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

List includes Jesse Ehrenfeld, Charles M. Oberly, III and more.

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

Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Elisabeth Shue age 54 Elisabeth Judson Shue is an American actress, known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, ...more

Valerie Bertinelli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Valerie Bertinelli age 55 Valerie Anne Bertinelli is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Barbara Cooper Royer on the sitcom One Day at a Time, Gloria on the drama series Touched by an Angel and Melanie ...more

Ryan Phillippe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Ryan Phillippe age 43 Matthew Ryan Phillippe, better known as Ryan Phillippe, is an American actor and director. After appearing on the soap opera One Life to Live, he came to fame in the late 1990s starring in a ...more

Doug Hutchison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Doug Hutchison age 57 Doug Anthony Hutchison is an American actor, known for playing disturbing and antagonistic characters. Such characters include Obie Jameson in the 1988 film The Chocolate War, Sproles in the ...more

Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Ellen J. Kullman age 62 Ellen J. Kullman is an United States business executive. She is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in Wilmington and a former director of General Motors. ...more

John M. Clayton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Delaware
John M. Clayton Died at 60 (1796-1856) John Middleton Clayton was an American lawyer and politician from Delaware. He was a member of the Whig Party who served in the Delaware General Assembly, and as U.S. Senator from Delaware and ...more

Andrew Shue is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Andrew Shue age 51 Andrew Eppley Shue is an American actor, known for his role as Billy Campbell on the television series Melrose Place. He is on the Board of Directors for Do Something and is the co-founder of ...more

Roy Del Ruth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Roy Del Ruth Died at 68 (1893-1961) Roy Del Ruth was an American film director.

Judge Reinhold is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Judge Reinhold age 60 Edward Ernest "Judge" Reinhold, Jr. is an American actor, known for co-starring in movies such as Beverly Hills Cop, Ruthless People, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and The Santa Clause

Harry Coover is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Harry Coover Died at 94 (1917-2011) Harry Wesley Coover, Jr. was the inventor of Eastman 910, commonly known as Super Glue.

Beau Biden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Beau Biden age 49 Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III is an American attorney, Army JAG officer, and politician from Wilmington, Delaware. He served as the Attorney General of Delaware and a major in the ...more

Billy Bailey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Billy Bailey Died at 49 (1947-1996) Billy Bailey was a convicted murderer hanged in Delaware in 1996. He became only the third person to be hanged in the United States since 1965 and the first hanged in Delaware in 50 years. He is ...more

Stevie Graham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Stevie Graham age 35 Stephen Graham is an American professional basketball player. Graham's twin brother, Joey, was his college teammate and has also played in the NBA.

Pierre S. du Pont is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Pierre S. du Pont Died at 84 (1870-1954) Pierre Samuel du Pont was an American entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist and member of the prominent du Pont family. He was president of the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company from 1915 ...more

Kevin Ruf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Kevin Ruf age 56 Kevin Ruf is an American actor and comedian. He recently starred in the Comedy Central show Halfway Home as Kenny Carlyle, the house supervisor of a halfway house. He was the newsman in That Was ...more

John C. Carney, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Delaware
John C. Carney, Jr. age 61 John Charles Carney, Jr. is an American politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for Delaware's at-large congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He ...more

Bill McGowan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Bill McGowan Died at 58 (1896-1954) William Aloysius McGowan was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1925 to 1954. McGowan founded the second umpire school in the United States. He ...more

Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. Died at 74 (1868-1942) Thomas Francis Bayard, Jr. was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Delaware in the 1920s.

Tory Dent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Tory Dent Died at 47 (1958-2005) Tory Dent was an eminent American poet, art critic, and commentator on the AIDS crisis.

Simon Diamond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Simon Diamond age 49 Patrick "Pat" Kenney is an American retired professional wrestler and baseball player, better known by his ring name, Simon Diamond. He is currently working for the professional ...more

Richard McMullen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Richard McMullen Died at 76 (1868-1944) Richard Cann McMullen was an American manufacturer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served as Governor of Delaware.

George Welch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Delaware
George Welch Died at 36 (1918-1954) George Welch was a World War II flying ace, a Medal of Honor nominee, and an experimental aircraft pilot after the war. Welch is best known for being one of the few United States Army Air Corps ...more

Jennifer Leigh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Jennifer Leigh age 34 Jennifer Leigh is an American professional poker player. Leigh was introduced to poker by Robert Boyd years after they met each other on Internet Relay Chat. Leigh built up from playing $5 SNG ...more

James H. Hughes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Delaware
James H. Hughes Died at 86 (1867-1953) James Hurd Hughes was an American lawyer and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served as U.S. Senator from Delaware.

Nancy J. Currie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Nancy J. Currie age 59 Nancy Jane Sherlock Currie is an engineer, United States Army officer and a NASA astronaut.

