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Who Is The Most Famous Joel In The World?

Updated December 4, 2020 811 votes 50 voters 13.4k views82 items

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

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

Joel McHale is certainly one of the most famous Joels on this list. One of the famous comedians named Joel, he broke out as the host of The Soup before playing Jeff Winger on Community. Ted, The Great Indoors, and Santa Clarita Diet are among his other notable projects. Joel Crothers is another of the actors named Joel. 

Another of the famous people with the first name Joel is Joel Madden. He is the lead singer of the punk band Good Charlotte. “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” and “The Anthem” are two of the group's biggest hits.

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

  • 1

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television host. He is known for hosting The Soup and portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom...  more
  • 2

    BirthplaceSt. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States of America

    Joel Coen is a film and television producer, screenwriter, film director and film editor....  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceBlacktown, Australia

    Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974) is an Australian actor and filmmaker. He has appeared in the films Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith...  more
  • 4

    Joel Kinnaman


    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman (born 25 November 1979) is a Swedish and American actor who first gained recognition for his roles in the Swedish film Easy Money and the Johan Falk crime series....  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    Joel Grey (born Joel David Katz; April 11, 1932) is an American actor, singer, dancer, director, and photographer. He is best known for portraying the Master of Ceremonies in the Kander & Ebb musical...  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceUSA, Waldorf, Maryland

    Joel Rueben Madden (né Combs; March 11, 1979) is the lead vocalist for the American pop punk band Good Charlotte, as well as a record producer, actor, DJ, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He is also...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceUSA, Minnesota

    Joel McKinnon Miller (born February 21, 1960) is an American actor who is best known for portraying Don Embry on Big Love and Detective Norm Scully on Brooklyn Nine-Nine....  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceSouth Orange, New Jersey, USA

    Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is an American film producer, most well known for action films including the Lethal Weapon series, The Matrix trilogy, the first two Die Hard films and the first two...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Joel Scott Osteen (born March 5, 1963) is an American pastor, televangelist, and author, based in Houston, Texas. Osteen's televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20...  more
  • 10

    BirthplaceSouth Pasadena, California, United States of America

    Joel Albert McCrea (November 5, 1905 – October 20, 1990) was an American actor whose career spanned almost five decades and appearances in more than 90 films. These films include Alfred Hitchcock's...  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Joel T. Schumacher (August 29, 1939 – June 22, 2020) was an American filmmaker. Schumacher rose to fame after directing three hit films: St. Elmo's Fire (1985), The Lost Boys (1987), and Flatliners...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceStevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

    Joel Hodgson is an American writer, comedian and television actor. He is best known for creating Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and starring in it as the character Joel Robinson. In 2007, MST3K...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, USA

    Joel Murray (born April 17, 1963) is an American actor. He has had prominent roles in the television series Mad Men, Grand, Love & War, Dharma and Greg, and Shameless. He has also appeared in films...  more
  • 14

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Joel David Moore (born September 25, 1977) is an American character actor and director. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Moore studied acting in college before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue...  more
  • 15

    Joel Courtney


    BirthplaceMonterey, California, United States of America

    Joel Courtney (born January 31, 1996) is an American actor, known for his role of Joe Lamb in the 2011 film Super 8, for which he received critical acclaim and a Saturn Award. He also played the lead...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Joel Tobeck (born 2 June 1971 in Auckland, New Zealand) is an actor known for his roles in the television series Tangle, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Xena Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary...  more
  • 17
    Jimmy kimmle is an American actor and film producer. He has appeared in such films as Can't Hardly Wait, But I'm a Cheerleader, Ghost World, The Rules of Attraction, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Cruel World,...  more
  • 18

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Joel Zwick (born January 11, 1942) is an American film director, television director, and theater director. He worked on the television series Perfect Strangers, Full House, and Family Matters, and...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, New Hartford

    Joel de la Fuente (born April 21, 1969) is an American actor. He first gained recognition for his role as 1st Lieutenant Paul Wang in Space: Above and Beyond, and is best known for his roles as Dr....  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceMonticello, Minnesota, United States of America

    Joel Przybilla (; born October 10, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player who played the center position for 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA)....  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceElk River, Minnesota

    Joel Stuart Otto (born October 29, 1961) is an American former professional ice hockey center in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers. An undrafted player,...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceNew York

    Joel David Rifkin (born January 20, 1959) is an American serial killer. In 1994, he was sentenced to 203 years in prison for the murders of nine women between 1989 and 1993. He is believed to have...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Joel Soisson is an American screenwriter, producer and director. He works primarily in the field of independent film. His numerous credits include Dracula 2000, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's...  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Joel Vincent Anthony (born August 9, 1982) is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays for San Lorenzo of the Liga Nacional de Básquetbol. He is also a member of the Canadian national...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceFarnham, England

    Joel Daniel Freeland (born 7 February 1987) is a British former professional basketball player who last played for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League. Standing at 2.10 m (6 ft 10 1⁄2 in), he played...  more
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