People with K Initials

From KA to KZ, name the famous person with each set of initials.
Keep in mind that, in some Asian countries, the family name comes first
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Last updated: October 8, 2020
First submittedAugust 31, 2011
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Clue
Person
KA
U.N. Secretary General,
1997–2006
Kofi Annan
KB
NBA great who died in
a helicopter crash in 2020
Kobe Bryant
KC
Lead singer of Nirvana
Kurt Cobain
KD
Actress who starred as
Spiderman's girlfriend
Kirsten Dunst
KE
Bandmate of Lake and Palmer
Keith Emerson
KF
Britney Spears's ex-husband
Kevin Federline
KG
"Cheers" and "Frasier" star
Kelsey Grammer
KH
Statuesque leading lady who
won 4 Oscars
Katharine
Hepburn
KI
North Korean dictator,
1948–1994
Kim Il-sung
KJ
74 time "Jeopardy" winner
Ken Jennings
KK
"Pride and Prejudice" actress
Keira Knightley
KL
First mayor of London
Ken Livingstone
 
Clue
Person
KM
"The Communist Manifesto"
Karl Marx
KN
Boxer who defeated Ali and
broke his jaw
Ken Norton
KO
Reality TV daughter of an
addled British rocker
Kelly Osbourne
KP
Singer who kissed a girl
and liked it
Katy Perry
KR
Star of "The Matrix"
Keanu Reeves
KS
Star of "Twilight"
Kristen Stewart
KT
"Romancing the Stone" actress
Kathleen Turner
KU
Nicole Kidman's husband
Keith Urban
KV
"Slaughterhouse-Five" author
Kurt Vonnegut
KW
Interrupter of Taylor Swift
Kanye West
KY
Japanese-American figure skater
who won Olympic gold in 1992
Kristi Yamaguchi
KZ
He's not a god, just the guy who
invented the first computer
Konrad Zuse
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Level 60
Mar 6, 2014
Only two I missed were the most guessed (Katy Perry) and the least guessed (KT Tunstall). Guess I don't know my music.
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Level 64
Nov 17, 2017
I wouldn't quite call Katy Perry's stuff "music"
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
Katy Perry produces some decent music.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
What would you call it then, honest answer not trash or crap etc. What category would you put it in? it is not sport it is not literature. Tonal art or something? but then someone would argue it is not art. Auditive expression maybe?
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Level 34
Mar 7, 2014
Why don't you have a kardashian on there?
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Level 88
Mar 7, 2014
Because the Quizmaster is a decent human being, and is sparing us the torture?
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Level 50
Jun 18, 2014
What's a kardashian? There are Cardassians in Star Trek, but what's a kardashian?
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Level 67
Apr 22, 2016
It's an Armenian last name. most notably the last name of a family that is famous, and no one really knows why.
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Level 69
Feb 13, 2017
And Smart Cookie provides with the best comment ever offered on the subject!
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Level 77
Nov 10, 2017
Rep. John Dingell said it nicely:

Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is.

