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Who Is The Most Famous Earl In The World?

Updated February 18, 2021 615 votes 30 voters 11.7k views73 items

List RulesVote up all of the Earls you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Earl can you think of? The famous Earls below have many different professions, including notable actors named Earl, famous musicians named Earl, and even athletes named Earl.

Earl Sweatshirt is certainly one of the most famous Earls on this list. One of the famous rappers named Earl, he began his career with the Odd Future collective before launching a successful solo career. His studio albums include Doris and Some Rap Songs, among others.

Another of the famous people with the first name Earl is Earl Scruggs. He is a banjo player famous for his unique picking style. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2008. Earl King is another famous singer named Earl. 

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Earl? Just add them to the list! Then be sure to vote up all of the famous Earls you recognize.

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    Earl Sweatshirt


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Thebe Neruda Kgositsile (born February 24, 1994), known professionally as Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper, record producer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Kgositsile was...  more

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  • 2

    Earl King


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Earl Silas Johnson IV (February 7, 1934 – April 17, 2003), known as Earl King, was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, most active in blues music. A composer of blues standards such as...  more
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    Earl Scruggs


    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina

    Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style, now called "Scruggs style," which is a defining...  more

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  • 4

    Earl Wild


    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Earl Wild (November 26, 1915 – January 23, 2010) was an American pianist known for his transcriptions of jazz and classical music....  more
  • 5

    Earl Klugh


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Earl Klugh ( KLOO; born September 16, 1953) is an American jazz guitarist and composer. In 2006 Modern Guitar magazine wrote that Klugh "is considered by many to be one of the finest acoustic guitar...  more
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    Earl Hooker


    BirthplaceClarksdale, Mississippi

    Earl Zebedee Hooker (January 15, 1930 – April 21, 1970) was a Chicago blues guitarist known for his slide guitar playing. Considered a "musician's musician", he performed with blues artists such as...  more
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    Earl Palmer


    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Earl Cyril Palmer (October 25, 1924 – September 19, 2008) was an American rock and roll and rhythm-and-blues drummer. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Palmer played on many...  more

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    Earl Hines


    BirthplaceDuquesne, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Earl Kenneth Hines, also known as Earl "Fatha" Hines (December 28, 1903 – April 22, 1983), was an American jazz pianist and bandleader. He was one of the most influential figures in the development...  more
  • 9

    BirthplacePortsmouth, Ohio

    Earl Thomas Conley (October 17, 1941 – April 10, 2019) was an American country music singer-songwriter. Between 1980 and 2003, he recorded ten studio albums, including seven for the RCA Records...  more

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    Earl Holliman


    BirthplaceDelhi, Louisiana, USA

    Alternative NameEarl Holliman

    Henry Earl Holliman (born September 11, 1928) is an American actor, animal–rights activist and singer known for his many character roles in films, mostly westerns and dramas, in the 1950s and 1960s....  more

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    Earl Warren


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Earl Warren (March 19, 1891 – July 9, 1974) was an American politician and jurist who served as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States (1953–1969) and earlier as the 30th Governor of California...  more

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    Earl Bostic


    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    Eugene Earl Bostic (April 25, 1913 – October 28, 1965) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and a pioneer of the post-war American rhythm and blues style. He had a number of popular hits such as...  more
  • 13

    Earl Boen


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Earl Boen (; born August 8, 1945) is an American actor and voice actor, perhaps best known as criminal psychologist Dr. Peter Silberman in The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and...  more
  • 14

    Earl Hindman


    BirthplaceBisbee, Arizona, USA

    Alternative NameEarl Hindman

    Earl John Hindman (October 20, 1942 – December 29, 2003) was an American film and television actor, best known for his role as the kindly unseen* neighbor Wilson W. Wilson Jr. on the television...  more
  • 15

    Earl W. Bascom


    BirthplaceVernal, Utah

    Earl Wesley Bascom (June 19, 1906 – August 28, 1995) was an American painter, printmaker, rodeo performer and sculptor, raised in Canada, who portrayed his own experiences cowboying and rodeoing...  more
  • 16

    Earl Cole


    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, USA

    Earl Cole (born April 9, 1971 in Kansas City, Kansas) was the $1 million winner on the reality television series Survivor: Fiji. He is an entrepreneur, producer, philanthropist and former California...  more
  • 17

    Earl Van Dyke


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Earl Van Dyke (July 8, 1930 – September 18, 1992) was an African American soul musician, most notable as the main keyboardist for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band during the late 1960s and...  more
  • 18

    Earl Slick


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Earl Slick (born Frank Madeloni in Brooklyn, New York, October 1, 1952) is a guitarist best known for his collaborations with David Bowie, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Robert Smith. He has also worked...  more
  • 19

    Earl Sixteen


    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Earl Sixteen is a reggae singer whose career began in the mid-1970s....  more
  • 20
    Earl Spencer Lestz (August 23, 1938 – June 6, 2017) was an American film studio executive who was President of the Studio Group at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles from 1985 to 2005. He was later...  more
  • 21

    Earl Billings


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    Earl William Billings (born July 4, 1945) is an American actor, best known as Rob in the television series What's Happening!!....  more
  • 22

    Earle Fox


    BirthplaceOxford, Ohio, United States of America

    Earle Foxe (born Earl Aldrich Fox; December 25, 1891 – December 10, 1973) was an American actor....  more
  • 23

    Earle Warren


    BirthplaceSpringfield, Ohio, United States of America

    Earle Warren (July 1, 1914 – June 4, 1994) was an alto saxophonist and occasional singer with Count Basie. He was born in Springfield, Ohio. He played lead alto saxophone in the Basie orchestra...  more
  • 24

    Earl Pastko


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Earl Pastko (born 10 December 1965) is an American-Canadian film and television actor. He was born in Chicago and moved to Canada in 1985. Pastko is a founding member of Chicago's Remains Theater...  more
  • 25
    Earle Lewis Ovington (December 20, 1879 – July 21, 1936) was an American aeronautical engineer, aviator and inventor, and served as a lab assistant to Thomas Edison. Ovington piloted the first...  more