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

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Iowa?" or "Which celebrities were born in Iowa?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Ashton Kutcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 41
Christopher Ashton Kutcher (; born February 7, 1978) is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show ...more

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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)
John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known as the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson ...more

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Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 92
Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actress and comedian. In a career spanning over seven decades she has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award, and an Academy ...more

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Lara Flynn Boyle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 48
Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her role as Donna Hayward in the ABC cult television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991). After ...more

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Lolo Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 36
Lori Susan "Lolo" Jones (born August 5, 1982) is an American hurdler and bobsledder who specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles. She won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 ...more

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Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 27
Shawn Machel Johnson East (born January 19, 1992) is an American former artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver ...more

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Jean Seberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 41 (1938-1979)
Jean Dorothy Seberg (; French: [ʒɑ̃ seˈbɛʁg]; November 13, 1938 – August 30, 1979) was an American actress who lived half her life in France. Her performance in Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 film ...more

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Jerry Mathers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 70
Gerald Patrick Mathers (born June 2, 1948) is an American actor. Mathers is best known for his role in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver, originally broadcast from 1957 to 1963, in which ...more

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Hill Harper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 52
Francis Eugene "Hill" Harper (born May 17, 1966) is an American actor and author. He is known for his roles on CSI: NY, Limitless, and The Good Doctor.

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Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 40 (1904-1944)
Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – disappeared December 15, 1944) was an American big-band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording ...more

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Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 88 (1873-1961)
Lee de Forest (August 26, 1873 – June 30, 1961) was an American inventor, self-described "Father of Radio", and a pioneer in the development of sound-on-film recording used for motion ...more
George Reeves is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 45 (1914-1959)
George Reeves (January 5, 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor. He is best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman.His death at age 45 from a ...more

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Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)
Howard Andrew Williams (December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012) was an American singer. He recorded 43 albums in his career, of which 15 have been gold-certified and three platinum-certified. He ...more

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Brandon Routh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Marcia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)
Marcia Karen Wallace (November 1, 1942 – October 25, 2013) was an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and game show panelist, primarily known for her roles in television situation ...more

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Bobby Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 31 (1937-1968)
Robert Cletus Driscoll (March 3, 1937 – March 30, 1968) was an American child actor and artist known for a large body of cinema and TV performances from 1943 to 1960. He starred in some of the ...more

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Billy Sunday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 73 (1862-1935)
William Ashley Sunday (November 19, 1862 – November 6, 1935) was an American athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most ...more
Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 47
Marc Lowell Andreessen ( ann-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; ...more
Walter Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 86
Ronnie Walter Cunningham (born March 16, 1932), (Col, USMCR, Ret.) is a retired American astronaut. In 1968, he was a Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 7 mission. He was NASA's third civilian ...more
Kate Mulgrew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 63
Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is an American actress. She is known for the roles of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange ...more

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George Nelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 68
George Driver "Pinky" Nelson (born (1950-07-13)July 13, 1950) is an American physicist, astronomer, science educator, and a former NASA astronaut.
Harry Reasoner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 68 (1923-1991)
Harry Truman Reasoner (April 17, 1923 – August 6, 1991) was an American journalist for ABC and CBS News, known for his inventive use of language as a television commentator, and as a founder of ...more
Grant Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 51 (1891-1942)
Grant DeVolson Wood (February 13, 1891 – February 12, 1942) was an American painter best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly American Gothic (1930), which ...more
Jim Garrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)
James Carothers Garrison (born Earling Carothers Garrison; November 20, 1921 – October 21, 1992) was the District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, from 1962 to 1973. A member of the ...more
Matt Bentley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 39
Matthew James Bentley (born December 10, 1979) is an American professional wrestler best known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) by the ring name Michael Shane, later changed ...more