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

This list below has a variety of people, like Russ Pennell and Carrie Ingalls, in it.

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

Earl Cole is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Earl Cole age 46 - 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.

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Danni Boatwright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Danni Boatwright age 41 - Danni Boatwright Wiegmann, a beauty queen and model from Kansas, won $1,000,000 on Survivor: Guatemala, the eleventh season of the reality television show Survivor. Boatwright was born in ...more

Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Mira Sorvino age 49 - Mira Katherine Sorvino is an American actress. She came to prominence after winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her performance in Woody Allen's Mighty ...more

Candy Loving is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Candy Loving age 60 - Candy Loving is an American model. She was Playboy 's Playmate of the Month for the January 1979 issue, which made her the magazine's 25th Anniversary Playmate. Her centerfold was photographed ...more

Amelia Earhart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Amelia Earhart Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for ...more

Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Martina McBride age 50 - Martina Mariea Schiff, known professionally as Martina McBride, is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. She is known for her soprano singing range and her country ...more

Hattie McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Hattie McDaniel Died at 57 (1895-1952) - Hattie McDaniel was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first ...more

Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Melissa Etheridge age 55 - Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1988 and became an underground hit. The album peaked at #22 on ...more

Cassandra Peterson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Cassandra Peterson age 64 - Cassandra Peterson is an American actress best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing ...more

Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Buster Keaton Died at 71 (1895-1966) - Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton was an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, filmmaker, stunt performer, and writer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was ...more

Jeff Probst is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Jeff Probst age 54 - Jeffrey Lee "Jeff" Probst is an American game show host and an executive producer. He is best known as the Emmy Award winning host of the U.S. version of the reality show Survivor. ...more

Dennis Rader is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Dennis Rader age 70 - Dennis Lynn Rader is an American serial killer who murdered ten people in Sedgwick County, between 1974 and 1991. He is known as the BTK killer. "BTK" stands for "Bind, Torture, ...more

Chely Wright is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Chely Wright age 46 - 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

Bobby Lashley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Bobby Lashley age 40 - Franklin Roberto "Bobby" Lashley is an American mixed martial artist, former collegiate amateur wrestler, and professional wrestler, currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling ...more

Roscoe Arbuckle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Roscoe Arbuckle Died at 46 (1887-1933) - Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle was an American silent film actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. Starting at the Selig Polyscope Company he eventually moved to Keystone ...more

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George Tiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Kansas
George Tiller Died at 68 (1941-2009) - George Richard Tiller, MD was an American physician from Wichita, Kansas. He gained national attention as the medical director of Women's Health Care Services, one of only three clinics ...more

Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Bob Dole age 93 - Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole is an American politician who represented Kansas in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1996 and in the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969. In the ...more

Eric Stonestreet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Eric Stonestreet age 45 - 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

Susie Owens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Susie Owens age 59 - Susie Diane Owens is an American model and actress. She was chosen as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for March 1988. In the May 1993 issue, she was used as the model for the comic book heroine ...more

Trevor Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Trevor Murdoch age 36 - William Theodore Mueller is a professional wrestler best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment as Trevor Murdoch. He also wrestled as Stan Dupp, one of the kayfabe cousin stable ...more

Racquel Darrian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Racquel Darrian age 48 - Racquel Darrian is an American former pornographic actress.

Gordon Parks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Gordon Parks Died at 94 (1912-2006) - Gordon Parks was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft.

R. Lee Ermey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Kansas
R. Lee Ermey age 73 - Ronald Lee Ermey is an American actor, best known for his role as austere Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting ...more

Robert Gates is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Robert Gates age 73 - Robert Michael Gates is an American statesman, scholar and university president who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Gates served for 26 years in the ...more

Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Johnny Damon age 42 - Johnny David Damon is an American professional baseball outfielder who began playing in Major League Baseball in 1995. He last played in 2012, though he has not officially retired. In his MLB ...more

Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Joe Walsh age 69 - Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Walsh has been a member of ...more

ZaSu Pitts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Kansas
ZaSu Pitts Died at 69 (1894-1963) - ZaSu Pitts was an American actress who starred in many silent dramas and comedies, transitioning to comedy sound films.

