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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 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.

Danni Boatwright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Kansas
age 43 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
age 51 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
age 62 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 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
age 52 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
Dec. 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
age 57 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
age 67 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
Dec. 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
age 57 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
age 73 Dennis Lynn Rader is an American who hurt ten people in Sedgwick County, between 1974 and 1991. He sent letters describing the details to police and local news outlets during the time period in ...more

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

Bobby Lashley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Kansas
age 42 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
Dec. 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

George Tiller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Dec. 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
age 95 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
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

Susie Owens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Kansas
age 62 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
age 38 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
age 50 Racquel Darrian is an American former pornographic actress.

Gordon Parks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Kansas
Dec. 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
age 74 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
age 75 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
age 45 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