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Famous People From Chattanooga

Updated June 8, 2017 14.5k views196 items

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

List people include Caleb Rowe, Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin and many more.

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

    Dec. at 43 (1961-2004)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was an American professional football player who played defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons during the...  more

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  • Lady Bunny

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, USA

    Lady Bunny, originally known as "Bunny Hickory Dickory Dock," (born Jon Ingle, August 13, 1962) is an American drag queen, nightclub DJ, promoter and founder of the annual Wigstock event. She has...  more
  • Leslie Jordan

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    Leslie Allen Jordan (born April 29, 1955) is an American actor and playwright. He is best known for his roles as Lonnie Garr in Hearts Afire, Beverly Leslie in Will & Grace and several different...  more
  • Bessie Smith

    Dec. at 43 (1894-1937)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the Empress of the Blues, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often...  more

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  • BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    Wayne White is an American artist, art director, puppeteer, set designer, animator, cartoonist and illustrator....  more
  • BirthplaceSignal Mountain, Tennessee, United States of America

    Rachel Elizabeth Boston (born May 9, 1982) is an American actress and producer. Boston has had leading roles in a number of independent films, and was a regular cast member in several television...  more

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  • Lori Petty

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    Lori Petty (born October 14, 1963) is an American actress and director. Her roles include playing Tyler Endicott in the 1991 film Point Break, Kit Keller in A League of Their Own (1992), and the...  more
  • BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    Clyde Austin Stubblefield (April 18, 1943 – February 18, 2017) was an American drummer best known for his work with James Brown. A self-taught musician, he was influenced by the sound of natural...  more

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  • BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    Ishmael Scott Reed (born February 22, 1938) is an American poet, novelist, essayist, songwriter, playwright, editor and publisher, who is known for his satirical works challenging American political...  more
  • Yusef Lateef

    Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    Yusef Abdul Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston; October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, and prominent figure among the Ahmadiyya Community in...  more
  • Chet Raymo

    Age: 84

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    Chet Raymo (born September 17, 1936 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is a noted writer, educator and naturalist. He is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Stonehill College, in Easton, Massachusetts. His...  more
  • Jimmy Blanton

    Dec. at 23 (1918-1942)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    James Blanton (October 5, 1918 – July 30, 1942) was an American jazz double bassist. Blanton is credited with being the originator of more complex pizzicato and arco bass solos in a jazz context than...  more
  • BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Adonis Shropshire or Adonis for short, is an American songwriter and record producer. He has written and or produced singles including: Mariah Carey's "I Stay In Love", Usher Raymond's "My Boo", P....  more
  • James B. Frazier, Jr.

    Dec. at 88 (1890-1978)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    James Beriah Frazier Jr. (June 23, 1890 – October 30, 1978) was a U.S. Democratic politician....  more
  • Andy Moore

    Dec. at 68 (1902-1971)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    Andrew Cecil "Scrappy" Moore Jr. (September 25, 1902 – May 31, 1971) was an American football player and coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the...  more
  • BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, USA

    Lewis Smith is the name of: Lewis Smith (actor) (born 1956), American actor Lewis Smith (baseball) (1858–?), one-game American baseball player 1882 Lewis Smith (cricketer) (1913–1978), English...  more
  • BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    Roscoe Tanner (born October 15, 1951) is a retired American professional tennis player, who turned pro in 1972 and reached a career-high world singles ranking of World No. 4 on July 30, 1979. Tanner...  more

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  • Brett Rice

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    Brett Rice is an American actor....  more
  • Ben Curtis

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, USA

    Benjamin Bowmar Curtis (born November 2, 1980), also known as the Dell Dude, is an American actor, singer, guitarist and former promoter for Dell Computers. Curtis was featured in the popular "Dell...  more
  • Bill Brock

    Age: 90

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, USA

    William Emerson Brock III (born November 23, 1930) is a former Republican United States senator from Tennessee who served one term from 1971 to 1977. He is the grandson of William Emerson Brock Sr.,...  more
  • John Rathmell

    Dec. at 87 (1891-1978)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    John Rathmell was a screenwriter....
  • Joey Ray

    Dec. at 53 (1904-1958)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    Joey Ray was an actor....  more
  • Frank Bowman

    Age: 76

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    Frank Lee "Skip" Bowman (born 19 December 1944) a retired four-star Admiral, is the former Chief of Naval Personnel and former Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion. In 2006, Bowman was made an...  more
  • Bill Akers

    Dec. at 57 (1904-1962)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    William G. Akers (December 25, 1904 – April 13, 1962), nicknamed Bump, was an American baseball infielder and soldier. Akers played professional baseball for 11 seasons from 1924 to 1934, including...  more
  • Anthony Roberts

    Dec. at 41 (1955-1997)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    Anthony Jerome Roberts (April 15, 1955 – March 29, 1997) was an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets and Washington Bullets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He...  more