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Famous People From Arkansas

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

Everything from Hayes McClerkin to John Kohlbrenner is included on this list.

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

    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, United States of America

    Michael Dale Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) is an American politician and Christian minister... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bridget Hall

    BirthplaceUSA, Springdale, Arkansas

    Bridget Hall (born December 12, 1977) is an American model.
  • Douglas MacArthur

    Douglas MacArthur

    Dec. at 84 (1880-1964)

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

    General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mark Martin

    BirthplaceBatesville, Arkansas, United States of America

    Mark Anthony Martin (born January 9, 1959) is a retired American stock car racing driver. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alice Walton

    BirthplaceNewport, Arkansas

    Alice Louise Walton (born October 7, 1949) is an heir to the fortune of Walmart Inc. She is... more on Wikipedia
  • Joey Lauren Adams

    BirthplaceNorth Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

    Joey Lauren Adams (born January 9, 1968) is an American actress and director who has appeared... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ross Perot

    Ross Perot

    Age: 90

    BirthplaceTexarkana, Texas, United States of America

    Henry Ross Perot (; born Henry Ray Perot; June 27, 1930 – July 9, 2019) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Sheryl Underwood

    Sheryl Underwood

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

    Sheryl Patrice Underwood (born (1963-10-28)October 28, 1963) is an American comedian, actress... more on Wikipedia


    #4 of 13 Famous African American Women Who Are Republican#70 of 131 The Most Annoying TV Hosts

  • Alan Ladd

    Alan Ladd

    Dec. at 51 (1913-1964)

    BirthplaceUSA, Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964) was an American actor and film and... more on Wikipedia
  • Helen Gurley Brown

    Helen Gurley Brown

    Dec. at 90 (1922-2012)

    BirthplaceGreen Forest, Arkansas, United States of America

    Helen Gurley Brown (February 18, 1922 – August 13, 2012; born Helen Marie Gurley) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Nighthawk

    Robert Nighthawk

    Dec. at 58 (1909-1967)

    BirthplaceHelena, Arkansas

    Robert Lee McCollum (November 30, 1909 – November 5, 1967) was an American blues musician who... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dan Blocker

    Dan Blocker

    Dec. at 44 (1928-1972)

    BirthplaceDe Kalb, Texas, United States of America

    Bobby Dan Davis Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American television actor... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dizzy Dean

    Dizzy Dean

    Dec. at 64 (1910-1974)

    BirthplaceLucas, Arkansas

    Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean (January 16, 1910 – July 17, 1974), also known as Jerome Herman Dean,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sid Vicious
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  • Wilbur Mills

    Wilbur Mills

    Dec. at 83 (1909-1992)

    BirthplaceKensett, Arkansas, United States of America

    Wilbur Daigh Mills (May 24, 1909 – May 2, 1992) was an American Democratic politician who... more on Wikipedia
  • James Bridges

    James Bridges

    Dec. at 57 (1936-1993)

    BirthplaceParis, Arkansas, United States of America

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  • Jim Bob Duggar

    BirthplaceSpringdale, Arkansas, United States of America

    James Robert Duggar (born July 18, 1965) is an American real estate agent, politician, and... more on Wikipedia

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    #2 of 25 Wealthy People Who Are Basically Supervillains#19 of 160 The Most Ridiculous Political Pundits

  • Smokie Norful

    BirthplaceMuskogee, Oklahoma, United States of America

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  • BirthplaceFayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

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  • Haki R. Madhubuti

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

    Haki R. Madhubuti (born Don Luther Lee on February 23, 1942, in Little Rock, Arkansas, United... more on Wikipedia
  • Clint Catalyst

    BirthplaceJonesboro, Arkansas, United States of America

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  • Margot Adler

    Margot Adler

    Dec. at 68 (1946-2014)

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

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  • Mack Ray Edwards

    Mack Ray Edwards

    Dec. at 53 (1918-1971)


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  • David Levering Lewis

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    David Levering Lewis (born May 25, 1936) is an American historian, a Julius Silver University... more on Wikipedia
  • Lawrence Phillips

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Lawrence Lamond Phillips (May 12, 1975 – January 13, 2016) was a professional American... more on Wikipedia

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