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Famous People named Robert

Name these famous people whose first name is Bob, Bobby, Robert or Rob.
Last updated: August 30, 2018
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Clue
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JFK's brother
Robert Kennedy
"Meet the Parents" actor
Robert de Niro
Actor who whispered to horses
Robert Redford
Most famous reggae musician ever
Bob Marley
Hey Mr. Tambourine man,
play a song for him
Bob Dylan
Led Scotland to independence from
England in the 1300s
Robert the Bruce
Hosted the Oscars 19 times
Bob Hope
Greatest chess player ever?
Bobby Fischer
1996 U.S. Presidential candidate
Bob Dole
Actor who played Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr.
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Answer
"Treasure Island" author
Robert Louis
Stevenson
Confederate Army commander
Robert E. Lee
Poet who took the road less traveled
Robert Frost
Singer formerly of "Take That"
Robbie Williams
Nonagenarian dictator of Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe
"Full House" father
Bob Saget
Led Zeppelin singer
Robert Plant
"Mack the Knife" singer
Bobby Darin
Scottish poet celebrated on the
night of January 25th
Robert Burns
"Old Time Rock and Roll" singer
Bob Seger
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level 40
Apr 15, 2013
Nobody outside of America... I mean nobody... not even Bobby Fischer himself thinks that he's the greatest chess player ever.
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level ∞
Apr 15, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_top_chess_players_throughout_history
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level 15
May 2, 2013
Big Bang Theory!
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level 49
Jan 11, 2018
The Elo system in chess is usually the most reliable system of measuring someone's rating, by that sense Magnus Carlsen is the best chess player, not just now, but ever, and I'm sure a few would agree. Given, Bobby Fischer is the only famous chess player I know whose first name is Robert or something similar and I got it easily, I think changing the hint would make a bit more sense.
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level ∞
Jan 11, 2018
There are so many ways of measuring greatness. For example, Babe Ruth is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. But I doubt he would excel against today's vastly superior pitching. Looking at the Wikipedia list of players with the highest ELO ratings, Bobby Fischer stands out as the only player from before 1999. He might lose to the top players today, but he also didn't have access to computer training. Give him that, and he probably wins.

In any case, the clue includes a ? mark which should let you know that it is not a statement of fact. The clue as written is intended to be thought-provoking, as is the linked Wikipedia article above.

