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Famous People From Kansas City

Updated April 24, 2020 21.7k 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

    Earl Cole

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, USA

    Earl Cole (born April 9, 1971 in Kansas City, Kansas) was the $1 million winner on the reality...  more

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  • Ed Asner

    Ed Asner

    Age: 90

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Yitzhak Edward Asner (; born November 15, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor and a former...  more

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    #274 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time#29 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • Jean Harlow

    Jean Harlow

    Dec. at 26 (1911-1937)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American film...  more

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    #187 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History#349 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • Don Cheadle

    BirthplaceKansas City, USA, Missouri

    Donald Frank Cheadle Jr. (; born November 29, 1964) is an American actor, author, director,...  more

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    #177 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#152 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever

  • Robert Altman

    Robert Altman

    Dec. at 81 (1925-2006)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Robert Bernard Altman (; February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director,...  more

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  • Chely Wright

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Richell Rene "Chely" Wright (; born October 25, 1970) is an American country music singer and...  more

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    #472 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists#126 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time

  • Eric Stonestreet

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, United States of America

    Eric Allen Stonestreet (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor and comedian. He is best...  more
  • Chris Cooper

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Christopher Walton Cooper (born July 9, 1951) is an American film actor. He has appeared in...  more

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    #154 of 187 The Best Living American Actors#32 of 70 Straight Actors Who Have Played Gay Characters

  • David Catania

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    David A. Catania (born January 16, 1968) is an American independent politician and lawyer from...  more
  • Dan Piraro

    Dan Piraro

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

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

    Casey Stengel

    Dec. at 85 (1890-1975)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel (; July 30, 1890 – September 29, 1975) was an American Major...  more
  • Ub Iwerks

    Ub Iwerks

    Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Ub Iwerks (; March 24, 1901 – July 7, 1971) was an American animator, cartoonist, character...  more
  • Mancow Muller

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    Matthew Erich "Mancow" Muller (born June 21, 1966) is an American radio and television...  more
  • Tom Watson

    Tom Watson

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Thomas Sturges Watson (born September 4, 1949) is an American professional golfer on the PGA...  more

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    #10 of 162 The Best Golfers Of All Time#23 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • Charlie Parker

    Charlie Parker

    Dec. at 35 (1920-1955)

    BirthplaceUSA, Kansas City, Kansas

    Charles Parker Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as Yardbird and Bird, was an...  more

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    #1159 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#252 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

  • Kate Spade

    Kate Spade

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Kate Brosnahan Spade was the co-founder and namesake of the designer brand, Kate Spade New...  more
  • Harry Harris

    Harry Harris

    Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Harry Harris (September 8, 1922 – March 19, 2009) was an American television and film...  more
  • Dianne Wiest

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Dianne Evelyn Wiest (; born March 28, 1946) is an American actress. She has twice won the...  more
  • Bill Gulick

    Age: 104

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Grover C. "Bill" Gulick (February 22, 1916 – October 25, 2013 ) was an American author and...  more
  • Matt Wertz

    Matt Wertz

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Matthew Stewart Wertz (born February 17, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter. Originally...  more
  • Theresa Sparks

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas

    Theresa Sparks is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and was...  more
  • T.J. Perkins

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Theodore James Perkins (born September 3, 1984) better known by the ring name T.J. Perkins or...  more
  • Hal Boyle

    Dec. at 63 (1911-1974)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Harold Vincent Boyle (1911-1974) was an American journalist who was a correspondent and...  more
  • Lyle Waggoner

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, United States of America

    Lyle Wesley Waggoner (; born April 13, 1935) is an American actor and former model, known for...  more
  • Michael Massee

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    Michael Groo Massee (September 1, 1952 – October 20, 2016) was an American actor. He starred...  more