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Who Is The Most Famous Emil Or Emile In The World?

Updated January 28, 2021 639 votes 24 voters 5.8k views69 items

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

Emile Hirsch is certainly one of the most famous Emiles on this list. One of the famous actors named Emile, he is best known for playing Chris McCandless in the 2007 film Into the Wild. He is also featured in The Girl Next Door, Lords of Dogtown, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Another of the famous people with the first name Emil is Emil Cioran. He was a philosopher and essayist. His notable works include On the Heights of Despair and The Trouble with Being Born.

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Emil? Just add them to the list!

  • 1

    BirthplaceTopanga, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Emile Davenport Hirsch (born March 13, 1985) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Chris McCandless in Into the Wild (2007). He has starred in other notable films such as The Girl...  more

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  • 2

    BirthplaceSweden, Hjärup


    Emil Jensen is a Swedish singer-songwriter, comedian and actor based in Sweden. Emil Jensen has outspoken environmentalist views. In 2007 he toured Sweden by bicycle. He has also made a tour by...  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceOdessa, Ukraine


    Emil Grigoryevich Gilels (Ukrainian: Емі́ль Григо́рович Гі́лельс; 19 October 1916 – 14 October 1985) was a Soviet pianist. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time....  more
  • 4
    Emile Barnes (18 February 1892 – 2 March 1970) was a New Orleans jazz clarinetist. Barnes studied under Lorenzo Tio Jr., Alphonse Picou, George Baquet, and Louis Nelson Delisle (also known as "Big...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceSaint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

    NationalityUnited States of America, United States Virgin Islands

    Emile Alphonse Griffith (February 3, 1938 – July 23, 2013) was a professional boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands who became a World Champion in the welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight...  more

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  • 6

    BirthplaceJohnstown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Emil Sitka (December 22, 1914 – January 16, 1998) was a veteran American actor who appeared in hundreds of movies, short films, and television shows, and is best known for his numerous appearances...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceParis, France


    Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola (, also US: , French: [emil zɔla]; 2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was a French novelist, playwright, journalist, the best-known practitioner of the literary...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceTrondheim, Norway


    Emil Hegle Svendsen (born 12 July 1985) is a retired Norwegian biathlete. He has won eight medals at Winter Olympics (four gold) and five individual gold medals and seven relay gold medals at World...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceClocuşna, Moldova


    Emil Vladimirovich Loteanu (6 November 1936 – 18 April 2003) was a Soviet film director born in Romania. He moved to Moscow in his early life. His best known films are Lăutarii, Gypsies Are Found...  more
  • 10

    BirthplaceQuebec City, Canada


    Émile Genest (July 27, 1921 – March 19, 2003) was a Canadian actor....  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceEurope, Hanover, Eurasia, Lower Saxony, West Germany

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Emile Berliner (May 20, 1851 – August 3, 1929), originally Emil Berliner, was a German-born American inventor. He is best known for inventing the flat disc record (called a "gramophone record" in...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria


    Emil Lubtchov Kostadinov (Bulgarian: Емил Любчов Костадинов; born 12 August 1967) is a former Bulgarian football forward, former member of the Bulgaria national team for which he played in two World...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceRorschach, Switzerland, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland, Austria, Germany

    Emil Jannings (born Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, 23 July 1884 – 2 January 1950) was a German actor, popular in 1920s film in Hollywood. He was the first Oscar recipient, honored with the Academy...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Emile Joseph Christian (April 20, 1895 – December 3, 1973) (sometimes spelled Emil Christian) was an early jazz trombonist; he also played cornet and string bass. He also wrote a number of tunes,...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceSint-Amands, Belgium


    Émile Adolphe Gustave Verhaeren (Dutch: [vərˈɦaːrən]; 21 May 1855 – 27 November 1916) was a Belgian poet and art critic who wrote in the French language. He was one of the founders of the school of...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceIași, Iași metropolitan area, Romania


    Emil Racoviță (Romanian pronunciation: [eˈmil ˈrakovit͡sə]; also spelled Racovitza; 15 November 1868 – 17 November 1947) was a Romanian biologist, zoologist, speleologist, explorer of Antarctica and...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceHagen, Germany


    Emil Thuy (11 March 1894 – 11 June 1930), Pour le Merite, Württemberg's Order of Military Merit, House Order of Hohenzollern, Iron Cross First and Second Class, was one of the leading German fighter...  more
  • 18

    BirthplaceÉpinal, France


    David Émile Durkheim (French: [emil dyʁkɛm] or [dyʁkajm]; 15 April 1858 – 15 November 1917) was a Jewish sociologist in France. He formally established the academic discipline and—with W. E. B. Du...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Emil "Red" Sitko (September 7, 1923 – December 15, 1973) was an American football player. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 7, 1923. He was of Polish descent. He earned the nickname of "Red"...  more

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  • 20

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany


    Emil Georg Conrad von Sauer (8 October 1862 – 27 April 1942) was a German composer, pianist, score editor, and music (piano) teacher. He was a pupil of Franz Liszt and one of the most distinguished...  more
  • 21


    Emil Marwa, (born 1974), is a British actor, known for his acting in films like Izzat, East Is East, and The Guru....  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceBern, Switzerland


    Emil Theodor Kocher (25 August 1841 – 27 July 1917) was a Swiss physician and medical researcher who received the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in the physiology, pathology...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceMaspeth, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Emile Ardolino (May 9, 1943 – November 20, 1993) was an American film director, choreographer, and producer, best known for his films Dirty Dancing (1987) and Sister Act (1992)....  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Émile Cohl (French: [kol]; January 4, 1857 – January 20, 1938), born Émile Eugène Jean Louis Courtet, was a French caricaturist of the largely forgotten Incoherent Movement, cartoonist, and animator,...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria


    Emil Gargorov (Bulgarian: Емил Гъргоров; born 15 February 1981) is a Bulgarian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Vitosha Bistritsa....  more
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