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Famous People From Kansas

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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

    Earl Cole

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, USA

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  • Danni Boatwright

    BirthplaceTonganoxie, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Mira Sorvino

    BirthplaceTenafly, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Amelia Earhart
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  • Martina McBride

    BirthplaceUSA, Sharon, Kansas

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  • Hattie McDaniel

    Hattie McDaniel

    Dec. at 57 (1895-1952)

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Melissa Etheridge

    BirthplaceLeavenworth, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Cassandra Peterson

    BirthplaceUSA, Kansas, Manhattan

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  • Buster Keaton

    Buster Keaton

    Dec. at 71 (1895-1966)

    BirthplacePiqua, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Jeff Probst

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Dennis Rader

    BirthplacePittsburg, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Chely Wright

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

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  • Bobby Lashley

    BirthplaceJunction City, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Roscoe Arbuckle

    Roscoe Arbuckle

    Dec. at 46 (1887-1933)

    BirthplaceUSA, Kansas, Smith Center

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  • George Tiller

    George Tiller

    Dec. at 68 (1941-2009)

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

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  • Bob Dole

    Bob Dole

    Age: 97

    BirthplaceRussell, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Eric Stonestreet

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Trevor Murdoch

    BirthplaceCoffeyville, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Gordon Parks

    Gordon Parks

    Dec. at 94 (1912-2006)

    BirthplaceFort Scott, Kansas, United States of America

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  • R. Lee Ermey

    BirthplaceEmporia, Kansas, USA

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  • Robert Gates

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Johnny Damon

    BirthplaceFort Riley, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Joe Walsh

    Joe Walsh

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

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  • ZaSu Pitts

    ZaSu Pitts

    Dec. at 69 (1894-1963)

    BirthplaceUSA, Kansas, Parsons

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  • Lindsey Wixson

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

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