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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.
Stanley Donen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 94
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), ...more

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Alex English is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 65
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). ...more

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Jane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Jane Chambers
Dec. at 46 (1937-1983)
Jane Chambers was an American playwright. She was a "pioneer in writing theatrical works with openly lesbian characters".
Diego Corrales is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Dec. at 30 (1977-2007)
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 ...more

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Danny Buday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Danny Buday
age 42
Danny Buday is a film director.
Zack Bowman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Zack Bowman
age 34
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 ...more
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 44
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 ...more

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Bill Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 81
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

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Robin Swicord is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 67
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
Helen Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Dec. at 37 (1970-2007)
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
Joseph Cardinal Bernardi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Dec. at 68 (1928-1996)
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 ...more
Mike Kohn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 46
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 ...more
Lauren Lucas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Columbia
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
George Bass is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 86
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.
Brevard Childs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Brevard Childs
Dec. at 84 (1923-2007)
Brevard Childs was a biblical scholar.
Kirby Higbe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Kirby Higbe
Dec. at 70 (1915-1985)
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
Michal Friedman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Michal Friedman
Dec. at 44 (1967-2011)
Michal Friedman was a singer and voice actress.
Richard Evonitz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Richard Evonitz
Dec. at 39 (1963-2002)
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 ...more
Ron Westray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 48
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 ...more
Todd Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 48
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 ...more
Mike Colter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 42
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 ...more
David Broadnax is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Columbia
David Broadnax
Dec. at 58 (1942-2000)
David Broadnax was an actor, producer and screenwriter.
Josh Stolberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Josh Stolberg
age 47
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
Antonio Lang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 46
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 ...more
Tyrone Hayes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Tyrone Hayes
age 51
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 ...more