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

These people, like Murder of Scott Amedure and David O. Selznick include images when available.

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

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Taylor Swift age 27 - Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...more

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Sharon Stone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Sharon Stone age 59 - Sharon Yvonne Stone is an American actress, film producer, and former fashion model. Stone first caught the public eye opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall. She then achieved ...more

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Tina Fey age 46 - Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, the ...more

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Kobe Bryant age 38 - Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for ...more

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Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Grace Kelly Died at 53 (1929-1982) - Grace Patricia Kelly was an American actress who, after marrying Prince Rainier III, became Princess of Monaco. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Kelly appeared in ...more

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Chris Matthews is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Chris Matthews age 71 - Christopher John "Chris" Matthews is an American political commentator and news anchor known for his nightly hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which is televised on ...more

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Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Seth Green age 43 - Seth Benjamin Green is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. Green is the creator and executive producer and most-frequent voice on Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, where he is ...more

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Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dennis Miller age 64 - Dennis Miller is an American stand-up comedian, talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, actor, television personality, and radio personality. He is known for his critical ...more

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Noam Chomsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Noam Chomsky age 88 - Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. Sometimes described as ...more

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Kate Gosselin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Kate Gosselin age 42 - Kate Gosselin is the wife of Jon Gosselin and the mother of 8 children. The family stars in Jon Kate Plus 8 is a reality television show produced in the United States by Figure 8 Films about the ...more

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Adam Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Adam Goldstein Died at 36 (1973-2009) - DJ AM was an American DJ, remixer, record producer and musician. Goldstein was a member of the rock band Crazy Town, co-owner of a management company called Deckstar and worked on albums for ...more

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Billie Holiday Died at 44 (1915-1959) - Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. ...more

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Jack Klugman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Jack Klugman Died at 90 (1922-2012) - Jack Klugman was an American stage, film and television actor. Klugman began his career in 1950. He later moved on to television and film work with roles in 12 Angry Men and Cry Terror!. During ...more

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Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Stan Musial Died at 93 (1920-2013) - Stanley Frank Musial, nicknamed "Stan the Man", was an American Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman. He spent 22 seasons playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, from ...more

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Samuel Barber is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Samuel Barber Died at 71 (1910-1981) - Samuel Osmond Barber II was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century: music critic Donal Henahan stated ...more

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Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Jack Palance Died at 87 (1919-2006) - Jack Palance was an American actor. During half a century of film and television appearances, Palance was nominated for three Academy Awards, all for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, winning in ...more

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Billy Barty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Billy Barty Died at 76 (1924-2000) - Billy Barty was an American film actor and television star. In adult life he stood three feet, nine inches, due to cartilage-hair hypoplasia dwarfism, and because of his short stature he was ...more

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Janet Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Janet Gaynor Died at 78 (1906-1984) - Janet Gaynor was an American film, stage and television actress and painter. Gaynor began her career as an extra in shorts and silent films. After signing with Fox Film Corporation in 1926, she ...more

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Sam Wood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Sam Wood Died at 65 (1884-1949) - Samuel Grosvenor "Sam" Wood was an American film director, and producer, who was best known for directing such Hollywood hits as A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, Goodbye, Mr. ...more

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Olive Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Olive Thomas Died at 26 (1894-1920) - Olive Thomas was an American silent film actress and model. Thomas began her career as an illustrators' model in 1914, and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies the following year. During her time as ...more

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Jamie Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Jamie Kennedy age 46 - Jamie Kennedy, a multitalented comedian/actor/writer/producer, is a true hyphenate. He may be seen acting in a film one minute and on stage doing stand up the next. Kennedy skyrocketed to fame ...more

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Stephen A. Schwarzman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Stephen A. Schwarzman age 70 - Stephen Allen Schwarzman is an American business magnate and financier. He is the chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group, a global private equity and financial advisory firm he established in ...more

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David O. Selznick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
David O. Selznick Died at 63 (1902-1965) - David O. Selznick was an American film producer and film studio executive. He is best known for producing Gone with the Wind and Rebecca, both earning him an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Bam Margera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Bam Margera age 37 - Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera is an American professional skateboarder, actor, musician, and stunt performer. He came to prominence after appearing in MTV's Jackass crew. He has since ...more

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Eddie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Eddie Fisher Died at 82 (1928-2010) - Edwin Jack "Eddie" Fisher was an American entertainer. He was the most successful pop singles artist of the first half of the 1950s, selling millions of records and hosting his own TV ...more

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Eric Wareheim is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Eric Wareheim age 41 - Eric Alexander Wareheim is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and musician. He is one half of the comedy troupe Tim & Eric. Wareheim, along with Tim Heidecker, created the ...more

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Rachel Carson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Rachel Carson Died at 57 (1907-1964) - Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson began ...more

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Larry Fine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Larry Fine Died at 73 (1902-1975) - Louis Feinberg, known professionally as Larry Fine, was an American comedian, actor, violinist, and boxer, who is best known as a member of the comedy act The Three Stooges.

