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

This list contains people like David Vitter and Jack Ponder.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Louisiana?" or "Which celebrities were born in Louisiana?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 42 Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer. She made her film debut as the female lead in the film The Man in the Moon in 1991. In 1996, she appeared in Freeway and ...more

Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 60 Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk ...more

Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 48 Tyler Perry is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In ...more

Ian Somerhalder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 39 Ian Joseph Somerhalder is an American actor, model and director. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire

Danneel Ackles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 39 Danneel Ackles, better known by her stage name Danneel Harris, is an American actress and model. She is best known for her roles as Shannon McBain on One Life to Live and Rachel Gatina on One ...more

Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 50 Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw is an American singer and actor. He has been married to fellow singer Faith Hill since 1996, and is the son of the late baseball player Tug McGraw. McGraw ...more

Ali Landry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 44 Ali Germaine Landry is an American actress, model and beauty queen who won Miss USA 1996 She is perhaps best known as the Doritos Girl from her 1998 Super Bowl commercial, for her portrayal of ...more

Ashley Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 40 Ashley McCall Scott (born July 13, 1977) is an American actress and model, best known for her roles in the television series Jericho, Birds of Prey, and Dark Angel. She had a major role in the ...more

Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 69 Terry Paxton Bradshaw is a former American football quarterback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. Since 1994, he has been a TV analyst and co-host of Fox ...more

Stormy Daniels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 39 Stephanie Gregory Clifford (born March 17, 1979), professionally known as Stormy Daniels, Stormy Waters or simply Stormy, is an American pornographic actress, screenwriter, and director. She is ...more

James Carville is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 73 Chester James Carville, Jr. is an American political commentator and media personality who is a prominent figure in the Democratic Party. Carville gained national attention for his work as the ...more

Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 82 Jerry Lee Lewis is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, who is often known by his nickname of The Killer and is often viewed as "rock & roll's first great wild ...more

Ernie Ladd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 69 (1938-2007) Ernest "Ernie" Ladd, nicknamed "The Big Cat", was an American collegiate and professional football player and a professional wrestler. A standout athlete in high school, Ladd ...more

Chloe Bridges is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 26 Chloe Bridges is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Zoey in the sitcom Freddie and as Dana Turner in the 2010 television film Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Bridges originally ...more

Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 69 Bryant Charles Gumbel is an American television journalist and sportscaster. He is best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC's The Today Show. He is the younger brother of sportscaster Greg ...more

John Kennedy Toole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 32 (1937-1969) John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, whose posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He also wrote The Neon ...more

Kevyn Aucoin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 40 (1962-2002) Kevyn James Aucoin was an American make-up artist, photographer and author.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 40 (1829-1869) Louis Moreau Gottschalk was an American composer and pianist, best known as a virtuoso performer of his own romantic piano works. He spent most of his working career outside of the United

Huey Long is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 42 (1893-1935) Huey Pierce Long, Jr., nicknamed The Kingfish, was an American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and as a member of the United States Senate from 1932 ...more

Donna Brazile is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 58 Donna Brazile is an American author, academic, and political analyst who is Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She was the first African American to direct a major ...more

Ben Turpin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 71 (1869-1940) Bernard "Ben" Turpin was an American comedian and actor, best remembered for his work in silent films.

Branford Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 57 Branford Marsalis is an American saxophonist, composer and bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a ...more

Grady A. Dugas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 84 (1923-2007) Grady A. Dugas, M. D., was a Louisiana physician who invented the "Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks", a patented device designed for those who sometimes forget to lock their ...more

Zachary Levi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 37 Zachary Levi Pugh, known professionally as Zachary Levi, is an American actor, director, and singer. He is best known for his role as Chuck Bartowski in the series Chuck. He has also appeared in ...more

Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 61 Randall Darius "Randy" Jackson is an American bassist, former television music competition judge, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and television personality. He is best known ...more

Stanley Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 52 (1953-2005) Stanley Tookie Williams III was a leader of the Crips, a violent American street gang which has its roots in South Central Los Angeles in 1969. Once incarcerated, he authored several books, ...more

P. G. T. Beauregard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 75 (1818-1893) Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard was a Louisianan-born American military officer, politician, inventor, writer, civil servant, and the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army ...more

DJ Khaled is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 42 Khaled Khaled, better known by his stage name DJ Khaled, is an American record producer, radio personality, rapper, DJ and record label executive. He is a radio host for the Miami-based urban ...more

John Henry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 82 (1929-2011) John Henry Johnson was an American fullback in collegiate and Professional Football. He played one season with the Calgary Stampeders of the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1953, then ...more

Victor Kiam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 75 (1926-2001) Victor K. Kiam was an American entrepreneur and the owner of the New England Patriots football team from 1988–1991. Born: December 7, 1926, New Orleans, LA Died: May 27, 2001, Stamford, CT ...more

Brian Blade is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 47 Brian Blade is an American jazz drummer, composer, session musician, and singer-songwriter.

