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

With people ranging from Edmund Graves Brown to Erich Ponti, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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

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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Reese Witherspoon age 41 - Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer. She made her film debut as the female lead in the film The Man in the Moon in 1991. In 1996, she appeared in Freeway and ...more

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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Tyler Perry age 47 - Tyler Perry is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In ...more

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Kellie Pickler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Kellie Pickler age 30 - Kellie Dawn Pickler is an American country music artist and television personality. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, and finished in sixth place. In 2006, ...more

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Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Bryant Gumbel age 67 - Bryant Charles Gumbel is an American television journalist and sportscaster. He is best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC's The Today Show. He is the younger brother of sportscaster Greg ...more

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Traci Adell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Traci Adell age 48 - Traci Adell (born February 17, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was an American model and actress for several years in her early/mid twenties in Los Angeles. She was chosen as Playboy magazine's ...more

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Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Marshall Faulk age 42 - Marshall William Faulk is an American former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for twelve seasons. He played college football for ...more

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John Kennedy Toole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
John Kennedy Toole Died at 32 (1937-1969) - John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, whose posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He also wrote The Neon ...more

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Louis Moreau Gottschalk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Louis Moreau Gottschalk Died at 40 (1829-1869) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk was an American composer and pianist, best known as a virtuoso performer of his own romantic piano works. He spent most of his working career outside of the United

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Neferteri Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From New Orleans

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Breann McGregor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Breann McGregor age 31 - Breann McGregor is a New Orleans-born former American Playboy model of Scottish descent who was voted dual Playboy titles in the same year: Cyber Girl of the Year 2007 and 2007 Playboy Special ...more

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Donna Brazile is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Donna Brazile age 57 - Donna Brazile is an American author, academic, and political analyst who is Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She was the first African American to direct a major ...more

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Ben Turpin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Ben Turpin Died at 71 (1869-1940) - Bernard "Ben" Turpin was an American comedian and actor, best remembered for his work in silent films.

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Sam Trammell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Sam Trammell age 48 - Sam Trammell is an American actor. He is known for his role as Sam Merlotte on the HBO vampire series True Blood, which earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 2010 Scream

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Stanley Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Stanley Williams Died at 52 (1953-2005) - Stanley Tookie Williams III was a leader of the Crips, a violent American street gang which has its roots in South Central Los Angeles in 1969. Once incarcerated, he authored several books, ...more

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Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Eli Manning age 34 - Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League and is the active iron man for consecutive starts by a ...more

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DJ Khaled is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
DJ Khaled age 41 - Khaled Khaled, better known by his stage name DJ Khaled, is an American record producer, radio personality, rapper, DJ and record label executive. He is a radio host for the Miami-based urban ...more

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Donald Harrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Donald Harrison age 55 - Donald Harrison Jr. is a film actor and composer.

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Curren$y is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Curren$y age 34 - Shante Scott Franklin, better known by his stage name Curren$y is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Cate Tiernan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Cate Tiernan age 55 - Cate Tiernan is the pen name of Gabrielle Charbonnet, an American author. Writing as Cate Tiernan, she is best known for her Sweep series, which follows the Wiccan adventures of a cast of high ...more

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Greg Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Greg Gumbel age 69 - Greg Gumbel is an African American television sportscaster. He is best known for his various assignments on the CBS network. The older brother of news and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel, he became ...more

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Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Garrett Morris age 80 - Garrett Gonzalez Morris is an American comedian and actor. He was part of the original cast of the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, appearing from 1975 to 1980. Morris also had a ...more

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Robert Parker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Robert Parker age 85 - Robert Parker is an American R&B singer and musician, best known for his 1966 hit, "Barefootin'". Parker was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, and started his career ...more

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Marshall Colt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Marshall Colt age 68 - Marshall Colt is a management consultant, combat-decorated veteran and former Captain in the United States Navy in San Diego, California, who was an actor in film and television from 1976 to ...more

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Ray Walston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Ray Walston Died at 87 (1914-2001) - Ray Walston was an American actor and comedian, best known as the title character on My Favorite Martian. He had such iconic film, television and stage roles as Luther Billis, Mr. Applegate, ...more

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Jesse Duplantis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Jesse Duplantis age 66 - Jesse Duplantis is an Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister based in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, and the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries.

