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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
John Christopher Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Actor. ...more
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
age 77
Muhammad Ali (January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest", he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more
Jennifer Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
age 39
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
age 59
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
age 66
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 30
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 50
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
Dec. 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
Carter Harrison, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. 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
age 67
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Solomon King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 79
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
Dec. 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.
Montgomery Blair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Kentucky
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. at 28 (1965-1993)
Mia Katherine Zapata was the lead singer for the Seattle punk band The Gits.