean much these days.
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level 68
Mar 16, 2018
I would also suggest "William of Normandy" to be accepted.
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level 55
Mar 16, 2018
I think William Gladstone ought to make this list, along with Bill Nye.
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level 71
Mar 16, 2018
between two Bushes haha
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level 77
Mar 16, 2018
My first thought was Zach Galifianakis. Then Sean Spicer. Then realized it was looking for a president.
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level 79
Mar 16, 2018
William Blake as an acceptable answer for English Romantic Poet? The current answer is the better one but Blake should be acceptable.
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level 76
Mar 16, 2018
"Scottish rebel portrated by Mel Gibson" = portraYed.
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level 57
Mar 16, 2018
Missed a LOT of Williams here, I guess as long as you're American you will get these.
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level 54
Mar 16, 2018
Another very US-centric puzzle. Could there not be a label or tag for these? I'm sure US residents would appreciate this too so they don't get people like me complaining in the comments
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level 72
Mar 16, 2018
Er, William is an English name, and the US has by far the largest population of English speakers in the world. Famous Wilhelms and Guillermos would be less US-centric.
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level 70
May 30, 2018
Each country with Jetpunk users should send a delegation to a conference where they'll determine the perfect balance of representation for each quiz. I'm confident everyone will be able to switch off their cultural imprints, and the results will be universally approved and objectively correct.
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level 19
Mar 16, 2018
Will Smith's real first name is Willard, not William
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level 57
Mar 16, 2018
Willie Mays is not a William. Like my uncle, his actual first name really is Willie.
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level 58
Aug 7, 2018
I, a lifetime baseball & Giants fan, concur that Mays full "official" name is Willie Howard Mays, Jr...never heard him referred to as William or any derivative thereof in my 70+ years.
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level 58
Aug 7, 2018
(other than just "Willie", that is)
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level 49
Mar 16, 2018
lol I missed a few easy ones actually haha but I wrote Wadsworth, Goulding and I thought of someone else for the oscars one lol
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level 66
Mar 16, 2018
"President between two bushes"

a sexual predator hiding between some Bushes
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level 77
Mar 16, 2018
Aren't you a Trump fan?
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level 44
Mar 17, 2018
I totally misinterpreted the Bill Cosby one - I thought it meant strip comics, not comedians! Oops.
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level 61
Mar 18, 2018
me too! I wouldn't generally use 'comic' as a noun, just as an adjective.
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level 50
Mar 17, 2018
Leionard Nimoy has an awful lot of compatriots called William. Doesn't that just mean other Americans?
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level 70
May 16, 2018
What about Will Wheaton? Different generations but same cast for sure.
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level 45
Mar 20, 2018
Will Smith's name isn't William, it's Willard
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level 51
May 3, 2019
For whatever reason, when I read "comic", I kept thinking of the funny pages. I definitely face-palmed afterwards.