I'm only left with more questions

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Level 78
Mar 8, 2014
was surprised to see Kim Il-sung answered as high as he is. I assume other people had to look that up just as I did. the only one I could not get from my own memory. nice quiz!
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Level 72
Nov 11, 2017
Because all you have to put is his family name – which is Kim. :-D
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Level 78
May 30, 2018
Stick around Wardo. I don't think it will be too long before everyone in the world will be very familiar with that name if they aren't already. Back in the good old days of 2014...
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Level 83
May 30, 2014
"Interrupter of Taylor Swift", I love it!
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Level 66
Mar 23, 2018
I would like it very much if that's all he's ever remembered for lol +1
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Level 55
Jun 6, 2014
Ken Jennings must be the Quizmaster's hero.
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Level 50
Jun 18, 2014
Not Elizabeth Swann for Keira Knightley? Or even Robin Hood's daughter? Humph.
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Level 83
Mar 22, 2018
Does that mean we have to include Neo or Theodore "Ted" Logan for Keanu Reeves?
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Level 67
Mar 21, 2016
Kim is his family name.
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Level 71
Dec 21, 2019
Exactly. Which is why it shouldn't be included in this quiz.
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Level 80
Feb 22, 2020
do his initials start with a K?
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Level 48
Jul 18, 2017
Please be generous on the last one, please be generous on the last one please be gene- oh I actually spelled it right
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Level 62
Mar 22, 2018
I wrote 'Zeus', hoping the Z was the god because i wasn't going to guess a first and last name, and not knowing many gods starting with Z. It worked fine.
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Level 54
Mar 22, 2018
So nothing better to describe Kanye?
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Level 66
Mar 22, 2018
no, because this is the best possible way
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Level 58
Mar 22, 2018
"74 time "Jeopardy" winner ?" What is Jeopardy ? Means nothing to me in the UK. I presume it is a parochial US TV show so that no-one living outside of that area has a hope in hell of getting correct - without cheating - which I didn't.
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Level 73
Mar 22, 2018
So I guess what you're saying is: what a good opportunity to look it up and learn something? Look at you, you glass-half-full fella!
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Level 58
Mar 23, 2018
Quarter full actually
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Level 79
Mar 22, 2018
Yes, a "parochial" US show that also appeared on British TV in the '80s and '90s. So stop your whining.
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Level 58
Mar 23, 2018
Same format - different contestants. Name me the first winner of £1m on "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" - without looking it up.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
Touché
+3
Level 46
Mar 22, 2018
Make some UK centric quizzes so that you can feel better about yourself.
+2
Level 58
Mar 23, 2018
I feel better by not knowing this answer
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Level 78
May 30, 2018
Not a very happy person are you?
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Level 76
Mar 22, 2018
Interestingly, above KY & 1992, you could have KW (Katarina Witt) with the same prize in 1988 (& 1984)
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Level 58
Mar 23, 2018
I got only 9, but all the ones I missed were Americans.
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Level 80
Mar 24, 2018
ELP! Thanks QM.
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Level 67
Mar 25, 2018
I have to disagree with your clue about the computer. Charles Babbage is typically considered the first person to invent the computer. I think the clue is actually misleading. If you want to say "modern computer, maybe that can be OK, but Babbage's machines and computations are still considered to be the first "computers"
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Level 80
Jun 2, 2019
Adding 'programmable' might help.
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Level 83
Oct 8, 2020
And yet again Tommy Flowers and William Tutte get passed over because their wartime work on the invention of Colossus was kept a state secret until the late 1970s. (So everyone else had a 30+ years head-start on claiming to have invented the computer because the poor Brits weren’t allowed to dispute it, or even mention their work, for fear of breaking the law!)
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Level 73
Oct 8, 2020
Zuse finished his Z3 two and a half year before Colossus was finished.
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Level 62
Jul 18, 2019
First mayor of London was Henry FitzAilwin, 1182 to 1212 (died in his 4th term)

The mayoral role became Lord Mayor in 1354.

I was, therefore, confused by your clue for Ken Livingston. He may have been the first Mayor of Greater London but not the first mayor of London.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lord_mayors_of_London

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Level 80
Aug 26, 2019
So it wasn't Kip Londonmayor?
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Level 80
Feb 22, 2020
This time around I tried Keith and Kenneth but that still wasn't good enough.
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Level 45
Sep 15, 2019
10. Took me a while, but when I paid more attention to the "god" part I saw the "Z" and I was like "ZEUSSS!!!"
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Level 32
Feb 22, 2020
Should’ve done Kobe Bryant in memory
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Level 73
Mar 6, 2020
I really don't think that "the first computer" is applicable. It's even highly disputable if you're narrowing it down to Turing-complete computers (which isn't mentioned in the clue.)
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Level 78
Oct 8, 2020
Curses! Only one I missed was the London Mayor. Livingstone, I should've presumed.
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Level 73
Oct 8, 2020
The computer itself has many inventors, spanning literal centuries. Konrad Zuse build the first freely programmable Computer (as such), the first program controled computer and the first commercial computer and wrote the earliest high-level programming language. All of which were pioneering achievements, although the anglosphere would go one to outperform Zuses work pretty fast, for obvious reasons.

Btw., Zuse and Zeus are pronounced differently. Zuse sound more like "Tsoo-sah" to american ears.

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Level 79
Oct 15, 2020
Media player hit the Fanfare for the Common Man when I clicked the quiz link. Quite foreshadowing...