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Famous People From Delaware

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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
Age: 55

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an American actress, best known for her starring roles in the films The Karate Kid (1984), Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Cocktail (1988), Back ...more

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Valerie Bertinelli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 58

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Valerie Anne Bertinelli (born April 23, 1960) is an American actress and television personality. She is known for her roles as Barbara Cooper Royer on the sitcom One Day at a Time (1975–84), ...more

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Ryan Phillippe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 44

Birthplace: USA, Delaware, New Castle

Matthew Ryan Phillippe (; born September 10, 1974) is an American actor. After appearing as Billy Douglas on the soap opera One Life to Live, he came to fame in the late 1990s with starring ...more

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Doug Hutchison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Doug Hutchison Age: 58

Birthplace: USA, Delaware, Dover

Doug Anthony Hutchison (born May 26, 1960) is an American character actor, known for playing disturbing and antagonistic characters. Such characters include Obie Jameson in the 1988 film The ...more

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Ellen J. Kullman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 63

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware

Ellen J. Kullman (born January 22, 1956) is a United States business executive. She was formerly Chair and Chief Executive Officer of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company ("DuPont") in ...more
John M. Clayton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Dec. at 60 (1796-1856)

Birthplace: Dagsboro, Delaware, United States of America

John Middleton Clayton (July 24, 1796 – November 9, 1856) was an American lawyer and politician from Delaware. He was a member of the Whig Party who served in the Delaware General Assembly, and ...more
Andrew Shue is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 52

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Andrew Eppley Shue (born February 20, 1967) is an American actor, known for his role as Billy Campbell on the television series Melrose Place (1992–1999). He was on the Board of Directors for Do ...more

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Roy Del Ruth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Dec. at 68 (1893-1961)

Birthplace: Delaware

Roy Del Ruth (October 18, 1895, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – April 27, 1961) was an American film director.
Judge Reinhold is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 61

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Edward Ernest "Judge" Reinhold, Jr. (born May 21, 1957) is an American actor who has starred in several Hollywood movies, such as Ruthless People, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, ...more

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Harry Coover is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Dec. at 94 (1917-2011)

Birthplace: Newark, Delaware

Harry Wesley Coover Jr. (March 6, 1917 – March 26, 2011) 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
Age: 50

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III (February 3, 1969 – May 30, 2015) was an American attorney, officer in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, and politician from Wilmington, ...more
Billy Bailey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Dec. at 49 (1947-1996)

Birthplace: Smyrna, Delaware

Billy Bailey (January 1947 – January 25, 1996) was a convicted murderer who was hanged in Delaware in 1996. He became only the third person to be hanged in the United States since 1965 (the ...more
Stevie Graham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 36

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Stephen Graham (born June 11, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player coach. 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 Dec. at 84 (1870-1954)

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Pierre Samuel du Pont (; January 15, 1870 – April 4, 1954) was an American entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist and member of the prominent du Pont family. He was president of the E. I. du ...more
Kevin Ruf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 57

Birthplace: Wilmington, USA, Delaware

Kevin Ruf (born December 7, 1961) 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 ...more
John C. Carney, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 62

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

John Charles Carney Jr. (born May 20, 1956) is an American politician who is the 74th Governor of Delaware, serving since January 2017. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and served as the ...more
Bill McGowan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Dec. at 58 (1896-1954)

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware

William Aloysius McGowan (January 18, 1896 – December 9, 1954) was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1925 to 1954. McGowan founded the second ...more
Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Dec. at 74 (1868-1942)

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Thomas Francis Bayard Jr. (June 4, 1868 – July 12, 1942) was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, 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
Dec. at 47 (1958-2005)

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware

Victorine "Tory" Dent (January 1, 1958 – December 30, 2005) was an American poet, art critic, and commentator on the AIDS crisis.
Simon Diamond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 50

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Patrick Kenney (born May 26, 1968) is an American retired professional wrestler and baseball player, better known by his ring name, Simon Diamond. He most recently worked for professional ...more
Richard McMullen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Dec. at 76 (1868-1944)

Birthplace: Glasgow, Delaware, United States of America

Richard Cann McMullen (January 2, 1868 – February 18, 1944) was an American manufacturer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, ...more
George Welch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Dec. at 36 (1918-1954)

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware

George Welch (May 10, 1918 – October 12, 1954) 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 ...more
Jennifer Leigh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 35

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Jennifer Leigh (born August 10, 1983 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American professional poker player. Leigh built up from playing $5 SNG online poker tournaments to playing $100/$200 limit ...more
James H. Hughes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Delaware
James H. Hughes Dec. at 86 (1867-1953)

Birthplace: Felton, Delaware, United States of America

James Hurd Hughes (January 14, 1867 – August 29, 1953) 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. ...more
Nancy J. Currie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Delaware
Age: 60

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware

Nancy Jane Currie-Gregg (former married name Sherlock, born December 29, 1958) is an engineer, United States Army officer and a NASA astronaut. Currie-Gregg has served in the United States Army ...more