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

List features people like Jeff Pope, Reggie Jones, and many more

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

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Justin Timberlake age 36 - Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. ...more

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Cybill Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Cybill Shepherd age 67 - Cybill Lynne Shepherd is an American actress, singer and former model. Shepherd's better known roles include Jacy in The Last Picture Show, Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid, Betsy in Taxi Driver, ...more

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Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Ric Flair age 68 - Richard Morgan "Ric" Fliehr is a semi-retired professional wrestler currently signed to the WWE. He is better known by his ring name Ric Flair. Also known as "The Nature ...more

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Kathy Bates age 68 - Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress and film director. After appearing in several minor roles in film and television during the 1970s and the 1980s, Bates rose to ...more

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Lisa Marie Presley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Lisa Marie Presley age 49 - Lisa Marie Presley is an American singer-songwriter. She is the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. As sole heir to her father's estate, Presley is the owner of Graceland, the Memphis ...more

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Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Tim McCarver age 75 - James Timothy "Tim" McCarver is an American sportscaster and former professional baseball catcher. McCarver played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, ...more

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The Honky Tonk Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Memphis
The Honky Tonk Man age 64 - Roy Wayne Farris, better known by his ring name The Honky Tonk Man, is an American professional wrestler. A 1975 graduate from University of Memphis with a B.S. degree in Education, Farris ...more

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Johnny Ace is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Johnny Ace Died at 25 (1929-1954) - John Marshall Alexander, Jr., known by the stage name Johnny Ace, was an American rhythm and blues singer. He scored a string of hit singles in the mid-1950s before dying of an accidental ...more

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Woody Paige is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Woody Paige age 69 - Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Paige, Jr. is a sports columnist for The Denver Post, author, and a regular panelist on the ESPN sports-talk program Around the Horn. He was also a co-host of ...more

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Lane Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Lane Smith Died at 69 (1936-2005) - Walter Lane Smith III, known as Lane Smith, was an American actor. Some of his well known roles included portraying collaborator entrepreneur Nathan Bates in the NBC television series V, Mayor ...more

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Clare Grant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Clare Grant age 37 - Clare Grant is an American actress, voice actress, producer, model and singer.

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Al Jackson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Al Jackson, Jr. Died at 40 (1935-1975) - Al Jackson, Jr. was a drummer, producer, and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a group of session musicians who worked for Stax Records and ...more

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Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Vada Pinson Died at 57 (1938-1995) - Vada Edward Pinson, Jr. was an American center fielder and coach in Major League Baseball. He played in the major leagues for 18 years, from 1958 through 1975, and his greatest seasons were with ...more

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Derrick Byars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Derrick Byars age 32 - Derrick JaVaughn Byars is an American professional basketball player who plays for Baloncesto Sevilla in the Spanish ACB League. Collegiately, he played for Virginia, and later for Vanderbilt. ...more

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William Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Memphis
William Sanderson age 67 - William Sanderson is an American character actor famous for his role as Larry on the 1980s television series Newhart.

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Donald "Duck" Dunn Died at 71 (1941-2012) - Donald "Duck" Dunn was an American bass guitarist, session musician, record producer, and songwriter. Dunn was notable for his 1960s recordings with Booker T. & the M.G.'s and as a ...more

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Darryl Worley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Darryl Worley age 52 - Darryl Wade Worley is an American country music artist. Signed to DreamWorks Records Nashville in 2000, Worley released four albums for the label: Hard Rain Don't Last, I Miss My Friend, Have ...more

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Nathan Bedford Forrest III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Nathan Bedford Forrest III Died at 38 (1905-1943) - Nathan Bedford Forrest III was a brigadier general of the United States Army Air Forces, and a great-grandson of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was killed in action in Germany ...more

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Jerry Minor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Jerry Minor age 46 - Jerry C. Minor is an American actor, comedian and writer known for his comedic roles in numerous television programs such as Mr. Show, Saturday Night Live, Delocated, Brickleberry, Unbreakable ...more

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Kevin Thorn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Kevin Thorn age 40 - Kevin Matthew Fertig is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for working with World Wrestling Entertainment under the ring names Mordecai and Kevin Thorn. Fertig made his ...more

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Allison Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Allison Wolfe age 47 - Allison Wolfe is a Washington, DC-based singer, songwriter, and zine writer who has been the lead vocalist for several punk rock groups including Bratmobile and Partyline.

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Booker T. Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Booker T. Jones age 72 - Booker T. Jones is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.'s. He has also worked in the ...more

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Dan Schneider is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dan Schneider age 51 - Dan Schneider is an American songwriter, actor, screenwriter, and producer of films and television. After appearing in mostly supporting roles in a number of 1980s and 1990s films and TV shows, ...more

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Bette Greene is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Bette Greene age 81 - Bette Greene is the author of several books for children and young adults, including Summer of My German Soldier, The Drowning of Stephan Jones, and the Newbery Honor book Philip Hall Likes Me, ...more

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Kenneth T. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Kenneth T. Jackson age 77 - Kenneth Terry Jackson is a professor of history and social sciences at Columbia University. A frequent television guest, he is best known as an urban historian and a preeminent authority on New ...more

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Jamil Nasser is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Jamil Nasser Died at 78 (1932-2010) - Jamil Nasser, born George Joyner and also credited on some of Ahmad Jamal's recordings as Jamil Sulieman, was an American jazz musician. He played double bass, electric bass, and tuba.

