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Famous People From Alabama

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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

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Courteney Bass Cox (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and director. She is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Emmylou Harris

    BirthplaceBirmingham, USA, Alabama

    Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has... more on Wikipedia

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  • Tallulah Bankhead

    Tallulah Bankhead

    Dec. at 66 (1902-1968)

    BirthplaceUSA, Alabama, Huntsville

    Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of... more on Wikipedia

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  • George Wallace

    George Wallace

    Dec. at 79 (1919-1998)

    BirthplaceClio, Alabama, USA

    George Corley Wallace Jr. (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998) was the 45th Governor of... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kate Jackson

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, USA

    Lucy Kate Jackson (born October 29, 1948) is an American actress, director, and producer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Octavia Spencer

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Octavia Lenora Spencer (born May 25, 1972) is an American actress, author, and producer. She... more on Wikipedia
  • Carl Lewis

    Carl Lewis

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field... more on Wikipedia

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  • Angela Davis

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mel Allen

    Mel Allen

    Dec. at 83 (1913-1996)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Mel Allen (born Melvin Allen Israel; February 14, 1913 – June 16, 1996) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Bo Jackson

    Bo Jackson

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceBessemer, Alabama, United States of America

    Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson (born November 30, 1962) is an American former baseball and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Wayne Rogers

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    William Wayne McMillan Rogers III (April 7, 1933 – December 31, 2015) was an American actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • Mary Anderson

    Mary Anderson

    Dec. at 87 (1866-1953)


    Mary Elizabeth Anderson (February 19, 1866 – June 27, 1953) was an American real estate... more on Wikipedia

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  • Joseph Paul Franklin

    Joseph Paul Franklin

    Dec. at 63 (1950-2013)

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    Joseph Paul Franklin (born James Clayton Vaughn Jr.; April 13, 1950 – November 20, 2013) was... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sun Ra

    Sun Ra

    Dec. at 79 (1914-1993)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Le Sony'r Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993), better known as Sun Ra,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Zelda Fitzgerald

    Zelda Fitzgerald

    Dec. at 48 (1900-1948)

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Zelda Fitzgerald (née Sayre; July 24, 1900 – March 10, 1948) was an American novelist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bobby Bowden

    BirthplaceBirmingham, USA, Alabama

    Robert Cleckler Bowden (born November 8, 1929) is a retired American football coach. Bowden is... more on Wikipedia
  • Rickey Smiley
    Broderick "Rickey" Smiley (born August 10, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, television... more on Wikipedia

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  • Amber Benson

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Amber Nicole Benson (born January 8, 1977) is an American actress, writer, director, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Hunter

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Alan Caldwell Hunter (born February 14, 1957) is one of the original five video jockeys (VJs)... more on Wikipedia

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  • Natalee Holloway
    Natalee Ann Holloway disappeared on May 30, 2005, while on a high school graduation trip to... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael McDowell

    Dec. at 49 (1950-1999)

    BirthplaceEnterprise, Alabama

    Michael McEachern McDowell (June 1, 1950 – December 27, 1999) was an American novelist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeff Cook

    Jeff Cook

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceFort Payne, Alabama, United States of America

    Jeffery A. Cook (born August 27, 1949) is an American musician and songwriter who is best... more on Wikipedia
  • Dorothy Sebastian

    Dorothy Sebastian

    Dec. at 54 (1903-1957)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, USA, Alabama

    Dorothy Sebastian (born Stella Dorothy Sabiston; April 26, 1903 – April 8, 1957) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • Fred Thompson

    BirthplaceSheffield, Alabama, United States of America

    Freddie Dalton Thompson (August 19, 1942 – November 1, 2015) was an American politician,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jesse Owens

    Jesse Owens

    Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)

    BirthplaceOakville, Alabama, United States of America

    James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and... more on Wikipedia

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