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level 49
Jan 11, 2018
I think removing the question mark and changing the clue to something like "One of the greatest chess players ever" might be more appropriate.
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level 65
Jun 8, 2016
He is literally the only chess player whose name I know. I feel like when someone is the most famous person in their discipline, there can usually be a pretty good argument for them being one of the best.
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level 65
Jun 8, 2016
kinda like how I assume Seabiscuit was one of the better racehorses ever, I don't know this to be a fact, but since it's one of the only names I know, and they made a movie about him, he's probably one of the best
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level 51
Oct 14, 2016
There are many, many, many people who argue that he was the greatest of all time (taking into account rating inflation). But he had... problems.
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level 49
Jan 11, 2018
I've met many chess personalities in my life and not more than a minority would say Fischer is the best of all time, preferring Carlsen, Kasparov or even Wesley So. He was good, but not that good.
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level 73
Jan 11, 2018
Bobby Fischer certainly thought he was. Almost everyone else would say that the best player of all time is probably one of Paul Morphy, Bobby Fischer, Gary Kasparov, or Anatoly Karpov. On ELO, it would be Magnus Carlsen, but I personally think he needs to be world champion for a few more years to match the impressiveness of Kasparov's reign, or Fischer's destruction of his opponents in the 1971 Candidates Tournament. Yes, Mr. Chris, a great many people outside of America would argue that Bobby Fischer was, or may have been, the greatest chess player ever. I'd be quite happy to make a case for it if you'd like.
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level 44
Jan 12, 2018
Many chess players think they are the best. Don't let them say so in a hotel lobby. We can't have chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!
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level 73
Jan 11, 2018
well it would certainly make Oz happy if this were true, since Fisher is American.
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level 19
May 31, 2016
How about the only Bob with a drinking game invented for him? Newhart.
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level 56
Oct 11, 2017
I was disappointed when The Button-Down Mind wasn't accepted :/
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level 75
Aug 24, 2016
No Bobby Brown :(
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level 51
Oct 14, 2016
How did only 42% get Robert Frost? My only conclusion is that Robert Frost poetry is the answer to life.
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level 63
Dec 4, 2017
Stay gold, Ponyboy.....
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level 80
Nov 27, 2017
Greatest chess player ever? Not even close.
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
May need to change the Zimbabwe clue given recent events
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level 67
Nov 30, 2017
Poor DeNiro. So many great films and every time I see him mentioned on this site, it's related to Meet the Parents.
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level 75
Dec 7, 2017
It's even more annoying when you know the actor but not the movie... I've taken the quiz a few times and never got him.
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level 74
Jan 14, 2018
Thank you, Tramp. This can be said of many great actors mentioned on this site. Maybe time to expand our watch lists.
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level 28
Jan 11, 2018
you could also say robert wadlow since in the olden days he was the tallest person in history.
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level 67
Jan 11, 2018
He still holds the record at 8 feet, 11.1 inches, according to the Guinness website.
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level 46
Jan 11, 2018
Where is Robert S McNamara? He's veery important! It's strange that he is missing
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level 41
Jan 11, 2018
Arlington National Cemetery, I believe.
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level 73
Jan 11, 2018
What about: creator of Deadpool and Cable and maybe the worst comic book artist of the 1990s?
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level 67
Jan 11, 2018
I think Rob Liefeld is probably a tier or two below the others on this quiz in terms of fame, but I'd be happy to see him included.
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level 46
Jan 11, 2018
First three Roberts that I was thinking: 1) Robert Lewansowski (Polish footballer) 2) Bob Beamon (former long jump World record holder), 3) Robert Sweet (drummer of Stryper)
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level 62
Jan 11, 2018
I'm guessing if Robert Sweet was added it would be guessed by less than 2%. I wouldn't know him and I've seen Stryper in concert!
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level 2
Jan 11, 2018
USA is not the only country to have Presidents (or Presidential elections)
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level 74
Jan 14, 2018
Which other countries had presidential candidates named Robert in 1996?
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level 74
Jan 11, 2018
The "Bobby Mugabe" question needs to be updated.
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level ∞
Jan 11, 2018
The question doesn't say that he is a current dictator.
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level 77
Jan 11, 2018
Gah! Why couldn't you have said, "Turn the Page singer" instead of "Old Time Rock and Roll" singer????? :) I could hear the song, but couldn't think who had done it.
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level 26
Jan 11, 2018
Is Mr. Tamborine Man a cover of The Byrds or did The Byrds cover Dylan?
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level 67
Jan 12, 2018
Dylan wrote the song; the Byrds covered it.
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level 57
Jan 11, 2018
Accept Robert Zimmerman for Dylan?
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level 55
Jan 11, 2018
Yep. I tried Zimmerman first.
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level 57
Jan 15, 2018
We're all very proud of both of you. But everyone knows him as Bob Dylan, and if you know Zimmerman, you certainly know Dylan. So maybe consider whether it's really necessary that the quizmaster cater to your egotism, or whether instead you can just type what you know the correct answer is.
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level 44
Jan 12, 2018
0/10 no Robbie Rotten
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level 14
Jan 12, 2018
Surprised at the low percentage on Robbie Williams
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level 74
Jan 14, 2018
I only got it at the last by typing in common surnames.
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level 57
Jan 15, 2018
He is not famous in the US. I'm not sure why, exactly. We usually lap up British musicians, and my understanding is that he's one of the biggest of all in England.
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level 57
Jan 12, 2018
Needs Robert Leroy, more widely known as Butch Cassidy
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level 22
Feb 3, 2018
How about Robert Baden-Powell? :)
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level 71
Jul 26, 2018
My mate used to have 4 cats all called Bob - there was Geldof, Marley, Dylan and The Angry Flower
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