Famous pairs are a big part of the entertainment world.
Sure, we all own pairs of things. Pairs of socks, pairs of shoes, a pair of earrings. And some things that aren’t pairs are called pairs because they have two things in them.
A pair of pants has two legs, a pair of glasses is for two eyes, and a pair of underwear has two holes. Even our food comes in pairs, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Popcorn and Butter, Bacon and Eggs. You get the idea.
But in this article, we aren’t talking about pairs of things; we’re talking about pairs of people. Duos that are considered famous pairs. Many can be identified by just their first names, e.g., Dean and Jerry. They can be from industry, but they all share one thing in common, they’re famous. So, without delay, here is a list of famous pairs.
- Ben and Jerry
- Mickey and Minnie
- Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
- Mario and Luigi
- David and Goliath
- Bert and Ernie
- Donnie and Marie
- The Fox and The Hound
- Cheech and Chong
- Lucy and Ethel
- Fred and Wilma
- Miss Piggy and Kermit
- John and Yoko
- Famous Pairs
- Anthony and Cleopatra
- Tarzan and Jane
- John and Paul
- Venus and Serena
- Romeo and Juliet
- Luke and Leia
- Bonnie and Clyde
- Adam and Eve
- Dave and Buster
- Barbie and Ken
- Sonny and Cher
- Fred and Ginger
- Sugar and Spice
- Batman and Robin
- Magic and Kareem
- Holmes and Watson
- Barrack and Michelle
Duos are very prevalent in the Music Industry. Whether it is a real brother and sister, a couple of guys who bill themselves as brothers, or just two people who perform well together, musical duos are special. Here’s a list of some famous musical pairs.
- Hall and Oates
- Beyonce and JayZ
- Brooks and Dunn
- Les Paul and Mary Ford
- Ike and Tina Turner
- Boyce and Hart
- Loggins and Messina
- Ashford and Simpson
- Greg and Duane Allman
- Salt and Peppa
- Mill Vanilli
- Captain and Tennille
- Chad and Jeremy
- Simon and Garfunkel
- Righteous Brothers – Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield
- Edgar and Johnny Winter
- England Dan and John Ford Coley
- Seals and Croft
- Big and Rich
- Peter and Gordon
- Flo and Eddie
- DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
- Dan and Shay
- Sam and Dave
- Jan and Dean
- Everly Brothers – Don and Phil Everly
Often, two people will work together to form a successful company. It can be the complimentary talents of two entrepreneurs or two friends encouraging each other to reach a goal. Either way, it can add up to a successful business pair.
- Hewlett and Packard
- Walt and Roy Disney
- Proctor and Gamble
- Orville and Wilbur Wright – Wright Aeronautical Company
- Bill Gates and Paul Allen – Microsoft
- Sandberg and Zuckerberg – Facebook
- Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King – OWN Network
- Adolphus Busch and Eberhard Anheuser – Anheuser – Busch – Budweiser
- Richard and Maurice McDonald – McDonald’s – Ray Kroc came along much later.
- Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger – Berkshire – Hathaway
- Pierre Omidyar and Jerry Skoll – Ebay
- Jerry Yang and David Filo – Yahoo
- Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight – Nike
What’s the Story of Wells Fargo?
Henry Wells and William Fargo started a successful shipping company that moved materials around the Old West. Eventually, they grew to cover the entire country from the East Coast to the West Coast.
Wells and Fargo saw an opportunity when gold was found in California. They began offering banking services that could be transferred between locations. The Wells Fargo bank was born as well as American Express.
Famous Brother/Sister Sibling Pairs
- Warren Beatty and Shirley McClane – Warren after his father, Shirley his mother.
- Derek and Julianne Hough – Dancing with the Stars TV Series
- Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal
- Julia and Eric Roberts
- Peter and Jane Fonda
- Candace and Kirk Cameron
- Jeff and Beau Bridges
- John and Joan Cusack
- Owen and Luke Wilson
- Jason and Justine Bateman
- Ron and Clint Howard
- Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad – Phylicia was married to NFL player Ahmad Rashad
- Fred and Ben Savage
- Penny and Garry Marshal
- Ben and Casey Affleck
- Ethan and Joel Cohen
Notable Pairs in Sports
Many two-player bonds are forged over sporting competitions. Here are just a few of the famous twosomes that have played America’s games.
- Peyton and Eli Manning- The two most successful NFL Professional Quarterback Brothers
- Mickey Mantle and Roger Marris – MLB – New York Yankees Combined for 115 home runs in 1961.
- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski – NFL New England Patriots 620 catches and 93 touchdowns
- Roger Staubach and Greg Morton – NFL Dallas Cowboys
- Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal – 3 NBA Championships
- Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez – Professional Soccer – 13 Championships
- Steph Curry and Klay Thomson – NBA – Golden State Warriors
- Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito – Boston Bruins
- David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez – Boston Red Sox
- Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier – 4 Championships with the NHL Edmonton Oilers
- Jack Lambert and Jack Ham – NFL Pittsburgh Steelers – 4 Championships
- Misty May Traynor and Kerri Walsh Jennings – Volleyball – U.S. Olympic Team – 3 Gold Medals
- Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale – MLB – Both strikeout pitchers – 3 Championships
- Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen – NBA – Chicago Bulls – 10 years together with 6 Championships
Famous Comedy Pairs
There have been pairs of funny people on television and in the movies. This list covers comedy teams that performed their acts on film or television but also in front of a live audience.
- Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
- Desi Arnez and Lucille Ball
- Dan Rowan and Dick Martin – Laugh-In
- Mike Nichols and Elaine May –
- Bud Abbot and Lou Costello
- Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
- Penn Jillette and Raymond Joseph Teller – Comedic Magicians
- Marty Allen and Steve Rossi
- Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
- George Burns and Gracie Allen
- Dick and Tommy Smothers
- Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding – Bob and Ray
What About Stiller and Meara?
