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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

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. ...  more

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  • Ryan Murphy

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Indiana

    Ryan Patrick Murphy (born November 9, 1965) is an American screenwriter, director, and...  more

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  • Herb Baumeister

    Herb Baumeister

    Dec. at 49 (1947-1996)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Herbert Richard Baumeister (April 7, 1947 – July 3, 1996) was an American suspected serial...  more

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  • Marshall Taylor

    Marshall Taylor

    Dec. at 54 (1878-1932)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (November 26, 1878 – June 21, 1932) was an American...  more
  • Marc Summers

    Marc Summers

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Marc Summers (born Marc Berkowitz; November 11, 1951) is an American television personality,...  more


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  • Allan Bloom

    Allan Bloom

    Dec. at 62 (1930-1992)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Allan David Bloom (September 14, 1930 – October 7, 1992) was an American philosopher,...  more
  • Jane Pauley

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Margaret Jane Pauley (born October 31, 1950), known as Jane Pauley, is an American television...  more

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  • Monte Blue

    Monte Blue

    Dec. at 76 (1887-1963)

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Monte Blue (born Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather, January 11, 1887 – February 18, 1963) was a...  more
  • Anthony W. England

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Anthony Wayne England (born May 15, 1942), better known as Tony England, is an American,...  more
  • Janet Langhart

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Janet Leola Langhart Cohen (née Floyd; born December 22, 1940) is an American television...  more
  • Steve Burton

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, USA

    Jack Stephen Burton (born June 28, 1970) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of...  more
  • Babyface


    Age: 61

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Kenneth Brian Edmonds (born April 10, 1958), known professionally as Babyface, is an American...  more

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  • Lisa Kennedy Montgomery

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (born September 8, 1972) (referred to mononymously as Kennedy) is an...  more
  • Michael Graves

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Michael Graves was an American architect. Identified as one of The New York Five, as well as...  more
  • John Hiatt

    John Hiatt

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    John Robert Hiatt (born August 20, 1952) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He has...  more
  • Phil Ranelin

    Age: 81

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Phil Ranelin (born May 25, 1939) is an American jazz and experimental music trombonist....  more
  • Walter Bedell Smith

    Walter Bedell Smith

    Dec. at 66 (1895-1961)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Indiana

    General Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith (5 October 1895 – 9 August 1961) was a senior officer of...  more
  • Karen Lamm

    Dec. at 49 (1952-2001)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Karen Lamm is the ex-wife of Dennis Wilson....  more
  • Bill Shirley

    Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    William Jesse "Bill" Shirley (July 6, 1921 – August 27, 1989) was an American actor and...  more
  • Tracey Walker

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

  • Marjorie Wallace

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Marjorie Wallace (born January 23, 1954) is an American actress, TV Host, model and beauty...  more
  • Mathias Kiwanuka

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Mathias Kagimu Kiwanuka (born March 8, 1983) is a former American football defensive end. He...  more
  • Robert Cushman

    Dec. at 63 (1946-2009)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Robert Cushman (November 7, 1946 – July 13, 2009) was the photography curator for the Academy...  more
  • J. J. Johnson

    J. J. Johnson

    Dec. at 77 (1924-2001)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    James Louis Johnson (January 22, 1924 – February 4, 2001) was an American jazz trombonist,...  more
  • Oscar Charleston

    Oscar Charleston

    Dec. at 58 (1896-1954)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Oscar McKinley Charleston (October 14, 1896 – October 5, 1954) was an American center fielder...  more