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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 63

Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States of America

Michael Dale Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) is an American politician and Christian minister who served as the 44th governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He was a candidate in the United ...more

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Bridget Hall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 41

Birthplace: Springdale, Arkansas, United States of America

Bridget Hall (born December 12, 1977) is an American model.
Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Dec. at 84 (1880-1964)

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States ...more

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Mark Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 60

Birthplace: Batesville, Arkansas, United States of America

Mark Anthony Martin (born January 9, 1959) is a retired American stock car racing driver. He last drove the No. 14 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a ...more

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Alice Walton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 69

Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas

Alice Louise Walton (born October 7, 1949) is an heir to the fortune of Walmart Inc. She is the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, and sister of S. Robson Walton, Jim ...more
Joey Lauren Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 51

Birthplace: North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

Joey Lauren Adams (born January 9, 1968) is an American actress and director who has appeared in more than 40 films. She appeared in several Kevin Smith View Askewniverse films, including ...more

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Ross Perot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Ross Perot Age: 88

Birthplace: Texarkana, Texas, USA

Henry Ross Perot (; born Henry Ray Perot; June 27, 1930 – July 9, 2019) was an American business magnate, billionaire, philanthropist, and politician. He was the founder and chief executive ...more
Sheryl Underwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Sheryl Underwood Age: 55

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

Sheryl Patrice Underwood (born (1963-10-28)October 28, 1963) is an American comedian, actress and television host. She first rose to prominence in the comedy world as the first female finalist ...more

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Alan Ladd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Dec. at 51 (1913-1964)

Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States of America

Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964) was an American actor and film and television producer. Ladd found success in film in the 1940s and early 1950s, particularly in ...more
Helen Gurley Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Dec. at 90 (1922-2012)

Birthplace: USA, Green Forest, Arkansas

Helen Gurley Brown (February 18, 1922 – August 13, 2012; born Helen Marie Gurley) was an American author, publisher, and businesswoman. She was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for ...more
Robert Nighthawk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Dec. at 58 (1909-1967)

Birthplace: Helena, Arkansas

Robert Lee McCollum (November 30, 1909 – November 5, 1967) was an American blues musician who played and recorded under the pseudonyms Robert Lee McCoy and Robert Nighthawk. He was the father of ...more

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Dan Blocker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Dec. at 44 (1928-1972)

Birthplace: De Kalb, Texas, United States of America

Bobby Dan Davis Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American television actor and Korean War veteran, who played Hoss Cartwright in the long-running NBC Western television series ...more

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Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Dec. at 64 (1910-1974)

Birthplace: Lucas, Arkansas

Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean (January 16, 1910 – July 17, 1974), also known as Jerome Herman Dean, was an American professional baseball pitcher. During Dean's Major League Baseball (MLB) ...more

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Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 58
Sidney Raymond Eudy (born December 16, 1960) is an American retired professional wrestler, softball player and actor. He is best known under the ring names Sid Vicious, Sid Justice, Sycho Sid, ...more

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Wilbur Mills is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Dec. at 83 (1909-1992)

Birthplace: Kensett, Arkansas, United States of America

Wilbur Daigh Mills (May 24, 1909 – May 2, 1992) was an American Democratic politician who represented Arkansas's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from ...more
James Bridges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Dec. at 57 (1936-1993)

Birthplace: Paris, Arkansas, United States of America

James Bridges (February 3, 1936 – June 6, 1993) was an American screenwriter, film director, producer and actor.
Jim Bob Duggar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 53

Birthplace: Springdale, Arkansas, United States of America

James Robert Duggar (born July 18, 1965) is an American real estate agent, politician, and television personality, known for the reality series, 19 Kids and Counting, which aired from 2008 to ...more

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Smokie Norful is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 43

Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Muskogee

Rev. W.R. "Smokie" Norful, Jr. is an American gospel singer and pianist, best known for his 2002 album, I Need You Now and his 2004 release, Nothing Without You, which won a Grammy at ...more

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Jason Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 48

Birthplace: Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

Jason Moore (born October 22, 1970) is an American director of film, theatre and television.
Haki R. Madhubuti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 77

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

Haki R. Madhubuti (born Don Luther Lee on February 23, 1942, in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States) is an African-American author, educator, and poet, as well as a publisher and operator of ...more
Clint Catalyst is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 47

Birthplace: Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States of America

Clint Catalyst (born April 8, 1971) is the nom de plume of Clinton Green, an American author, actor, spoken word performer, and stylist.Catalyst has covered music, fashion, LGBT issues, and ...more
Margot Adler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Dec. at 68 (1946-2014)

Birthplace: Little Rock, USA, Arkansas

Margot Susanna Adler (April 16, 1946 – July 28, 2014) was an American author, journalist, lecturer, Wiccan priestess, and New York correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR).

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Mack Ray Edwards is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Mack Ray Edwards Dec. at 53 (1918-1971)

Birthplace: Arkansas

Mack Ray Edwards (October 17, 1918 – October 30, 1971) was an American serial killer. He murdered at least six children in Los Angeles County, California between 1953 and 1970.

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David Levering Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 82

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas

David Levering Lewis (born May 25, 1936) is an American historian, a Julius Silver University Professor, and a professor of history at New York University. He is twice winner of the Pulitzer ...more
Lawrence Phillips is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Arkansas
Age: 40

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas

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