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Who Is The Most Famous Melvin In The World?

Updated June 2, 2021 429 votes 24 voters 6.4k views48 items

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How many celebrities named Melvin can you think of? The famous Melvins below have many different professions, including notable actors named Melvin, famous athletes named Melvin, and even musicians named Melvin.

Melvin Van Peebles is certainly one of the most famous Melvins on this list. One of the famous filmmakers named Melvin, he is best known for his work on the film Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song. He also directed Identity Crisis and Gang in Blue. You may also recognize famous businessman Melvin Simon. 

Another of the famous people with the first name Melvin is Melvin Glover AKA Grandmaster Melle Mel. He was a member of the group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. “The Message” and "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)” are two of the group's hits. Melvin Franklin is also a famous singer named Melvin. 

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Melvin? Just add them to the list! Then be sure to vote up all of the famous Melvins that you recognize.

  • 1

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Van Peebles (born Melvin Peebles; August 21, 1932 – September 21, 2021) was an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, and composer. He worked as an active filmmaker into the 2000s....  more
  • 2

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Glover (born May 15, 1961), better known by his stage name Melle Mel () and Grandmaster Melle Mel, is an American hip hop recording artist who was the lead vocalist and songwriter of...  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    David Melvin English (October 12, 1942 – February 23, 1995) better known by the stage name Melvin Franklin, or his nickname "Blue", was an American bass singer. Franklin was best known for his role...  more

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  • 4

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Simon (October 21, 1926 – September 16, 2009) was an American businessman and film producer, who co-founded the largest shopping mall company in the United States, the Simon Property Group,...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceSonora, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Mouron Belli (July 29, 1907 – July 9, 1996) was a prominent American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and by insurance companies as "Melvin Bellicose." He had many celebrity clients,...  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Taylor (born March 13, 1959, Jackson, Mississippi) is an American electric blues guitarist, based in Chicago....  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Lewis Calhoun Jr. (born January 1, 1977), better known by his stage name Kutt Calhoun, is an American rapper and business executive from Kansas City, Missouri. After getting his start in the...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Ragin (December 8, 1950 – October 24, 2018), better known by the nickname "Wah Wah Watson", was an American guitarist and session musician famed for his skills with a wah-wah pedal....  more
  • 9
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    Award-winning entrepreneur, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvin_Wong_Hwang_Chee

    Melvin Wong is an actor and film producer....  more
  • 10
    Melvin Gibbs is an American bass guitarist and record producer. who has appeared on close to 200 albums in diverse genres of music....  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Sparks (March 22, 1946 – March 15, 2011) was an American soul jazz, hard bop and jazz blues guitarist. He recorded a number of albums for Prestige Records, later recording for Savant Records....  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceMoberly, Missouri

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Beaunorus Tolson (February 6, 1898 – August 29, 1966) was an American poet, educator, columnist, and politician. As a poet, he was influenced both by Modernism and the language and...  more
  • 13
    Melvin Jones is an actor and a stunt performer....
  • 14

    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Paul Guillard, Jr. (born March 30, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division. Guillard most notably competed in the Lightweight division of the...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceHamlet, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Ingram (born April 26, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of South Carolina, and...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Ellis Calvin (April 8, 1911 – January 8, 1997) was an American biochemist known for discovering the Calvin cycle along with Andrew Benson and James Bassham, for which he was awarded the 1961...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceYaracuy, Venezuela

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Mora Diaz (born February 2, 1972) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball infielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and...  more

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  • 18
    Melvin Gordon III (born April 13, 1993) is an American football running back for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin, and was drafted by...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada


    Melvin Ejim is a Canadian-Nigerian professional basketball player who currently plays for Virtus Roma of the Lega Basket Serie A. He played college basketball for Iowa State University before going...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceParamaribo, Suriname

    Melvin Manhoef (born 11 May 1976) is a Surinamese-Dutch professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer. In kickboxing, he is a former It's Showtime Champion, and in MMA he was the Cage Rage...  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceReidsville, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Lenzo Watkins (born November 15, 1954) is an American college basketball coach and former player. He is the Interim Head Coach at the University of Arkansas. He has also been the associate...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceBryan, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Terry Bullitt (born November 13, 1984) is a former American football defensive back. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and played for the team for five...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Anderson Ely (; born May 2, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player who is an assistant coach for the Canton Charge of the NBA G League. A 6'10", 261 lb (118 kg), power...  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceStamford, Connecticut

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Dixon (May 29, 1950 – October 26, 1992) was an American Professor of Literature, and an author, poet and translator. He wrote about black gay men....  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melvin Schwartz (; November 2, 1932 – August 28, 2006) was an American physicist. He shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics with Leon M. Lederman and Jack Steinberger for their development of the...  more
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