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Adrienne Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Adrienne Wilkinson age 39 - Adrienne Marie Wilkinson is an American actress, best known for played Livia/Eve, the daughter of Xena in the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, and as the voice and model for Maris Brood in Star ...more

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Maude Fealy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Maude Fealy Died at 88 (1883-1971) - Maude Fealy was an American stage and silent film actress who survived into the talkie era.

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John Kahn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Memphis
John Kahn Died at 49 (1947-1996) - John Kahn was an American rock and roll bass guitarist. From 1970 to 1995, Kahn was Jerry Garcia's principal musical collaborator outside of the Grateful Dead.

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George W. Snedecor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Memphis
George W. Snedecor Died at 93 (1881-1974) - George Waddel Snedecor was an American mathematician and statistician. He contributed to the foundations of analysis of variance, data analysis, experimental design, and statistical methodology. ...more

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Abe Fortas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Abe Fortas Died at 72 (1910-1982) - Abraham "Abe" Fortas was a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice from 1965 to 1969. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Fortas became a law professor at Yale University, and then an ...more

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Carolyn Franklin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Carolyn Franklin Died at 44 (1944-1988) - Carolyn Ann Franklin was an American singer and songwriter, daughter of prominent preacher C. L. Franklin and younger sister of musician Aretha Franklin.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dee Dee Bridgewater age 66 - Dee Dee Bridgewater is an American jazz singer. She is a three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, as well as a Tony Award - winning stage actress and host of National Public Radio's ...more

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Abraham Klausner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Abraham Klausner Died at 92 (1915-2007) - Abraham Judah Klausner was a Reform rabbi and United States Army captain and chaplain who became a “father figure” for the more than 30,000 emaciated survivors found at Dachau Concentration ...more

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Barron Collier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Barron Collier Died at 66 (1873-1939) - Barron Gift Collier was an American advertising entrepreneur who became the largest landowner and developer in the U.S. state of Florida, as well as the owner of a chain of hotels, bus lines, ...more

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Hank Crawford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Hank Crawford Died at 75 (1934-2009) - Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford, Jr. was an American R&B, hard bop, jazz-funk, soul jazz alto saxophonist, arranger and songwriter. Crawford was musical director for Ray Charles before ...more

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Wendy Worthington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Wendy Worthington age 61 - Wendy Worthington is an American television and film actress. She has had recurring roles in television series such as Ghost Whisperer, Desperate Housewives, Ally McBeal, and So Little Time. In ...more

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Lil Hardin Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Lil Hardin Armstrong Died at 73 (1898-1971) - Lil Hardin Armstrong was a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader, and the second wife of Louis Armstrong with whom she collaborated on many recordings in the 1920s. Hardin's ...more

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Linda Thompson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Linda Thompson age 66 - Linda Diane Thompson is an Emmy Award-winning American songwriter/lyricist, and former actress and beauty pageant winner. She was married to Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner.

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William Eggleston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Memphis
William Eggleston age 76 - William Eggleston, is an American photographer. He is widely credited with increasing recognition for color photography as a legitimate artistic medium to display in art galleries.

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Michael A. Baker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Michael A. Baker age 63 - Michael Allen Baker is a retired captain in the United States Navy, NASA astronaut, and the International Space Station Program Manager for International and Crew Operations, at NASA's Johnson ...more

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Edmund Sylvers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Edmund Sylvers Died at 47 (1957-2004) - Edmund Theodore Sylvers was the lead singer of the 1970s family disco/soul music group The Sylvers. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Sylvers was 15 years old when he started singing with the ...more

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Larry Riley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Larry Riley Died at 39 (1953-1992) - Larry Riley was an American actor and musician, best known for his role as C.J. Memphis in the film A Soldier's Story and as Frank Williams in the prime-time TV soap opera Knots Landing.

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Kirk Fordice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Kirk Fordice Died at 70 (1934-2004) - Daniel Kirkwood Fordice, Jr., known as Kirk Fordice, was a politician from the US state of Mississippi. He was the 60th Governor of Mississippi from January 14, 1992, until January 11, 2000. He ...more

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James Carson Breckinridge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Memphis
James Carson Breckinridge Died at 65 (1877-1942) - James Carson Breckinridge was a lieutenant general of the United States Marine Corps. He was the son of Clifton Rhodes Breckinridge and a member of the prominent Breckinridge family.

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Quinton Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Quinton Jackson age 38 - Quinton Ramone Jackson is an American mixed martial artist, professional wrestler and actor. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. As of December 2014, he is a part of the UFC.

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Anita Kerr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Anita Kerr age 89 - Anita Jean Grilli, known professionally as Anita Kerr, is an American singer, arranger, composer, conductor, pianist, and music producer. She recorded and performed successfully with her vocal ...more

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D'Army Bailey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Memphis
D'Army Bailey age 75 - D'Army Bailey is a circuit court judge,civil rights activist, author and film actor, born in Memphis, Tennessee. He served as a city councilman in Berkeley, California, from 1971-73. Bailey is a ...more

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Justin R. Durban is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Justin R. Durban age 38 - Justin R. Durban and raised in the small town of Madisonville, Kentucky. He is an American composer and filmmaker. He is also known as Edgen to many media creating communities.

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Bob Caruthers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Bob Caruthers Died at 47 (1864-1911) - Robert Lee Caruthers, nicknamed "Parisian Bob", was an American right-handed pitcher and right fielder in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the St. Louis Browns and ...more