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

This list contains people like Nick Traub and Jimmy Jackson.

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

Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Adam Lambert age 36 Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter, and stage actor. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in San Diego, California, he performed in amateur theatrical productions as a ...more

Ryan Murphy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Ryan Murphy age 52 Ryan Murphy is an American film and television screenwriter, director and producer. Murphy is best known for creating/co-creating a number of television series including Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, ...more

Herb Baumeister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Herb Baumeister Died at 49 (1947-1996) Herbert Richard "Herb" Baumeister was an American alleged serial killer from Westfield near Indianapolis, Indiana. Baumeister committed suicide before he could be brought to trial, and ...more

Marshall Taylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Marshall Taylor Died at 54 (1878-1932) Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor was an American cyclist who won the world 1 mile track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial ...more

Marc Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Marc Summers age 66 Marc Summers is an American television personality, comedian, game show host, producer, and talk show host. He is best known for hosting the Nickelodeon game show Double Dare, hosted Unwrapped ...more

Allan Bloom is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Allan Bloom Died at 62 (1930-1992) Allan David Bloom was an American philosopher, classicist, and academician. He studied under David Grene, Leo Strauss, Richard McKeon and Alexandre Kojève. He subsequently taught at ...more

Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Jane Pauley age 67 Margaret Jane Pauley, better known as Jane Pauley, is an American television anchor and journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She is best known for her 13-year tenure ...more

Monte Blue is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Monte Blue Died at 76 (1887-1963) Monte Blue was a movie actor who began his career as a romantic leading man in the silent film era, and later progressed to character roles.

Anthony W. England is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Anthony W. England age 75 Anthony Wayne England, better known as Tony England, is an American, former NASA astronaut. Selected in 1967, England was among of group of astronauts who served as backups during the Apollo and ...more

Janet Langhart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Janet Langhart age 76 Janet Langhart Cohen is an American model, television journalist and author. She serves as President and CEO of Langhart Communications and is the spouse of former Defense Secretary William ...more

Steve Burton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Steve Burton age 47 Jack Stephen "Steve" Burton is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Jason Morgan on General Hospital from 1991 to 2000, briefly in 2001, and from 2002 to 2012. He also ...more

Babyface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Babyface age 58 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is an American R&B musician, singer–songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career. He has

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Lisa Kennedy Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery age 45 Lisa Kennedy Montgomery is an American political satirist, radio personality, former MTV VJ, and current host of Kennedy on the Fox Business Network. She was the host of MTV's now-defunct daily ...more

Michael Graves is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Michael Graves age 83 Michael Graves was an American architect. Identified as one of The New York Five, as well as Memphis Group, Graves was known first for his contemporary building designs and some prominent public ...more

John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
John Hiatt age 65 John Hiatt is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including new wave, blues and country. Hiatt has been ...more

Phil Ranelin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Phil Ranelin age 78 Phil Ranelin is an American jazz and experimental music trombonist. Ranelin was born in Indianapolis, and lived in New York before moving to Detroit in the 1960s. He played as a session musician ...more

Walter Bedell Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Walter Bedell Smith Died at 66 (1895-1961) Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith was a senior U.S. Army general who served as General Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief-of-staff at Allied Forces Headquarters during the Tunisia Campaign and ...more

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Karen Lamm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Karen Lamm Died at 49 (1952-2001) Karen Lamm is the ex-wife of Dennis Wilson.

Bill Shirley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Bill Shirley Died at 68 (1921-1989) William Jay "Bill" Shirley was an American actor and tenor/lyric baritone singer who later became a Broadway theatre producer. He is perhaps best known as the speaking and singing ...more

Tracey Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
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Marjorie Wallace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Marjorie Wallace age 64 Marjorie Wallace is an American model, actress, beauty queen and television presenter. In 1973, she made history as the first American to be crowned Miss World, but just 104 days later, pageant ...more

Mathias Kiwanuka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Mathias Kiwanuka age 35 Mathias Kagimu Kiwanuka is an American football defensive end who is a free agent. He was originally drafted 32nd overall in the 2006 NFL draft. He played college football at Boston College. He ...more

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Robert Cushman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Robert Cushman Died at 63 (1946-2009) Robert Cushman was the photography curator for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 37 years. He is credited with developing and expanding the photographic archives of the Academy ...more

J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
J. J. Johnson Died at 77 (1924-2001) James Louis "J. J." Johnson was an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. He was sometimes credited as Jay Jay Johnson. Johnson was one of the first trombonists to embrace ...more

Oscar Charleston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Oscar Charleston Died at 58 (1896-1954) Oscar McKinley Charleston was an American center fielder and manager in baseball's Negro leagues from 1915 to 1945.

