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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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Ashton Kutcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 41
Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, investor and former model. Kutcher began his career as a model. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom ...more
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)
John William "Johnny" Carson was an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, actor, and musician known for thirty years as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ...more
Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 92
Cloris Leachman is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show ...more
Lara Flynn Boyle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 48
Lara Flynn Boyle is an American actress. She is best known for her performances as Donna Hayward in Twin Peaks and Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in The Practice. She has also appeared ...more
Lolo Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 36
Lori "Lolo" Jones is an American track and field and bobsled athlete who specializes in the 60 and 100 meter hurdles. She won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors ...more
Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 27
Shawn Machel Johnson is a retired American artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. Johnson became a member ...more
Jean Seberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 41 (1938-1979)
Jean Dorothy Seberg was an American actress. She starred in 34 films in Hollywood and in Europe, including Saint Joan, Breathless, Lilith, Moment to Moment, A Fine Madness, Paint Your Wagon, ...more
Jerry Mathers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 70
Gerald Patrick "Jerry" Mathers is an American television, film, and stage actor. Mathers is best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave It to Beaver, in which he ...more
Hill Harper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 52
Frank Eugene Harper, known professionally as Hill Harper, is an American film, television and stage actor, and author. He is best known for his portrayal of Will Beckford in the 2000 film The
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 40 (1904-1944)
Alton Glenn Miller was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best ...more
Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 88 (1873-1961)
Lee de Forest was an American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. He named himself the "Father of Radio," and famously said, "I discovered an Invisible Empire of the ...more
George Reeves is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 45 (1914-1959)
George Reeves was an American actor known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman. His death at age 45 from a gunshot remains a polarizing topic; the ...more
Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)
Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams was an American popular-music singer. He recorded forty-four albums in his career, seventeen of which have been Gold-certified and three of which have ...more
Brandon Routh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 36
Brandon James Routh is an American actor and former fashion model. He grew up in Iowa before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and subsequently appeared on multiple television ...more
Marcia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)
Marcia Karen Wallace was an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and game show panelist, primarily known for her roles in television situation comedies. She is perhaps best known for her ...more
Bobby Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 31 (1937-1968)
Robert Cletus Driscoll — known as Bobby Driscoll — was an American child actor known for a large body of cinema and TV performances from 1943 to 1960. He starred in some of The Walt Disney ...more
Billy Sunday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 73 (1862-1935)
William Ashley "Billy" Sunday was an American athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most celebrated and influential ...more
Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 47
Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is best known as coauthor of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; as cofounder of Netscape ...more
Walter Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 86
Ronnie Walter Cunningham, better known as Walt Cunningham, is a retired American astronaut. In 1968, he was the 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 Maria "Kate" Mulgrew is an American actress, most noted for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway, on Orange Is the New Black as Red, and Ryan's ...more
George Nelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iowa
age 68
George Driver "Pinky" Nelson, Ph.D. 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 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 the 60 Minutes program. Over the ...more
Grant Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 51 (1891-1942)
Grant DeVolson Wood was an American painter born four miles east of Anamosa, Iowa. He is best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly the painting American ...more
Jim Garrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Iowa
Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)
Earling Carothers "Jim" Garrison – who changed his first name to Jim in the early 1960s – 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 "Matt" Bentley is an American professional wrestler best known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling by the ring name Michael Shane, later changed to ...more