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Famous People From Kansas City

Updated April 24, 2020 21.9k views793 items

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

    Age: 49
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  • Ed Asner

    Age: 90
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  • Jean Harlow

    Dec. at 26 (1911-1937)
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  • Robert Altman

    Dec. at 81 (1925-2006)
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  • Dan Piraro

    Age: 62
    Daniel Charles Piraro (born 1958) is a painter, illustrator, and cartoonist best known for his...  more
  • Casey Stengel

    Dec. at 85 (1890-1975)
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  • Ub Iwerks

    Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)
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  • Tom Watson

    Age: 71
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  • Charlie Parker

    Dec. at 35 (1920-1955)
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  • Kate Spade

    Age: 57
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    Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)
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  • Bill Gulick

    Age: 104
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  • Matt Wertz

    Age: 41
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  • Hal Boyle

    Dec. at 63 (1911-1974)
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