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Who Is The Most Famous Hans In The World?

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

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

Hans Zimmer is certainly one of the most famous Hanses on this list. One of the famous composers named Hans, he has written the scores for such films as Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Dunkirk. He won an Oscar for writing The Lion King's score.

Another of the famous people with the first name Hans is Hans Christian Andersen. He was an author and playwright. His notable works include “The Emperor's New Clothes,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Ugly Duckling.”

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  • Film Score Composer, Record producer


    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Hans Florian Zimmer (German pronunciation: [ˈhans ˈfloːʁi̯aːn ˈtsɪmɐ] (listen); born 12 September 1957) is a German film score composer and record producer. Zimmer's works are notable for integrating  ...more

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  • AgeDec. at 70 (1805-1875)

    BirthplaceOdense, Denmark


    Hans Christian Andersen (; Danish: [hæns kʁæstjæn ˈanɐsn̩] (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best  ...more

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  • Musician, Actor


    BirthplaceStornaway, UK

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    For the Swedish soccer player, see Hans Mattisson.Hans Matheson (born 7 August 1975) is a Scottish actor. Some of his most notable film and television roles include Sherlock Holmes, The Tudors, Tess  ...more
  • Soccer Player, Coach


    BirthplaceVienna, Austria


    Johann "Hans" Krankl (born 14 February 1953 in Vienna) is a retired Austrian footballer. A prolific striker, Krankl is regarded by many as one of Austria's greatest players.  ...more
  • Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 46 (1900-1946)

    BirthplaceKarlsruhe, Germany


    Hans Michael Frank (23 May 1900 – 16 October 1946) was a German politician and lawyer who served as head of the General Government in Poland during the Second World War. Frank was an early member of  ...more
  • Physicist

    AgeDec. at 98 (1906-2005)

    BirthplaceStrasbourg, France

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Hans Albrecht Bethe (German: [ˈhans ˈalbʁɛçt ˈbeːtə]; July 2, 1906 – March 6, 2005) was a German-American nuclear physicist who made important contributions to astrophysics, quantum electrodynamics  ...more

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  • Actor, Magician


    BirthplacePurmerend, Netherlands


    Johannes Franciscus Catharinus "Hans" Klok (born 22 February 1969) is a Dutch magician, illusionist and actor.  ...more
  • Businessperson




    Hans Rausing, KBE (born 25 March 1926) is a Swedish businessman based in the United Kingdom. He made his fortune from his co-inheritance of Tetra Pak, a company founded by his father Ruben Rausing  ...more
  • Hans Tilkowski (born 12 July 1935) is a German former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He was on the West German team that lost the 1966 World Cup final 4-2 to England. He was born in Dortmund,  ...more
  • Television director, Comedian


    BirthplaceSweden, Eurasia, Skåne County, Scania, Malmö


    Hans Folke "Hasse" Alfredson (28 June 1931 – 10 September 2017) was a Swedish actor, film director, writer and comedian. He was born in Malmö, Sweden. He is known for his collaboration with Tage  ...more
  • Film Score Composer, Composer

    AgeDec. at 86 (1926-2012)

    BirthplaceGütersloh, Germany


    Hans Werner Henze (1 July 1926 – 27 October 2012) was a German composer. His large oeuvre of works is extremely varied in style, having been influenced by serialism, atonality, Stravinsky, Italian  ...more
  • Priest, Professor


    BirthplaceSursee, Switzerland


    Hans Küng (pronounced [ˈhans ˈkʏŋ]; born 19 March 1928) is a Swiss Catholic priest, theologian, and author. Since 1995 he has been President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic (Stiftung Weltethos).  ...more
  • AgeDec. at 82 (1905-1988)

    BirthplaceLucerne, Switzerland


    Hans Urs von Balthasar (12 August 1905 – 26 June 1988) was a Swiss theologian and Catholic priest who is considered one of the most important Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century.  ...more
  • Politician, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 78 (1931-2010)

    BirthplaceBreda, Netherlands


    Henricus Antonius Franciscus Maria Oliva "Hans" van Mierlo (Dutch pronunciation: ['hans fan 'mirlo]; 18 August 1931 – 11 March 2010) was a Dutch politician and co-founder of the Democrats 66 (D66)  ...more
  • Hans Günter Winkler (24 July 1926 – 9 July 2018) was a German show jumper. He is the only show jumper to have won five Olympic gold medals and a total of seven Olympic medals, and to compete and win  ...more
  • Physicist, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 73 (1777-1851)

    BirthplaceRudkøbing, Denmark


    Hans Christian Ørsted (; Danish: [hæns kʰʁæstjæn ˈɶɐ̯stɛð]; often rendered Oersted in English; 14 August 1777 – 9 March 1851) was a Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents  ...more
  • Johannes Franciscus "Hans" van Breukelen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɑns fɑn ˈbrøːkələ(n)], 4 October 1956) is a former Dutch football player who played as a goalkeeper. He is the technical director of  ...more
  • Character actor, Comedian

    AgeDec. at 64 (1917-1982)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Hans Georg Conried Jr. (April 15, 1917 – January 5, 1982) was an American actor and comedian, who was active in voice-over roles. He was known for providing the voices of Walt Disney's Mr. George  ...more
  • AgeDec. at 64 (1894-1959)

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany


    Hans Henny Jahnn (17 December 1894, Stellingen – 29 November 1959, Hamburg) was a German playwright, novelist, and organ-builder. As a playwright, he wrote: Pastor Ephraim Magnus (1917), which The  ...more
  • Physicist, Astronaut


    BirthplaceÜberlingen, Germany


    Hans Wilhelm Schlegel (Überlingen, 3 August 1951) is a German physicist, a former ESA astronaut, and a veteran of two NASA Space Shuttle missions.  ...more
  • Hans Bellmer (13 March 1902 – 24 February 1975) was a German artist, best known for the life-sized pubescent female dolls he produced in the mid-1930s. Historians of art and photography also consider  ...more
  • Columnist, Politician


    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands


    Hans Wiegel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɑns ˈʋiɣəl]; born 16 July 1941) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and businessman. Wiegel served as Chairman of  ...more
  • Musician


    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands


    Hans Dulfer (born 28 May 1940) is a Dutch jazz musician who plays tenor saxophone. Hans Dulfer was born on 28 May 1940 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He began at age 17 and has been referred to as "Big  ...more
  • Chemist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 81 (1900-1981)

    BirthplaceHildesheim, Germany

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Germany

    Sir Hans Adolf Krebs (; 25 August 1900 – 22 November 1981) was a German-born British biologist, physician and biochemist. He was a pioneer scientist in the study of cellular respiration, a  ...more
  • Playwright

    AgeDec. at 81 (1494-1576)

    BirthplaceNuremberg, Germany


    Hans Sachs (5 November 1494 – 19 January 1576) was a German Meistersinger ("mastersinger"), poet, playwright, and shoemaker.  ...more
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