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

This list has a variety of people, like Leslie Rishkofski and Scott Holroyd, in it.

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

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Stanley Donen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Stanley Donen age 93 - Stanley Donen is an American film director and choreographer whose most celebrated works are Singin' in the Rain and On the Town, both of which he co-directed with actor and dancer Gene Kelly. ...more

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Alex English is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Alex English age 61 - Alexander English is a retired American basketball player. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. Born in Columbia, South ...more

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Jane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Jane Chambers Died at 46 (1937-1983) - Jane Chambers was an American playwright. She was a "pioneer in writing theatrical works with openly lesbian characters".

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Diego Corrales is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Diego Corrales Died at 30 (1977-2007) - Diego "Chico" Corrales was an American boxer. He was the WBC, WBO, & The Ring lightweight champion, and the WBO & IBF super featherweight champion. In 2005, Corrales received ...more

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Danny Buday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Danny Buday age 38 - Danny Buday is a film director.

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Zack Bowman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Zack Bowman age 31 - Zackary Bowman is an American football cornerback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Iron & Wine age 42 - Samuel Beam, better known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter. He has released five studio albums, several EPs and singles, as well as a few ...more

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Bill Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Bill Anderson age 79 - James William "Bill" Anderson III is an American country music singer, songwriter and television personality. He has been a member in long standing of the weekly Grand Ole Opry radio ...more

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Robin Swicord is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Robin Swicord age 63 - Robin Stender Swicord is an American screenwriter and film director. She wrote the screenplay for the film Memoirs of a Geisha, based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Golden. Her other ...more

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Helen Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Helen Hill Died at 37 (1970-2007) - Helen Wingard Hill was an American artist, filmmaker, writer, teacher, and social activist. When her final film, The Florestine Collection, was released in 2011, curators and critics praised her ...more

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Joseph Cardinal Bernardin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Died at 68 (1928-1996) - Joseph Louis Bernardin was an American Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Chicago from 1982 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1983.

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Mike Kohn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Mike Kohn age 43 - Michael "Mike" Kohn is an American former bobsledder who has competed since 1990. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he won a bronze medal in the four-man event at Salt Lake City in ...more

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Jack Weatherford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Jack Weatherford Jack McIver Weatherford is the former DeWitt Wallace Professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. He is best known for his 2004 book, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern ...more

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Lauren Lucas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Lauren Lucas Lauren Lucas is an American country music artist. In her career, she has been signed to a development deal at the age of sixteen by RCA Nashville and a recording contract in 2003 with Warner ...more

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George Bass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Columbia
George Bass age 84 - George Fletcher Bass is recognized as one of the early practitioners of underwater archaeology, along with Peter Throckmorton, Honor Frost, and others. Bass was the director of the first ...more

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Brevard Childs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Brevard Childs Died at 84 (1923-2007) - Brevard Childs was a biblical scholar.

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Kirby Higbe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Kirby Higbe Died at 70 (1915-1985) - Walter Kirby Higbe was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1937 to 1950. He was a two-time All-Star. He was born in and died in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Michal Friedman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Michal Friedman Died at 44 (1967-2011) - Michal Friedman was a singer and voice actress.

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Richard Evonitz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Richard Evonitz Died at 39 (1963-2002) - Richard Marc Evonitz was a serial killer, kidnapper, and rapist responsible for the deaths of three girls in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and the abduction and rape of a 15-year-old girl in ...more

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Ron Westray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Ron Westray age 45 - Ronald Kenneth Westray, Jr. is an American jazz trombonist, composer, and educator. He holds a B.A. from South Carolina State University and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois ...more

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Todd Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Todd Rutherford age 45 - James Todd Rutherford is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 74th District since 1999.

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Mike Colter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Mike Colter age 40 - Mike Randal Colter is an American actor. Colter was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and grew up in St. Matthews, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Calhoun County High School. His senior ...more

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David Broadnax is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Columbia
David Broadnax Died at 58 (1942-2000) - David Broadnax was an actor, producer and screenwriter.

