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

Ashton Bennett and Tony Rebel are included in this list.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Jamaica?" or "Which celebrities were born in Jamaica?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Bob Marley Died at 36 (1945-1981) - Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the ...more

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Sanya Richards-Ross is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Sanya Richards-Ross age 32 - Sanya Richards-Ross is a Jamaican American track and field athlete who competes internationally for the United States. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold in the 400 metres after finishing ...more

Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Claude McKay Died at 59 (1889-1948) - Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem, a best-seller that won ...more

Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Heavy D Died at 44 (1967-2011) - Dwight Errington Myers, better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor, and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included ...more

Debi Mazar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Debi Mazar age 52 - Deborah "Debi" Mazar is an American actress and television personality, known for her Jersey Girl-type roles; as sharp-tongued women in independent films; and for her starring role in ...more

Rocco DiSpirito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Rocco DiSpirito age 50 - Rocco DiSpirito is an American chef based in New York City.

Stacey McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Stacey McKenzie Stacey McKenzie is a Canadian fashion model, runway coach and most recently a model coach and judge on the Canadian reality television show Canada's Next Top Model.

Seth Rudetsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Seth Rudetsky Seth Rudetsky is a screenwriter and an actor.

Nelson DeMille is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Nelson DeMille age 72 - Nelson Richard DeMille is an American author of thriller novels. His works include Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, Plum Island, and The General's Daughter. DeMille has also ...more

Cecily Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Cecily Adams Died at 46 (1958-2004) - Cecily April Adams was an American actress, casting director, and lyricist.

Jimmy Breslin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Jimmy Breslin age 86 - Jimmy Breslin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author. He currently writes a column for the New York Daily News' Sunday edition. He has written numerous novels, and columns of ...more

Carlton
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Died at 37 (1950-1987) - Carlton "Carly" Barrett was an influential reggae drummer and percussion player. His musical development in the early years was with his brother Aston "Family Man" Barrett as ...more

Staceyann Chin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Staceyann Chin age 44 - Staceyann Chin is a spoken-word poet, performing artist and LGBT rights political activist. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily, and ...more

Shelly-Ann Fraser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Shelly-Ann Fraser age 30 - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, OD is a Jamaican track and field sprinter. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in the 2008 Olympic Games when at 21 years old, the relatively ...more

Rustie Lee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Rustie Lee age 64 - Rustie Lee is a Jamaican born English television personality, television chef, actress, singer and former politician. She appeared and participated in the Channel 5 reality-television show ...more

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Winsome Sears is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Winsome Sears age 53 - Winsome Earle Sears is an American politician. She was a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2002–2003, and ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives ...more

Michael Holding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Michael Holding age 63 - Michael Anthony Holding is a former West Indian cricketer. One of the fastest bowlers ever to play Test cricket, he was nicknamed "Whispering Death" by umpires due to his quiet ...more

George Rhoden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
George Rhoden age 89 - George Vincent Rhoden is a former Jamaican athlete, winner of two Olympic gold medals in 1952. Rhoden, who lived in San Francisco, was one of the successful long sprinters from Jamaica in the ...more

Donovan Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Donovan Bailey age 48 - Donovan Bailey is a retired Canadian sprinter, who once held the world record for the 100 metres race following his gold medal performance in the 1996 Olympic Games. He was the first Canadian to ...more

Courtney Walsh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Courtney Walsh age 54 - Courtney Andrew Walsh OJ is a former international cricketer who represented the West Indies from 1984 to 2001, captaining the West Indies in 22 Test matches. He is best known for a remarkable ...more

Bushwick Bill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Bushwick Bill age 50 - Richard Stephen Shaw, better known by the stage names Bushwick Bill and Dr. Wolfgang Von Bushwickin the Barbarian Mother-Funky Stay High Dollar Billstir, is a Jamaican-born American rapper. He ...more

Sha-ri Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Sha-ri Pendleton age 54 - Sha-ri Pendleton is a former world class hurdler, javelin thrower, and aspiring bodybuilder of the mid, and late 1980s.

Slyck Wagner Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Slyck Wagner Brown age 37 - The Underground King is a Jamaican born professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, SWB or Slyck Wagner Brown. Brown currently wrestles on the Independent circuit in the Northeastern ...more

Yohan Blake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Yohan Blake age 26 - Yohan Blake, is a Jamaican sprinter of the 100-metre and 200-metre sprint races. He won a gold medal at the 100 m at the 2011 world championships as the youngest 100 m world champion ever, and a ...more

Floyd Wedderburn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Floyd Wedderburn age 39 - Floyd E. Wedderburn is a former professional American football player who played guard for three seasons for the Seattle Seahawks. Floyd attended Upper Darby High School, where he lettered in ...more

