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

Davis Roberts and Patricia Ellis are included on this list along with many more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Alabama?" or "Which celebrities were born in Alabama?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Courteney Cox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 54

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Courteney Bass Cox (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror ...more

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 71

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has released dozens of albums and singles over the course of her career and won 14 Grammys, the Polar ...more

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Tallulah Bankhead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 66 (1902-1968)

Birthplace: USA, Alabama, Huntsville

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen. Bankhead was known for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating ...more

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George Wallace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 79 (1919-1998)

Birthplace: Clio, Alabama, USA

George Corley Wallace Jr. (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998) was the 45th Governor of Alabama, a position he occupied for four terms, during which he promoted "low-grade industrial ...more

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Kate Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 70

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Lucy Kate Jackson (born October 29, 1948) is an American actress, director, and producer, known for her television roles as Sabrina Duncan in the series Charlie's Angels (1976–79) and Amanda ...more

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Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 48

Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama

Octavia Lenora Spencer (born May 25, 1972) is an American actress, author, and producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. She is ...more

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 57

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships ...more

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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 75

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s working with the Communist ...more

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Mel Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 83 (1913-1996)

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Mel Allen (born Melvin Allen Israel; February 14, 1913 – June 16, 1996) was an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York ...more
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 56

Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States of America

Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson (born November 30, 1962) is an American former baseball and football player. He is the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both ...more

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Wayne Rogers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 85

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

William Wayne McMillan Rogers III (April 7, 1933 – December 31, 2015) was an American actor, known for playing the role of Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in the CBS television series ...more
Mary Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 87 (1866-1953)

Birthplace: Alabama

Mary Elizabeth Anderson (February 19, 1866 – June 27, 1953) was an American real estate developer, rancher, viticulturist and inventor of the windshield wiper blade. On November 10, 1903 ...more
Joseph Paul Franklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 63 (1950-2013)

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama

Joseph Paul Franklin (born James Clayton Vaughn Jr.; April 13, 1950 – November 20, 2013) was an American white supremacist serial killer who engaged in a murder spree spanning the late 1970s and ...more
Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 79 (1914-1993)

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Le Sony'r Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993), better known as Sun Ra, was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, and poet known for his ...more

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Zelda Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 48 (1900-1948)

Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama

Zelda Fitzgerald (née Sayre; July 24, 1900 – March 10, 1948) was an American novelist, socialite, painter and wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, she was ...more

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Bobby Bowden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 89

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

Robert Cleckler Bowden (born November 8, 1929) is a retired American football coach. Bowden is best known for coaching the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. ...more
Rickey Smiley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Alabama

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

Broderick "Rickey" Smiley (born August 10, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actor, and radio personality, known for his prank phone calls. The calls feature ...more

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Amber Benson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 42

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Amber Nicole Benson (born January 8, 1977) is an American actress, writer, director, and producer. She is best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and ...more
Alan Hunter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 62

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Alan Caldwell Hunter (born February 14, 1957) is one of the original five video jockeys (VJs) on MTV from 1981 to 1987 (along with Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn, and J.J. Jackson). ...more

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Natalee Holloway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Alabama

Birthplace: Mountain Brook, Jefferson County, Alabama

Natalee Ann Holloway disappeared on May 30, 2005, while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba. Holloway, an 18-year-old American, lived in Mountain Brook, Alabama, USA, at the time of her ...more
Michael McDowell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 49 (1950-1999)

Birthplace: Enterprise, Alabama

Michael McEachern McDowell (June 1, 1950 – December 27, 1999) was an American novelist and screenwriter described by author Stephen King as "the finest writer of paperback originals in ...more
Jeff Cook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 69

Birthplace: Fort Payne, Alabama, United States of America

Jeffery A. Cook (born August 27, 1949) is an American musician and songwriter who is best known as one of the founding members of the country band Alabama.
Dorothy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 54 (1903-1957)

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

Dorothy Sebastian (born Stella Dorothy Sabiston; April 26, 1903 – April 8, 1957) was an American film and stage actress.
Fred Thompson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Age: 76

Birthplace: Colbert County, Sheffield, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more

Freddie Dalton Thompson (August 19, 1942 – November 1, 2015) was an American politician, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, actor and radio personality. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United ...more

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Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)

Birthplace: Oakville, Alabama, United States of America

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