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Max Rafferty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Max Rafferty Died at 65 (1917-1982) - Maxwell Lewis Rafferty, Jr., known as Max Rafferty, was a writer, educator, and politician. The author of several best-selling books about education, Rafferty served two terms as California ...more

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Paul Barbarin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Paul Barbarin Died at 70 (1899-1969) - Adolphe Paul Barbarin was a New Orleans jazz drummer, usually regarded as one of the very best of the pre-Big Band era jazz drummers. He studied under the famed drummer, Louis Cottrell, Sr. Paul ...more

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Kitty Carlisle Hart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Kitty Carlisle Hart Died at 97 (1910-2007) - Kitty Carlisle was an American singer, actress and spokeswoman for the arts. She is best remembered as a regular panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth. Carlisle served 20 years ...more

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Michael Lewis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Michael Lewis age 55 - Michael Monroe Lewis is an American non-fiction author and financial journalist. His bestselling books include Liar's Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The ...more

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Idris Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Idris Muhammad Died at 75 (1939-2014) - Idris Muhammad was an American jazz drummer who recorded extensively with many musicians, including Ahmad Jamal, Lou Donaldson, and Pharoah Sanders.

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Aaron Neville is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Aaron Neville age 76 - Aaron Neville is an American R&B singer and musician. He has had four Platinum-certified albums and four Top 10 hits in the United States, including three that went to #1 on Billboard's ...more

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Eric Laneuville is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Eric Laneuville age 64 - Eric Gerard Laneuville is an American television director, actor and martial artist. His first acting roles were in the science-fiction film The Omega Man with Charlton Heston, the ABC ...more

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Cokie Roberts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Cokie Roberts age 73 - Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts, best known as Cokie Roberts, is an American journalist and author. She is a contributing senior news analyst for National Public Radio as well as ...more

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Death of Kent Leppink is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Death of Kent Leppink Kent Leppink died by gunshot in 1996. His former fiancée, Mechele Linehan, and former roommate, John Carlin were convicted of murdering him, but the judgments were reversed on appeal. ...more

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Severn Darden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Severn Darden Died at 66 (1929-1995) - Severn Teakle Darden, Jr. was a comedian and actor, and an original member of The Second City Chicago-based comedy troupe as well as its predecessor, the Compass Players. He is perhaps best ...more

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Allen Toussaint is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Allen Toussaint age 79 - Allen Toussaint is an American musician, composer, record producer, and influential figure in New Orleans R&B. Many of Toussaint's songs have become familiar through versions by other ...more

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Larry Shue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Larry Shue Died at 39 (1946-1985) - Larry Shue was an American playwright and actor, best known for writing two often-performed farces, The Nerd and The Foreigner.

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Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Buddy Bolden Died at 54 (1877-1931) - Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden was an African-American cornetist and is regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of rag-time music, which ...more

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Thomas Causey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Thomas Causey age 66 - Thomas Causey is an American sound engineer. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Sound for the film Dick Tracy.

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Leatrice Joy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Leatrice Joy Died at 92 (1893-1985) - Leatrice Joy was an American actress most prolific during the silent film era.

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Arturo Gil is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Arturo Gil age 55 - Arturo Gil is an American actor who has appeared in many films, television programs, and commercials including Spaceballs, Monkeybone, The Fantasticks, Dirty Work, The Man Show, The Munsters' ...more

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Adrian G. Duplantier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Adrian G. Duplantier Died at 78 (1929-2007) - Adrian Guy Duplantier, Sr., served from May 31, 1978, until his death as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He was also a former four-term ...more

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James Booker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
James Booker Died at 44 (1939-1983) - James Carroll Booker III was a New Orleans rhythm and blues musician born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Booker's unique style combined rhythm and blues with jazz standards. Musician ...more

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Rusty Staub is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Rusty Staub age 71 - Daniel Joseph "Rusty" Staub is an American former Major League Baseball right fielder, designated hitter, and first baseman. He enjoyed a 23-year baseball career with 5 different ...more

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Robert Edeson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Robert Edeson Died at 63 (1868-1931) - Robert Edeson was an American movie and stage actor of the silent era. Edeson got his first boost in movies in 1914 when he starred in the Cecil B. DeMille directed film, The Call of the North. ...more

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Ellis Marsalis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Ellis Marsalis, Jr. age 81 - Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr. is an American jazz pianist. Active since the late 1940s, Marsalis came to greater attention in the 1980s and '90s as the patriarch of a musical family, with sons ...more

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Desirée Rogers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Desirée Rogers age 57 - Desirée Glapion Rogers is an American business executive who is the Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company. In November 2008 she was selected by Barack Obama's office as ...more

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Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Avery Johnson age 52 - Avery Johnson is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team. Johnson spent 16 years in the National Basketball Association as ...more

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Brander Matthews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Brander Matthews Died at 77 (1852-1929) - James Brander Matthews was an American writer and educator. He was the first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university and played a significant role in establishing ...more

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Brittany CoxXx is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Brittany CoxXx age 38 - Brittany CoxXx is the stage name of an American pornographic actress currently working in transsexual pornography. CoxXx was born as Adrian Cortez and had a successful career in gay pornography ...more