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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
Karl Malone Karl Anthony Malone, nicknamed "The Mailman" is a retired American professional basketball power forward. He spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the ...more

Karl Rove is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Rove Karl Christian Rove is an American Republican political consultant and policy advisor. He was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration until Rove's ...more

Carl Reiner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Reiner Carl Reiner is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and singer. He is best known for his role in a comedy duo with Mel Brooks. He is also known for his role on Your ...more

Karl Urban is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Urban Karl-Heinz Urban is a New Zealand actor. He is best known for playing Éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard ...more

Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Marx Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for much of the current understanding of labour and ...more

Carl Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Cox Carl Cox is a British house and techno DJ and producer. In the 1980s Cox was a hardcore/rave DJ. He performed at numerous clubs and also served as a monthly DJ for BBC Radio One's Essential Mix. ...more

Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Yastrzemski Carl Michael Yastrzemski is an American former Major League Baseball player. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year baseball career with the ...more

Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Lewis Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. ...more

Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Perkins Carl Lee Perkins was an American singer-songwriter who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning in 1954. His best-known song is "Blue Suede Shoes". ...more

Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Hubbell Carl Owen Hubbell, nicknamed "The Meal Ticket" and "King Carl", was an American baseball player. He was a member of the New York Giants in the National League from 1928 to ...more

Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Crawford Carl Demonte Crawford, nicknamed "The Perfect Storm", is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He bats and throws ...more

Carl Sandburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Sandburg Carl August Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was ...more

Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Weathers Carl Weathers is an American actor and former professional football player. He is best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films, Dillon in Predator, Chubbs Peterson in ...more

Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Sagan Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright.

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Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Eller Carl Eller is a former professional American football player in the National Football League who played from 1964 through 1979. He was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and attended the ...more

Karl Mecklenburg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Mecklenburg Karl Mecklenburg is a former American 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
Karl Malden Karl Malden was an American actor. Malden was primarily a character actor who "for more than 60 years brought an intelligent intensity and a homespun authenticity to roles in theater, film ...more

Karl Lagerfeld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Lagerfeld Karl Lagerfeld is a German fashion designer, artist, and photographer based in Paris. He is the head designer and creative director of the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi ...more

Carl Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Wilson Carl Dean Wilson was an American rock and roll singer, guitarist and composer, best known as a founding member, lead guitarist and occasional lead vocalist of The Beach Boys. Wilson performed ...more

Karl Popper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Popper Sir Karl Raimund Popper CH FBA FRS was an Austrian-British philosopher and professor. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century. Popper is known ...more

Carl Panzram is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Panzram Carl Panzram was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist and burglar. He is known for his confession to his only friend, prison guard Henry Lesser. Panzram confessed to 21 murders and to ...more

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Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Landry Carl Christopher Landry is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. The 6'9", all-conference power ...more

Carl Levin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Levin Carl Milton Levin was a United States Senator from Michigan from 1979 to 2015. He was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and is a member of the Democratic Party. Born in ...more

Carl Linnaeus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Linnaeus Carl Linnaeus, also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who laid the foundations for the modern biological naming scheme of ...more

Karl Pilkington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Pilkington Karl Pilkington is a travel show presenter, actor, author, amateur philosopher and former radio producer. He gained prominence as the producer of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's radio ...more

Carl Söderberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Söderberg Carl Johan Söderberg is a Swedish professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He was drafted in the second round, 49th overall, by ...more

Carl Palmer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Palmer Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer is an English drummer and percussionist. He is credited as one of the most respected rock drummers to emerge from the 1960s. In addition, Palmer is a veteran of a ...more

Karl Dönitz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Dönitz Karl Dönitz, sometimes spelt Doenitz in English, was a German admiral who played a major role in the Naval history of World War II. He began his career in the Imperial German Navy before ...more

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Carl Jung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Jung Carl Gustav Jung, often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also ...more

Carl Froch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Froch Carl Martin Froch is an English professional boxer. He is a four-time world champion in the super-middleweight division, having won the WBC title twice, and is the former IBF champion, having ...more

Carl Nicks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Nicks Carl Nicks, Jr. is a former American football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League for six seasons. He played college football for the University of Nebraska. He ...more

Carl Czerny is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Czerny Carl Czerny was an Austrian composer, teacher, and pianist of Czech origin whose vast musical production amounted to over a thousand works. His books of studies for the piano are still widely ...more

Carl Craig is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Craig Carl Craig is a Detroit-based producer of techno music, and is considered to be one of the most important names in the Detroit second generation of techno producers and DJs. According to an ...more

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim was a Finnish military leader and statesman. Mannerheim served as the military leader of the Whites in the Finnish Civil War, Regent of Finland, ...more

Carl Edwards is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Edwards Carl Michael Edwards II is a NASCAR driver. He currently drives the No. 19 Arris Group / Stanley Tools / Subway Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. Prior to that, he ...more

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Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Banks Carl E. Banks is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League from 1984 to 1995 for the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns.

Carl Icahn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Icahn Carl Celian Icahn is an American businessman, activist shareholder, and investor. He is the majority shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified holding company.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was a German Classical period musician and composer, the fifth child and second son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. His second name was given in honor ...more

Karl Liebknecht is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Liebknecht Karl Liebknecht was a German socialist and a co-founder with Rosa Luxemburg of the Spartacist League and the Communist Party of Germany. He is best known for his opposition to World War I in the ...more

Carl Maria von Weber is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Maria von Weber Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Weber's operas Der ...more

Karl Benz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Benz Karl Friedrich Benz was a German engine designer and car engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine, and together with Bertha ...more

Carl Switzer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Switzer Carl Dean Switzer was an American actor, professional dog breeder and hunting guide. Switzer began his career as a child actor in the mid-1930s appearing in the Our Gang short subjects series as ...more

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Carl Theodor Dreyer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Theodor Dreyer Carl Theodor Dreyer, commonly known as Carl Th. Dreyer, was a Danish film director. He is regarded by many critics and filmmakers as one of the greatest directors in cinema. His best known films ...more

Carl Friedrich Gauss is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Friedrich Gauss Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German mathematician who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, ...more

Carl Hiaasen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Hiaasen Carl Hiaasen is an American journalist, columnist, and novelist.

Carl Mays is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Mays Carl William Mays was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1915 to 1929. He is primarily remembered for throwing the beanball that killed Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians on ...more

Carl Pickens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Pickens Carl McNally Pickens is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans.

Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Orff Carl Orff was a 20th-century German composer, best known for his cantata Carmina Burana. In addition to his career as a composer, Orff developed an influential approach toward music education ...more

Carl Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Bernstein Carl Bernstein is an American investigative journalist and author. Along with Bob Woodward at The Washington Post, he did the majority of the most important news reporting on the Watergate ...more

Carl Thomas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Thomas Carl Thomas is an American Grammy-nominated R&B singer.