Geoffrey Beene is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004) Geoffrey Beene was an American fashion designer. Beene was one of New York's most famous fashion designers, recognized for his artistic and technical skills and for creating simple, comfortable ...more

Marshall Colt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 69 Marshall Colt is a management consultant, combat-decorated veteran and former Captain in the United States Navy in San Diego, California, who was an actor in film and television from 1976 to ...more

Ray Walston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 87 (1914-2001) Ray Walston was an American actor and comedian, best known as the title character on My Favorite Martian. He had such iconic film, television and stage roles as Luther Billis, Mr. Applegate, ...more

Max Rafferty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 65 (1917-1982) Maxwell Lewis Rafferty, Jr., known as Max Rafferty, was a writer, educator, and politician. The author of several best-selling books about education, Rafferty served two terms as California ...more

Paul Barbarin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 70 (1899-1969) Adolphe Paul Barbarin was a New Orleans jazz drummer, usually regarded as one of the very best of the pre-Big Band era jazz drummers. He studied under the famed drummer, Louis Cottrell, Sr. Paul ...more

Kitty Carlisle Hart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 97 (1910-2007) Kitty Carlisle was an American singer, actress and spokeswoman for the arts. She is best remembered as a regular panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth. Carlisle served 20 years ...more

Soko Richardson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 65 (1939-2004) Soko Richardson was an American rhythm and blues drummer. His career spanned almost fifty years, during which he performed and recorded with seminal groups including John Mayall's Bluesbreakers ...more

Mary Miles Minter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 82 (1902-1984) Mary Miles Minter was an American actress. She appeared in 54 silent era motion pictures from 1912 to 1923. In 1922, Minter was involved in scandal surrounding the murder of director William ...more

Adras LaBorde is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 81 (1912-1993) Adras Paul LaBorde, I, was a reporter, managing editor, and columnist for the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, the largest newspaper in Central Louisiana. His career stretched from the mid-1940s into ...more

Cokie Roberts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 74 Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts, best known as Cokie Roberts, is an American journalist and author. She is a contributing senior news analyst for National Public Radio as well as ...more

Death of Kent Leppink is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Death of Kent Leppink Kent Leppink died by gunshot in 1996. His former fiancée, Mechele Linehan, and former roommate, John Carlin were convicted of murdering him, but the judgments were reversed on appeal. ...more

Zutty Singleton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 77 (1898-1975) Arthur James "Zutty" Singleton was an influential American early jazz drummer. Singleton was born in Bunkie, Louisiana, and raised in New Orleans. He was working professionally with ...more

Severn Darden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 66 (1929-1995) Severn Teakle Darden, Jr. was a comedian and actor, and an original member of The Second City Chicago-based comedy troupe as well as its predecessor, the Compass Players. He is perhaps best ...more

Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 49 (1909-1958) Melvin Thomas Ott, nicknamed "Master Melvin", was a Major League Baseball right fielder. He played his entire career for the New York Giants. Ott was born in Gretna, the seat of ...more

Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 54 (1877-1931) Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden was an African-American cornetist and is regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of rag-time music, which ...more

Ralph Eggleston is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 52 Ralph Eggleston is an American animator, art director, storyboard artist and production designer at Pixar Animation Studios. He started his career at Kroyer Films working on projects such as ...more

Ted Lyons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 86 (1900-1986) Theodore Amar Lyons was an American professional baseball starting pitcher, manager and coach in Major League Baseball. He played MLB seasons, all with the Chicago White Sox. He is the franchise ...more

Bennett Johnston, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
age 85 John Bennett Johnston, Jr., usually known as J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., is an American lobbyist and a Democrat who represented Louisiana in the United States Senate from 1972 to 1997.

Huddie William Ledbetter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Louisiana
Dec. at 61 (1888-1949) Huddie William Ledbetter was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. He is ...more