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Famous People From Kentucky

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List of famous people from Kentucky, 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 Kentucky, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Kentucky 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 Kentucky, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Examples of people on this list: Ralph Beard, George Boone and many more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Kentucky?" or "Which celebrities were born in Kentucky?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Age: 55

Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has been nominated for 10 Golden Globe Awards, winning one for Best Actor for his performance of the ...more

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Age: 77

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Muhammad Ali (; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest," he is ...more

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Jennifer Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Age: 39

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Jennifer Leann Carpenter (born December 7, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for playing Debra Morgan, the adoptive sister of the title character of the Showtime series Dexter, for ...more

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Sean Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Age: 59

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Mary Sean Young (born November 20, 1959) is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Stripes (1981), Blade Runner (1982), Dune (1984), No Way Out (1987), Wall ...more

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Gus Van Sant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Age: 66

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Gus Green Van Sant Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author who has earned acclaim as both an independent and mainstream ...more

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Charles Napier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky

Charles Lewis Napier (April 12, 1936 – October 5, 2011) was an American character actor in film and television, known for his prolific career playing memorable supporting and leading roles in ...more
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 94 (1908-2002)

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Teddy Wilson, Benny ...more

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Rumer Willis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Age: 30

Birthplace: Paducah, Kentucky, United States of America

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Helen Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

Birthplace: Winchester, Kentucky, United States of America

Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American reporter and author best known for her longtime membership in the White House press corps. She covered the White House during ...more
Garrett Morgan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Garrett Morgan Dec. at 85 (1878-1963)

Birthplace: Paris, Kentucky

Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. (March 4, 1877 – July 27, 1963) was an African American inventor and businessman as well as an influential political leader. Morgan's most notable invention was the ...more
Kelly Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Age: 50

Birthplace: Elizabethtown, Kentucky, USA

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Rosemary Clooney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 74 (1928-2002)

Birthplace: Maysville, Kentucky, United States of America

Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the song "Come On-a My House", which was followed by ...more

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Carter Harrison, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 68 (1825-1893)

Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

Carter Henry Harrison Sr. (February 15, 1825 – October 28, 1893) was an American politician who served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois, from 1879 until 1887; he was subsequently elected to a fifth ...more
Terrence Mann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Age: 67

Birthplace: Ashland, Kentucky, United States of America

Terrence Vaughan Mann (born July 1, 1951) is an American actor, theatre director, and singer. He is known for his appearances on the Broadway stage, which include Chester Lyman in Barnum, Rum ...more
Warren Oates is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 54 (1928-1982)

Birthplace: USA, Depoy, Kentucky, Kentucky

Warren Mercer Oates (July 5, 1928 – April 3, 1982) was an American actor best known for his performances in several films directed by Sam Peckinpah, including The Wild Bunch (1969) and Bring Me ...more
Allen Tate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 80 (1899-1979)

Birthplace: Winchester, Kentucky

John Orley Allen Tate (November 19, 1899 – February 9, 1979), known professionally as Allen Tate, was an American poet, essayist, social commentator, and Poet Laureate from 1943 to 1944.
William Conrad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

William Conrad (September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994) was an American World War II fighter pilot, actor, producer, and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film, and ...more
Solomon King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 75 (1930-2005)

Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky

Solomon King (born Allen Verner Levy, August 13, 1931 – January 21, 2005) was an American 1960s and 1970s popular music singer. He is best remembered for his 1968 British hit single, "She ...more
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 77 (1899-1976)

Birthplace: Kentucky

Earle Bryan Combs (May 14, 1899 – July 21, 1976) was an American professional baseball player who played his entire career for the New York Yankees (1924–35). Combs batted leadoff and played ...more

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Happy Chandler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 93 (1898-1991)

Birthplace: Corydon, Kentucky, United States of America

Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler Sr. (July 14, 1898 – June 15, 1991) was an American politician from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He represented the Commonwealth in the U.S. Senate ...more
George M. Whitesides is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Age: 79

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky

George McClelland Whitesides (born August 3, 1939) is an American chemist and professor of chemistry at Harvard University. He is best known for his work in the areas of NMR spectroscopy, ...more
James G. Scrugham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 65 (1880-1945)

Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

James Graves Scrugham (January 19, 1880 – June 23, 1945) was an American politician. He was a Representative, a Senator, and the 14th Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada. He was a member of the ...more
Montgomery Blair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)

Birthplace: Kentucky, Franklin County, United States, with Territories, Frankfort, + more

Montgomery Blair (May 10, 1813 – July 27, 1883), the son of Francis Preston Blair, elder brother of Francis Preston Blair, Jr. and cousin of B. Gratz Brown, was a politician and lawyer from ...more
John S. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. at 90 (1901-1991)

Birthplace: Somerset, Kentucky, United States of America

John Sherman Cooper (August 23, 1901 – February 21, 1991) was an American politician, jurist, and diplomat from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He served three non-consecutive, partial terms in the ...more
Mia Zapata is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Mia Zapata Dec. at 28 (1965-1993)

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky

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