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Famous People From Columbia

Updated October 13, 2018 3.6k views256 items

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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  • BirthplaceUnited States of America, United States, with Territories, Columbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Stanley Donen ( DON-ən; April 13, 1924 – February 21, 2019) was an American film director and choreographer whose most celebrated works are On the Town (1949) and Singin' in the Rain (1952), both of  ...more
  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alexander English (born January 5, 1954) is an American retired basketball player. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He  ...more

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  • Dec. at 45 (1937-1983)

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jane Chambers was an American playwright. She was a "pioneer in writing theatrical works with openly lesbian characters".  ...more
  • Dec. at 29 (1977-2007)

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Diego "Chico" Corrales Jr. (August 25, 1977 – May 7, 2007) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2007. He was a multiple-time world champion in two weight divisions, having  ...more

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  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Danny Buday is a film director.  ...more
  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Zackary Bowman (born November 18, 1984) is an American football cornerback who is current a free agent. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college  ...more
  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Iron () is a chemical element with symbol Fe (from Latin: ferrum) and atomic number 26. It is a metal, that belongs to the first transition series and group 8 of the periodic table. It is by mass the  ...more

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  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937), known as Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, is an American country music singer, songwriter and television personality. He has been a member in long  ...more

    #205 of 297 The Top Country Artists of All Time#116 of 215 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time#133 of 193 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robin Stender Swicord (born October 23, 1952) is an American screenwriter and film director. She is best known for literary adaptations. In 2009 the screenplay for The Curious Case of Benjamin  ...more
  • Dec. at 36 (1970-2007)

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Helen Wingard Hill (May 9, 1970 – January 4, 2007) was an American artist, filmmaker, writer, teacher, and social activist. When her final film, The Florestine Collection, was released in 2011,  ...more
  • Dec. at 68 (1928-1996)

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Joseph Louis Bernardin (April 2, 1928 – November 14, 1996) was an American Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Cincinnati from 1972 until 1982, and as Archbishop of Chicago  ...more
  • Age: 49

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Michael "Mike" Kohn (born May 26, 1972) 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  ...more
  • Lauren Lucas (born in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American country music artist. She is now with the band Farewell Angelina, being one singer out of four signed with a record label. In her  ...more
  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    George Fletcher Bass (; born December 9, 1932) is recognized as one of the early practitioners of underwater archaeology, along with Peter Throckmorton, Honor Frost, and others.  ...more
  • Dec. at 83 (1923-2007)

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Brevard Childs was a biblical scholar.  ...more
  • Dec. at 70 (1915-1985)

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    Walter Kirby Higbe (April 8, 1915 – May 6, 1985) 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  ...more
  • Dec. at 44 (1967-2011)

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Michal Friedman was a singer and voice actress.
  • Dec. at 38 (1963-2002)

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Richard Marc Evonitz (July 29, 1963 – June 27, 2002) was an American serial killer, kidnapper, and rapist responsible for the deaths of three girls in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and the abduction  ...more
  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    Ronald Kenneth Westray, Jr. (born June 13, 1970 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American jazz trombonist, composer, and educator. He holds a B.A. from South Carolina State University and a Master  ...more
  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    James Todd Rutherford (born October 10, 1970 in Columbia, South Carolina) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 74th District since 1999. He is the  ...more
  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mike Randal Colter (born August 26, 1976) is an American actor best known for his role as Luke Cage in Marvel's Luke Cage (2016–2018), The Defenders (2017), and Jessica Jones (2015-2019), all set in  ...more
  • Dec. at 57 (1942-2000)

    BirthplaceUSA, South Carolina, Columbia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    David Broadnax was an actor, producer and screenwriter.
  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Josh Stolberg (born March 7, 1971) 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  ...more
  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Antonio Maurice Lang (born May 15, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association  ...more
  • BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Tyrone B. Hayes (born July 29, 1967) is an American biologist and professor of Integrative Biology at University of California, Berkeley known for his research findings concluding that the herbicide  ...more