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

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Ashton Kutcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Ashton Kutcher age 39 - Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, investor and former model. Kutcher began his career as a model. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom ...more

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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Johnny Carson Died at 80 (1925-2005) - John William "Johnny" Carson was an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, actor, and musician known for thirty years as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ...more

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Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Cloris Leachman age 90 - Cloris Leachman is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show ...more

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Lara Flynn Boyle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Lara Flynn Boyle age 47 - Lara Flynn Boyle is an American actress. She is best known for her performances as Donna Hayward in Twin Peaks and Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in The Practice. She has also appeared ...more

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Lolo Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Lolo Jones age 34 - Lori "Lolo" Jones is an American track and field and bobsled athlete who specializes in the 60 and 100 meter hurdles. She won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors ...more

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Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Shawn Johnson age 25 - Shawn Machel Johnson is a retired American artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. Johnson became a member ...more

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Jean Seberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Jean Seberg Died at 41 (1938-1979) - Jean Dorothy Seberg was an American actress. She starred in 34 films in Hollywood and in Europe, including Saint Joan, Breathless, Lilith, Moment to Moment, A Fine Madness, Paint Your Wagon, ...more

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Jerry Mathers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Jerry Mathers age 68 - Gerald Patrick "Jerry" Mathers is an American television, film, and stage actor. Mathers is best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave It to Beaver, in which he ...more

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Hill Harper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Hill Harper age 49 - Frank Eugene Harper, known professionally as Hill Harper, is an American film, television and stage actor, and author. He is best known for his portrayal of Will Beckford in the 2000 film The

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Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Glenn Miller Died at 40 (1904-1944) - Alton Glenn Miller was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best ...more

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Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Lee de Forest Died at 88 (1873-1961) - Lee de Forest was an American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. He named himself the "Father of Radio," and famously said, "I discovered an Invisible Empire of the ...more

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George Reeves is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Iowa
George Reeves Died at 45 (1914-1959) - George Reeves was an American actor known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman. His death at age 45 from a gunshot remains a polarizing topic; the ...more

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Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Andy Williams Died at 85 (1927-2012) - Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams was an American popular-music singer. He recorded forty-four albums in his career, seventeen of which have been Gold-certified and three of which have ...more

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Brandon Routh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Brandon Routh age 37 - Brandon James Routh is an American actor and former fashion model. He grew up in Iowa before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and subsequently appeared on multiple television ...more

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Marcia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Marcia Wallace Died at 71 (1942-2013) - Marcia Karen Wallace was an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and game show panelist, primarily known for her roles in television situation comedies. She is perhaps best known for her ...more

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Bobby Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Bobby Driscoll Died at 31 (1937-1968) - Robert Cletus Driscoll — known as Bobby Driscoll — was an American child actor known for a large body of cinema and TV performances from 1943 to 1960. He starred in some of The Walt Disney ...more

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Billy Sunday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Billy Sunday Died at 73 (1862-1935) - William Ashley "Billy" Sunday was an American athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most celebrated and influential ...more

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Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Marc Andreessen age 45 - Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is best known as coauthor of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; as cofounder of Netscape ...more

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Walter Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Walter Cunningham age 83 - Ronnie Walter Cunningham, better known as Walt Cunningham, is a retired American astronaut. In 1968, he was the Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 7 mission. He was NASA's third civilian ...more

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Kate Mulgrew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Kate Mulgrew age 61 - Katherine Kiernan Maria "Kate" Mulgrew is an American actress, most noted for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway, on Orange Is the New Black as Red, and Ryan's ...more

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George Nelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iowa
George Nelson age 66 - George Driver "Pinky" Nelson, Ph.D. is an American physicist, astronomer, science educator, and a former NASA astronaut.

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Harry Reasoner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Harry Reasoner Died at 68 (1923-1991) - Harry Truman Reasoner was an American journalist for ABC and CBS News, known for his inventive use of language as a television commentator, and as a founder of the 60 Minutes program. Over the ...more

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Grant Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Grant Wood Died at 51 (1891-1942) - Grant DeVolson Wood was an American painter born four miles east of Anamosa, Iowa. He is best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly the painting American ...more

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Jim Garrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Jim Garrison Died at 71 (1921-1992) - Earling Carothers "Jim" Garrison – who changed his first name to Jim in the early 1960s – was the District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, from 1962 to 1973. A member of the ...more

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Matt Bentley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Matt Bentley age 36 - Matthew James "Matt" Bentley is an American professional wrestler best known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling by the ring name Michael Shane, later changed to ...more

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Randy Shilts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Randy Shilts Died at 43 (1951-1994) - Randy Shilts was a pioneering gay American journalist and author. He worked as a freelance reporter for both The Advocate and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as for San Francisco Bay Area ...more

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W. Edwards Deming is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Iowa
W. Edwards Deming Died at 93 (1900-1993) - William Edwards Deming was an American engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and management consultant. Educated initially as an electrical engineer and later specializing in ...more

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Carl Van Vechten is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Carl Van Vechten Died at 84 (1880-1964) - Carl Van Vechten was an American writer and artistic photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein.

