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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!

  • Louis Tomlinson1

    Louis Tomlinson


    BirthplaceDoncaster, England

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

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  • Lou Reed2

    Lou Reed


    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

    Lou Gehrig


    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

    Louis Armstrong


    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

    Lou Ferrigno


    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

    Louie Anderson


    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

    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

    Lewis Carroll


    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 Hamilton10

    Lewis Hamilton


    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

    Louis C.K.


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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  • Lou Rawls12

    Lou Rawls


    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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

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  • Louis Prima13

    Louis Prima


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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

    Lewis Black


    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

    Lou Brock


    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

    Louis Farrakhan


    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

    Lou Williams


    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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

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  • Lou Gramm18

    Lou Gramm


    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

    Lou Whitaker


    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

    Louis L'Amour


    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

    Lou Thesz


    BirthplaceBanat, Michigan

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

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  • Louis Jourdan23

    Louis Jourdan


    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

    Lou Boudreau


    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois

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

    Lou Bega


    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

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