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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 (/ˈdɒnən/ DON-ən; April 13, 1924 – February 21, 2019) was an American film director and choreographer whose most celebrated works are Singin' in the Rain and On the Town, both of ...more
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 65
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
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 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
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 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
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 44
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
Bill Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 81
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
Robin Swicord is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 67
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
Helen Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Dec. 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
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Dec. 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.
Mike Kohn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 46
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
Jack Weatherford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Columbia
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
Lauren Lucas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Columbia
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
George Bass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 86
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
Brevard Childs is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Kirby Higbe Dec. 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.
Michal Friedman is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Richard Evonitz Dec. 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
Ron Westray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 48
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
Todd Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 48
James Todd Rutherford is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 74th District since 1999.
Mike Colter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 42
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
David Broadnax is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 on the list Famous People From Columbia
Josh Stolberg age 47
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
Antonio Lang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Columbia
age 46
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