Lindsey Wixson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Lindsey Wixson age 22 - Lindsey Wixson is an American fashion model. She is known for her unique looks, defined in part by her "bee-stung lips", "rosebud pout", and gapped front teeth. She is best ...more

William Inge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Kansas
William Inge Died at 60 (1913-1973) - William Motter Inge was an American playwright and novelist, whose works typically feature solitary protagonists encumbered with strained sexual relations. In the early 1950s, he had a string of ...more

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R. H. Barlow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Kansas
R. H. Barlow Died at 33 (1918-1951) - Robert Hayward Barlow was an American author, avant-garde poet, anthropologist and historian of early Mexico, and expert in the Nahuatl language. He was a correspondent and friend of horror ...more

Ronald Evans is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Ronald Evans Died at 57 (1933-1990) - Ronald Ellwin "Ron" Evans, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut, also one of only 24 people to have flown to ...more

Delbert Mann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Delbert Mann Died at 87 (1920-2007) - Delbert Martin Mann, Jr. was an American television and film director. He won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Director for the film Marty. It was the ...more

Julie Cypher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Julie Cypher age 52 - Julie Cypher is best known as the former partner of Melissa Etheridge. She is the younger of the two daughters of Dick and Betty Cypher. Her older sister is named Melanie. Cypher attended the ...more

Sheila Bair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Sheila Bair age 61 - Sheila Colleen Bair served as the 19th Chairperson of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She was appointed to the post for a five-year term on June 26, 2006 by George W. Bush. Bair ...more

Scott Heim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Scott Heim age 50 - Scott Heim is an American novelist from Hutchinson, Kansas, currently living in Massachusetts. Heim's first novel, Mysterious Skin, was published in 1995.

Eugene Pallette is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Eugene Pallette Died at 65 (1889-1954) - Eugene William Pallette was an American actor. He appeared in over 240 silent era and sound era motion pictures between 1913 and 1946. After an early career as a slender leading man, Pallette ...more

Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Walter Johnson Died at 59 (1887-1946) - Walter Perry Johnson, nicknamed "Barney" and "The Big Train", was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He played his entire 21-year baseball career for the ...more

Jim Roth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Jim Roth age 47 - Jim Roth is an American politician from the state of Oklahoma. A Democrat, Roth was appointed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin to serve on the Oklahoma State Election Board as the panel's lone ...more

Walter Chrysler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Walter Chrysler Died at 65 (1875-1940) - Walter Percy Chrysler was an American automotive industry executive and founder of Chrysler Corporation, now a part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

David H. Koch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Kansas
David H. Koch age 76 - David Hamilton Koch is an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. He joined the family business Koch Industries, a conglomerate that is the ...more

Orville Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Orville Brown Died at 73 (1908-1981) - Orville Brown was a professional wrestler. Born in Sharon, Kansas, Brown is a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion, and was recognized as the first NWA World Heavyweight Champion in 1948. ...more

James Barnett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Kansas
James Barnett age 29 - James Mark Barnett II is an American entrepreneur and community activist from Dallas, Texas. At 17, he created a social networking site for gay teens and young adults called My-Boi.Com, which ...more

Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Charlie Parker Died 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

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Betty Dodson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Betty Dodson age 86 - Betty Dodson is an American sex educator, author, and artist.

Barbara Babcock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Barbara Babcock age 80 - Barbara Babcock is an American character actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as the sensuous Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead ...more

William Allen White is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Kansas
William Allen White Died at 76 (1868-1944) - William Allen White was a renowned American newspaper editor, politician, author, and leader of the Progressive movement. Between 1896 and his death, White became the iconic spokesman for middle ...more

Richard Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Richard Thorpe Died at 95 (1896-1991) - Richard Thorpe was an American film director best known for his long career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

John L. Kelley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Kansas
John L. Kelley Died at 83 (1916-1999) - John L. Kelley was an American mathematician at University of California, Berkeley who worked in general topology and functional analysis. Kelley's 1955 text, General Topology, which eventually ...more

Ramesh Ponnuru is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Ramesh Ponnuru age 41 - Ramesh Ponnuru is a Washington, D.C.-based American columnist and a senior editor for National Review magazine. He is also a contributor to Time magazine and WashingtonPost.com. He has written ...more

Theresa Sparks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Theresa Sparks age 68 - 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