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Famous People From Indianapolis

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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.
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  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 3 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.Lambert rose to fame in 2009...  more

    The Best Adam Lambert Albums of All Time#26 of 50 50 Most Popular Music Artists of 2010#175 of 297 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Ryan Patrick Murphy (born November 9, 1965) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. Murphy is best known for creating/co-creating/producing a number of successful television series,...  more

    The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show#98 of 99 Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2019, Ranked#17 of 28 Gay Celebrities Who Are Married to Same-Sex Partners

  • Dec. at 49 (1947-1996)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Herbert Richard Baumeister (April 7, 1947 – July 3, 1996) was an American suspected serial killer. A resident of Westfield, Indiana, Baumeister was under investigation for murdering over a dozen men...  more

    #3 of 130 Famous American Serial Killers#35 of 41 The Most Prolific American Serial Killers#1 of 10 10 Terrible Serial Killers From The State Of Indiana

  • Dec. at 53 (1878-1932)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (November 26, 1878 – June 21, 1932) was an American professional cyclist. He was born and raised in Indianapolis, where he worked in bicycle shops and began racing...  more
  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, USA

    Marc Summers (born Marc Berkowitz; November 11, 1951) is an American television personality, comedian, game show host, producer, and talk show host. He is best known for hosting Double Dare for...  more

    Whatever Happened To Double Dare Host Marc Summers?#23 of 54 The Game Show Hosts With The Most#352 of 468 Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

  • Dec. at 62 (1930-1992)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Allan David Bloom (September 14, 1930 – October 7, 1992) was an American philosopher, classicist, and academician. He studied under David Grene, Leo Strauss, Richard McKeon, and Alexandre Kojève. He...  more
  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, USA

    Margaret Jane Pauley (born October 31, 1950), known as Jane Pauley, is an American television journalist and author, active in news reporting since 1972. She is the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning....  more
  • Dec. at 76 (1887-1963)

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Monte Blue (born Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather, January 11, 1887 – February 18, 1963) was a movie actor who began his career as a romantic leading man in the silent film era, and later progressed to...  more
  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Anthony Wayne England (born May 15, 1942), better known as Tony England, is an American, former NASA astronaut. Selected in 1967, England was among a group of astronauts who served as backups during...  more
  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Janet Leola Langhart Cohen (née Floyd; born December 22, 1940) is an American television journalist and anchor, and author. Beginning her career as a model, she started in television reporting the...  more
  • BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Jack Stephen Burton (born June 28, 1970) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Jason Morgan on General Hospital from 1991 to 2012 and 2017 to present, and Dylan McAvoy on The Young...  more
  • Age: 62

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, USA

    Kenneth Brian Edmonds (born April 10, 1958), known professionally as Babyface, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 number-one R&B hits...  more

    #681 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#1677 of 1,681 The Best Rock Bands Of All Time#758 of 816 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (born September 8, 1972) (referred to mononymously as Kennedy) is an American political commentator, radio personality, former MTV VJ, the host of Kennedy on the Fox Business...  more
  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    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
  • Age: 69

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    John Robert Hiatt (born August 20, 1952) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including new wave, blues, and country. Hiatt has been...  more
  • BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Phil Ranelin (born May 25, 1939) is an American jazz and experimental music trombonist....  more
  • Dec. at 65 (1895-1961)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    General Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith (5 October 1895 – 9 August 1961) was a senior officer of the United States Army who served as General Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief of staff at Allied Forces...  more
  • Dec. at 49 (1952-2001)

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Karen Lamm is the ex-wife of Dennis Wilson....  more
  • Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    William Jesse "Bill" Shirley (July 6, 1921 – August 27, 1989) was an American actor and tenor/lyric baritone singer who later became a Broadway theatre producer. He is perhaps best known as the...  more
  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Marjorie Wallace (born January 23, 1954) is an American actress, TV Host, model and beauty queen. In 1973, she made history as the first woman from the United States to be crowned Miss World, but...  more
  • BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Mathias Kagimu Kiwanuka (born March 8, 1983) is a former American football defensive end. He was originally drafted 32nd overall in the 2006 NFL draft. He played college football at Boston College....  more
  • Dec. at 62 (1946-2009)

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Robert Cushman (November 7, 1946 – July 13, 2009) was the photography curator for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for 37 years. He is credited with developing and expanding...  more
  • Dec. at 77 (1924-2001)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    James Louis Johnson (January 22, 1924 – February 4, 2001) was an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. Johnson was one of the earliest trombonists to embrace bebop....  more
  • Dec. at 57 (1896-1954)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Oscar McKinley Charleston (October 14, 1896 – October 5, 1954) was an American center fielder and manager in Negro league baseball. In 1915, after serving three years in the U.S. Army, the...  more