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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.
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
age 37
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
age 53
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 67
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
Dec. 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
age 68
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
Dec. 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
age 76
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
age 77
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
age 48
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
age 59
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
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
age 46
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
age 84
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
age 66
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 79
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
Dec. 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
Karen Lamm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
age 51
Marjorie Wallace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
age 65
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
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
Robert Cushman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Indianapolis
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. at 58 (1896-1954)
Oscar McKinley Charleston was an American center fielder and manager in baseball's Negro leagues from 1915 to 1945.