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Famous People From Iowa

Updated March 30, 2019 21.4k views997 items

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.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Martin Burns and Johnny Rawlings.

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.
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  • Ashton Kutcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceUSA, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Christopher Ashton Kutcher (; born February 7, 1978) is an American actor, producer, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Johnny Carson

    Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceCorning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America

    John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, USA

    Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actress and comedian. In a career... more on Wikipedia
  • Lara Flynn Boyle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceDavenport, Iowa, United States of America

    Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress and producer. She is best known... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lolo Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Lolo Jones

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, United States of America

    Lori Susan "Lolo" Jones (born August 5, 1982) is an American hurdler and bobsledder who... more on Wikipedia

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  • Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, USA

    Shawn Machel Johnson East (born January 19, 1992) is an American former artistic gymnast. She... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jean Seberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Jean Seberg

    Dec. at 41 (1938-1979)

    BirthplaceMarshalltown, Iowa, United States of America

    Jean Dorothy Seberg (; French: [ʒɑ̃ seˈbɛʁg]; November 13, 1938 – August 30, 1979) was an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jerry Mathers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceSioux City, Iowa, United States of America

    Gerald Patrick Mathers (born June 2, 1948) is an American actor. Mathers is best known for his... more on Wikipedia

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  • Hill Harper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceIowa City, Iowa, United States of America

    Francis Eugene "Hill" Harper (born May 17, 1966) is an American actor and author. He is known... more on Wikipedia

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  • Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Glenn Miller

    Dec. at 40 (1904-1944)

    BirthplaceClarinda, Iowa

    Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – disappeared December 15, 1944) was an American big-band... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Lee de Forest

    Dec. at 88 (1873-1961)

    BirthplaceCouncil Bluffs, Iowa

    Lee de Forest (August 26, 1873 – June 30, 1961) was an American inventor, self-described... more on Wikipedia
  • George Reeves is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    George Reeves

    Dec. at 45 (1914-1959)

    BirthplaceWoolstock, Iowa, United States of America

    George Reeves (January 5, 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor. He is best known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Andy Williams

    Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)

    BirthplaceWall Lake, Iowa, United States of America

    Howard Andrew Williams (December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012) was an American singer. He... more on Wikipedia

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    #33 of 36 Twin Musicians#537 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time

  • Brandon Routh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceNorwalk, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Marcia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Marcia Wallace

    Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)

    BirthplaceCreston, Iowa, United States of America

    Marcia Karen Wallace (November 1, 1942 – October 25, 2013) was an American actress, voice... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bobby Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Bobby Driscoll

    Dec. at 31 (1937-1968)

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

    Robert Cletus Driscoll (March 3, 1937 – March 30, 1968) was an American child actor and artist... more on Wikipedia

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  • Billy Sunday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Billy Sunday

    Dec. at 73 (1862-1935)

    BirthplaceAmes, Iowa

    William Ashley Sunday (November 19, 1862 – November 6, 1935) was an American athlete who,... more on Wikipedia
  • Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceCedar Falls, Iowa

    Marc Lowell Andreessen ( ann-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur,... more on Wikipedia
  • Walter Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceCreston, Iowa

    Ronnie Walter Cunningham (born March 16, 1932), (Col, USMCR, Ret.) is a retired American... more on Wikipedia
  • Kate Mulgrew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceDubuque, Iowa, USA

    Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is an American actress. She is known for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • George Nelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceCharles City, Iowa

    George Driver "Pinky" Nelson (born (1950-07-13)July 13, 1950) is an American physicist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Harry Reasoner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Harry Reasoner

    Dec. at 68 (1923-1991)

    BirthplaceDakota City, Iowa, United States of America

    Harry Truman Reasoner (April 17, 1923 – August 6, 1991) was an American journalist for ABC and... more on Wikipedia

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    #6 of 65 The Most Influential News Anchors of All Time#4 of 48 The Best Retired News Anchors

  • Grant Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Grant Wood

    Dec. at 51 (1891-1942)

    BirthplaceAnamosa, Iowa

    Grant DeVolson Wood (February 13, 1891 – February 12, 1942) was an American painter best known... more on Wikipedia
  • Jim Garrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    Jim Garrison

    Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)

    BirthplaceDenison, Iowa, United States of America

    James Carothers Garrison (born Earling Carothers Garrison; November 20, 1921 – October 21,... more on Wikipedia
  • Matt Bentley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Iowa

    BirthplaceClinton, Iowa, United States of America

    Matthew James Bentley (born December 10, 1979) is an American professional wrestler best known... more on Wikipedia
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