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Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph 

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Have you ever realized how many famous people named Rudolf there are? We put together this list of celebrities named Rudolf to show that Rudolfs have a lot of good representation for their names. Some of the famous Rudolfs on this list might go by Rudolph, so this list also includes famous people named Rudolph. From actors named Rudolf to athletes named Rudolf, this list should include the most notable people whose name is Rudolf. This list includes well-known Rudolfs like pioneering movie heartthrob Rudolph Valentino, German Nazi politician Rudolf Hess, and Austrian philosopher, architect, and esoteric mind Rudolf Steiner.
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Rudolph Valentino is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 31 (1895-1926)

Birthplace: Castellaneta, Italy

Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926), known professionally as Rudolph Valentino, was an Italian actor based in the ...more

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Rudolf Hess is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 93 (1894-1987)

Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Rudolf Walter Richard Hess (Heß in German; 26 April 1894 – 17 August 1987) was a German politician and a leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) of Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy ...more
Rudolf Steiner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 64 (1861-1925)

Birthplace: Donji Kraljevec, Croatia

Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary ...more

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Rudolf Nureyev is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 55 (1938-1993)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Russia, Irkutsk

Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev ( NEWR-ee-ef, nyuurr-AY-ef; Tatar: Рудольф Хәмит улы Нуриев; Russian: Рудо́льф Хаме́тович Нуре́ев, IPA: [rʊˈdolʲf nʊˈrʲejɪf]; 17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a ...more
Rudolf Höss is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 47 (1900-1947)

Birthplace: Baden-Baden, Germany

Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Höss (also Höß, Hoeß or Hoess; 25 November 1901 – 16 April 1947) was a German SS functionary during the Nazi era who was later judged to be a war ...more
Rudolf Peierls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 88 (1907-1995)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, (; German: [ˈpaɪɐls]; 5 June 1907 – 19 September 1995) was a Jewish German-born British physicist who played a major role in the Manhattan Project and Tube Alloys, ...more
Rudolf Carnap is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 79 (1891-1970)

Birthplace: Ronsdorf, Germany

Rudolf Carnap (; German: [ˈkaɐ̯naːp]; 18 May 1891 – 14 September 1970) was a German-language philosopher who was active in Europe before 1935 and in the United States thereafter. He was a major ...more

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Rudolf Diesel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 55 (1858-1913)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel (German: [ˈdiːzl̩] (listen ); 18 March 1858 – 29 September 1913) was a German inventor and mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the Diesel engine, and ...more

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Rudolph A. Marcus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Age: 95

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Rudolph Arthur Marcus (born July 21, 1923) is a Canadian-born chemist who received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his contributions to the theory of electron transfer reactions in ...more
Rudolf Christoph Eucken ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 80 (1846-1926)

Birthplace: Aurich, Germany

Rudolf Christoph Eucken (German: [ˈɔʏkn̩]; 5 January 1846 – 15 September 1926) was a German philosopher. He received the 1908 Nobel Prize for Literature "in recognition of his earnest ...more
Rudolf Kemp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 66 (1910-1976)

Birthplace: Dresden, Germany

Rudolf Kempe was a German conductor.
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 88 (1903-1991)

Birthplace: Hungary, Eger

Rudolf Serkin (28 March 1903 – 8 May 1991) was a Bohemian-born pianist. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Beethoven interpreters of the 20th century.
Rudolf Schenker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Age: 70

Birthplace: Hildesheim, Eurasia, Lower Saxony, Germany

Rudolf Schenker (born August 31, 1948 in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony) is a German guitarist and founder of the hard rock band Scorpions, being the rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter and ...more

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Rudolph Walker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Rudolph Walker Age: 79

Birthplace: Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad

Rudolph Malcolm Walker, OBE (born 28 September 1939), is a Trinidadian actor, best known for his roles on British television. He gained a national profile as Bill in the 1970s sitcom Love Thy ...more
Rudolf Bultmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 92 (1884-1976)

Birthplace: Wiefelstede, Germany

Rudolf Karl Bultmann (German: [ˈbʊltman]; 20 August 1884 – 30 July 1976) was a German Lutheran theologian and professor of the New Testament at the University of Marburg. He was one of the major ...more
Rudolf Firkušný ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 82 (1912-1994)

Birthplace: Napajedla, Czech Republic

Rudolf Firkušný (Czech: [ˈrudolf ˈfɪrkuʃniː]; 11 February 1912 – 19 July 1994) was a Czech-born, Czech-American classical pianist.
Rudolf Koelman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Age: 59

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rudolf Koelman is a Dutch violinist born in Amsterdam in 1959 and is professor for violin at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) in Switzerland.
Rudolf Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Age: 48

Birthplace: West Berlin

Rudolf Martin (born 31 July 1967) is a German actor working mainly in the United States. He first appeared in off-Broadway productions and then moved on to extensive TV and film work. He has ...more

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Rudolf Brandt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 39 (1909-1948)

Birthplace: Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

Rudolf Hermann Brandt (2 June 1909 – 2 June 1948) was a German SS officer from 1933–45 and a civil servant. A lawyer by profession, Brandt was the Personal Administrative Officer to ...more
Rudolf Windisch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 21 (1897-1918)

Birthplace: Dresden, Germany

Leutnant Rudolf Friedrich Otto Windisch was a World War I fighter ace credited with 22 victories.
Rudolph Ganz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 95 (1877-1972)

Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Rudolph Ganz (24 February 1877 Zurich – 2 August 1972 Chicago) was a Swiss-born American pianist, conductor, composer, and music educator.
Rudolph Steiner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Rudolf Berthold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 29 (1891-1920)

Birthplace: Maroldsweisach, Germany

Oskar Gustav Rudolf Berthold (24 March 1891 – 15 March 1920) was a German flying ace of World War I. Between 1916 and 1918, he shot down 44 enemy planes—16 of them while flying one-handed. ...more
Rudolf Dreikurs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 75 (1897-1972)

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Rudolf Dreikurs (February 8, 1897, Vienna – May 25, 1972, Chicago) was an Austrian psychiatrist and educator who developed psychologist Alfred Adler's system of individual psychology into a ...more
Rudolf Pesch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Rudolf & Rudolph
Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)

Birthplace: Bonn, Germany

Rudolf Pesch (1936-2011) was a German theologian and historian. Born in Bonn [Germany] in 1936, Pesch studied at the University of his native town. Since 1970, he was first Professor of Biblical ...more