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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
Johnny Depp age 54 Johnny Depp is an actor.

Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Muhammad Ali age 76 Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, ...more

Jennifer Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Jennifer Carpenter age 38 Jennifer Leann Carpenter is an American actress best known for playing Debra Morgan on the Showtime drama series Dexter, for which she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on ...more

Sean Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Sean Young age 58 Sean Young is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in films from the 1980s such as Blade Runner, Dune, No Way Out, Wall Street and Cousins.

Gus Van Sant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Gus Van Sant age 65 Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician and author. He is a two-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director—for the drama Good ...more

Charles Napier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Charles Napier Died at 75 (1936-2011) Charles Lewis Napier was a prolific American actor, who after his film debut mainly worked in supporting roles. Napier's strong voice, steely gaze and distinctive broad jutting chin made him ...more

Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Lionel Hampton Died at 94 (1908-2002) Lionel Leo Hampton was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich to ...more

Rumer Willis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Rumer Willis age 29 Rumer Glenn Willis is an American actress, the oldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, stepdaughter of Emma Heming.

Helen Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Helen Thomas Died at 93 (1920-2013) Helen Amelia Thomas was an American author and news service reporter, member of the White House press corps and opinion columnist. She worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United ...more

Garrett Morgan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Garrett Morgan Died at 85 (1878-1963) Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. was an African-American inventor and community leader. His most notable inventions included a type of protective respiratory hood, a traffic signal, and a ...more

Kelly Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Kelly Rutherford age 49 Kelly Rutherford Deane is an American actress. She is known for her television roles as Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore on the NBC daytime soap opera Generations, as Megan Lewis on the Fox ...more

Rosemary Clooney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Rosemary Clooney Died at 74 (1928-2002) Rosemary Clooney was an American cabaret singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House", which was followed by other pop ...more

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Carter Harrison, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Carter Harrison, Sr. Died at 68 (1825-1893) Carter Henry Harrison, Sr. was an American politician who served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1879 until 1887; he was subsequently elected to a fifth term in 1893 but was assassinated ...more

Terrence Mann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Terrence Mann age 66 Terrence Vaughan Mann is an American actor, director, singer, songwriter and dancer who has been prominent on the Broadway stage for the past three decades. He is a distinguished professor in ...more

Warren Oates is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Warren Oates Died at 54 (1928-1982) Warren Mercer Oates was an American actor best known for his performances in several films directed by Sam Peckinpah including The Wild Bunch and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. He starred ...more

Allen Tate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Allen Tate Died at 80 (1899-1979) John Orley Allen Tate was an American poet, essayist, social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1943 to 1944.

William Conrad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
William Conrad Died at 74 (1920-1994) William Conrad was an American actor, producer and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film and television. A radio writer and actor, he moved to Hollywood, California, after ...more

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Solomon King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Solomon King Died at 75 (1930-2005) Solomon King was a 1960s and 1970s popular music singer. He is best remembered for his 1968 hit single, "She Wears My Ring".

Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Earle Combs Died at 77 (1899-1976) Earle Bryan Combs was an American professional baseball player who played his entire career for the New York Yankees. Combs batted leadoff and played center field on the Yankees' fabled 1927 ...more

Happy Chandler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Happy Chandler Died at 93 (1898-1991) Albert 'Happy' Chandler was an actor.

George M. Whitesides is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
George M. Whitesides age 78 George M. Whitesides is an American chemist and professor of chemistry at Harvard University. He is best known for his work in the areas of NMR spectroscopy, organometallic chemistry, molecular ...more

James G. Scrugham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
James G. Scrugham Died at 65 (1880-1945) James Graves Scrugham 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 Democratic Party.

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Montgomery Blair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Montgomery Blair Died at 70 (1813-1883) Montgomery Blair, 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 Maryland. Despite belonging to a ...more

John S. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
John S. Cooper Died at 90 (1901-1991) John Sherman Cooper was a politician, jurist, and diplomat from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He served three non-consecutive, partial terms in the United States Senate before being elected to two ...more

Mia Zapata is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Mia Zapata Died at 28 (1965-1993) Mia Katherine Zapata was the lead singer for the Seattle punk band The Gits.

