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Who knew there were so many famous people named Karel in the world? Our list of celebrities named Karel includes pictures and information about each person when available, so you can get to know them a little better if you don't know them. The famous Karels below come from all walks of life, but all ended up achieving fame or notoriety in one way or another. This list includes singers named Karel, actors named Karel, and much more. Karel Čapek, Karel Appel, and Karel Poborský are only a few of the well-known people named Karel on this list.
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Karel Čapek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Writer Karel Čapek was a Czech writer of the early 20th century. He had multiple roles throughout his career such as playwright, dramatist, essayist, publisher, literary reviewer, and art critic. ...more

Karel Appel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Christiaan Karel Appel was a Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet. He started painting at the age of fourteen and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. He was one of the founders ...more

Karel Poborský is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Footballer Karel Poborský is a Czech retired footballer who played as a right winger. He was most noted for his technical ability. He began and finished his club career at České Budějovice, ...more

Karel Goeyvaerts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel Goeyvaerts was a Belgian composer.

Karel Roden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor Karel Roden is a Czech actor, popularly known for his roles in Hellboy and The Bourne Supremacy, and his voice work in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Karel Marquez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Model, Actor, Singer Karla Ysabel Marquez-Santos was, known as Karel Marquez is a Filipino actress, model, singer, and TV host who currently signed under GMA Network. Before joining Kapuso Network, she was part of ...more

Karel Lamač is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Karel Lamač was a Czech film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. He directed 102 films between 1919 and 1953. He also appeared in 61 films between 1919 and 1938. He was born in Prague, ...more

Karel Hynek Mácha is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel Hynek Mácha was a Czech romantic poet.

Karel Gott is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Film Score Composer, Actor, Singer Karel Gott is a Czech Schlager singer, and an amateur painter. He is considered the most successful male singer in former Czechoslovakia and currently in the Czech Republic; he was elected the ...more

Karel Štěpánek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor Karel Štěpánek (1899–1980) was a Czech actor who spent many years in Austria and generally played German roles onscreen.[1] In 1940 he fled to Britain and spent much of the rest of his ...more

Karel Geraerts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel Geraerts Karel Geraerts is a Belgian football player who plays for Charleroi. Geraerts played for Club Brugge from 1998 to December 2003. In 2004 Club Brugge lent him to Lokeren where he scored his first ...more

Karel Kryl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter Karel Kryl was an iconic Moravian singer-songwriter and performer of many protest songs in which he identified and attacked the stupidity and inhumanity of the Communist and later also ...more

Karel D'Haene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel D'Haene Karel D'Haene is a Belgian football player who currently plays for S.V. Zulte Waregem in Belgium.

Karel Zeman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Production Designer, Screenwriter, Animator Karel Zeman was a Czech film director, artist, production designer and animator, best known for directing fantasy films combining live-action footage with animation. Because of his creative use ...more

Karel Dobrý is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor Karel Dobrý is a Czech film, television and stage actor. He is known for playing Liet-Kynes in the Dune 2000 miniseries, and Korba in the 2003 sequel Children of Dune, or as Matthias in ...more

Karel Reisz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Film Producer, Film Director Karel Reisz was a Czech-born British filmmaker who was active in post–World War II Britain, and one of the pioneers of the new realist strain in 1950s and 1960s British cinema.

Karel Teige is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Journalist, Photographer Karel Teige was the major figure of the Czech avant-garde movement Devětsil in the 1920s, a graphic artist, photographer, and typographer. Teige also worked as an editor and graphic designer for ...more

Karel Havlíček Borovský is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Publisher, Poet, Politician Karel Havlíček Borovský was a Czech writer, poet, critic, politician, journalist, and publisher. He lived and studied at the Gymnasium in Německý Brod, and his house on the ...more

Karel Schoeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel Schoeman Novelist Karel Schoeman is a South African novelist, historian, translator and man of letters. He is the author of 19 novels and numerous works of history. He is one of South Africa's most awarded ...more

Karel De Gucht is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Politician, Professor, Lawyer Karel Lodewijk De Gucht is a Belgian politician who has been the European Commissioner for Trade since February 2010 until 31 October 2014. Previously, he served as Belgium's Minister of Foreign ...more

Karel Heřmánek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor, Voice acting Karel Heřmánek is a Czech actor. He was born in Prague and appeared in more than forty films between 1976 and 2008.

