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Who Is The Most Famous Herman In The World?

Updated February 19, 2021 649 votes 24 voters 6.4k views72 items

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

Herman Cain is certainly one of the most famous Hermans on this list. One of the famous businessmen named Herman, he was the CEO of Godfather's Pizza. He was active in politics and participated in the 2012 presidential primaries for the Republican nominee.

Another of the famous people with the first name Herman is Herman Melville. He is a writer best known for Moby-Dick. Billy Budd, Typee, and Sailor are among his notable works.

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  • 1
    1819-08-01
    23

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    Herman Melville (born Melvill; August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. Among his best-known works are Typee...  more

    #26 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#315 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#29 of 171 The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

  • 2
    1945-12-13
    21

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

    Herman Cain (December 13, 1945 – July 30, 2020) was an American business executive, syndicated columnist, and Tea Party activist. Cain grew up in Georgia and graduated from Morehouse College with a...  more

    #61 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#111 of 302 The Most Influential Politicians in American History#6 of 39 The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

  • 3

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Herman Jacob Mankiewicz (November 7, 1897 – March 5, 1953) was an American screenwriter, who, with Orson Welles, wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane (1941). Earlier, he was the Berlin correspondent...  more
  • 4
    1976-10-03
    17

    BirthplaceHong Kong, China

    Herman Li (Chinese: 李康敏; born 3 October 1976) is a British Chinese musician who is one of two lead guitarists for the power metal band DragonForce....  more

    #204 of 645 The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time#5 of 41 The Best Celebrity Streamers On Twitch#131 of 334 Famous Rhythm Guitarists

  • 5
    1954-04-27
    14

    BirthplaceFort Monmouth, New Jersey, United States of America

    Herman Edwards Jr. (born April 27, 1954) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the head coach at Arizona State University. From 2009 to 2017, he was a pro football analyst...  more

    #52 of 126 The Best College Football Coaches Right Now#6 of 12 The Best NFL Coach Rants#401 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • 6
    1934-08-01
    13

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

    Hermann Baumann (born 1 August 1934) is a horn player, academic teacher and composer. After starting his musical career as a singer and jazz drummer he switched to horn at the age of 17. He studied...  more
  • 7
    1889-03-30
    17

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Herman Bing (March 30, 1889 – January 9, 1947) was a German-American character actor. He acted in more than 120 films and many of his parts were uncredited....  more
  • 8
    1946-11-05
    17

    BirthplaceZwolle, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Hermanus "Herman" Brood (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦɛrˈmaːnɵs ˈɦɛrmɑn ˈbroːt]; 5 November 1946 – 11 July 2001) was a Dutch musician and painter. As a musician he achieved artistic and commercial success...  more
  • 9
    1969-10-20
    17

    BirthplaceLinwood, New Jersey, United States of America

    Herman Joseph Moore (born October 20, 1969) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He played college...  more
  • 10
    1949-11-18
    13

    BirthplaceSaarbrücken, Germany

    Herman Rarebell (born 18 November 1949 as Hermann Josef Erbel) is a German musician, best known as the drummer for the band Scorpions from 1977 to 1995, during which time he played on eight studio...  more
  • 11
    1928-04-26
    10

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Herman Foster (April 26, 1928 – April 3, 1999) was an American bebop jazz pianist. He was blinded during childbirth through the carelessness of a doctor. He began his musical career early playing the...  more
  • 12
    1972-12-07
    14

    BirthplaceAltenmarkt im Pongau, Austria

    Hermann Maier (born 7 December 1972) is an Austrian former World Cup champion alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. Nicknamed the "Herminator", Maier ranks among the greatest alpine ski racers...  more
  • 13
    1954-03-19
    11

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    Hermann Joseph von Krippahl, known as Herman José, is a well-known Portuguese comedian, though virtually unknown abroad. His career has focused on television. His mother is Portuguese and his father...  more
  • 14
    1938-07-17
    9

    BirthplaceMalmedy, Belgium

    Hermann Huppen (born 17 July 1938) is a Belgian comic book artist. He is better known under his pen-name Hermann. He is most famous for his post-apocalyptic comic Jeremiah which was made into a...  more
  • 15
    1897-01-01
    9
    Hermann Neuling (17 July 1897 – 29 January 1967) was a horn player and composer. He was engaged for many years as a low horn player at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and taught at the...  more
  • 16
    1918-11-08
    13

    BirthplaceNuremberg, Germany

    Hermann Zapf (German: [tsapf]; November 8, 1918 – June 4, 2015) was a German type designer and calligrapher who lived in Darmstadt, Germany. He was married to the calligrapher and typeface designer...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceKuils River, South Africa

    Herman Charles Bosman (5 February 1905 – 14 October 1951) is widely regarded as South Africa's greatest short-story writer. He studied the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain and developed a...  more
  • 18
    10

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    Herman Berlinski (18 August 1910 – 27 September 2001) was a German-born American composer, organist, pianist, musicologist and choir conductor....  more
  • 19
    1840-12-07
    14

    BirthplaceKönigsberg, Germany

    Hermann Gustav Goetz (December 7, 1840 – December 3, 1876) was a German composer. Goetz was born in Königsberg, which was then part of East Prussia. After studying in Berlin, he moved to Switzerland...  more
  • 20
    14

    BirthplaceHamme, Belgium

    Herman Frans Martha Brusselmans (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɛrmɑn ˈbrʏsəlmɑns]; born 9 October 1957) is a Belgian novelist, poet, playwright and columnist. He lives in Ghent. He is one of the...  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Herman Fowlkes Jr. (September 21, 1919 – April 3, 1993) was an American jazz musician and educator from Chicago, Illinois....  more
  • 22
    1851-12-25
    11

    BirthplaceOberrot, Germany

    Herman Frasch [or Hermann Frasch] (December 25, 1851 in Oberrot bei Gaildorf, Württemberg – May 1, 1914 in Paris) was a chemist, mining engineer and inventor known for his work with petroleum and...  more
  • 23
    1877-07-02
    10

    BirthplaceCalw, Germany

    Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛɐ̯man ˈhɛsə]; July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-born poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass...  more

    #227 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#31 of 306 The Best Novelists of All Time#81 of 344 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

  • 24
    11

    BirthplaceKudirkos Naumiestis, Lithuania

    Herman Bernstein (September 21, 1876 – August 31, 1935) was an American journalist, poet, novelist, playwright, translator, Jewish activist, and diplomat. He was the United States Ambassador to...  more
  • 25
    1867-03-12
    11

    BirthplaceSandwich, Illinois

    Herman Casler (March 12, 1867 in Sandwich, Illinois – July 20, 1939 in Canastota, New York) an American inventor, was co-founder of the partnership called the K.M.C.D. Syndicate, along with W.K-L....  more
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