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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
Courteney Bass Cox 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 series Scream, and as ...more

Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 71
Emmylou Harris is an American singer and songwriter. She has released many popular albums and singles over the course of her career, and as of 2015 she has won 13 Grammys as well as numerous ...more

Tallulah Bankhead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 66 (1902-1968)
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was an American actress of the stage and screen, talk-show host, and reputed libertine. Bankhead was also known for her deep voice, flamboyant personality and support ...more

George Wallace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 79 (1919-1998)
George Corley Wallace, Jr. was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and ...more

Kate Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 70
Kate Jackson is an American actress, director, and producer, best known for her role as Sabrina Duncan in the popular 1970s television series Charlie's Angels. She is a three-time Emmy Award ...more

Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 48
Octavia Lenora Spencer is an American actress and author. She is best known for her role as Minny Jackson in the 2011 film The Help, for which she won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics' ...more

Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 57
Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. ...more

Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 75
Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, ...more

Mel Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 83 (1913-1996)
Mel Allen was an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. During the peak of his career in the 1940s, 1950s and ...more

Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 56
Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson is a retired American baseball and football player. He is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports. He was named the greatest ...more

Wayne Rogers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 85
William Wayne McMillan Rogers III is an American film and television actor, best known for playing the role of "Trapper John" McIntyre in the CBS television series, M*A*S*H. He is a ...more

Mary Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 87 (1866-1953)
Mary Anderson was an American real estate developer, rancher, viticulturist and inventor of the windshield wiper blade. In November 1903 Anderson was granted her first patent for an automatic ...more

Joseph Paul Franklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 63 (1950-2013)
Joseph Paul Franklin was an American serial killer. He was convicted of several murders, and given six life sentences, as well as a death sentence. He confessed to the attempted murders of two ...more

Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 79 (1914-1993)
Sun Ra was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy," prolific musical output, and performances. He ...more

Zelda Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 48 (1900-1948)
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, born Zelda Sayre in Montgomery, Alabama, was an American novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was an icon of the 1920s—dubbed by her husband "the ...more

Bobby Bowden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 89
Robert Cleckler "Bobby" Bowden is a retired American football coach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida ...more

Rickey Smiley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Rickey Smiley is an American standup comedian, television host, actor, and radio personality best known for his prank phone calls. The calls feature Smiley disguising his voice and carrying on a ...more

Amber Benson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 42
Amber Nicole Benson is an American writer, director, producer, and actress. She is best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but has also directed, ...more

Alan Hunter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 62
Alan C. Hunter was one of the original five video jockeys on MTV from 1981 to 1987. He is a host on SiriusXM Radio’s The 80s on 8 channel and co-owns the production company Hunter Films with his ...more

Natalee Holloway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From 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)
Michael McEachern McDowell was an American novelist and screenwriter described by author Stephen King as "the finest writer of paperback originals in America today". His most ...more

Jeff Cook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 69
Jeffery A. "Jeff" Cook is an American musician who is best known as one of the founding members of the country music group Alabama. Born in Fort Payne, Alabama, and of English and ...more

Dorothy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 54 (1903-1957)
Dorothy Sebastian was an American film and stage actress.

Fred Thompson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Alabama
age 76
Freddie Dalton "Fred" Thompson is an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing ...more

Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Alabama
Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist. Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his ...more