- Bahá'u'lláh - Baha'u'llah was the founder and Prophet of the Baha'i Faith
- 'Abdu'l-Bahá - Abdu'l-Baha was the son and successor of Bahá'u'lláh, "Center of the Covenant"
- Shoghi Effendi - the Guardian (leader after 'Abdu'l-Bahá)
- The Bab - foreruner to Baha'u'llah
Rulers and Politicians:
- Queen Marie of Romania - first crowned ruler to embrace Baha'i Faith (not officially enrolled, but a Baha'i at heart, whose devotion is expressed in her letters published in Priceless Pearl)
- King Malietoa Tanumafili II - king of Western Samoa
- Cynthia Shepard Perry - US Ambassador to Sierra Leone, West Africa and Burundi during Bush administration
- David Kelly - British Ministry of Defence (MoD); expert in biological warfare; former UN weapons inspector in Iraq; uncovered Iraq's former biological weapons program; Nobel Peace Prize nominee
- Dizzy Gillespie - Jazz musician (trumpet player)
- Jim Seals and Dash Crofts - "Seals & Crofts" songwriting/musician duo (soft rock); best known for "Summer Breeze" and "Get Closer"; Also: "We May Never Pass This Way Again"
- Charles Wolcott - film composer; former MGM and Disney Studios Music Director; 3 Academy Awards
- Dan Seals - country and western singer
- Affe Adel - singer/songwriter with chart-topping hits in the U.S. and U.K.
- James Moody - Jazz saxophonist
- Vic Damone - jazz singer
- Tierney Sutton - jazz singer
- Flora Purim - leading Brazilian jazz singer
- Fayard Nicholas - singer (of the Nicholas Brothers)
- Red Grammer - Grammy Award-winning singer
- Jamie Findlay - guitarist
- Francin Astani - French pianist
- Marc Ochu - classical pianist
- Lasse Thoresen - Norwegian classical music composer
- Russell Garcia - film composer whose credits include The Time Machine (1960); orchestrator
- Carol Bernhardt - classical oboist
Film and Television:
- Omid Djalili - ethnic Iranian stand-up comedian and actor in England; has done major U.S.-based acting also, incl. co-starring as "Nasim" on Whoopie (network TV sitcom) and movie roles such as in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"
- Earl Cameron - Bermudan born veteran TV/film actor; The Interpreter (2005); Thunderball (1965); The Message (1976); etc.
- O. Z. Whitehead - film and television actor; The Grapes of Wrath (1940), etc.
- Alex Rocco - actor ("The Godfather"; "The Wedding Planner", etc.)
- David Hofman - actor, "Voice of the BBC"
- Carole Lombard - actress, movie star
- Lois Hall - actress
- Eva La Rue - actress
- Oscar DeGruy - actor
- Anthony Azizi - actor (FOX TV series "24", etc.)
- Lloyd Haynes - actor, star of TV series Room 222 - Justin Baldoni - actor; CBS TV movie Spring Break Shark Attack; etc.
- Phillip Hinton - Australian actor; American exposure includes guest roles in The Flood, The Thornbirds - the Missing Years, Tanker Incident, Time Trax and Flipper - Beverley Evans - Australian actor; has had regular roles in Australian series A Country Practice, Blue Heelers, Janus, Phoenix and Mercury - Rainn Wilson - actor: Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006); Almost Famous (2000); Galaxy Quest (1999); America's Sweethearts (2001); Sahara (2005); received Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series from Screen Actors Guild Award for Six Feet Under in 2001) [see American Baha'i 23 November 2005]
- Cathy Freeman - Olympic gold medal-winning runner; star of 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia; an Aboriginal Australian and advocate of Aboriginal rights
- Khalil Greene - professional baseball player; shortstop for the San Diego Padres
- Bill Sears - sports announcer and TV personality
- Nelson Evora - Portuguese Olympic triple jumper
- Miles Kasiri - English tennis player
- Robert Hayden - poet; first black American to be appointed as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (later called the Poet Laureate)
- Ogden Nash - poet
- Roger White - poet (Another Song, Another Season: Poems and Portrayals; Occasions of Grace: More Poems and Portrayals and The Witness of Pebbles )
- Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff - fantasy novelist
- Juliet Thompson - American playwright and author; wrote I, Magdalene
Academics and Non-Fiction Authors:
- Alain Locke - American philosopher; multiculturalist; listed in The Black 100 as the 36th most influential African American in history
- Guy Murchie - writer of science and philosophy books, incl: The Seven Mysteries of Life; Music of the Spheres; Song of the Sky - Dorothy Marcic - author of Managing with the Wisdom of Love - Thomas Kelly Cheyne - Biblical scholar; important English language pioneer of the "higher criticism" of the Bible
- August Forel - scientist; b. 1848; remembered primarily for studies of social behavior of ants and other insects; published studies in legal psychiatry, mental health
- Dwight Allen - Professor of Educational Reform at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; co-author with Bill Cosby of American Schools: The 100 Billion Dollar Challenge - Linda Kavelin Popov - co-author of The Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves, about teaching spiritual qualities to children, and other books
- Suheil Bushrui - scholar; peace activist; holds Baha'i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland
- Layli Miller-Muro - founder of The Tahirih Justice Center; helped Fauziya Kassindja gain assylum in U.S.; co-wrote Fauziya's book Do They Hear You When You Cry? - Patricia Locke - (1928-2001) inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2003, worked for decades to preserve American Indian languages
- Richard St. Barbe-Baker - world-famous environmentalist; founder of "The Men of the Trees"
Notable Promoters of the Baha'i Faith:
- Lydia Zamenhof - daughter of Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof, the originator of Esperanto; promoter and user of Esperanto and translator of many Baha'i writings; a.k.a. Lidia Zamenhof
- Martha Root - celebrated Baha'i speaker, world traveller, and Esperantist
- Louis Gregory - lawyer and influential early Baha'i; first African-American to be named a Hand of the Cause of God. His childhood home in Charleston, SC is now a public museum devoted to his memory and his dedication to the cause of race unity.
About this page: In January of 2000, Adherents.com was unable to locate a "Famous Baha'is" web page anywhere on the Internet. As we have done for other groups without such a page (Quakers, Baptists, Zoroastrians, etc.), we made our own. One of the major sources for this information was A Resource Guide for Baha'i Studies (http://bahai-library.org/books/rg/rg.biblio03.html). Another was the Believers webpage (http://members.ozemail.com.au/~lingua/main.htm; URL no longer valid). Also, some names were from the Vizier Baha'i website formerly at: http://www.vizier.bahai.nl/geschiedenis.html.