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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

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceKansas 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 California...  more

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  • BirthplaceTonganoxie, 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 show...  more

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  • BirthplaceTenafly, New Jersey, United States of America


    Mira Katherine Sorvino (; born September 28, 1967) is an American actress. She won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite...  more

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  • Amelia Mary Earhart (, born July 24, 1897; disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set...  more

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  • BirthplaceSharon, Kansas, USA


    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

    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 singer-songwriter, and comedian. She is best known for her role as "Mammy" in Gone with the Wind (1939),...  more

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  • BirthplaceLeavenworth, Kansas, USA


    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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  • BirthplaceManhattan, Kansas, United States of America


    Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) 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...  more

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  • 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 Keaton, was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. He is...  more

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  • BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, USA


    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
  • BirthplacePittsburg, Kansas, United States of America


    Dennis Lynn Rader (born March 9, 1945) is an American serial killer known as BTK or the BTK Strangler. He gave himself the name "BTK" (for "Bind, Torture, Kill"). Between 1974 and 1991, Rader killed...  more

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  • BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America


    Richell Rene "Chely" Wright (; born October 25, 1970) is an American country music singer and activist. On the strength of her debut album in 1994, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) named her Top...  more

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  • GenderMale

    Franklin Roberto "Bobby" Lashley (born July 16, 1976) is an American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring...  more

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  • 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 film actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. Starting at the Selig Polyscope Company he eventually...  more

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  • George Tiller

    Dec. at 68 (1941-2009)

    BirthplaceWichita, 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 only...  more
  • Bob Dole

    Age: 97

    BirthplaceRussell, Kansas, United States of America


    Robert Joseph Dole (born July 22, 1923) is a retired American politician, statesman, and attorney who represented Kansas in the U.S House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the U.S. Senate...  more

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  • BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, USA


    Eric Allen Stonestreet (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for portraying Cameron Tucker in the ABC mockumentary sitcom Modern Family, for which he received...  more
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    William Theodore Mueller (born September 10, 1980) is an American former professional wrestler best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as Trevor Murdoch. He also wrestled as...  more
  • Gordon Parks

    Dec. at 94 (1912-2006)

    BirthplaceFort Scott, Kansas, United States of America


    Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in...  more
  • BirthplaceEmporia, Kansas, USA


    Alternative NameLee Emery^! R. Lee Ermey^! R. Lee Ermy

    Ronald Lee Ermey (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018) was an American actor, voice actor and marine. He achieved fame when he played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, which...  more

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  • BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America


    Robert Michael Gates (born September 25, 1943) is an American statesman, scholar, intelligence analyst, and university president who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to...  more
  • BirthplaceFort Riley, Kansas, United States of America


    Johnny David Damon (born November 5, 1973) is a former American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1995 to 2012. During his MLB career, Damon played for...  more

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  • Joe Walsh

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America


    Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has been a member of five successful rock bands: James...  more

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  • ZaSu Pitts

    Dec. at 69 (1894-1963)

    BirthplaceParsons, Kansas, USA


    Alternative NameZazu Pitts^! ZaSu Pitts

    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 comedies,...  more
  • BirthplaceWichita, Kansas


    Lindsey Wixson (born April 11, 1994) 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