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Who Is The Most Famous Carl Or Karl In The World?

Updated October 30, 2020 827 votes 26 voters 32.0k views100 items

List RulesVote up all of the Carls or Karls you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Carl can you think of? The famous Carls and Karls below have many different professions, including notable actors named Carl, famous athletes named Carl, comedians named Carl, and even philosophers named Karl.

Carl Reiner is certainly one of the most famous Carls on this list. One of the famous actors named Carl, he starred in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and the Ocean's films. He also created The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Another of the famous people with the first name Karl is Karl Malone. He is a former NBA player with the Utah Jazz. Karl Malone is a 14-time NBA All-Star. Carl Weathers is another of the famous athletes named Carl. Meanwhile, those who love math might recognize mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss. 

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

  • Karl Lagerfeld1

    Karl Lagerfeld

    Karl Otto Lagerfeld (German: [kaɐ̯l ˈlaːɡɐˌfɛlt]; 10 September 1933 – 19 February 2019) was a... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Reiner2

    Carl Reiner

    Carlton "Carl" Reiner (March 20, 1922 – June 29, 2020) was an American comedian, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Lewis3

    Carl Lewis

    Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Weathers4

    Carl Weathers

    Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor and former professional football... more on Wikipedia

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  • Karl Marx5

    Karl Marx

    Karl Marx (German: [ˈkaɐ̯l ˈmaɐ̯ks]; 5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Karl Rove6

    Karl Rove

    Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) is an American Republican political consultant... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Bernstein7

    Carl Bernstein

    Carl Bernstein ( BURN-steen; born February 14, 1944) is an American investigative journalist... more on Wikipedia
  • Karl Urban8

    Karl Urban

    Karl-Heinz Urban (born 7 June 1972) is a New Zealand actor. His career began with appearances... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Jung9

    Carl Jung

    Carl Gustav Jung ( YUUNG, German: [kaɐ̯l ˈjʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss... more on Wikipedia

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  • Karl Pilkington10

    Karl Pilkington

    Karl Pilkington (born 1972) is an English television presenter, author, comedian, radio... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Sagan11

    Carl Sagan

    Carl Edward Sagan (; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Karl Malone12

    Karl Malone

    Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Cox13

    Carl Cox

    Carl Cox (born 29 July 1962) is a British house and techno record producer and DJ. In the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Yastrzemski14
    Carl Michael Yastrzemski (; nicknamed "Yaz"; born August 22, 1939) is an American former Major... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Perkins15

    Carl Perkins

    Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter who... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Eller16

    Carl Eller

    Carl Eller (born January 25, 1942) is a former professional American football player in the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Sandburg17

    Carl Sandburg

    Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, biographer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Karl Mecklenburg18
    Karl Bernard Mecklenburg (born September 1, 1960) is a former football linebacker for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Carl Crawford19

    Carl Crawford

    Carl Demonte Crawford (born August 5, 1981), nicknamed "The Perfect Storm", is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Carl Hubbell20

    Carl Hubbell

    Carl Owen Hubbell (June 22, 1903 – November 21, 1988), nicknamed "The Meal Ticket" and "King... more on Wikipedia
  • Carl Söderberg21

    Carl Söderberg

    Carl Johan Söderberg (born 12 October 1985) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player... more on Wikipedia
  • Carl Wilson22

    Carl Wilson

    Carl Dean Wilson (December 21, 1946 – February 6, 1998) was an American musician, singer, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Karl Malden23

    Karl Malden

    Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich; March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Karl Popper24

    Karl Popper

    Sir Karl Raimund Popper (28 July 1902 – 17 September 1994) was an Austrian-born British... more on Wikipedia
  • Carl Linnaeus25

    Carl Linnaeus

    Carl Linnaeus (; 23 May 1707 – 10 January 1778), also known after his ennoblement as Carl von... more on Wikipedia

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