Kwame Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Kwame Harris age 33 - Kwame Harris is a Jamaican-born former American football offensive tackle who played six seasons in the National Football League. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 26th overall ...more

Cedric IM Brooks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Cedric IM Brooks Died at 70 (1943-2013) - Cedric "Im" Brooks was a Jamaican saxophonist and flautist known for his solo recordings and as a member of The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, The Sound Dimensions, The Light of Saba, ...more

Frank Silvera is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Frank Silvera Died at 56 (1914-1970) - Frank Alvin Silvera was a Jamaican-born American character actor and theatrical director. Silvera was known as "the man with a thousand faces" because of his ability to play a wide ...more

Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Patrick Ewing age 54 - Patrick Aloysius Ewing, Sr. is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player. He played most of his career with the NBA's New York Knicks as their starting center and played briefly ...more

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Mavado is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Mavado age 35 - David Constantine Brooks, better known by his stage name Mavado, is a Jamaican musician, actor, singer and music producer.

John Barnes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
John Barnes age 53 - John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE is a Jamaican-born English former footballer and manager, who currently works as a commentator and pundit for ESPN and SuperSport. During his playing career, Barnes ...more

Dan Flavin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Dan Flavin Died at 63 (1933-1996) - Dan Flavin is an artist best known for his sculptures made of flourescent lights.

Garth Fagan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Garth Fagan age 76 - Gawain Garth Fagan, CD is a Jamaican modern dance choreographer. He is the founder and artistic director of Garth Fagan Dance, a modern dance company based in Rochester, New York.

Clement Virgo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Clement Virgo age 49 - Clement Virgo is a Canadian filmmaker. His latest feature, the boxing drama Poor Boy's Game, stars Danny Glover and Rossif Sutherland. The film world-premiered at the 2007 Berlin International ...more

Alrick Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Alrick Brown Alrick Brown is a film director, film producer, actor, film editor, teacher and screenwriter.

Mary Seacole is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Mary Seacole Died at 76 (1805-1881) - Mary Jane Seacole, née Grant, was a Jamaican-born woman of Scottish and Creole descent who set up a "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War, which she described ...more

Christopher John Farley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Christopher John Farley age 49 - Christopher John Farley is a Jamaican-born American journalist, columnist, and author.

Linford Christie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Linford Christie age 57 - Linford Cicero Christie OBE is a former sprinter from the United Kingdom. He is the only British man to have won gold medals in the 100 metres at all four major competitions open to British ...more

Alexander J. Dallas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Alexander J. Dallas Died at 58 (1759-1817) - Alexander James Dallas was an American statesman who served as the U.S. Treasury Secretary under President James Madison.

Levi Roots is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Levi Roots age 58 - Keith Valentine Graham Bilal Musa, better known as Levi Roots, is a British-Jamaican reggae musician, television personality, celebrity chef, businessman and multi-millionaire currently residing ...more

Capleton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Capleton age 49 - Capleton is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist. He is also referred to as King Shango, King David, The Fireman and The Prophet. His record label is called David House Productions. He is ...more

C1 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
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Jacob Miller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Jacob Miller Died at 28 (1952-1980) - Jacob Miller was a Jamaican reggae artist, who first recorded with Clement Dodd. While pursuing a prolific solo career, he became the lead singer for reggae group Inner Circle with whom he ...more

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Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Desmond Dekker Died at 65 (1941-2006) - Desmond Dekker was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician. Together with his backing group the Aces, he had one of the earliest international reggae hits with ...more

Angela King is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Angela King Died at 69 (1938-2007) - Angela Evelyn Vernon King was a Jamaican diplomat. She worked for the United Nations for 38 years, from 1966 to 2004, working mainly for equal rights for women. She was appointed Assistant ...more

John Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
John Figueroa Died at 79 (1920-1999) - John Joseph Maria Figueroa was a Jamaican poet and educator. He played a significant role in the development of Anglophone Caribbean literature both as a poet and an anthologist. He contributed ...more

William T. Kane is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
William T. Kane Died at 76 (1932-2008) - William T. Kane was a physicist for Corning Incorporated, formerly Corning Glass Works, Inc., in Corning, New York, who held patents in crystallography and heat-sensing technology—developments ...more

Desmond Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Desmond Williams Desmond Williams is an American electronica musician, as well as a record producer and was the chief sound engineer for the Eighteenth Street Lounge Music record label. Born in Jamaica and ...more

Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Damian Marley age 37 - Damian Robert Nesta "Jr. Gong" Marley, is a Jamaican reggae artist. Damian is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Damian was only 2 years old when his father, Bob Marley, ...more

Cedella Marley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Jamaica
Cedella Marley age 49 - Cedella Marley is a Jamaican singer, dancer, fashion designer, actress, and entrepreneur. She is the first-born daughter of reggae singers Bob Marley and Rita Marley.