Bill Russell

1934 - 2022

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William Felton Russell (February 12, 1934 – July 31, 2022) was an American professional basketball player who played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969. He was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won 11 NBA championships during his 13-year career. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bill Russell has received more than 14,493,893 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Bill Russell is the 5th most popular basketball player, the 790th most popular biography from United States (down from 762nd in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Basketball Player.

Bill Russell is an American former professional basketball player who is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He played for the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969 and won 11 NBA championships during his career, making him the most successful player in the history of the league. Russell is also known for his activism in the civil rights movement and for his contributions to the sport as a coach and mentor to young players.

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Among basketball players, Bill Russell ranks 5 out of 1,757Before him are Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlain. After him are Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Dennis Rodman, Jerry West, Clyde Drexler, Dražen Petrović, and Larry Bird.

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Among people born in 1934, Bill Russell ranks 45Before him are Bill Bixby, Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler, Alan Arkin, Otar Iosseliani, Tarcisio Bertone, and Jacques Anquetil. After him are David J. Thouless, Jonas Savimbi, John L. Hall, Georges Moustaki, Brian Epstein, and Wole Soyinka. Among people deceased in 2022, Bill Russell ranks 38Before him are Wolfgang Petersen, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Bruno Latour, Mylène Demongeot, Ray Liotta, and James Caan. After him are William Hurt, Angelo Sodano, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Ayaz Mutallibov, Kakuichi Mimura, and Jacques Perrin.

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Among people born in United States, Bill Russell ranks 790 out of 20,380Before him are Robert McNamara (1916), Dalton Trumbo (1905), Judith Butler (1956), Antony Blinken (1962), Mark Hamill (1951), and Marvin Gaye (1939). After him are Douglass North (1920), Frederick Chapman Robbins (1916), William Alfred Fowler (1911), George Eastman (1854), John Goodman (1952), and William Saroyan (1908).


Among basketball players born in United States, Bill Russell ranks 5Before him are Michael Jordan (1963), Shaquille O'Neal (1972), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947), and Wilt Chamberlain (1936). After him are Magic Johnson (1959), Kobe Bryant (1978), Dennis Rodman (1961), Jerry West (1938), Clyde Drexler (1962), Larry Bird (1956), and LeBron James (1984).