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William Frawley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Iowa
William Frawley Died at 79 (1887-1966) - William Clement Frawley was an American stage entertainer, screen and television actor. Although Frawley acted in over 100 films, he is best known for his television work, playing landlord Fred ...more

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Dan Gable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dan Gable age 68 - Danny Mack "Dan" Gable is a retired American Olympic wrestler and head coach. He is best known for his tenure as head coach at the University of Iowa where he won 15 NCAA team titles ...more

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Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Joey Jordison age 41 - Joey Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in ...more

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Julie Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Julie Adams age 90 - Julie Adams is an American film and television actress, sometimes credited as Julia Adams or Betty Adams.

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Conrad Nagel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Conrad Nagel Died at 73 (1897-1970) - Conrad Nagel was an American screen actor and matinee idol of the silent film era and beyond. He was also a well-known television actor and radio performer.

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Wallace Carothers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Wallace Carothers Died at 41 (1896-1937) - Wallace Hume Carothers was an American chemist, inventor and the leader of organic chemistry at DuPont, credited with the invention of nylon. Carothers was a group leader at the DuPont ...more

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Allan Sandage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Allan Sandage Died at 84 (1926-2010) - Allan Rex Sandage was an American astronomer. He was Staff Member Emeritus with the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. He determined the first reasonably accurate values for the ...more

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Harry F. Olson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Harry F. Olson Died at 81 (1901-1982) - Harry Ferdinand Olson was a prominent engineer at RCA Victor.

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Fran Allison is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Fran Allison Died at 82 (1907-1989) - Frances Helen "Fran" Allison was an American television and radio comedian, personality and singer. She is best known for her starring role on the weekday NBC-TV puppet show Kukla, ...more

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John L. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Iowa
John L. Lewis Died at 89 (1880-1969) - John Llewellyn Lewis was an American leader of organized labor who served as president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960. A major player in the history of coal mining, he ...more

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John Robinson Pierce is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Iowa
John Robinson Pierce Died at 92 (1910-2002) - John Robinson Pierce, was an American engineer and author. He worked extensively in the fields of radio communication, microwave technology, computer music, psychoacoustics, and science fiction. ...more

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Rory Freeman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Rory Freeman age 48 - Rory Freeman is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Vanuatu.

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Edwin Perkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Edwin Perkins Died at 72 (1889-1961) - Edwin Elijah Perkins, born in Lewis, Iowa, U.S., invented the powdered drink mix Kool-Aid in 1927 in Hastings, Nebraska after his family had moved there from Iowa in 1893. As a young man he ...more

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Thomas Braden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Thomas Braden Died at 92 (1917-2009) - Thomas Wardell Braden was an American journalist, best remembered as the author of Eight is Enough, which spawned a popular television program, and was co-host of the CNN show Crossfire. Braden ...more

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Phil Vischer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Phil Vischer age 50 - Phillip Roger Vischer is an American animator, puppeteer, writer, voice actor and songwriter known for creating the computer-animated video series VeggieTales alongside Mike Nawrocki. He ...more

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R. A. Lafferty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Iowa
R. A. Lafferty Died at 88 (1914-2002) - Raphael Aloysius Lafferty was an American science fiction and fantasy writer known for his original use of language, metaphor, and narrative structure, as well as for his etymological wit. He ...more

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Gordon Gebert is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Gordon Gebert age 74 - Gordon Alan Gebert was a child actor who is predominantly known for having smaller roles, in such films as Holiday Affair. He later turned away from acting and became a college professor.

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Charles A. Murray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Charles A. Murray age 72 - Charles Alan Murray is an American paleoconservative and paleolibertarian leaning political scientist, author, columnist, and pundit. He first became well known for his Losing Ground: American ...more

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Raymond Hatton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Raymond Hatton Died at 84 (1887-1971) - Raymond William Hatton was an American movie actor who appeared in almost five hundred movies, including a stint of being paired in 1920s comedies with Wallace Beery. After Hatton enjoyed a ...more

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Davis Allen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Davis Allen Died at 83 (1916-1999) - Davis Allen was an American interior designer and furniture designer. He was noted as a pioneer in the design of interior corporate environments and had a forty-year tenure at Skidmore, Owings ...more

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Bob Barr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Bob Barr age 67 - Robert Laurence "Bob" Barr, Jr. is a former federal prosecutor and a former member of the United States House of Representatives. He represented Georgia's 7th congressional district as ...more

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Paul Gray is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Paul Gray Died at 38 (1972-2010) - Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band