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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. 

  • 1
    Age: 39

    BirthplaceFort Lupton, Colorado

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 man to  ...more
  • 2
    Age: 77

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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.  ...more

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  • 3
    Dec. at 32 (1960-1993)



    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 is regarded as one  ...more
  • 4

    BirthplaceBurlington, Wisconsin, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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
  • 5

    BirthplaceGold Coast, Australia


    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 Wrestling  ...more
  • 6

    BirthplaceBiała 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 competitor and current  ...more
  • 7

    BirthplaceHämeenlinna, Finland


    Jouko Ahola (born December 1, 1970) is a Finnish former strongman, power-lifter and actor.  ...more
  • 8
    Dec. at 104 (1905-2010)

    BirthplaceConey 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 man  ...more
  • 9

    BirthplaceEgilsstaðir, 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, and 1996).  ...more
  • 10


    Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Icelandic: [ˈhafθour ˈjuːlijʏs ˈpjœr̥sɔːn] (listen); often transliterated as Hafthor; born November 26, 1988) is an Icelandic professional strongman and actor. He is the  ...more

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  • 11

    BirthplaceHolbeach, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited 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 field  ...more
  • 12

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, 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
  • 13
    Dec. at 49 (1863-1912)

    BirthplaceSaint-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 centuries.  ...more
  • 14

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 15

    BirthplaceSheffield, 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 also  ...more
  • 16

    BirthplaceSunnyvale, 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 of  ...more
  • 17

    BirthplaceKisa, 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 champion,  ...more
  • 18

    BirthplaceAhja, 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
  • 19

    BirthplaceEspoo, 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
  • 20
    Age: 29

    BirthplaceSheffield, South Yorkshire, England


  • 21

    BirthplaceBiržai, 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 have won every  ...more
  • 22

    BirthplaceDartford, 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 Strongest  ...more
  • 23

    BirthplaceCharleston, West Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 24

    BirthplaceBirštonas, 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 Arnold  ...more
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    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 strongman.  ...more