Cult figure

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A cult figure is a subjective term given to individuals who, for whatever reason, gain the undying interest of a small group of people. While some cult icons only maintain notoriety among members of the group, others go on to become household names.

The term is not usually applied to peculiar celebrities with a broad fan base, such as Madonna, George Lucas, and Elvis.


  • Andre the Giant: Actor and professional wrestler referred to as the “eighth wonder of the world.”
  • Crispin Glover: Actor and director known for his unusual behavior.
  • Mr. T: Actor from 1980s The A-Team and Rocky III.
  • William Shatner: Actor from Star Trek.
  • Christopher Walken: Actor known for trademark mannerisms.
  • David Lynch: Director of Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive.
  • John Waters: Director of off-center films Crybaby and Pecker.
  • Ed Wood, Jr.: Director of Plan 9 from Outer Space and Bride of the Monster.
  • Douglas Adams: Author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
  • Kathy Acker: Author and feminist known for violent sexual imagery.
  • Hunter S. Thompson: Author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
  • The Grateful Dead: Musicians from the counterculture.
  • William Hung: Musician made famous while auditioning for the television show American Idol.
  • Morrissey: Musician and former lead singer of The Smiths.
  • Sid Vicious: Musician from punk rock band The Sex Pistols.
  • Frank Zappa: Musician known for his alternative and versatile sound.
  • Elvira: Television personality and self-proclaimed Queen of Darkness.
  • Pee-Wee Herman: Television personality made famous on the children’s show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.
  • Andy Kaufman: Comedian known for wild antics in his personal life.
  • Fred the Baker: Dunkin’ Donuts mascot used the catchphrase, “Time to make the donuts.”
  • Clara Peller: Senior woman made famous for saying “Where’s the beef?” on a television commercial.
  • Traci Lords: Adult entertainer who made all but one of her films underage.
  • Bettie Page: Adult entertainer and pin-up from the 1950s.
  • Bobby Fischer: Chess champion with strong political views.
  • Timothy Leary: Psychologist and counterculture leader, famous for the phrase “Turn on, tune in, drop out.”
  • Andy Warhol: Artist known for pop art paintings of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup cans.