List of Famous Strongmen

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List of famous strongmen, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top strongmen in the world? This includes the most prominent strongmen, living and dead, both in America and abroad. Some of these popular strongmen have also set world records with their enormous strength. This list of notable strongmen is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic strongmen were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned world's strongest man competitors.

This list below has a variety of the world's strongest man winners, like Magnús Ver Magnússon, Bill Kazmaier, Brian Shaw, and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known strongmen to the lesser known strongmen of today, these are some of the best professionals in the strongman field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous strongmen ever?" and "What are the names of famous strongmen?" then you're in the right place. You might also be interested in our lists of famous male bodybuilders and the hottest female bodybuilders. 

Brian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Brian Shaw Age: 36

Birthplace: Fort Lupton, Colorado

Brian Shaw (born February 26, 1982) is an American professional strongman competitor and winner of the 2011, 2013, 2015 and the 2016 World's Strongest Man competitions. Shaw is also the first ...more
Ken Patera is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 75

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Kenneth Wayne Patera (born November 6, 1942) is an American retired professional wrestler, Olympic weightlifter, and strongman competitor from the United States.
Jón Páll S... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Jón Páll Sigmarsson Dec. at 33 (1960-1993)

Birthplace: Iceland

Jón Páll Sigmarsson (28 April 1960 – 16 January 1993) was an Icelandic strongman, powerlifter and bodybuilder who was the first man to win the World's Strongest Man four times. He ...more
Bill Kazmaier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 65

Birthplace: Burlington, Wisconsin, United States of America

William Kazmaier (born December 30, 1953) is an American former world champion powerlifter, world champion strongman and professional wrestler. During the 1970s and 1980s, he set numerous ...more
Nathan Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 48
Nathan Jones (born 21 August 1970) is an Australian actor, powerlifting champion, strongman and retired professional wrestler. He held the WWA World Heavyweight Championship once in World ...more
Mariusz Pudzianowski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 42

Birthplace: Biała Rawska, Poland

Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmarjuʂ pudʑaˈnɔfskʲi]; born 7 February 1977), known in Poland as "Pudzian" and "Dominator" is a Polish former strongman ...more
Jouko Ahola is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 48

Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland

Jouko Ahola (born December 1, 1970) is a Finnish former strongman, power-lifter and actor.
Joe Rollino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Dec. at 105 (1905-2010)

Birthplace: Coney Island, New York City, New York

Joseph Rollino (March 19, 1905 – January 11, 2010) was a decorated World War II veteran, weightlifter, and strongman. The son of Italian immigrants, Rollino dubbed himself the world's strongest ...more
Magnús Ver Magn&u... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Magnús Ver Magnússon Age: 55

Birthplace: Egilsstaðir, Iceland

Magnús Ver Magnússon (born 22 April 1963) is an Icelandic former powerlifter and strongman competitor. He has won the title of World's Strongest Man four times (1991, 1994, 1995,
Hafþór J&ua... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 31

Birthplace: Iceland

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Icelandic: [ˈhafθour ˈjuːlijʏs ˈpjœr̥sɔːn] (listen); often transliterated as Hafthor; born November 26, 1988) is an Icelandic ...more
Geoff Capes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 69

Birthplace: Holbeach, United Kingdom

Geoffrey Lewis Capes (born 23 August 1949) is a British former shot putter, strongman and professional Highland Games competitor. As an athlete he represented both England and Great Britain in ...more
Sven-Ole Thorsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 71

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Sven-Ole Thorsen (born 24 September 1944) is a Danish actor, stuntman, bodybuilder and strongman competitor. Thorsen won Denmark's Strongest Man in 1983.Using his stature he often plays imposing ...more
Louis Cyr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Dec. at 49 (1863-1912)

Birthplace: Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville, Quebec, Canada

Louis Cyr (French pronunciation: ​[lwi siʁ]; born Cyprien-Noé Cyr, 10 October 1863 – 10 November 1912) was a French Canada strongman with a career spanning the late 19th and early 20th ...more
Derek Poundstone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 37
Derek Poundstone (born September 28, 1981) is an American former professional strongman athlete from Woodbridge, Connecticut who placed runner up to at the world's strongest man 2008. Derek ...more
Jamie Reeves is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 56

Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Jamie Reeves (born 3 May 1962) is a British former coal miner, strongman and professional wrestler. As a strongman, he won the 1989 World's Strongest Man, was World Muscle Power champion, and ...more
Bruce Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Bruce Wilhelm Age: 73

Birthplace: Sunnyvale, California

Bruce Wilhelm (born July 13, 1945) is a former weightlifter and strongman from the United States. He is a two-time winner of the World's Strongest Man competition in 1977 and 1978 and the author ...more
Magnus Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 49

Birthplace: Kisa, Sweden, Sweden

Magnus Samuelsson (born December 21, 1969), is a Swedish actor, former strongman and winner of the 1998 World's Strongest Man contest in Morocco. The son of a former Swedish arm wrestling ...more
Andrus Murumets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 40

Birthplace: Ahja, Estonia

Andrus Murumets (born 20 July 1978) is an Estonian strongman and entrant to the World's Strongest Man contest. He reached 5th in the World Rankings according to the IFSA rankings in 2008. Andrus ...more
Janne Virtanen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Age: 49

Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

Janne Virtanen (born 16 November 1969) is a Finnish former strongman who won the World's Strongest Man championship in 2000. He was runner-up in 1999 and finished third in 2001. His other ...more
Eddie Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Eddie Hall Age: 29

Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

Žydrūnas Savickas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Žydrūnas Savickas Age: 43

Birthplace: Biržai, Lithuania

Žydrūnas Savickas (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ʑiːˈdrûːnɐs sɐˈvʲɪtskɐs]; born July 15, 1975) is a Lithuanian powerlifter and professional strongman. He is the only modern competitor to ...more
Terry Hollands is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Terry Hollands Age: 39

Birthplace: Dartford, United Kingdom

Terry Hollands (born 6 June 1979) is a British strongman competitor, Britain's Strongest Man and England's Strongest Man winner, he is a competitor at the World's Strongest Man and Europe's ...more
Phil Pfister is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Phil Pfister Age: 47

Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia

Phil Pfister (born May 15, 1971) is an American former strongman competitor, winning the 2006 Met-Rx World's Strongest Man competition and its $41,000 grand prize on September 23, 2006 in Sanya, ...more
Vidas Blekaitis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Vidas Blekaitis Age: 46

Birthplace: Birštonas, Lithuania

Vidas Blekaitis (born 14 April 1972) is a Lithuanian strongman. As of 2007, Blekaitis was ranked World No. 4 by the International Federation of Strength Athletes. He placed 4th in the 2009 ...more
Gary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Gary Taylor Age: 57

Birthplace: Wales

Gary Taylor (born 14 October 1961) is a former world's strongest man champion (1993) he is in an elite group of people to compete at a high level in bodybuilding, olympic weightlifting and ...more