Bill Russell

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William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is an American former professional basketball player who played as a center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 12-time NBA All-Star, he was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won eleven NBA championships during his 13-year career. Russell and Henri Richard of the National Hockey League are tied for the record of the most championships won by an athlete in a North American sports league. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bill Russell has received more than 9,334,599 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Bill Russell is the 5th most popular basketball player, the 607th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,021st in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Basketball Player.

Bill Russell is most famous for being the first African-American to win an NBA championship. He was also the first African-American to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Among basketball players, Bill Russell ranks 5 out of 1,264Before him are Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Shaquille O'Neal. After him are Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Clyde Drexler, and Scottie Pippen.

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Among people born in 1934, Bill Russell ranks 29Before him are Stjepan Mesić, Richard Chamberlain, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Pierre Richard, Empress Michiko, and Richard Meier. After him are Alan Arkin, Jacques Anquetil, Paco Rabanne, Diana Wynne Jones, Leonid Kravchuk, and Georges Moustaki.

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Among people born in United States, Bill Russell ranks 607 out of 15,968Before him are Oprah Winfrey (1954), Joel Schumacher (1939), Douglas Fairbanks (1883), Jim Jarmusch (1953), George Eastman (1854), and Clyde Tombaugh (1906). After him are Dolly Parton (1946), Gwen Stefani (1969), Ellen Burstyn (1932), Oliver Stone (1946), Oliver E. Williamson (1932), and Owen Chamberlain (1920).


Among basketball players born in United States, Bill Russell ranks 5Before him are Michael Jordan (1963), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947), Wilt Chamberlain (1936), and Shaquille O'Neal (1972). After him are Magic Johnson (1959), Dennis Rodman (1961), Larry Bird (1956), Kobe Bryant (1978), Jerry West (1938), Clyde Drexler (1962), and Scottie Pippen (1965).