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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
Age: 47

Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Earl Cole (born April 9, 1971 in Kansas City, Kansas) was the $1 million winner on the reality television series Survivor: Fiji. He is an entrepreneur, producer, philanthropist and former ...more

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Danni Boatwright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 43

Birthplace: Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States of America

Danni Boatwright Wiegmann (born July 13, 1975) is an American actress, TV host, model and beauty queen who won $1,000,000 on Survivor: Guatemala, the eleventh season of the reality television ...more

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Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 51

Birthplace: Tenafly, USA, New Jersey

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Amelia Earhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Kansas

Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas

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Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 52

Birthplace: Sharon, Kansas, United States of America

Martina Mariea McBride (née Schiff, born July 29, 1966) is an American country music singer-songwriter and record producer. She is known for her soprano singing range and her country pop ...more

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Hattie McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Dec. at 57 (1895-1952)

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1893 – October 26, 1952) was an American stage actress, professional singer-songwriter, and comedian. She is best known for her role as "Mammy" in Gone with ...more

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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 57

Birthplace: Leavenworth, Kansas, United States of America

Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground ...more

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Cassandra Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 67

Birthplace: USA, Kansas, Manhattan

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Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Dec. at 71 (1895-1966)

Birthplace: Piqua, Kansas, United States of America

Joseph Frank Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966), known professionally as Buster Keaton, was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. He ...more

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Jeff Probst is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 57

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

Jeff Probst (born November 4, 1962) 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 television show ...more

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Dennis Rader is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 73

Birthplace: Pittsburg, Kansas, United States of America

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Chely Wright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 48

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

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Bobby Lashley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 42
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Roscoe Arbuckle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Dec. at 46 (1887-1933)

Birthplace: Smith Center, Kansas, United States of America

Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle (; March 24, 1887 – June 29, 1933) was an American silent film actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. Starting at the Selig Polyscope Company he ...more

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George Tiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Dec. at 68 (1941-2009)

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas

George Richard Tiller (August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009) was an American physician from Wichita, Kansas. He gained national attention as the medical director of Women's Health Care Services, one of ...more
Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 95

Birthplace: Russell, Kansas, United States of America

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Eric Stonestreet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 47

Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

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Trevor Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 38

Birthplace: Coffeyville, Kansas, United States of America

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Gordon Parks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Dec. at 94 (1912-2006)

Birthplace: Fort Scott, Kansas, United States of America

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R. Lee Ermey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 74

Birthplace: Emporia, Kansas, United States of America

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Robert Gates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 75

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

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Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 45

Birthplace: Fort Riley, Kansas, United States of America

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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 71

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

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ZaSu Pitts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Dec. at 69 (1894-1963)

Birthplace: USA, Kansas, Parsons

ZaSu Pitts (; born Eliza Susan Pitts; January 3, 1894 – June 7, 1963) was an American actress who starred in many silent dramas, including Erich von Stroheim's epic silent film Greed, and ...more
Lindsey Wixson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Age: 24

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas

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