Celebrities 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
Karl Malone age 54 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 age 67 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 age 96 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 age 45 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 Died at 65 (1818-1883) 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 age 55 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 age 78 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 age 56 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 Died at 66 (1932-1998) 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 Died at 85 (1903-1988) 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 age 36 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 Died at 89 (1878-1967) 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

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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Weathers age 70 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 Died at 62 (1934-1996) Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright.

Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Eller age 76 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 age 57 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 Died at 97 (1912-2009) 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

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Karl Lagerfeld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Lagerfeld age 84 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 Died at 52 (1946-1998) 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 Died at 92 (1902-1994) 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 Died at 39 (1891-1930) 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

Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Landry age 34 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

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Carl Levin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Levin age 83 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 Died at 71 (1707-1778) 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 age 45 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 age 32 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 age 68 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

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Karl Dönitz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Karl Dönitz Died at 89 (1891-1980) 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

Carl Jung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Jung Died at 86 (1875-1961) 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 age 40 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 age 32 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 Died at 66 (1791-1857) 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

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Carl Craig is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Craig age 48 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 Died at 84 (1867-1951) 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 age 38 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

Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Banks age 53 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 age 82 Carl Celian Icahn is an American businessman, activist shareholder, and investor. He is the majority shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified holding company.

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Named Carl or Karl
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Died at 74 (1714-1788) 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 Died at 48 (1871-1919) 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 Died at 40 (1786-1826) 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 Died at 85 (1844-1929) 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 Died at 32 (1927-1959) 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 Died at 79 (1889-1968) 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 Died at 78 (1777-1855) 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 age 65 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 Died at 80 (1891-1971) 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 age 45 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 Died at 87 (1895-1982) 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 age 74 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 age 45 Carl Thomas is an American Grammy-nominated R&B singer.