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Famous People From Kansas

Updated April 24, 2020 12.7k views984 items

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

    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 on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplaceTonganoxie, Kansas, United States of America

    Danni Boatwright Wiegmann (born July 13, 1975) is an American actress, TV host, model and... more on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplaceTenafly, New Jersey, United States of America

    Mira Katherine Sorvino (; born September 28, 1967) is an American actress. She won the Academy... more on Wikipedia

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  • Amelia Earhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Kansas
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  • Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Kansas

    BirthplaceSharon, Kansas, United States of America

    Martina Mariea McBride (née Schiff, born July 29, 1966) is an American country music... more on Wikipedia

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  • Hattie McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Kansas

    Hattie McDaniel

    Dec. at 57 (1895-1952)

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

    Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1893 – October 26, 1952) was an American stage actress, professional... more on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplaceLeavenworth, Kansas, United States of America

    Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and... more on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplaceManhattan, Kansas, United States of America

    Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress best known for her... more on Wikipedia

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  • Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Kansas

    Buster Keaton

    Dec. at 71 (1895-1966)

    BirthplacePiqua, Kansas, United States of America

    Joseph Frank Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966), known professionally as Buster... more on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

    Jeff Probst (born November 4, 1962) is an American game show host and an executive producer.... more on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplacePittsburg, Kansas, United States of America

    Dennis Lynn Rader (born March 9, 1945) is an American serial killer known as BTK or the BTK... more on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

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

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  • Bobby Lashley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Kansas

    BirthplaceJunction City, Kansas, United States of America

    Franklin Roberto "Bobby" Lashley (born July 16, 1976) is an American professional wrestler and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Roscoe Arbuckle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Kansas

    Roscoe Arbuckle

    Dec. at 46 (1887-1933)

    BirthplaceSmith Center, Kansas, United States of America

    Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle (; March 24, 1887 – June 29, 1933) was an American silent... more on Wikipedia

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  • George Tiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Kansas

    George Tiller

    Dec. at 68 (1941-2009)

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

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  • Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Kansas

    Bob Dole

    Age: 97

    BirthplaceRussell, Kansas, United States of America

    Robert Joseph Dole (born July 22, 1923) is a retired American politician, statesman, and... more on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, USA

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

    BirthplaceCoffeyville, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Gordon Parks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Kansas

    Gordon Parks

    Dec. at 94 (1912-2006)

    BirthplaceFort 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

    BirthplaceEmporia, Kansas, United States of America

    Ronald Lee Ermey (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018) was an American actor, voice actor and... more on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

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

    BirthplaceFort Riley, Kansas, United States of America

    Johnny David Damon (born November 5, 1973) is a former American professional baseball... more on Wikipedia

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

    Joe Walsh

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

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  • ZaSu Pitts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Kansas

    ZaSu Pitts

    Dec. at 69 (1894-1963)

    BirthplaceUSA, Kansas, Parsons

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  • Lindsey Wixson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Kansas

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

    Lindsey Wixson (born April 11, 1994) is an American fashion model. She is known for her unique... more on Wikipedia
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