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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

    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Muhammad Ali

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Jennifer Carpenter

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Sean Young

    Sean Young

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky, Louisville

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  • Gus Van Sant

    BirthplaceLouisville metropolitan area, Kentucky, Area code 502, Jefferson County, United States of America

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  • Charles Napier

    Charles Napier

    Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky

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  • Lionel Hampton

    Lionel Hampton

    Dec. at 94 (1908-2002)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Rumer Willis

    BirthplacePaducah, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Helen Thomas

    Helen Thomas

    Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

    BirthplaceWinchester, Kentucky, United States of America

    Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American reporter and author best...  more
  • Garrett Morgan

    Garrett Morgan

    Dec. at 85 (1878-1963)

    BirthplaceParis, Kentucky

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  • Kelly Rutherford

    BirthplaceElizabethtown, Kentucky, USA

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  • Rosemary Clooney

    Rosemary Clooney

    Dec. at 74 (1928-2002)

    BirthplaceMaysville, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Carter Harrison, Sr.

    Carter Harrison, Sr.

    Dec. at 68 (1825-1893)

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Terrence Mann

    BirthplaceAshland, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Warren Oates

    Warren Oates

    Dec. at 54 (1928-1982)

    BirthplaceUSA, Depoy, Kentucky, Kentucky

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  • Allen Tate

    Allen Tate

    Dec. at 80 (1899-1979)

    BirthplaceWinchester, Kentucky

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  • William Conrad

    William Conrad

    Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

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  • Solomon King

    Solomon King

    Dec. at 75 (1930-2005)

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky

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  • Earle Combs

    Earle Combs

    Dec. at 77 (1899-1976)


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  • Happy Chandler

    Happy Chandler

    Dec. at 93 (1898-1991)

    BirthplaceCorydon, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • George M. Whitesides

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

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  • James G. Scrugham

    James G. Scrugham

    Dec. at 65 (1880-1945)

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Montgomery Blair

    Montgomery Blair

    Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)

    BirthplaceKentucky, Franklin County, United States, with Territories, Frankfort

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  • John S. Cooper

    John S. Cooper

    Dec. at 90 (1901-1991)

    BirthplaceSomerset, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Mia Zapata

    Mia Zapata

    Dec. at 28 (1965-1993)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

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