Famous Taurus men from all walks of life are easy to find throughout history.
Maybe it’s their love of the arts or savvy business skills, or their hard-working nature. Taurus men often rise to power and prominence.
Men who are famous Taurus in history include politicians, business leaders, actors and musicians. Taurus men are known to be stubborn and this can lead to success.
Famous Taurus people bring out the best and sometimes the not so flattering aspects, of this sign. Taurus people can be creative, resourceful, charming and patient.
They have what it takes to breakthrough in competitive fields such as the arts, politics and business. It’s no wonder there are so many examples of famous Taurus men.
- 1. Mark Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984)
- 2. William Shakespeare (born April 26, 1564)
- 3. Jack Nicholson (born April 22, 1937)
- 4. Jackie Robinson (born May 20, 1955)
- 5. Malcolm X (born May 19, 1925)
- 6. Karl Marx (born May 5, 1818)
- 7. James Brown (born May 3, 1933)
- 8. Ulysses Grant (born April 27, 1822)
- 9. Sigmund Freud (born May 6, 1856)
- 10. George Carlin (born May 12, 1937)
- 11. Roger Ailes (born May 15, 1940)
- 12. James Stewart (born May 20, 1908)
- 13. J. Robert Oppenheimer (born April 22, 1904)
- 14. Jim Jones (born May 13, 1931)
- 15. George Lucas (born May 14, 1944)
- 16. Danny Trejo (born May 16, 1944)
- 17. Stephen Colbert (born May 13, 1964)
- 18. Niccolo Machiavelli (born May 3, 1469)
- 19. John Oliver (born April 23, 1977)
- 20. Gary Cooper (born May 7, 1901)
1. Mark Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984)
Before he became a household name, Mark Zuckerberg was a brilliant young man whose resentment against an ex-girlfriend led him to create “The Facebook” as a means of revenge. A perfect example of Taurus’s passive-aggressive style of reacting to hurt feelings.
Yet Zuckerberg is also a perfect example of a Taurus man who built something new combining his interests and intelligence, and rose to massive success as a result. Zuckerberg’s social media platform that came to be known just as Facebook, not only catapulted him to great wealth, but also changed every aspect of life world-wide.
2. William Shakespeare (born April 26, 1564)
Famous Taurus actors abound, but Taurus writers, including playwrights, also make the list. One of the most notable is William Shakespeare, also known as the Bard. Born in Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare was prolific, writing plays, poems and sonnets.
Shakespeare stands out among Taurus men, who are often not the best communicators, because he had such a way with words that his work is still influential centuries later. His early career focused on writing comedies but he was also known for writing tragedies and historical plays. His broad repertoire and ability to write clever and sometimes snarky and satirical references into his plays, are examples of the skills of a Taurus man.
3. Jack Nicholson (born April 22, 1937)
American Actor and Taurus man, Jack Nicholson is known for many famous roles in films such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, As Good As It Gets, and the film adaptation of Stephen King’s book, The Shining.
His signature role is that of a satirical and cynical man who is at once sarcastic and cold but also oddly charming. This description fits Taurus men as well.
Though he is well suited to playing darkly comedic figures, Nicholson often portrays a facet of Taurus nature, that of being cold, aloof, sarcastic and beneath it all, insecure. He’s been nominated for twelve Academy Awards and has been in the spotlight as a prolific actor in a career spanning more than forty years.
4. Jackie Robinson (born May 20, 1955)
Taurus men are often practical and grounded, but they can also make a ground-breaking impact on society. This is the case with Jackie Robinson, who was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, causing controversy and breaking a tradition of segregation in baseball.
He was the first African-American man to play Major League Baseball and was recognized as Rookie of the Year in 1947 as well. Yet his contributions to civil rights also extended off the playing field. He challenged oppression through nonviolent means and was also the first African-American vice president of a major corporation and first African-American to analyze sports on television. He also helped to start Freedom National Bank in Harlem, NY.
In typical Taurus form, Robinson understood that a key element of social change is to create change in business and in culture. By focusing his attention in these areas, he challenged decades of stereotypes and segregation.
5. Malcolm X (born May 19, 1925)
Though Taurus is not a sign typically associated with revolutionary change, some famous Taurus men are known for their contributions as agents of dramatic change. Malcolm X is one example of a Taurus man who dramatically shifted the way people think about civil rights in the United States.
He is often remembered as a civil rights leader but Malcolm X was also an influential figure in the Nation of Islam and was a Muslim Minister. Later in life, he broke from this group and founded the Islamic Muslim Mosque Inc. True to Taurus nature, Malcolm X was known for speaking his mind directly, and openly challenging mainstream civil rights movements that he viewed as being too moderate.
