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Bill Russell

1934 - 2022

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William Felton "Bill" Russell (February 12, 1934 – July 31, 2022) was an American 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 (MVP) and a 12-time NBA All-Star, he was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won 11 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 12,527,011 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Bill Russell is the 5th most popular basketball player, the 762nd most popular biography from United States (down from 607th 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 1,268Before him are Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, and Wilt Chamberlain. After him are Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Dennis Rodman, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Oscar Robertson, and Jerry West.

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Among people born in 1934, Bill Russell ranks 37Before him are Georges Moustaki, Larisa Latynina, Abimael Guzmán, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Roman Herzog, and Tarcisio Bertone. After him are Mohamed Farrah Aidid, Alan Arkin, Bill Bixby, Jacques Anquetil, John L. Hall, and Diana Wynne Jones. Among people deceased in 2022, Bill Russell ranks 32Before him are Ben Roy Mottelson, Olivia Newton-John, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Thierry Mugler, Lata Mangeshkar, and Ricardo Bofill. After him are Peter Bogdanovich, Hardy Krüger, Kakuichi Mimura, Viktor Saneyev, David Sassoli, and William Hurt.

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Among people born in United States, Bill Russell ranks 762 out of 18,182Before him are Woody Harrelson (1961), Steve Reich (1936), Matthew McConaughey (1969), Larry Ellison (1944), Michael Rockefeller (1938), and Richard Dean Anderson (1950). After him are John Cassavetes (1929), Harry Belafonte (1927), Willard Libby (1908), Anne Baxter (1923), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), and Kamala Harris (1964).


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