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Famous People From Bakersfield

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

This list below has everything from Mark Chatfield to Brock Marion.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Bakersfield?" or "Which celebrities were born in Bakersfield?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 81

Birthplace: Oildale, California, United States of America

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Haggard was born in Oildale, California, during the Great Depression. His ...more

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Carver Mead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 84

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Carver Andress Mead (born 1 May 1934) is an American scientist and engineer. He currently holds the position of Gordon and Betty Moore Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science at ...more
Robert Beltran is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 65

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States of America

Robert Adame Beltran (born November 19, 1953) is an American actor, known for his role as Commander Chakotay on the 1990s television series Star Trek: Voyager. He is also known for stage acting ...more
Ric Drasin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 74
Richard Alan "Ric" Drasin (born July 12, 1944) is an American bodybuilder, personal trainer, actor, stuntman, author, and former professional wrestler. He wrestled professionally for ...more
David Carr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 39

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

David Carr may refer to:
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Jerry Quarry Dec. at 54 (1945-1999)

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Jerry Quarry (May 15, 1945 – January 3, 1999), nicknamed "Irish" or "The Bellflower Bomber", was an American heavyweight boxer. Quarry was rated by Ring magazine as the most ...more
Félix Enrí... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 67

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Félix Enríquez Alcalá (sometimes credited as Felix Alcala) (born March 7, 1951 in Bakersfield, California) is an American film and television director.
Jean Fuller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 68

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States of America

Jeannie Lynn "Jean" Fuller (née Guenther; born April 16, 1950) is a U.S. politician who served as the minority leader in the California State Senate. A Republican, she was ...more
Derek Mears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 46

Birthplace: Bakersfield, USA, California

Derek Mears (born April 29, 1972) is an American actor and stuntman, best known for his role as Jason Voorhees in the reboot of Friday the 13th and Hawes in Hatchet III.
Sherley Anne Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Dec. at 55 (1944-1999)

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Sherley Anne Williams (August 25, 1944 – July 6, 1999) was an American poet, novelist, professor, vocalist, Jazz poet, and social critic. Many of her works tell stories about her life in the ...more
J. R. Sakuragi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 42

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

J. R. Sakuragi (桜木 ジェイアール, Sakuragi Jeiāru, born Milton Henderson Jr.; October 30, 1976), is an American-Japanese professional basketball player. Raised in Bakersfield, Sakuragi played college ...more
Erik Paulsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 53

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States of America

Erik Philip Paulsen (born May 14, 1965) is an American politician who represented Minnesota's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2009 to 2019. A member ...more
Larsen Jensen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 33

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States of America

Larsen Alan Jensen (born September 1, 1985) is an American former competition swimmer and a two-time Olympic medalist.
Clair Engle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Dec. at 53 (1911-1964)

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, USA

Clair Engle (September 21, 1911 – July 30, 1964) was an American politician of the Democratic Party and a United States Senator from California. He is best remembered for participating in the ...more
Lawrence Kimble is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Lawrence Kimble Dec. at 73 (1904-1977)

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Lawrence Kimble was a screenwriter.
Dennis Ralston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Dennis Ralston Age: 76

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Richard Dennis Ralston (born July 27, 1942) is an American former professional tennis player whose active career spanned the 1960s and 1970s.. As a young player he was coached by tennis pro ...more
Leon Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Age: 66

Birthplace: Bakersfield, USA, California

Leon Lee (born December 4, 1952 in Sacramento, California) is a former professional baseball player and manager. He played first base, third base and catcher during his career, batting and ...more
Jeffrey C. Wynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Jeffrey C. Wynn

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Dr Jeffrey C. Wynn (aka Jeff Wynn), is a research geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). He is currently based in the Cascades Volcano Observatory [1] in Vancouver, WA, ...more
Gerald Haslam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Gerald Haslam Age: 81

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Gerald William Haslam (born March 18, 1937) is an author who has focused on rural and small towns in California's Great Central Valley including its poor and working class people of all colors. ...more
Theo Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Dec. at 53 (1953-2006)

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Theopolis Bell, Jr. (December 21, 1953 – June 21, 2006) was an American football wide receiver who played nine seasons in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa ...more
Gregory Ansolabehere is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Gregory Ansolabehere Age: 32

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Gregory Ansolabehere is an American rower.
Mike Quarry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Dec. at 55 (1951-2006)

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Michael Wayne "Mike" Quarry (March 4, 1951 – June 11, 2006) was a light heavyweight boxer. He had a record of 63–13–6 including 17 knockouts during his career.Mike Quarry was born in ...more
Dennis P. Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Dennis P. Lockhart Age: 72

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Dennis P. Lockhart (born February 1, 1947) is an American. He was the 14th President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, serving from March 1, 2007, through February 28, 2017.
Bruce Walton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Bruce Walton Age: 56

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Bruce Walton may refer to: Bruce Walton (American football) (born 1951), American football player Bruce Walton (baseball) (born 1962), American baseball player
Mark Nichols is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Bakersfield
Mark Nichols Age: 56

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Mark Nichols is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. Nichols was selected in the first round by the Detroit Lions out of San Jose State University in the ...more