He became a voice for Black Empowerment and did not believe that true liberation could occur through nonviolent means. Because of his stance, he became a controversial figure. Yet it is common for Taurus men to say what they think without tiptoeing around controversy in order to make other people feel comfortable.
6. Karl Marx (born May 5, 1818)
Another controversial Taurus man whose work is still influential today is Karl Marx. Marx was a German historian, philosopher, economist and sociologist. Taurus men are practical and have a keen sense of business, economics and what creates stability and security.
Marx’s understanding of the interplay between economics and society led to his hypothesis that eventually, the working classes would develop consciousness of their oppression and would push back against the upper classes.
This awareness of the role of tension and instability are common for Taurus men who are always on the lookout for threats to stability and security.
7. James Brown (born May 3, 1933)
American singer, songwriter, dancer, bandleader and musician James Brown is an example of how talented Taurus men can be. Brown’s music career spanned half a century and he excelled in several genres. Most notably, though, he is considered the Godfather of Soul Music.
Among the list of famous Taurus singers, James Brown stands out because of his contributions to styles of music such as Soul and Funk music. In addition to his talent as a singer, Brown was also known for his lively stage performances.
His award winning music is still influencing people today. Though Taurus men aren’t always good at directly expressing their emotions, music can be one outlet that helps them to share how they feel.
8. Ulysses Grant (born April 27, 1822)
In addition to Taurus writers, singers and Taurus actors, famous Taurus men can also be found in politics and history. Ulysses Grant, American soldier and politician and eighteenth President of the United States, is one example.
As Commanding General of the Union Army during the American Civil war, Grant had to remain calm and strategic during a time of great turmoil and chaos. Taurus men are good at persevering and remaining stoic even during intense situations.
Another notable trait Grant possessed was a strong connection with horses. This is a lesser known aspect of Taurus personalities. Their sign is associated with large animals and livestock. Grant’s connection to horses proved helpful during the war. Even after the war, Grant played an instrumental role in the Reconstruction Era, envisioning a world post-slavery including rights for formerly enslaved people.
9. Sigmund Freud (born May 6, 1856)
Considered the Father of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud is attributed with being the first to focus on the treatment of mental illness by paying attention to the subconscious mind. Interestingly, Freud was also on the brink of releasing findings regarding the role of trauma, particularly sexual trauma, on mental illness.
Yet if he were to publish his findings, he would be implicating members of the aristocratic class in perpetrating such traumas. Instead, he shifted the focus of his findings, placing blame on subconscious sexual desires rather than openly acknowledging the role of trauma in the onset of what was considered “hysteria.”
Though Taurus men are notorious for being honest, they also understand the importance of protecting status and reputation. This may have led Freud to focus on dreams and the subconscious rather than creating controversy by addressing the overt causes of his patients’ suffering.
10. George Carlin (born May 12, 1937)
In addition to famous Taurus rappers, famous Taurus actresses and Taurus political leaders, Taurus comedians can also be found throughout history. Taurus men have earthy sensibilities and often have a dry sense of humor.
This can add to their appeal and hilarity. One example of this is American Comedian, George Carlin. Carlin is known for his comedy routines in which he picks apart the many ironies of everyday life.
Leave it to a Taurus man to find it amusing that we “drive in a parkway, and park in a driveway.” Carlin’s comical and often satirical observations about human nature propelled him to stardom.
11. Roger Ailes (born May 15, 1940)
One of a Taurus man’s many talents is the ability to see what people want and what is missing from the marketplace. American media consultant and television executive Roger Ailes is an example of this. Ailes grew up in Ohio and graduated from college with a degree in Radio and Television and worked as a tv show producer.
On the cutting edge of television as a political technology, Ailes was sought by the Nixon campaign for advice on appealing to television audiences.
Ailes went on to become founder of Fox News and to revolutionize news delivery by appealing more the emotions of viewers at home. Ailes was the first to create shows in which news anchors became entertainers, using their opinions and emotions to keep viewers hooked.
12. James Stewart (born May 20, 1908)
American actor, singer and military officer, James Stewart was a beloved performer best known for roles in films like It’s a Wonderful Life. Stewart studied acting in college and began his career on stage.
He was also known for conveying the persona of the moral hero, typical for a Taurus man who is usually conscious of responsibility and the divide between right and wrong. He acted in over eighty films. He remained unmarried well into his forties, which led to the nickname “The Great American Bachelor.”
Anyone who has tried to date a Taurus man and sees how slow they are to commit can understand how Stewart spent so much of his life dedicated to his career rather than to seeking marriage.
13. J. Robert Oppenheimer (born April 22, 1904)
Though Taurus men are considered nurturing and creative, there is no guarantee as to how they will invest this energy. Oppenheimer, a brilliant physicist, is considered the Father of the Atomic Bomb.
