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Who Is The Most Famous Max Or Maximilian In The World?

Updated May 11, 2021 946 votes 25 voters 13.4k views104 items

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How many celebrities named Max or Maximilian can you think of? The famous Maxes and Maximilians below have many different professions, including notable actors named Max, famous athletes named Maximilian, and even musicians named Max.

Max von Sydow is certainly one of the most famous Maxes on this list. He made his American film debut in The Greatest Story Ever Told. The Exorcist, Shutter Island, and Game of Thrones are among his notable projects. Another of the famous people with the first name Max is Max Weinberg. He is the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. He was also the bandleader for Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

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  • 1

    BirthplaceDobbs Ferry, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Max Greenfield (born September 4, 1980) is an American actor. He appeared in recurring roles in Veronica Mars and Ugly Betty, and co-starred in the WB series Modern Men. He co-starred as Schmidt in  ...more

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  • 2

    BirthplaceLund, Sweden

    NationalitySweden, France

    Max von Sydow (born Carl Adolf von Sydow, April 10, 1929 - March 8, 2020) is a Swedish actor. He has appeared in many European and American films in several languages, and he received the Royal  ...more

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  • 3

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Max Weinberg (born April 13, 1951) is an American drummer and television personality, most widely known as the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and as the bandleader for Conan  ...more

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  • 4

    BirthplaceEngland, London, Hampstead


    Max Giorgio Choa Minghella (born 16 September 1985) is an English actor and filmmaker. He has appeared in several American films, making his debut in Bee Season (2005) before starring in Art School  ...more
  • 5

    BirthplaceLos Altos Hills, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Maximillion Drake Thieriot (born October 14, 1988) is an American actor and director. He made his acting debut in the 2004 adventure comedy film Catch That Kid. Thieriot has since appeared in the  ...more
  • 6

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Maximilian Raoul Steiner (May 10, 1888 – December 28, 1971) was an Austrian-born American music composer for theatre and films, as well as a conductor. He was a child prodigy who conducted his first  ...more

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  • 7

    BirthplaceNewland, North Carolina, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Maxwell Lemuel Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz drummer and composer. A pioneer of bebop, he worked in many other styles of music, and is generally considered alongside  ...more

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  • 8

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    NationalitySwitzerland, Austria

    Maximilian Schell (8 December 1930 – 1 February 2014) was an Austrian-born Swiss film and stage actor, who also wrote, directed and produced some of his own films. He won the Academy Award for Best  ...more
  • 9

    BirthplaceSfax, Tunisia


    Max Azria (Hebrew: מקס עזריה; Arabic: ماكس عزرية) (January 1, 1949 – May 6, 2019) was a Tunisia-born fashion designer who founded the contemporary women's clothing brand BCBGMAXAZRIA. Azria was also  ...more
  • 10

    BirthplaceKraków, Poland

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Max Fleischer (born Majer Fleischer ; July 19, 1883 – September 25, 1972) was a Polish-American animator, inventor, film director and producer. Born in Kraków, Poland, Fleischer became a pioneer in  ...more
  • 11

    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Camden, England, London

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Maximilian Paul Diarmuid "Max" Irons is an English-Irish film actor and model. He is known for his roles in The Riot Club, Red Riding Hood, The White Queen and The Host. He is the son of actors  ...more
  • 12

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Max Casella (born Maximilian Deitch; June 6, 1963) is an American actor. He is known for his roles on the television series The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Doogie Howser, M.D., Vinyl, Cro and the  ...more
  • 13

    BirthplaceEurasia, Saarland, Germany, Saarbrücken

    NationalityFrance, Germany

    Maximillian Oppenheimer (; 6 May 1902 – 26 March 1957), known as Max Ophüls (; German: [ˈɔfʏls]), was a German-born film director who worked in Germany (1931–1933), France (1933–1940 and 1950–1957),  ...more
  • 14

    BirthplaceOakland, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Maximilian Adalbert Baer Jr. (born December 4, 1937) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is widely known for playing Jethro Bodine, the dim-witted nephew of Jed Clampett  ...more
  • 15

    BirthplaceBrühl, Germany


    Max Ernst (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976) was a German (naturalised American in 1948 and French in 1958) painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of  ...more
  • 16

    BirthplaceWiener Neustadt, Austria

    Maximilian I (22 March 1459 – 12 January 1519) was Holy Roman Emperor from 1508 until his death. He was never crowned by the pope, as the journey to Rome was always too risky. He was instead  ...more

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  • 17

    BirthplaceIlkley, United Kingdom


    Max Brown may refer to: Max Brown (actor) (born 1981), English actor Max Brown (footballer), English footballer Max Brown (novelist) (1916–2003), Australian novelist Max Brown (rugby league) (born  ...more
  • 18

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Max Carver (born Robert Maxwell Martensen Jr;) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Preston Scavo in the ABC television series Desperate Housewives, and as Aiden on the MTV teen-horror  ...more
  • 19

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Maxwell Trowbridge Gail Jr. (born April 5, 1943), known as Max Gail, is an American actor who has starred in stage, television, and film roles. He is best known for his role as Detective Stan "Wojo"  ...more
  • 20

    BirthplaceBayreuth, Germany


    Johann Kaspar Schmidt (25 October 1806 – 26 June 1856), better known as Max Stirner, was a German philosopher who is often seen as one of the forerunners of nihilism, existentialism, psychoanalytic  ...more
  • 21

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California, Beverly Hills

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Max Landis (; born August 3, 1985) is an American screenwriter and filmmaker. He is known for writing the films Chronicle (2012), American Ultra (2015), Victor Frankenstein (2015), and Bright (2017),  ...more
  • 22

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityCanada, England

    Max Graham (; born April 17, 1971) is a Canadian DJ, composer and producer of dance music. He is most famous for his Cycles CD Series/Radio show as well as his remix of the classic song "Owner of a  ...more
  • 23


    Max Winkler (7 September 1875 – 12 October 1961) was a politician and senior political appointee in the local government of West Prussia, the national government of the German Empire, the Nazi  ...more
  • 24

    BirthplaceMinsk, Belarus


    Maksim Mikalaevich "Max" Mirnyi (Belarusian: Максім Мікалаевіч Мірны, pronounced [makˈsʲim ˈmʲirnɨ]; Russian: Максим Николаевич Мирный, pronounced [mɐkˈsʲim ˈmʲirnɨj]; born 6 July 1977) is a  ...more

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    BirthplaceBurnage, United Kingdom


    Maxton Gig Beesley Jr. (born 16 April 1971) is an English actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Charlie Edwards in the British television drama Hotel Babylon and has appeared in a  ...more
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