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Josh Stolberg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Josh Stolberg age 44 - Josh Stolberg is an American film director, screenwriter, and photographer. He won the Seashore Award and the Queen Spirit Award as a director of the film The Life Coach. He also wrote and ...more

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Antonio Lang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Antonio Lang age 43 - Antonio Maurice Lang is an American former professional basketball player who is currently an assistant coach for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He played his college ...more

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Tyrone Hayes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Tyrone Hayes age 49 - Tyrone B. Hayes is an American biologist and professor of Integrative Biology at University of California, Berkeley known for his research findings concluding that the herbicide atrazine is an ...more

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Stephen Mallory II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Stephen Mallory II Died at 59 (1848-1907) - Stephen Russell Mallory, Jr. was a U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative from Florida who served as a Democrat. He was the son of U.S. Senator Stephen Russell Mallory.

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Brendan Toibin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Brendan Toibin age 51 - Brendan Patrick Toibin is a former American football placekicker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Richmond. Brendan ...more

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Charles Warren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Charles Warren age 40 - Charles Otis Warren is an American professional golfer. Warren is currently a member of the Web.com Tour. He was a member of the Nike Tour in 1998, the Nationwide Tour in 2000–04 and 2011–12, ...more

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Chris Allen Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Chris Allen Williams age 38 - Chris Allen Williams is a film producer, director and film editor.

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Scott Holroyd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Scott Holroyd age 40 - Scott Powell Holroyd is an American actor.

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Maxcy Gregg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Maxcy Gregg Died at 48 (1814-1862) - Maxcy Gregg was a lawyer, soldier in the United States Army during the Mexican-American War, and a Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War who was mortally wounded at the ...more

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Henry McKee Minton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Henry McKee Minton Died at 76 (1870-1946) - Henry McKee Minton was an African-American doctor who was one of the founders of Sigma Pi Phi and was Superintendent of the Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia for twenty four years.

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Mike Derrick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Mike Derrick Died at 66 (1943-2009) - James Michael Derrick was a left fielder and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1970 season. Listed at 6' 0", 190 lb., he batted ...more

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Billy Laval is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Billy Laval Died at 72 (1885-1957) - William L. "Billy" Laval was an American minor league baseball player, baseball manager, and college baseball, football, and basketball coach. He held head coaching positions at the ...more

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Elizabeth
Elizabeth "Libby" Callahan age 63 - Elizabeth "Libby" Callahan is an American sport shooter. She is a four-time Olympian, and a two-time medalist for pistol shooting at the Pan American Games. She also worked as a police ...more

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John E. Courson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Columbia
John E. Courson age 71 - John E. Courson is an American politician. He serves as a Republican member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 20th District since 1985.

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Mike White is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Mike White age 54 - Mike White is an actor.

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Dan Birkey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Dan Birkey age 58 - Daniel Birkey is an American soccer coach, and played collegiately and professionally. He is the head men's soccer coach at Concordia University, Portland. As of 2014, he is the 10th winningest ...more

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Jamie Hill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Jamie Hill age 32 - Jamie Hill is an actress.

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Javond Williams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Javond Williams age 21 - Javond Williams is an American Football Offensive lineman for Ball State Cardinals.

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Spencer Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Spencer Wilkins age 24 - Spencer Wilkins is an American Football wide receiver for the Towson Tigers.

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Mason Zandi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Mason Zandi age 22 - Mason Zandi is an American Football offensive lineman for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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Tony McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Tony McDaniel age 30 - Anthony Dewayne McDaniel is an American football defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent ...more

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James Barnes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Columbia
James Barnes age 24 - James Barnes is an American football offensive lineman for the Presbyterian Blue Hose.

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Mike Miller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Mike Miller age 26 - Mike Miller is an American Football quarterback for the UAB Blazers.

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Adam Patterson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Adam Patterson age 29 - Adam Patterson played as an American Football defensive end for the Michigan Wolverines.

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Susan H. Rodger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Susan H. Rodger Susan H. Rodger is an American Computer Scientist known for work in computer science education including developing the software JFLAP for over twenty years. JFLAP is educational software for ...more

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Coy Stewart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Coy Stewart age 18 - Tyson Coy Stewart better known as Coy Stewart is an American actor. He had a role in the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? as Kevin Kingston-Persons, taking Philip Bolden's place, and plays Troy in ...more

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Brad Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Brad Hopkins age 45 - Bradley D. Hopkins is a former American football player. He played left tackle for 13 seasons in the National Football League, all of them with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans organization.