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Famous People Named Carl or Karl 

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List of famous people named Carl, along with photos. How many celebrities named Carl or Karl can you think of? The famous Carls below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Karl, athletes named Carl, and even political figures named Karl. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is Carl? Add them to the list.

For a name that isn't super popular, there are some super popular men named Karl. The most interesting men named Karl on this list are actually two politicians, Karl Rove and Karl Marx, who made themselves into household names through defining Republican strategy in the early 21st century and the Communist agenda in the 19th century, respectively.
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 55

Birthplace: Summerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The Mailman", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 ...more

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Karl Rove is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 68

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America

Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) is an American Republican political consultant and policy advisor. He was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush ...more

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Carl Reiner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 96

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Carl Reiner (Yiddish: שאַרל רעינער‎; born March 20, 1922) is an American comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and publisher whose career spans seven decades. During the early years of ...more

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Karl Urban is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 46

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Karl-Heinz Urban (born 7 June 1972) is a New Zealand actor. His career began with appearances in New Zealand films and TV series such as Xena: Warrior Princess. His first Hollywood role was in ...more

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Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Dec. at 65 (1818-1883)

Birthplace: Trier, Germany

Karl Marx (German: [ˈkaɐ̯l ˈmaɐ̯ks]; 5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary. Born in ...more

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Carl Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 56

Birthplace: Oldham, United Kingdom

Carl Cox (born 29 July 1962) is a British house and techno record producer and DJ. In the 1980s, Cox became a mainstage DJ in the electronica industry. He has performed at numerous clubs and ...more

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Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 79

Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States of America

Carl Michael Yastrzemski (; nicknamed "Yaz"; born August 22, 1939) is an American former Major League Baseball player. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Yastrzemski ...more

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 57

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships ...more

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Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Dec. at 66 (1932-1998)

Birthplace: Tiptonville, Tennessee, United States of America

Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter who recorded most notably at the Sun Studio, in Memphis, beginning in 1954. Amongst his best-known songs are ...more

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Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Dec. at 85 (1903-1988)

Birthplace: Carthage, Missouri

Carl Owen Hubbell (June 22, 1903 – November 21, 1988), nicknamed "The Meal Ticket" and "King Carl", was an American baseball player. He stood 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) tall ...more

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Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 37

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Carl Demonte Crawford (born August 5, 1981), nicknamed "The Perfect Storm", is an American former professional baseball left fielder. He batted and threw left-handed. Crawford was ...more

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Carl Sandburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Dec. at 89 (1878-1967)

Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America

Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of ...more

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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 71

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor and former professional football player. He is best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films, Al Dillon in ...more

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Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Dec. at 62 (1934-1996)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Carl Edward Sagan (; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in ...more

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Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 73

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Carl Eller (born January 25, 1942) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL) who played from 1964 through 1979. He was born in Winston-Salem, North ...more

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Karl Mecklenburg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 55

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Karl Bernard Mecklenburg (born September 1, 1960) is a former football linebacker for the Denver Broncos in the National Football League.
Karl Malden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Dec. at 97 (1912-2009)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich; March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an American actor. He was primarily a character actor who "for more than 60 years brought an intelligent ...more

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Karl Lagerfeld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 85

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

Karl Otto Lagerfeld (German: [kaɐ̯l ˈlaːɡɐˌfɛlt]; 10 September 1933 – 19 February 2019) was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer, and caricaturist who lived in ...more

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Carl Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Dec. at 52 (1946-1998)

Birthplace: Hawthorne, California, United States of America

Carl Dean Wilson (December 21, 1946 – February 6, 1998) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys. He is best remembered as their lead guitarist, as the ...more

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Karl Popper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Popper Dec. at 92 (1902-1994)

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Sir Karl Raimund Popper (28 July 1902 – 17 September 1994) was an Austrian-born British philosopher and professor.Generally regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest philosophers of ...more
Carl Panzram is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Dec. at 39 (1891-1930)

Birthplace: Minnesota

Carl Panzram (June 28, 1892 – September 5, 1930) was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist, robber and burglar. In prison confessions and his autobiography, he claimed to have committed ...more
Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 35

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Carl Christopher Landry (born September 19, 1983) is an American professional basketball player for the Hiroshima Dragonflies of the B.League . The 6'9", all-conference power forward played ...more
Carl Levin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 84

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is an American attorney and retired politician who served as a United States Senator from Michigan from 1979 to 2015. He was the chair of the Senate ...more
Carl Linnaeus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Dec. at 71 (1707-1778)

Birthplace: Råshult, Sweden

Carl Linnaeus (; 23 May 1707 – 10 January 1778), also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkɑːɭ fɔn lɪˈneː] (listen)), was a Swedish botanist, ...more

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Karl Pilkington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Age: 46

Birthplace: Sale, United Kingdom

Karl Pilkington (born 1972) is an English television presenter, author, comedian, radio producer, actor and voice actor. Pilkington gained prominence as the producer of Ricky Gervais and Stephen ...more

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