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Marian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Marian Anderson Died at 96 (1897-1993) - Marian Anderson was an American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said: "Her voice was a rich, vibrant contralto of ...more

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John Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
John Barrymore Died at 60 (1882-1942) - John Barrymore was an American actor on stage, screen and radio. A member of the Drew and Barrymore theatrical dynasties, he initially tried to avoid the stage, and briefly attempted a career as ...more

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Joseph A. Walker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Joseph A. Walker Died at 45 (1921-1966) - Joseph Albert "Joe" Walker, was an American World War II pilot, experimental physicist, test pilot with NASA, and a member of the U.S. Air Force Man In Space Soonest spaceflight ...more

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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Lisa Lopes Died at 31 (1971-2002) - Lisa Nicole Lopes, better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, and songwriter. She achieved fame as a member of the R&B girl group TLC. Lopes ...more

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Wilt Chamberlain Died at 63 (1936-1999) - Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA; ...more

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Norman Fell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Norman Fell Died at 74 (1924-1998) - Norman Fell, born Norman Noah Feld, was an American actor of film and television, most famous for his role as landlord Mr. Roper on the sitcom Three's Company and its spin-off, The Ropers.

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Bill Tilden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Bill Tilden Died at 60 (1893-1953) - William Tatem Tilden II, nicknamed "Big Bill," was an American male tennis player. He is often considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Tilden was the World No. 1 ...more

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Jonathan Frakes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Jonathan Frakes age 64 - Jonathan Scott Frakes is an American actor, author, and director. Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and ...more

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Mitch Daniels is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Mitch Daniels age 66 - Mitchell Elias "Mitch" Daniels, Jr. is an American academic administrator and former politician who was Governor of Indiana from 2005 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party. ...more

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James A. Michener is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
James A. Michener Died at 90 (1907-1997) - James Albert Michener was an American author of more than 40 books, the majority of which were fictional, lengthy family sagas covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic ...more

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Imogene Coca is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Imogene Coca Died at 93 (1908-2001) - Imogene Coca was an American comic actress best known for her role opposite Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows. Starting out in vaudeville as a child acrobat, she studied ballet and wished to have ...more

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Ed Wynn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Ed Wynn Died at 80 (1886-1966) - Ed Wynn was a popular American comedian and actor noted for his Perfect Fool comedy character, his pioneering radio show of the 1930s, and his later career as a dramatic actor. Wynn began his ...more

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Frank Gorshin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Frank Gorshin Died at 72 (1933-2005) - Frank John Gorshin, Jr. was an American character actor, impressionist, and comedian. He was perhaps best known as an impressionist, with many guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and ...more

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Judy McGrath is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Judy McGrath age 63 - Judy McGrath, MTV Networks' Chief Executive Officer, has been with the company for more than two decades. Prior to working with MTV, she was a copywriter for Mademoiselle and a senior writer for ...more

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Lionel Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Lionel Barrymore Died at 76 (1878-1954) - Lionel Barrymore was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul, and remains perhaps best ...more

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James Irwin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
James Irwin Died at 61 (1930-1991) - James Benson "Jim" Irwin, was an American astronaut, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and a United States Air Force pilot. He served as Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 15, the fourth ...more

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Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Roy Campanella Died at 72 (1921-1993) - Roy Campanella, nicknamed "Campy", was an American baseball player, primarily as a catcher. The Philadelphia native played for the Negro leagues and Mexican League for several seasons ...more

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Lois Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Lois Hamilton Died at 47 (1952-1999) - Lois Hamilton was an American model, author, aviator, artist and actress.

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Mario Lanza is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Mario Lanza Died at 38 (1921-1959) - Mario Lanza (January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959, aged 38) was an American tenor, singer, actor and Hollywood movie star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. The son of Italian emigrants, he began ...more

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Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Gertrude Stein Died at 72 (1874-1946) - Gertrude Stein was an American writer of novels, poetry and plays. Born in West Allegheny, Pennsylvania and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, making France her home ...more

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Gregory Nicotero is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Gregory Nicotero age 54 - Gregory Nicotero is an American special make-up effects creator, and television producer and director. His first major job in special effects makeup was on the George A. Romero film Day of the ...more

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William Alfred Fowler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
William Alfred Fowler Died at 84 (1911-1995) - William Alfred "Willie" Fowler was an American nuclear physicist, later astrophysicist, who, with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar won the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics;.