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

People here include everything from Evan S. Connell to Frank S. Land.

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

Earl Cole is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 47
Earl Cole was the $1,000,000 winner of the reality television series Survivor: Fiji. He is an entrepreneur, producer, philanthropist and former California advertising executive.

Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 89
Edward "Ed" Asner is an American film, television, and stage actor, voice actor, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his Emmy Award-winning ...more

Jean Harlow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
Dec. at 26 (1911-1937)
Jean Harlow was an American film actress of the 1930s. After being signed by director Howard Hughes, Harlow's first major appearance was in Hell's Angels, followed by a series of critically ...more

Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 54
Donald Frank "Don" Cheadle, Jr. is an American actor. Cheadle had an early role in Picket Fences and followed it with performances in Devil in a Blue Dress, Rosewood and Boogie Nights. ...more

Robert Altman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
Dec. at 81 (1925-2006)
Robert Bernard Altman was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. A five time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director and an enduring figure from the New Hollywood era, ...more

Chely Wright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 48
Richell Rene "Chely" Wright is an American country music singer and gay rights activist. On the strength of her debut album in 1994, the Academy of Country Music named her Top New ...more

Eric Stonestreet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 47
Eric Allen Stonestreet is an American actor, best known for his starring role as Cameron Tucker on the ABC comedy Modern Family. Stonestreet has received critical acclaim for his performance on ...more

Chris Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 67
Christopher W. "Chris" Cooper (born July 9, 1951) is an American film actor. He became well known in the late 1990s. He has appeared in supporting performances in several major ...more

David Catania is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 51
David A. Catania is an American independent politician and lawyer from Washington, D.C. He was formerly an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia, which he gave up to pursue ...more

Dan Piraro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 61
Daniel Charles Piraro is a painter, illustrator and cartoonist best known for his award-winning syndicated cartoon panel Bizarro. Piraro's cartoons have been reprinted in 16 book collections. He ...more

Casey Stengel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
Dec. at 85 (1890-1975)
Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel, nicknamed "The Old Perfessor", was an American Major League Baseball outfielder and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in ...more

Ub Iwerks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)
Ub Iwerks, A.S.C. was an American animator, cartoonist, character designer, inventor, and special effects technician, who co-created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse with Walt Disney. ...more

Mancow Muller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 52
Matthew Erich "Mancow" Muller is an American radio and television personality, actor, and former child model. Considered a shock jock, his career has been well known for controversy ...more

Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 69
Thomas Sturges Watson is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and now plays mostly on the Champions Tour. In the 1970s and 1980s, Watson was one of the leading players ...more

Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
Dec. at 35 (1920-1955)
Charles Parker, Jr., also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in ...more

Kate Spade is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 56
Kate Brosnahan Spade was the co-founder and namesake of the designer brand, Kate Spade New York.

Harry Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)
Harry Harris was an American television and film director. Harris moved to Los Angeles in 1937 and got a mailroom job at Columbia Studios. After attending UCLA, he became an apprentice sound ...more

Dianne Wiest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 70
Dianne Evelyn Wiest is an American actress on stage, television and film. She has won two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Wiest has also been nominated for a BAFTA

Bill Gulick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
Bill Gulick age 103
Grover C. "Bill" Gulick was an American author and historian living near Walla Walla, Washington.

Matt Wertz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 40
Matt Wertz is a film producer.

Theresa Sparks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 69
Theresa Sparks is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and was a candidate for San Francisco Supervisor for District 6 in the November 2010 election. She is a ...more

T.J. Perkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 34
Teddy James Perkins is an American professional wrestler of Filipino descent, better known as T.J. Perkins. He is signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is a former TNA X Division ...more

Hal Boyle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
Hal Boyle Dec. at 63 (1911-1974)
Harold Vincent Boyle (1911-1974) was an American journalist who was a correspondent and columnist for the Associated Press.

Lyle Waggoner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 83
Lyle Waggoner is an actor.

Michael Massee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Kansas City
age 60
Michael Massee is an American actor who has worked in film and television.