There was another well-known comedy pair named Stiller and Meara for Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. They were a famous comedy team, but also married in real life.
You may even know their son, Ben Stiller. Ben has starred in and written movies including Meet the Parents, Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, and A Night in the Museum.
Well-known Movie Pairs
Here are some famous movie pairs that you may recognize.
- Jake and Elwood Blues – The Blues Brothers
- Hannibal and Clarice – Silence of the Lambs
- Jay and Silent Bob – Clerks
- Han and Chewbacca – Star Wars
- Wayne and Garth – Wayne’s World
- Doc and Marty – Back to the Future
- Harry and Lloyd – Dumb and Dumber
- Thelma and Louise – Thelma and Louise
- Frodo and Sam – Lord of the Rings
- Belle and the Beast – Beauty and the Beast
- Woody and Buz – Toy Story
- Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan – Rush Hour
- Bogey and Bacall – Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Cartoon Character Pairs
One of the reasons there are so many pairs of cartoon characters is Laurel and Hardy. That’s right, Laurel and Hardy serves as a comedic example for cartoon characters everywhere. Often, one character is meek, dim-witted, and timid and the other can be smarter, bigger, and overbearing. Read on:
- Tom and Jerry
- Ren and Stimpy
- Bevis and Butthead
- Aladin and Genie
- Pinky and the Brain
- Rocky and Bullwinkle
- Itchy and Scratchy
- Shaggy and Scooby-Do
- Garfield and Odie
- Linus and Charlie Brown
- Barney and Fred – The Flintstones
- Archie and Veronica
- Snoopy and Woodstock
- Yogi and Boo-Boo
- Sponge Bob and Patrick
- Lady and the Tramp
- Wallace and Gromit
- Winnie the Pooh and Piglet
- Reggie and Jughead
- Shrek and Donkey
- Tintin and Snowy
- Chip and Dale
- Heckle and Jeckle
- Bart and Lisa Simpson
- Donal Duck and Daisy Duck
- Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
- Peter and Lois Griffin
- Tweety and Sylvester
- Boris and Natasha
- Hanna and Barbera
- The Road Runner and Will E. Coyote
- Marge and Homer Simpson
- Dudley Do-Right and Snidely Whiplash
- Rick and Morty
- Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck
Here’s a list of television pairs that may look and sound familiar.
- Lorelai and Rory Gilmore – The Gilmore Girls
- Frazier and Niles Crane – Frazier
- Felix and Oscar – The Odd Couple
- Mary Kate and Ashley Olson – Full House
- Lucy and Ethel – I Love Lucy
- Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock – Star Trek
- Bo and Luke Duke – The Dukes of Hazard
- Laverne and Shirley – Laverne and Shirley
- Bob and Doug Mackenzie – SCTV
- Tia and Tamara Mowry – Sister, Sister
- Cagney and Lacey – Cagney and Lacey
- Hawkeye and B.J. – M.A.S. H.
- Will and Grace – Will and Grace
- Sam and Diane – Cheers
- Richie and The Fonz – Happy Days
- Gilligan and The Skipper – Gilligan’s Island
- Key and Peele – Key and Peele
- Mork and Mindy – Mork and Mindy
- Siskel and Ebert – Siskel and Ebert
- Norm and Cliff – Cheers
- Sheldon and Amy – The Big Bang Theory
- Starsky and Hutch – Starsky and Hutch
- Mulder and Scully – The X Files
- Kenan and Kel – Kenan and Kel
- Lenny and Squiggy – Laverne and Shirley
- Jonathan and Jennifer Hart – Hart to Hart
How about that Huntley and Brinkley?
There have been quite a few famous television news co-anchors over the years, but no pair is as famous as Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. Their show ran from 1956 until 1970. Huntley was based in New York City and Brinkley in Washington D.C.
The show was initially just 15 minutes but expanded to 30 in 1963 to match Walter Cronkite’s CBS News. Each of the Huntley/Brinkley shows ended with the hosts saying in turn, Good Night Chet, Good Night David, and Good Night from NBC News.
Wrestling Tag Teams
A famous pairs list wouldn’t be complete without a list of famous Pro Wrestling Tag Teams, an essential pair. Here is a list of some of the great wrestling twosomes.
- Matt and Jeff Hardy – The Hardy Boyz
- Team Hell No
- Goldust and Booker T
- Los Guerros
- Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood
- Bret and Owen Hart
- The Fabulous Ones
- The British Bulldogs
- Jerry and Jack Brisco
- Beer Money, Inc.
- The Road Warriors
- Mad Dog Vachon and The Butcher
- Wild Samoans
- Minnesota Wrecking Crew
- The Rock N’ Roll Express
- The Brothers of Destruction
- The Fabulous Freebirds
- Dick the Bruiser and The Crusher
- Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Shek
- Mr. Fuli and Tanaka
- The Natural Disasters
- World’s Greatest Tag Team
So, even in the words of the old Christmas song, a pair of turtle doves beats a single partridge in a pear tree. The pairs have it. And if you’re feeling hungry, go get some Cookies and Milk, French Fries and Ketchup, Ham and Cheese, Chicken and Waffles, or Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Nothing beats a pair, well except two pair, three of a kind, a straight, a flush, a full house, four of a kind, straight flush, and royal flush.
By Tim Moodie and Mike O’Halloran
Although Tim is not part of a famous pair himself, he did get to work with a famous pair. Tim served as head writer and executive producer of The Wayne’s World Video Game for Mattel. He wrote the script and worked with Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey. He also developed the gameplay.
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