Sid Grauman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Sid Grauman Died at 71 (1879-1950) Sidney Patrick Grauman was an American showman who created one of Southern California's most recognizable and visited landmarks, Grauman's Chinese Theater as well as Hollywood's Egyptian ...more

Chuck Klein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Chuck Klein Died at 54 (1904-1958) Charles Herbert "Chuck" Klein, nicknamed the "Hoosier Hammer", was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh ...more

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Abraham Cronbach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Abraham Cronbach Died at 83 (1882-1965) Abraham Cronbach was an American Rabbi, teacher and known pacifist. He served as a rabbi for congregations in Indiana and Ohio. Cronbach was one of the founders of the Peace Heroes Memorial

Stephen Sommers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Stephen Sommers age 56 Stephen Sommers is an American screenwriter and film director, best known for The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns. He also directed Disney's live action version of Rudyard Kipling's The ...more

John Dillinger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
John Dillinger Died at 31 (1903-1934) John Herbert Dillinger was an American gangster and a bank robber in the Depression-era United States. His gang robbed twenty four banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail ...more

Alice Palmer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Alice Palmer age 78 Alice J. Palmer is an American educator and former Democratic member of the Illinois Senate. Known as a longtime progressive activist, Palmer represented the state's 13th Senate District from ...more

Julie McWhirter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Julie McWhirter age 70 Julie McWhirter is an American voice actress and impressionist best known for her work as Jeannie in the animated version of Jeannie and as Bubbles in Jabberjaw.

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Salisbury Field is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Salisbury Field Died at 58 (1878-1936) Salisbury Field was a screenwriter.

Margaret Caroline Anderson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Margaret Caroline Anderson Died at 87 (1886-1973) Margaret Caroline Anderson was the American founder, editor and publisher of the art and literary magazine The Little Review, which published a collection of modern American, English and Irish ...more

Susan Neville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Susan Neville age 67 Susan Neville is an American short story writer, and writing professor.

Ron Miles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Ron Miles age 54 Ron Miles is an American trumpeter, cornetist and composer. He has recorded work for Prolific and Capri, as well as for Gramavision.

Jack Miller is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Jack Miller age 56 Jack Miller, usually known as Dr. Jack Miller, raced in the Indy Racing League from 1997 to 2001 and the Indianapolis 500 from 1997 to 1999. Miller is a practicing dentist and, thus, was known ...more

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Evangeline Walton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Evangeline Walton Died at 89 (1907-1996) Evangeline Walton was the pen name of Evangeline Wilna Ensley, an American author of fantasy fiction. She remains popular in North America and Europe because of her “ability to humanize ...more

Marilyn Quayle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Marilyn Quayle age 68 Marilyn Tucker Quayle is an American lawyer and novelist. She is the wife of former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle and served as Second Lady of the United States from 1989 until 1993.

Nathaniel A. Owings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Nathaniel A. Owings Died at 81 (1903-1984) Nathaniel Alexander Owings was an American architect, a founding partner of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, which became one of the largest architectural firms in the United States and the world. ...more

Janet Flanner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Janet Flanner Died at 86 (1892-1978) Janet Flanner was an American writer and journalist who served as the Paris correspondent of The New Yorker magazine from 1925 until she retired in 1975. She wrote under the pen name ...more

Frederick Burton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Frederick Burton Died at 86 (1871-1957) Frederick Burton, was an American actor. He appeared in 122 films between 1914 and 1947.

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Kacy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Kacy Andrews age 49 Kacy Andrews is an American film producer and CEO of Bigfoot Entertainment.

Phil Hoy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Phil Hoy age 81 George Philip "Phil" Hoy is a former Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, he represented the 77th District from 2004 to 2008.

John Day is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
John Day age 80 John Joseph Day is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the 100th District since 1996. He previously served from 1974 through 1994.

Doc Newton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Doc Newton Died at 54 (1877-1931) Eustace James Newton was an American Major League Baseball pitcher from Indianapolis, Indiana who played for several teams in both the National League and American League. A former Dentist, he ...more

Mary Quinn Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Mary Quinn Sullivan Died at 62 (1877-1939) Mary Quinn Sullivan was born Mary Josephine Quinn in Indianapolis, Indiana to Thomas F. Quinn and Anne E. Gleason Quinn; she was a pioneer modern art collector and one of the founding trustees ...more

Abraham Benrubi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Abraham Benrubi age 48 Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi is an American character actor known for his appearances as Jerry Markovic on the long-running U.S. TV drama ER, for his first role as Larry Kubiac on the series ...more

Jack Olsen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Jack Olsen Died at 77 (1925-2002) Jack Olsen was an American journalist and author known for his crime reporting. Olsen was Senior Editor and Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1954. He was Midwest bureau chief for Time magazine ...more

Noble Sissle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Noble Sissle Died at 86 (1889-1975) Noble Sissle was an American jazz composer, lyricist, bandleader, singer and playwright.