Charles B. Middleton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Charles B. Middleton Died at 75 (1874-1949) Charles B. Middleton was an American stage and film actor. During a film career that began at age 46 and lasted almost 30 years, Charles Middleton appeared in nearly two hundred films as well as ...more

Mary Nolan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Mary Nolan Died at 46 (1902-1948) Mary Nolan was an American film actress. Nolan began her career as a Ziegfeld girl in the 1920s performing under the stage name Imogene "Bubbles" Wilson. She was fired from the ...more

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Harry B. Hawes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Harry B. Hawes Died at 78 (1869-1947) Harry Bartow Hawes was an American lawyer, conservationist, and politician who served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House and Senate from Missouri. He is best known for the ...more

Calvin Maglinger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Calvin Maglinger Died at 86 (1924-2010) Calvin Maglinger was an American fine-art painter.

Miss Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Miss Elizabeth Died at 43 (1960-2003) Elizabeth Ann Hulette, best known as Miss Elizabeth, was an American professional wrestling manager. She gained international fame from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s in the World Wrestling ...more

Mary Travers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Mary Travers Died at 73 (1936-2009) Mary Allin Travers was an American singer-songwriter and member of the folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary, along with Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey. Peter, Paul and Mary was one of the most ...more

Bill Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Bill Ludwig Died at 65 (1882-1947) William Lawrence Ludwig was a catcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1908.

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Marsha Norman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Marsha Norman age 70 Marsha Norman is an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. She received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play 'night, Mother. She wrote the book and lyrics for such Broadway ...more

Scottie Slayback is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Scottie Slayback Died at 78 (1901-1979) Elbert "Scottie" Slayback was a second baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for the New York Giants.

Jack Bellman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Jack Bellman Died at 67 (1864-1931) John Hutchins "Happy Jack" Bellman was an American major league baseball catcher. He played professionally for the St. Louis Browns.

Allen Allensworth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Allen Allensworth Died at 72 (1842-1914) Allen Allensworth, born into slavery, escaped and became a Union soldier; later he became a Baptist minister and educator, and was appointed as a chaplain in the United States Army. He was the ...more

Charles Mengel Allen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Charles Mengel Allen Died at 84 (1916-2000) Charles Mengel Allen was a United States federal judge. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Allen received a B.A. from Yale University in 1941 and an LL.B. from the University of Louisville School of ...more

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Rudy Rucker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Rudy Rucker age 72 Rudolf von Bitter Rucker is an American mathematician, computer scientist, science fiction author, and philosopher, and is one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary movement. The author of ...more

Steven Curtis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Steven Curtis Chapman age 55 Steven Curtis Chapman is an American Christian music singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist. After starting his career in the late 1980s as a singer-songwriter of ...more

John Patrick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
John Patrick Died at 90 (1905-1995) John Patrick was an American playwright and screenwriter.

Victor Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Victor Sutherland Died at 79 (1889-1968) Victor Sutherland was an actor.

T. Coleman du Pont is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
T. Coleman du Pont Died at 67 (1863-1930) Thomas Coleman du Pont was an American engineer and politician, from Greenville, Delaware. He was President of the of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, and a member of the Republican Party ...more

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Paul Derringer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Paul Derringer Died at 81 (1906-1987) Samuel Paul Derringer was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three National League teams from 1931 to 1945, primarily the Cincinnati Reds. He won 20 games ...more

Jim Varney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Jim Varney Died at 51 (1949-2000) James Albert "Jim" Varney, Jr. was an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and writer best known for his role as Ernest P. Worrell, who was used in numerous television commercial ...more

Suzan-Lori Parks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Suzan-Lori Parks age 54 Suzan-Lori Parks is an African-American playwright and screenwriter. She received the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant in 2001, and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play

Alben W. Barkley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Alben W. Barkley Died at 79 (1877-1956) Alben William Barkley was a lawyer and politician from Kentucky who served in both houses of Congress and as the 35th Vice President of the United States from 1949 to 1953. In 1905, he was ...more

Wiley Blount Rutledge is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Wiley Blount Rutledge Died at 55 (1894-1949) Wiley Blount Rutledge, Jr. was an American educator, lawyer, and justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Darrell A. Posey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Darrell A. Posey Died at 54 (1947-2001) Darrell Addison Posey was an American anthropologist and biologist who vitalized the study of traditional knowledge of indigenous and folk populations in Brazil and other countries. He called ...more

William Earl Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
William Earl Brown age 54 William Earl Brown is an American character actor who has appeared in many mainstream film and television projects, more recently in the series American Crime. He is perhaps best known as Dan ...more

Iman Crosson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Iman Crosson age 36 Iman Crosson, better known by his stage name Alphacat, is an American actor, impressionist and YouTube personality and is known for his impersonations of U.S. President Barack Obama and his ...more