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Famous People From Alabama

Updated August 17, 2018 18.8k views1.0k items

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.
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  • BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderFemale

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

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  • BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderFemale

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

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  • Tallulah Bankhead

    Dec. at 66 (1902-1968)

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderFemale

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

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  • George Wallace

    Dec. at 79 (1919-1998)

    BirthplaceClio, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

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  • BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderFemale

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

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  • BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    GenderFemale

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

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  • Carl Lewis

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

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  • BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderFemale

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

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  • Mel Allen

    Dec. at 83 (1913-1996)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceBessemer, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

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  • BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

    Dec. at 87 (1866-1953)

    BirthplaceAlabama

    GenderFemale

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

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  • Joseph Paul Franklin

    Dec. at 63 (1950-2013)

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    GenderMale

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

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    #44 of 130 Famous American Serial Killers#4 of 12 12 Vicious Killers Who Showed Absolutely No Remorse At Trial

  • Sun Ra

    Dec. at 79 (1914-1993)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

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  • Zelda Fitzgerald

    Dec. at 48 (1900-1948)

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    GenderFemale

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

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  • BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

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  • BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Amber Nicole Benson (born January 8, 1977) is an American actress, writer, director, and...  more
  • BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

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  • Michael McDowell

    Dec. at 49 (1950-1999)

    BirthplaceEnterprise, Alabama

    GenderMale

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

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceFort Payne, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

    Dec. at 54 (1903-1957)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Dorothy Sebastian (born Stella Dorothy Sabiston; April 26, 1903 – April 8, 1957) was an...  more
  • BirthplaceSheffield, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

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  • Jesse Owens

    Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)

    BirthplaceOakville, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

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