Karel Hašler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Songwriter, Producer, Screenwriter Karel Hašler was a Czech songwriter, actor, lyricist, film and theatre director, composer, writer, dramatist, screenwriter and cabaretier. He was murdered in the Mauthausen concentration camp.

Karel Husa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Conductor, Composer Karel Husa is a Czech-born classical composer and conductor, winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize and 1993 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. In 1954 he went to the ...more

Karel deLeeuw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Mathematician, Scientist Karel deLeeuw, or de Leeuw, was a mathematics professor at Stanford University, specializing in harmonic analysis and functional analysis.

Karel Effa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor Karel Effa was an actor.

Karel Šíp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor Karel Šíp is a screenwriter, musician, tv host, comic, actor and lyricist.

Karel Augusta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor Karel Augusta was an actor.

Karel Van Miert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel Van Miert Politician Karel Van Miert was a Flemish politician of the Different Socialist Party and official of the European Commission.

Karel Jaromír Erben is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel Jaromír Erben Poet, Historian, Screenwriter Karel Jaromír Erben was a Czech historian, poet and writer of the mid-19th century, best known for his collection Kytice, which contains poems based on traditional and folkloric themes. ...more

Karel Dujardin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Painter, Artist Karel Dujardin was a Dutch Golden Age painter. Although he did a few portraits and a few history paintings of religious subjects, most of his work is small Italianate landscape scenes with ...more

Karel Houska is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor Karel Houska is an actor.

Karel Rachůnek is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Ice Hockey Player Karel Rachůnek was a Czech professional ice hockey player. Rachunek was the captain of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League when the team's plane crashed on September 7, 2011. He ...more

Karel Kachyňa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Screenwriter, Film Director Karel Kachyňa was a Czech film director. His career spanned over five decades. Kachyňa was part of the Czech wave of liberal filmmakers in the 1960s which included Miloš Forman and Jiří ...more

Karel Pavlík is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor Karel Pavlík is an actor.

Karel Krautgartner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Bandleader, Composer, Clarinetist Karel Krautgartner was a Czech jazz and classical clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, conductor and teacher.

Karel Koželuh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Tennis player Karel Koželuh was a top Czech tennis, soccer, and ice hockey player of the 1920s and 1930s. Koželuh never played in the major tournaments of amateur tennis but was an all-around athlete at the ...more

Karel Kovařovic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Conductor, Composer Karel Kovařovic was a Czech composer and conductor.

Karel Höger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor Karel Höger was a Czechoslovakian film actor. He appeared in nearly 100 films between 1939 and 1977.

Karel Janák is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Television director, Screenwriter, Film Director Karel Janák is a film and television director, actor and screenwriter.

Karel Steklý is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel Steklý Screenwriter, Film Director Karel Steklý was a Czech film director. He is most famous for his film Siréna for which he won the Golden Lion, and "Dobrý voják Švejk".

Karel Svoboda is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Film Score Composer, Sound Technician Karel Svoboda was a Czech composer of popular music. He wrote music for many TV series in the 1970s.

Karel Pešek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel Pešek Karel Pešek-Káďa was a Czechoslovak ice hockey and football player. He played as midfielder for Sparta Prague and the Czechoslovak football national team. He played from 1913 to 1933, ...more

Karel Plíhal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Record producer, Poet, Lyricist Karel Plíhal is a Czech folk and jazz musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. He graduated from the Industrial College of Engineering and then worked as a designer and boilerman ...more

Karel Mareš is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor Karel Mares was a film score composer and an actor.

Karel van de Woestijne is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel van de Woestijne Writer Carolus Petrus Eduardus Maria "Karel" van de Woestijne was a Flemish writer and brother of the painter Gustave van de Woestijne. He went to highschool at the Koninklijk Athenaeum at ...more

Karel Postranecký is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Actor Karel Postranecký was an actor.

Karel Ančerl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel Ančerl Conductor Karel Ančerl was a Czechoslovak conductor, renowned especially for his performances of contemporary music and for his interpretations of music by Czech composers. Ančerl was born into a ...more

Karel Vachek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Karel Vachek Screenwriter, Film Director Karel Vachek is a film director and screenwriter.

Karel Gross is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Pornographic actor

Karel Aguilar Chacón is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Named Karel
Athlete Karel Aguilar Chacón is an athlete from Cuba. He competes in sprint canoeing. His first major success came in 2003 when he won the Canadian canoe 500m gold medal at the Pan American Games ...more