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List of famous people from Alabama, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Alabama, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Alabama you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Alabama, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Davis Roberts and Patricia Ellis are included on this list along with many more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Alabama?" or "Which celebrities were born in Alabama?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Courteney Cox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Courteney Cox age 52 - Courteney Bass Cox is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror series Scream, and as ...more

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Emmylou Harris age 70 - Emmylou Harris is an American singer and songwriter. She has released many popular albums and singles over the course of her career, and as of 2015 she has won 13 Grammys as well as numerous ...more

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Tallulah Bankhead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Tallulah Bankhead Died at 66 (1902-1968) - Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was an American actress of the stage and screen, talk-show host, and reputed libertine. Bankhead was also known for her deep voice, flamboyant personality and support ...more

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George Wallace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Alabama
George Wallace Died at 79 (1919-1998) - George Corley Wallace, Jr. was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and ...more

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Kate Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Kate Jackson age 68 - Kate Jackson is an American actress, director, and producer, best known for her role as Sabrina Duncan in the popular 1970s television series Charlie's Angels. She is a three-time Emmy Award ...more

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Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Octavia Spencer age 45 - Octavia Lenora Spencer is an American actress and author. She is best known for her role as Minny Jackson in the 2011 film The Help, for which she won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics' ...more

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Carl Lewis age 55 - Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. ...more

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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Angela Davis age 73 - Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, ...more

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Mel Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Mel Allen Died at 83 (1913-1996) - Mel Allen was an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. During the peak of his career in the 1940s, 1950s and ...more

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Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Bo Jackson age 54 - Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson is a retired American baseball and football player. He is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports. He was named the greatest ...more

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Wayne Rogers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Wayne Rogers age 84 - William Wayne McMillan Rogers III is an American film and television actor, best known for playing the role of "Trapper John" McIntyre in the CBS television series, M*A*S*H. He is a ...more

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Mary Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Mary Anderson Died at 87 (1866-1953) - Mary Anderson was an American real estate developer, rancher, viticulturist and inventor of the windshield wiper blade. In November 1903 Anderson was granted her first patent for an automatic ...more

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Joseph Paul Franklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Joseph Paul Franklin Died at 63 (1950-2013) - Joseph Paul Franklin was an American serial killer. He was convicted of several murders, and given six life sentences, as well as a death sentence. He confessed to the attempted murders of two ...more

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Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Sun Ra Died at 79 (1914-1993) - Sun Ra was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy," prolific musical output, and performances. He ...more

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Zelda Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Zelda Fitzgerald Died at 48 (1900-1948) - Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, born Zelda Sayre in Montgomery, Alabama, was an American novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was an icon of the 1920s—dubbed by her husband "the ...more

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Bobby Bowden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Bobby Bowden age 87 - Robert Cleckler "Bobby" Bowden is a retired American football coach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida ...more

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Rickey Smiley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Rickey Smiley Rickey Smiley is an American standup comedian, television host, actor, and radio personality best known for his prank phone calls. The calls feature Smiley disguising his voice and carrying on a ...more

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Amber Benson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Amber Benson age 40 - Amber Nicole Benson is an American writer, director, producer, and actress. She is best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but has also directed, ...more

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Alan Hunter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Alan Hunter age 60 - Alan C. Hunter was one of the original five video jockeys on MTV from 1981 to 1987. He is a host on SiriusXM Radio’s The 80s on 8 channel and co-owns the production company Hunter Films with his ...more

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Natalee Holloway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Natalee Holloway Natalee Ann Holloway disappeared on May 30, 2005, while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba. Holloway, an 18-year-old American, lived in Mountain Brook, Alabama, USA, at the time of her ...more

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Michael McDowell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Michael McDowell Died at 49 (1950-1999) - Michael McEachern McDowell was an American novelist and screenwriter described by author Stephen King as "the finest writer of paperback originals in America today". His most ...more

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Jeff Cook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Jeff Cook age 66 - Jeffery A. "Jeff" Cook is an American musician who is best known as one of the founding members of the country music group Alabama. Born in Fort Payne, Alabama, and of English and ...more

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Dorothy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dorothy Sebastian Died at 54 (1903-1957) - Dorothy Sebastian was an American film and stage actress.