Matthew Shipp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Matthew Shipp age 57 Matthew Shipp is an American pianist, composer and bandleader.

Howard Pyle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Howard Pyle Died at 58 (1853-1911) Howard Pyle was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he spent the last year of his life in Florence, Italy. In 1894 he began ...more

Daniel Nathans is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Daniel Nathans Died at 71 (1928-1999) Daniel Nathans was an American microbiologist. He is perhaps best known for being a recipient of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, making him the only Nobel laureate born in

Henry A. du Pont is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Henry A. du Pont Died at 88 (1838-1926) Henry Algernon du Pont was an American soldier, businessman, and politician from Delaware. A member of the illustrious du Pont family, he graduated from West Point shortly after the beginning of ...more

Alice M. Batchelder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Alice M. Batchelder age 73 Alice Moore Batchelder is an American attorney and jurist. She currently is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and she served as that ...more

John Bassett Moore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Delaware
John Bassett Moore Died at 87 (1860-1947) John Bassett Moore was an authority on international law, who was a member of the Hague Tribunal and the first American judge to serve on the Permanent Court of International Justice.

C. Douglass Buck is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Delaware
C. Douglass Buck Died at 75 (1890-1965) Clayton Douglass Buck was an American engineer and politician from New Castle Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Republican Party, who ...more

Caesar Augustus Rodney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Caesar Augustus Rodney Died at 52 (1772-1824) Caesar Augustus Rodney was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic-Republican Party, who served in the Delaware ...more

Simeon S. Pennewill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Simeon S. Pennewill Died at 68 (1867-1935) Simeon Selby Pennewill was an American farmer and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Republican Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly and as ...more

Ti West is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Ti West age 37 Ti West is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, and occasional actor, best known for his work in horror films. He directed the horror films The Roost, The House of the ...more

Annie Jump Cannon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Annie Jump Cannon Died at 78 (1863-1941) Annie Jump Cannon was an American astronomer whose cataloging work was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification. With Edward C. Pickering, she is credited with the ...more

Edward Willis Redfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Edward Willis Redfield Died at 96 (1869-1965) Edward Willis Redfield was an American Impressionist landscape painter and member of the art colony at New Hope, Pennsylvania. He is best known today for his impressionist scenes of the New Hope ...more

Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Clifford Brown Died at 26 (1930-1956) Clifford Brown, aka "Brownie", was an American jazz trumpeter. He died at the age of 25 in a car accident, leaving behind only four years' worth of recordings. Nonetheless, he had a ...more

Jack Markell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Jack Markell age 57 Jack Allan Markell is an American politician who is the 73rd and current Governor of Delaware. A member of the Democratic Party, Markell was first elected Governor in 2008 and was sworn in on ...more

Raúl Esparza is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Raúl Esparza age 47 Raúl Eduardo Esparza is an American stage actor, singer, and voice artist known for his performances in Broadway shows. He has received Tony nominations for his role as a vibrant and ...more

Diane Salinger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Diane Salinger age 67 Diane Louise Salinger is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian.

L. Heisler Ball is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Delaware
L. Heisler Ball Died at 71 (1861-1932) Lewis Heisler Ball was an American physician and politician from Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Republican Party and served as U.S. Representative from ...more

Katie Compton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Katie Compton age 39 Katie Compton is an American bicycle racer. She specializes in cyclo-cross racing. Compton formerly piloted a tandem with a blind partner in Paralympic events. She has the won the USA Cycling ...more

Willard Saulsbury, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Willard Saulsbury, Jr. Died at 66 (1861-1927) Willard Saulsbury, Jr. was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party who served as U.S. Senator from Delaware and ...more

Allison Rosati is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Allison Rosati Allison Rosati is the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscast co-anchor for WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

Joseph P. Comegys is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Joseph P. Comegys Died at 80 (1813-1893) Joseph Parsons Comegys was a lawyer and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Whig Party and later the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General ...more

Charles Polk, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Charles Polk, Jr. Died at 69 (1788-1857) Charles Polk, Jr. was an American farmer and politician from Big Stone Beach, in Milford Hundred, Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Federalist Party, and later the Whig Party, who ...more

Harris B. McDowell, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Harris B. McDowell, Jr. Died at 82 (1906-1988) Harris Brown McDowell, Jr. was an American farmer and politician from Middletown, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General ...more

Bryan Gordon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Bryan Gordon Bryan Gordon is an American television and film director, writer and producer. He has been nominated three times for the Directors Guild of America Award and, in 2002, received the DGA Award for ...more

Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Stephen Marley age 45 Stephen Robert Nesta "Raggamuffin" Marley is a Jamaican American musician. Stephen is a six-time Grammy award winner as an artist, producer, and member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody ...more