Chattanooga Famous People From Chattanooga

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List of famous people from Chattanooga, 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 Chattanooga, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Chattanooga 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 Chattanooga, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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

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Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Reggie White Died at 43 (1961-2004) - Reginald Howard "Reggie" White was an American college and professional football player who was mostly a defensive end but also played some defensive tackle in the National Football ...more

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Lady Bunny is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Lady Bunny age 53 - The Lady Bunny is an American drag queen, nightclub DJ, promoter and founder of the annual Wigstock event. She has also released disco singles such as "Shame, Shame, Shame!" and ...more

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Leslie Jordan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Leslie Jordan age 61 - Leslie Allen Jordan is an American actor and playwright from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Bessie Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Bessie Smith Died at 43 (1894-1937) - Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest ...more

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Wayne White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Wayne White age 58 - Wayne White is an American artist, art director, puppeteer, set designer, animator, cartoonist and illustrator.

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Rachel Boston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Rachel Boston age 34 - Rachel Elizabeth Boston is an American actress and producer. Boston had the leading roles in a number of independent films, and was regular cast member in the several television series. She ...more

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Lori Petty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Lori Petty age 53 - Lori Petty is an actress, film director and screenwriter.

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Clyde Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Clyde Stubblefield age 73 - Clyde Stubblefield is a drummer best known for his work with James Brown. Stubblefield's recordings with James Brown are considered to be some of the standard-bearers for funk drumming, ...more

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Ishmael Reed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Ishmael Reed age 79 - Ishmael Scott Reed is an American poet, novelist, essayist, songwriter, playwright, editor and publisher. Reed is known for his satirical works challenging American political culture, and ...more

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Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Yusef Lateef Died at 93 (1920-2013) - Yusef Abdul Lateef was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950. Although ...more

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Chet Raymo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Chet Raymo age 80 - Chet Raymo is a noted writer, educator and naturalist. He is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Stonehill College, in Easton, Massachusetts. His weekly newspaper column Science Musings appeared in ...more

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Jimmy Blanton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Jimmy Blanton Died at 24 (1918-1942) - Jimmie Blanton was an influential American jazz double bassist. Blanton is credited with being the originator of more complex pizzicato and arco bass solos in a jazz context than previous ...more

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Adonis Shropshire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Adonis Shropshire age 39 - Adonis Shropshire or Adonis for short, is an American songwriter and record producer. He has written and or produced singles including: Mariah Carey's "I Stay In Love", Usher Raymond's ...more

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James B. Frazier, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
James B. Frazier, Jr. Died at 88 (1890-1978) - James Beriah Frazier, Jr. was a U.S. Democratic politician.

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Andy Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Andy Moore Died at 69 (1902-1971) - Andrew Cecil "Scrappy" Moore, Jr. was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Chattanooga, now the University of Tennessee at ...more

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Lewis Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Lewis Smith age 60 - Lewis Smith is an American actor.

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Roscoe Tanner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Roscoe Tanner age 65 - Roscoe Tanner is a former American professional tennis player, who turned pro in 1972 and reached a career high world singles ranking of World No. 4 on July 30, 1979. Tanner was famous for his ...more

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Brett Rice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Brett Rice age 63 - Brett Rice is an American actor.

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Ben Curtis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Ben Curtis age 36 - Benjamin Bowmar Curtis, also known as the Dell Dude or Slacker Steve, is an American actor and former promoter for Dell Computers. Curtis was prominently featured in the popular "Dell ...more

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Bill Brock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Bill Brock age 86 - William Emerson "Bill" Brock III is a former Republican United States senator from Tennessee, having served from 1971 to 1977. He is the grandson of William Emerson Brock I, who was a ...more

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John Rathmell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
John Rathmell Died at 87 (1891-1978) - John Rathmell was a screenwriter.

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Joey Ray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Joey Ray Died at 54 (1904-1958) - Joey Ray was an actor.