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Fred Thompson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Fred Thompson age 74 - Freddie Dalton "Fred" Thompson is an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing ...more

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Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Jesse Owens Died at 67 (1913-1980) - James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist. Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his ...more

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James Anderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Alabama
James Anderson Died at 48 (1921-1969) - James Anderson, sometimes billed as Kyle James, was an American television and film actor of the 1950s and 1960s. He is probably best known for his role as Robert E. Lee "Bob" Ewell in ...more

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Claude Pepper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Claude Pepper Died at 89 (1900-1989) - Claude Denson Pepper was an American politician of the Democratic Party, and a spokesman for left-liberalism and the elderly. In foreign policy he shifted from pro-Soviet in the 1940s to ...more

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Tim Hodge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Tim Hodge age 52 - Timothy "Tim" Hodge is an American voice actor, story artist, writer, animator, comedian, and director at Big Idea Entertainment in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has works on the ...more

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Benny Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Benny Benjamin Died at 44 (1925-1969) - William "Benny" Benjamin, nicknamed Papa Zita, was an American musician, most notable as the primary drummer for the Motown studio band known as The Funk Brothers. He was a native of ...more

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Glenn Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Glenn Reynolds age 56 - Glenn Harlan Reynolds is Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, and is best known for his weblog, Instapundit, one of the most widely read American ...more

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George Schlatter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Alabama
George Schlatter age 83 - George Schlatter is an American television producer and director, best known for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and founder of the American Comedy Awards. For his work on television, Schlatter ...more

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Johnny Mack Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Johnny Mack Brown Died at 70 (1904-1974) - Johnny "Mack" Brown was an American college football player and film actor originally billed as John Mack Brown at the height of his screen career.

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Sam Phillips is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Sam Phillips Died at 80 (1923-2003) - Samuel Cornelius Phillips, better known as Sam Phillips, was an American musician, businessman, record executive, music producer, and disc-jockey, who played an important role in the emergence ...more

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Heinie Manush is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Heinie Manush Died at 70 (1901-1971) - Henry Emmett Manush, nicknamed "Heinie", was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball. Manush spent 17 seasons in the majors, playing for the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, ...more

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Wayne Greenhaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Wayne Greenhaw Died at 71 (1940-2011) - Harold Wayne Greenhaw was an American writer and journalist. The author of 22 books who chronicled changes in the American South from the civil rights movement to the rise of a competitive ...more

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Verdo Elmore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Verdo Elmore Died at 70 (1899-1969) - Verdo Wilson "Ellie" Elmore was an outfielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the St. Louis Browns in 1924.

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Tommy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Tommy Shaw age 63 - Tommy Roland Shaw is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and performer best known for his work with the rock band Styx. In between his stints with Styx, he has played with other groups ...more

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Kathryn C. Thornton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Kathryn C. Thornton age 64 - Kathryn Ryan Cordell Thornton is an American scientist and a former NASA astronaut with over 975 hours in space, including 21 hours of extravehicular activity. She was the Associate Dean for ...more

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Melvin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Melvin Franklin Died at 53 (1942-1995) - David Melvin English better known by the stage name Melvin Franklin, was an American bass singer. Franklin was best known for his role as a member of Motown singing group The Temptations from ...more

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Randy Owen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Randy Owen age 66 - Randy Yeuell Owen is an American country music artist. He is known primarily for his role as the lead singer of Alabama, a country rock band which saw tremendous mainstream success throughout ...more

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Eddie Levert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Eddie Levert age 74 - Edward "Eddie" Levert is an American singer, and is the lead vocalist of the soul/funk/R&B vocal group, The O'Jays. Levert was born in Bessemer, Alabama, but was raised in Canton, ...more

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Kathryn P. Hire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Kathryn P. Hire age 57 - Kathryn Patricia "Kay" Hire is a NASA astronaut and Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve who has flown aboard two Space Shuttle missions.

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Daniel Wallace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Daniel Wallace age 58 - Daniel Wallace is an American author, best known for his 1998 novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, the basis for the Tim Burton film Big Fish and the Broadway musical of the same name. ...more

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Bibb Graves is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Bibb Graves Died at 69 (1873-1942) - David Bibb Graves was a Democratic politician and the 38th Governor of Alabama 1927-1931 and 1935–1939, the first Alabama governor to serve two four-year terms.

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Gordon Johnston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Gordon Johnston Died at 60 (1874-1934) - Gordon Johnston, was an American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient and football player and coach. He played at the tackle position for Princeton University and served as the head coach of the ...more

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Bertram Tracy Clayton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Bertram Tracy Clayton Died at 56 (1862-1918) - Bertram Tracy Clayton was an American soldier and politician.

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Joe Sewell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Joe Sewell Died at 92 (1898-1990) - Joseph Wheeler Sewell was a Major League Baseball infielder for the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Sewell holds the record for the ...more

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Mark Waid is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Mark Waid age 55 - Mark Waid is an Eisner Award-winning American comic book writer, known for his work on titles for DC Comics such as The Flash, Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright, and for his work on Captain ...more

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Johnny Simmons is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Johnny Simmons age 29 - Johnny James Simmons is an American actor mostly known for his roles as Dylan Baxter in Evan Almighty, Chip Dove in Jennifer's Body, Neil "Young Neil" Nordegraf in Scott Pilgrim vs. ...more

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Cholly Atkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Cholly Atkins Died at 90 (1913-2003) - Charles “Cholly” Atkins was an American dancer and vaudeville performer, who later became noted as the house choreographer for the various artists on the Motown label.