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Famous People From Denver

Updated June 8, 2017 9.5k views760 items

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

List is made up of a variety of people, including Norm Rice and Ben Steele.

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

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) is an American Republican political consultant and policy advisor. He was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush...  more

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  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, USA

    Alternative NameAnnasophia Robb

    AnnaSophia Robb (born December 8, 1993) is an American actress, singer, and model. She began as a child actress on television, making her leading debut as the titular role in Samantha: An American...  more

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  • Douglas Fairbanks

    Dec. at 56 (1883-1939)

    BirthplaceArea code 720, Colorado, Area code 303, Denver, Area codes 303 and 720

    Douglas Fairbanks (born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman; May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939) was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. He was best known for his swashbuckling roles in...  more

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  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, USA

    Alternative NameDuane Lee Chapman, Duane "Dog" Chapman

    Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman Sr. (born February 2, 1953), better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter or simply Dog, is an American reality TV star, bounty hunter, and a former bail bondsman. Chapman achieved...  more

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  • Jan-Michael Vincent

    Dec. at 74 (1944-2019)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Alternative NameJan Michael Vincent, Mike Vincent, Michael Vincent

    Jan-Michael Vincent (July 15, 1944 – February 10, 2019) was an American actor. He was best known for having played helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the television series Airwolf (1984–1986) and...  more

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  • Ruth Handler

    Dec. at 85 (1916-2002)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Ruth Marianna Handler (née Mosko; November 4, 1916 – April 27, 2002) was an American businesswoman and inventor. She served as the president of the toy manufacturer Mattel Inc., and is best...  more
  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Sierra Marjory Boggess (born May 20, 1982) is an American theater actress and singer. She is best known for originating the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid on Broadway and for her multiple...  more
  • James Q. Wilson

    Dec. at 80 (1931-2012)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    James Quinn Wilson (May 27, 1931 – March 2, 2012) was an American conservative academic, political scientist, and an authority on public administration. Most of his career was spent as a professor at...  more
  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976) is retired American professional basketball player. He played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A star at the University of...  more

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  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Michael John Rupert (born October 23, 1951, Denver, Colorado) is an American actor, singer, director and composer. Rupert originated the role of "Marvin" in the William Finn musicals March of the...  more
  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Katherine Ann Power (born January 25, 1949) is an American ex-convict and long-time fugitive, who along with her fellow student and accomplice Susan Edith Saxe, was placed on the Federal Bureau of...  more
  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Donna J. Haraway (born September 6, 1944) is an American Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department and Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz,...  more
  • Mary Chase

    Dec. at 75 (1906-1981)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Mary Coyle Chase (born Mary Agnes McDonough Coyle; 25 February 1906 – 20 October 1981) was an American journalist, playwright and children's novelist, known primarily for writing the Broadway play...  more
  • Paul Whiteman

    Dec. at 77 (1890-1967)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Paul Samuel Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violist.As the leader of one of the most popular dance bands in the United...  more
  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, USA

    Joseph Connor Phillips (born January 17, 1962) is an American actor, writer, and conservative Christian commentator. He is best known for his role as Martin Kendall on the long-running NBC sitcom The...  more
  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Philip James Bailey (born May 8, 1951) is an American R&B, soul, gospel and funk singer, songwriter and percussionist best known as an early member, and one of the two lead singers (along with group...  more

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  • Felix Vicious

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    L. Neil Smith should not be confused with J. Neil Schulman Lester Neil Smith III (born May 12, 1946), better known as L. Neil Smith, is an American libertarian science fiction author and political...  more
  • Jack Gilbert Graham

    Dec. at 24 (1932-1957)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    John "Jack" Gilbert Graham (January 23, 1932 – January 11, 1957) was an American mass murderer, who on November 1, 1955, killed 44 people aboard United Airlines Flight 629 near Longmont, Colorado...  more
  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Alternative NameMichael Anderson, Little Mike Anderson, Michael John Anderson

    Michael J. Anderson (born October 31, 1953) is an American actor known for his roles as The Man from Another Place in David Lynch's television series Twin Peaks, the prequel film for the series, Twin...  more
  • John M. Lounge

    Dec. at 64 (1946-2011)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    John Michael "Mike" Lounge (June 28, 1946 – March 1, 2011) was an American engineer, a United States Navy officer, a Vietnam War veteran, and a NASA astronaut. A veteran of three Space Shuttle...  more
  • Gene Fowler Jr.

    Dec. at 80 (1917-1998)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Gene Fowler Jr. (27 May 1917 – 11 May 1998), the eldest son of journalist and author Gene Fowler, was a prominent Hollywood film editor. His work included films of Fritz Lang and Samuel Fuller and...  more
  • John Eisenhower

    Dec. at 91 (1922-2013)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (August 3, 1922 – December 21, 2013) was a United States Army officer, diplomat, and military historian. The son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, his decorated military...  more
  • BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Gerald Paul Carr (born August 22, 1932), (Col, USMC, Ret.), is an American mechanical and aeronautical engineer, former United States Marine Corps officer, naval aviator, and former NASA astronaut....  more
  • John Fante

    Dec. at 74 (1909-1983)

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    John Fante (April 8, 1909 – May 8, 1983) was an American novelist, short story writer and screenwriter. He is best known for his semi-autobiographical novel Ask the Dust (1939) about the life of a...  more