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Frank Bowman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Frank Bowman age 72 - Frank Lee "Skip" Bowman a retired four-star Admiral, is the former Chief of Naval Personnel and former Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion. In 2006, Bowman was made an Honorary Knight ...more

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Bill Akers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Bill Akers Died at 58 (1904-1962) - William G. Akers, nicknamed Bump, was a Major League Baseball infielder who played four seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Boston Braves. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Akers played in 174 ...more

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Anthony Roberts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Anthony Roberts Died at 42 (1955-1997) - Anthony Jerome Roberts was an American professional basketball for the Denver Nuggets and Washington Bullets in the National Basketball Association . He was selected in the first round as the ...more

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LaMar Baker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
LaMar Baker Died at 88 (1915-2003) - LaMar Baker was a Tennessee businessman and Republican political figure who served two terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1975. Earlier, he had been a member of ...more

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Adam Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Adam Mitchell age 28 - Adam Mitchell is an American professional golfer.

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Rick Honeycutt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Rick Honeycutt age 61 - Frederick Wayne "Rick" Honeycutt is the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Honeycutt was a left-handed pitcher for 6 different teams over 21 years from 1977 to 1997. He ...more

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Adarius Bowman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Adarius Bowman age 31 - Adarius Bowman is a Canadian football wide receiver for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as an undrafted free agent in 2008. ...more

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Ray Moss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Ray Moss Died at 97 (1901-1998) - Raymond Earl Moss was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched from 1926 to 1931 with the Brooklyn Robins and Boston Braves.

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Malcolm Mackey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Malcolm Mackey age 46 - Malcolm Malik Mackey is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round of the 1993 NBA Draft. Mackey played only one season in the NBA ...more

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Rodney Thompson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Rodney Thompson age 35 - Rodney Thompson is a game designer whose writing credits include numerous books for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game and the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. He is the lead ...more

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Dale Clevenger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Dale Clevenger age 76 - Dale Clevenger was the Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1966 until his retirement in June, 2013. Before joining the CSO, he was a member of Leopold Stokowski's American ...more

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Grant Adcox is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Grant Adcox Died at 39 (1950-1989) - Herbert Grant Adcox was a stock car racing driver who died in a single-car accident in the 1989 Atlanta Journal 500 in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

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Tony Nudo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Tony Nudo age 39 - Tony Nudo is an actor.

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John Spath is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
John Spath age 52 - John Spath appeared in the 1991 film Slacker.

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Robert L. Coffey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Robert L. Coffey Died at 31 (1918-1949) - Robert Lewis Coffey, Jr. was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

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Kim Hixson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Kim Hixson age 58 - Kim Hixson was a Democratic Party member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 43rd Assembly District 2007-2011. He chaired the Colleges and Universities Committee and was a member ...more

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Ed Westcott is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Ed Westcott age 93 - James Edward Westcott is a photographer who worked for the U.S. government in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, during the Manhattan Project and the Cold War. As one of the few people permitted to have a ...more

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Rashad Jones-Jennings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Rashad Jones-Jennings age 31 - Rashad Jamal Jones-Jennings is an American professional basketball player. He last played for Pioneros de Quintana Roo.

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Josh Bullocks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Josh Bullocks age 32 - Josh Bullocks is an American football safety. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska. Bullocks has also been a ...more

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Tony Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Tony Brown age 35 - Robert Anthony "Tony" Brown, Jr. is a former American football defensive tackle. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football ...more

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Bennie Wallace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Bennie Wallace age 70 - Bennie Wallace is an American post bop, swing music and jazz tenor saxophonist and composer born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Frank Gibson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Frank Gibson age 34 - Frank Gibson is a film producer.

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Darrell Bridges is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Darrell Bridges age 21 - Darrell Bridges is an American football running back for the Presbyterian Blue Hose.

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Grace Neville is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Grace Neville Died at 75 (1898-1973) - Grace Neville was a screenwriter.

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S. David Freeman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
S. David Freeman age 89 - S. David Freeman is an American engineer, attorney, and author, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who has had many key roles in energy policy. Freeman has been termed an "eco-pioneer" ...more

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Orlando Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Orlando Lightfoot age 41 - Orlando Lightfoot is a retired American professional basketball player whose international career spanned between 1994–95 and 2006–07. He is best known in the United States for his collegiate ...more

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Dorin Seymour is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Dorin Seymour Dorin Seymour is an actor.

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John Newberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
John Newberg John Newberg is an actor.