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Who Is The Most Famous Louis Or Lou In The World?

Updated November 4, 2020 793 votes 45 voters 34.7k views92 items

List RulesVote up all of the Lous and Louises you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Louis can you think of? The famous Lous, Lewises and Louises below have many different professions, including notable actors named Louis, famous musicians named Lou, and even authors named Lewis.

Lou Reed is certainly one of the most famous Lous on this list. One of the famous musicians named Lou, he was a member of the Velvet Underground before launching a successful solo career. “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Perfect Day,” and “Satellite of Love” are among his hits.

Another of the famous people with the first name Louis is Lou Gehrig. He played 17 MLB seasons with the New York Yankees. He was shockingly diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosi – now known to many as Lou Gehrig's disease – in 1939. You may also recognize comedians like Lewis Black or Louie Anderson on this list. 

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Louis or Lou? Just add them to the list!

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  • Louis Tomlinson1
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    Louis Tomlinson

    1991-12-24

    BirthplaceDoncaster, England

    Louis William Tomlinson (24 December 1991) is an English singer, songwriter and television...  more

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  • Lou Reed2
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    Lou Reed

    1942-03-02

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

    Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer,...  more

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  • Lou Gehrig3
    21

    Lou Gehrig

    1903-06-19

    BirthplaceYorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Henry Louis Gehrig (born Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig; June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941) was an American...  more

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  • Louis Armstrong4
    20

    Louis Armstrong

    1901-08-04

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops,...  more

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  • Lou Diamond Phillips5

    BirthplaceU.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines

    Louis Diamond Phillips (born February 17, 1962) is an American actor and director. His...  more

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  • Lou Ferrigno6
    17

    Lou Ferrigno

    1951-11-09

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Louis Jude Ferrigno (; born November 9, 1951) is an American actor, fitness trainer, fitness...  more

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  • Louie Anderson7
    14

    Louie Anderson

    1953-03-24

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, USA

    Louis Perry "Louie" Anderson (born March 24, 1953) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and...  more

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  • Louis Gossett, Jr.8
    12

    BirthplaceSheepshead Bay, New York City, New York, USA

    Louis Cameron Gossett Jr. (born May 27, 1936) is an American actor. He is best known for his...  more

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  • Lewis Carroll9
    17

    Lewis Carroll

    1832-01-27

    BirthplaceDaresbury, Widnes, United Kingdom

    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (; 27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name...  more

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    Lewis Hamilton

    1985-01-07

    BirthplaceStevenage, United Kingdom

    Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton (born 7 January 1985) is a British racing driver who races in...  more

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  • Louis C.K.11
    17

    Louis C.K.

    1967-09-12

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Louis Székely () (born September 12, 1967), better known by his stage name Louis C.K. (), is...  more

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  • Lou Rawls12
    15

    Lou Rawls

    1933-12-01

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Louis Allen Rawls (December 1, 1933 – January 6, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Louis Prima13
    12

    Louis Prima

    1910-12-07

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Louis Leo Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, actor,...  more
  • Lewis Black14
    11

    Lewis Black

    1948-08-30

    BirthplaceSilver Spring, Maryland, United States of America

    Lewis Niles Black (born August 30, 1948) is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright,...  more

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  • Lou Brock15
    10

    Lou Brock

    1939-06-18

    BirthplaceEl Dorado, Arkansas, United States of America

    Louis Clark Brock (born June 18, 1939) is an American former professional baseball player. He...  more

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  • Louis Farrakhan16
    11

    Louis Farrakhan

    1933-05-11

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Louis Farrakhan Sr. (; born Louis Eugene Walcott; May 11, 1933), formerly known as Louis X, is...  more
  • Lou Williams17
    11

    Lou Williams

    1986-10-27

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Louis Williams may refer to: Louis Williams (American football) (born 1979), American...  more

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  • Lou Gramm18
    15

    Lou Gramm

    1950-05-02

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    Lou Gramm (born Louis Andrew Grammatico; May 2, 1950) is an American rock singer-songwriter,...  more

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  • Lou Whitaker19
    15

    Lou Whitaker

    1957-05-12

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Louis Rodman Whitaker Jr. (born May 12, 1957), nicknamed "Sweet Lou", is an American...  more

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  • Louis L'Amour20
    8

    Louis L'Amour

    1908-03-22

    BirthplaceJamestown, North Dakota

    Louis Dearborn L'Amour (; March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988) was an American novelist and...  more
  • Louis XIV of France21

    BirthplaceChâteau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

    Louis XIV (Louis Dieudonné; 5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great...  more

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  • Lou Thesz22
    8

    Lou Thesz

    1916-04-24

    BirthplaceBanat, Michigan

    Aloysius Martin "Lou" Thesz (April 24, 1916 – April 28, 2002) was an American professional...  more

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  • Louis Jourdan23
    12

    Louis Jourdan

    1921-06-19

    BirthplaceFrance, Marseille

    Louis Jourdan (born Louis Robert Gendre; 19 June 1921 – 14 February 2015) was a French film...  more

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  • Lou Boudreau24
    14

    Lou Boudreau

    1917-07-17

    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois

    Louis Boudreau (nicknamed "Old Shufflefoot," "Handsome Lou" or "The Good Kid"; July 17, 1917 –...  more
  • Lou Bega25
    11

    Lou Bega

    1975-04-13

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    David Lubega (born 13 April 1975), better known by his stage name Lou Bega, is a German...  more