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Famous People From Birmingham

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

People on this list include Reginald C. Lindsay and Shane Battier.

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

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, USA

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

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  • Cat Deeley

    Cat Deeley

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceSutton Coldfield, United Kingdom

    Catherine Elizabeth "Cat" Deeley (born 23 October 1976) is an English television presenter,... more on Wikipedia

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    #17 of 50 Celebrities Who Had Lasik#29 of 48 Female Celebrities Who Are 5’9"

  • 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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  • Kate Jackson

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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

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  • Lionel Hampton

    Lionel Hampton

    Dec. at 94 (1908-2002)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist,... more on Wikipedia

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    #2125 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#19 of 20 The Greatest Swing Jazz Musicians of All Time

  • 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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    #2 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#28 of 77 The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

  • 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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  • Rob Halford

    BirthplaceSutton Coldfield, United Kingdom

    Robert John Arthur Halford (born 25 August 1951) is an English singer and songwriter. He is... more on Wikipedia

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    #582 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time#51 of 298 The Best Frontmen in Rock

  • Paschal English

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

  • 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
  • Nick Mason

    Nick Mason

    Age: 76

    BirthplaceEdgbaston, United Kingdom

    Nicholas Berkeley Mason, (born 27 January 1944) is an English drummer, best known as a... more on Wikipedia

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    #1024 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#17 of 530 The Best Drummers Of All Time

  • BirthplaceBirmingham, USA, Alabama

    David Lee Smith is an actor.
  • Christine Lahti

    Christine Lahti

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Michigan, United States of America

    Christine Ann Lahti (born April 4, 1950) is an American actress and filmmaker. She was... 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
  • 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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  • Ibrehem Rahman

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, USA

    Ibrehem Rahman is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Palau.
  • Kenneth Tynan

    Kenneth Tynan

    Dec. at 53 (1927-1980)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, United Kingdom

    Kenneth Peacock Tynan (2 April 1927 – 26 July 1980) was an English theatre critic and writer.... more on Wikipedia
  • Bobby Bowden

    BirthplaceBirmingham, USA, Alabama

    Robert Cleckler Bowden (born November 8, 1929) is a retired American football coach. Bowden is... more on Wikipedia
  • Gucci Mane

    Gucci Mane

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Radric Delantic Davis (born February 12, 1980), known professionally as Gucci Mane, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Louise Fletcher

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Estelle Louise Fletcher (born July 22, 1934), known professionally as Louise Fletcher, is an... more on Wikipedia

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    #318 of 348 The Best American Actresses Working Today#39 of 76 The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress

  • Walton Goggins

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Walton Sanders Goggins, Jr. (born November 10, 1971) is an American actor. He produced and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Simon Fowler

    BirthplaceMeriden, United Kingdom

    Simon Geoffrey Fowler (born 25 May 1965 in Meriden, Warwickshire) is an English singer and... 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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  • Geezer Butler


    Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler (born 17 July 1949) is an English musician and... more on Wikipedia

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    #6 of 186 The All-Time Best Rock Bassists#143 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

  • 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