If there is one thing Taurus men understand, it is the importance of boundaries. Even though Oppenheimer helped to create the atomic bomb, he spent the rest of his career being vocal and active in calling for controls over how these and other weapons are used.
He later became a peace advocate and some speculate that his participation in the creation of the bomb was a result of coercion and blackmail. Taurus men can be motivated by power, money and prestige but they also understand that power should have limtations.
14. Jim Jones (born May 13, 1931)
Taurus men are charming and their understanding of the importance of security can make it easy for them to speak to others’ emotional needs. This can make them great advisors and consultants, but this talent also can have a dark side.
Such is the case with Jim Jones. American preacher and self-proclaimed healer, Jones started the Peoples Temple of Indiana. He moved his congregation to California, but controversial reports of cult-like behavior and human rights violations led Jones to leave the country altogether.
He established a commune called Jonestown in Guyana. When a United States Senator led a delegation to investigate Jonestown as a result of reports of abuse. As the delegation was leaving, several members were shot. Shortly thereafter, Jones led his followers in an act of mass suicide.
15. George Lucas (born May 14, 1944)
Taurus men often know how to keep people charmed, dazzled and entertained. Their creative potential is well known. George Lucas, American film director, screen writer, entrepreneur and producer, is one example.
His early film, American Graffiti, was a success. From there, Lucas went on to create the Star Wars series and other films like Indiana Jones. Lucas was able to convey social issues on a broader scale through his Star Wars series, using the fantasy film to depict prominent issues. He was also known for writing strong female characters into the films, something that was revolutionary at the time.
Taurus men can be workaholics, and during production of Star Wars, Lucas suffered chest pains feared to be a heart attack at first. Luckily for him, it was a far less severe issue. Hypertension and exhaustion.
16. Danny Trejo (born May 16, 1944)
Taurus men have a knack for making the best of whatever situation they are in. This was the case for Danny Trejo. Trejo is an American actor and voice actor who had an unconventional path to stardom.
As a teen and young adult, he spent time incarcerated. Trejo passed the time in his cell by acting out the story of Wizard of Oz. He became regarded as a skilled boxer while incarcerated. Later, Trejo’s advice was sought by a director working on a film that involved drug addiction.
Another collaborator on the project remembered Trejo’s boxing skills and hired him to train one of the actors for the film. Trejo went on to breakthrough in his own roles in films like Desperado and Con Air.
17. Stephen Colbert (born May 13, 1964)
A perfect example of a Taurus man’s ability to play a range of roles is found is comedian, writer, producer, political satirist and television personality Stephen Colbert.
The irony of a Taurus Stephen Colbert making it big by satirizing the type of news shows made famous by another Taurus man, Roger Ailes, would appeal to Taurus’s dry humor, but that is exactly what happened.
Colbert’s initial appearance was intended to contrast sharply with liberal host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart. Yet Colbert’s performance was so on point, some viewers lost track of the fact that Colbert was playing a role, not speaking as himself.
But any confusion as to Colbert’s own views were clarified after 2015 when he became host of his own show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. On his show, Colbert uses his Taurus determination to drive home his political satire. His guests range from entertainers to politicians, both those he agrees with and those with whom his opinions differ.
18. Niccolo Machiavelli (born May 3, 1469)
Taurus men seem to come in two varieties, those who are conscious or and responsive to the needs of others, and those who are only out for themselves. Niccolo Machiavelli is an example of a Taurus man who places his own agenda as paramount.
Italian philosopher, writer and diplomat, his book The Prince is considered an essential work by anyone who, like a Taurus man, is obsessed with gaining and keeping power. Machiavelli is remembered for being a cold and calculating strategist who proposed that cruelty and selfishness can be justified if the end result is beneficial.
19. John Oliver (born April 23, 1977)
British comedian, television host and political satirist who became an American citizen in 2020, Oliver is known for his wit and piercing humor.
Like fellow Taurus Stephen Colbert, Jon Oliver was part of the cast of The Daily Show. Yet he also acted in other films including the Smurfs and the remake of the Lion King. Oliver went on to host his own show as well, Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver.
His talent for satire and dry humor have given him the platform to express his values and ideals. This is something that is important to a Taurus man, as their values tend to direct their life’s mission.
20. Gary Cooper (born May 7, 1901)
Associated with the golden age of Hollywood, American actor Gary Cooper is an example of a Taurus man who embodies a calm demeanor and natural presence on screen.
Taurus men are often charming and attractive, and Cooper conveyed the ideal of masculinity and romance during his thirty six year career. His early roles represented the archetypal American Hero, and later in his career he took on more complex roles.
Of all the Taurus actors, male icons such as Gary Cooper stand out as conveying an image that became synonymous with rugged individualism and strength. Like many Taurus celebrities, Cooper’s career was marked by dedication to perfecting his craft and prolific work.