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Enneagram Type 8 Celebrities and Famous People

Famous people who are Type 8 Enneagram

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Type Eights are dynamic leaders who get things done. Their accomplishments are significant and numerous. They are not always well-liked by subordinates and the public, and they often experience fraught family relationships. As lonely as it may be at the top, they are widely respected for their courage, tenacity, strength, and hard work.

Enneagram Type 8 Famous Actors and Directors

Type 8 actors frequently play either strong, heroic characters who are ready and willing take a beating in order to make the world a safer place or menacing villains with a tragic past.

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Russell Crowe

This New Zealand-born actor is known for the ability to intimidate simply by walking into a room. His personality has sometimes been described as thorny, prickly, and down to earth. He has a reputation for relentlessly pushing himself as well as those he works with for excellence and results. Due to his dominant personality, directors described him as difficult to work with but worth the effort even before he climbed to the top.

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Kathleen Turner

Having starred in numerous movies and TV shows, Kathleen Turner is also an outspoken advocate for the impoverished elderly and for women's’ rights. Like Russel Crowe, she was labelled “difficult” early in her career. She drew attention to the differences between the way men and women are treated in the entertainment industry by plainly describing events in her own career, which strained relationships with directors and fellow actors. She has earned two Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for two Tony Awards and an Academy Award. She recently starred as Roz Volander in The Kaminsky Method.

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Chris Hemsworth

Among the most top-paid actors in the world, Chris Hemsworth played Thor in The Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also played Captain Kirk's father in Star Trek, the film. When he starred in the Australian Football League's 2014 Everything's Possible Campaign, he donated his earnings to the Australian Children Foundation. He recently launched an app that provides nutrition and exercise regimens, following global media attention for his commitment to physical fitness.

Notable mentions: Samuel L. Jackson, Danny DeVito, Katharine Hepburn, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Alec Baldwin, Bruce Lee, Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Elizabeth Gillies, Robert de Niro, Denzel Washington.

Enneagram Type 8 Famous Musicians

As musicians, Type Eights don't hesitate to use their platforms to raise funds for causes they believe in and their earnings to support the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

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Gene Simmons

Bass guitarist Gene Simmons (of the 1980's era rock band Kiss) explains in his 2017 book On Power that it's essential for his readers as “the good guys” to “… to keep getting more and more powerful, if only not to get picked on, if only not to be wrapping fish for somebody else who maybe isn't a nice person.” Many equate wealth with power, and Simmons’ net worth, largely gained through diverse enterprises as well as his revenues from musical performances and recordings, exceeds $300 million.

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Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah has leveraged her fame as a musician and TV personality to raise significant funds for over a dozen charities benefiting vulnerable and disadvantaged children and elderly people.

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Frank Sinatra

The sentiment “I did it my way” was true to Frank Sinatra's Enneagram type. Those who knew him described him as a hothead with an intimidating gaze who passionately pursued success and hated to lose. His autobiography reveals the generosity and tenderness toward vulnerable people so characteristic of Type Eights.

Notable mentions: Johnny Cash, Dr. Dre, Cheloo, Coolio, Tupac Shakur, Pink, Henry Rollins.

Enneagram Type 8 Famous Philosophers

Type Eights develop bold ideas that challenge the status quo. Their texts are usually brief and to-the-point, with the exception of Gurdjieff who intentionally made his writings difficult to decipher. They often exhibit a preference for traveling and teaching face-to-face, engaging with small groups of students and individuals.

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G.I. Gurdjieff

This spiritual philosopher of Armenian descent taught esoteric wisdom to students who usually met in private apartments. He frequently tested his students to be sure of their zeal, loyalty, strength of will, and ability to work hard. His writings were deliberately cryptic so that students had to put great effort into understanding them. The Enneagram he introduced was the basis for the Enneagram of Personality popularized by Ichazo and Naranjo.

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As a Sophist and contemporary of Socrates, Thrasymachus argued that might does in fact make right, particularly when one is trying to avoid slavery and impoverishment.

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Miyamoto Musashi

This Japanese swordsman lived from 1648 to 1645. He developed a unique fighting technique utilizing two swords and wrote multiple brief texts on the craft and philosophy of war. He sacrificed personal relationships to focus on his martial arts and philosophies, traveling extensively to engage in duels. He adopted two sons and founded a fencing school.

Notable Mentions: Socrates, Georges Sorel, Rosa Luxemburg, Cornel West.

Enneagram Type 8 Famous Sportspeople

Type Eight athletes bring fiery energy and a determination to win. Their unbridled displays of jubilation as well as frustration are infectious. Fans either love them or hate them, but they are rarely indifferent.

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Charles Barkley

Basketball legend Charles Barkley entered the NBA with a less than impressive college record and a physique that didn't promise much. Through determined focus and will power, this high energy player soon astonished his critics by dominating several positions and achieved NBA All-Star status eleven times.

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Diego Maradona

Argentina's most talked about footballer was known for his fiery temper and strong will. On the field he controlled his boundless energy with great finesse, but his candid statements and reckless behavior off the field created controversy.

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Muhammad Ali

Ranked the greatest heavyweight boxing champion of all time, Muhammad Ali's fights were broadcast across the globe in the 1960s and 1970. His outspoken opposition to the war in Viet Nam and the treatment of Black people in the United States attracted numerous death threats, and he became known as the most hated man America as well as the best fighter. Ali donated millions to charitable organizations that served disadvantaged people of all backgrounds.

Notable Mentions: Alex Ferguson, Alexandra Trusova, Blake Griffin, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Ramos, Johan Cruyff, Kim Yeon-Koung, Jimmy Butler.

Enneagram Type 8 Fictional Characters

The epic heroes and tortured villains in our most beloved stories often display Type Eight characteristics. Swept up in their passions, we can't help but fear them and admire them.

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Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter)

The youngest girl after a long line of older brothers, Ginny learns early that she must be strong and win in order to survive.

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Princess Leia (Star Wars)

A skilled soldier with a chip on her shoulder, Leia handily takes control of situations. She fights diligently and never backs down from a challenge.

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Jo March (Little Women)

This outspoken young tomboy defies gender roles and society's expectations in order to speak her truth and live her life the way she wants to.

Notable Mentions: Tyler Durden, Alex DeLarge, John Bender, Elizabeth Swann, Christian Grey, Vito Corleone, Michael Corleone, Salazar Slytherin, Viktor Krum.


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Chloe Yarwood, MSc

University of Chichester, Advanced Applied Psychology

Chloe Yarwood, MSc in Advanced Applied Psychology from University of Chichester. Specialist in personality type theory and developing valid personality questionnaires.