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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.

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Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Dec. at 43 (1961-2004)
Reginald Howard "Reggie" White was an American college and professional football player who was mostly a defensive end but also played some defensive tackle in the National Football ...more

Lady Bunny is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 56
The Lady Bunny is an American drag queen, nightclub DJ, promoter and founder of the annual Wigstock event. She has also released disco singles such as "Shame, Shame, Shame!" and ...more

Leslie Jordan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 63
Leslie Allen Jordan is an American actor and playwright from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Bessie Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Dec. at 43 (1894-1937)
Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest ...more

Wayne White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 62
Wayne White is an American artist, art director, puppeteer, set designer, animator, cartoonist and illustrator.

Rachel Boston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 36
Rachel Elizabeth Boston is an American actress and producer. Boston had the leading roles in a number of independent films, and was regular cast member in the several television series. She ...more

Lori Petty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 55
Lori Petty is an actress, film director and screenwriter.

Clyde Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 75
Clyde Stubblefield is a drummer best known for his work with James Brown. Stubblefield's recordings with James Brown are considered to be some of the standard-bearers for funk drumming, ...more

Ishmael Reed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 81
Ishmael Scott Reed is an American poet, novelist, essayist, songwriter, playwright, editor and publisher. Reed is known for his satirical works challenging American political culture, and ...more

Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)
Yusef Abdul Lateef was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950. Although ...more

Chet Raymo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 82
Chet Raymo is a noted writer, educator and naturalist. He is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Stonehill College, in Easton, Massachusetts. His weekly newspaper column Science Musings appeared in ...more

Jimmy Blanton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Dec. at 24 (1918-1942)
Jimmie Blanton was an influential American jazz double bassist. Blanton is credited with being the originator of more complex pizzicato and arco bass solos in a jazz context than previous ...more

Adonis Shropshire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 41
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 ...more

James B. Frazier, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Dec. at 88 (1890-1978)
James Beriah Frazier, Jr. was a U.S. Democratic politician.

Andy Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Dec. at 69 (1902-1971)
Andrew Cecil "Scrappy" Moore, Jr. was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Chattanooga, now the University of Tennessee at ...more

Lewis Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 62
Lewis Smith is an American actor.

Roscoe Tanner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 67
Roscoe Tanner is a former 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 was famous for his ...more

Brett Rice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 65
Brett Rice is an American actor.

Ben Curtis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 38
Benjamin Bowmar Curtis, also known as the Dell Dude or Slacker Steve, is an American actor and former promoter for Dell Computers. Curtis was prominently featured in the popular "Dell ...more

Bill Brock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
age 88
William Emerson "Bill" Brock III is a former Republican United States senator from Tennessee, having served from 1971 to 1977. He is the grandson of William Emerson Brock I, who was a ...more

John Rathmell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
John Rathmell Dec. at 87 (1891-1978)
John Rathmell was a screenwriter.

Joey Ray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Dec. at 54 (1904-1958)
Joey Ray was an actor.

Frank Bowman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Frank Bowman age 74
Frank Lee "Skip" Bowman 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 Honorary Knight ...more

Bill Akers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Dec. at 58 (1904-1962)
William G. Akers, nicknamed Bump, was a Major League Baseball infielder who played four seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Boston Braves. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Akers played in 174 ...more

Anthony Roberts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Chattanooga
Anthony Roberts Dec. at 42 (1955-1997)
Anthony Jerome Roberts was an American professional basketball for the Denver Nuggets and Washington Bullets in the National Basketball Association . He was selected in the first round as the ...more