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Famous People From Louisville

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

List includes Percy Parsons, Henry C. McDowell, Jr. and more.

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

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Dawn Landes (born December 5, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She is originally from around Louisville, Kentucky but spent many years living and performing in Brooklyn, New York....  more

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  • 27

    BirthplaceLouisville, Mississippi

    BirthplaceLouisville, Mississippi

    Carl Eugene Jackson (born September 18, 1953) is an American country and bluegrass musician. Jackson's first Grammy was awarded in 1992 for his duet album with John Starling titled "Spring Training."...  more
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    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Iman Crosson (born March 27, 1982), better known by his stage name Alphacat, is an American actor, impressionist and YouTube personality and is known for his impersonations of former U.S. President...  more
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    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1993 to 2005. A shooting guard, Houston...  more

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    Stephen Garrett

    Dec. at 34 (1974-2008)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Stephen Ellis Garrett (November 11, 1974 – February 25, 2008), also known as Static Major, was a Grammy Award-winning American recording artist and record producer from Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He...  more
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    Jimmy Blythe

    Dec. at 30 (1901-1931)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    James Louis Blythe (May 20, 1901 – June 14, 1931) was an American jazz and boogie-woogie pianist and composer. Blythe is known to have recorded as many as 300 piano rolls, and his song "Chicago...  more
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    Darrell Griffith

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Darrell Steven Griffith (born June 16, 1958), also known by his nickname Dr. Dunkenstein, is an American former basketball player who spent his entire professional career with the Utah Jazz of the...  more
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    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    John Harwood may refer to: John Harwood (watchmaker) (1893–1965), English watchmaker who developed first self-winding watch John Harwood (biochemist) (born 1946), British biochemist John Harwood...  more
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    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky, Louisville

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky, Louisville

    Lee Reherman (July 4, 1966 – March 1, 2016) was an American actor, appearing in television and film and hosting television reality shows....  more
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    Hunt Stromberg

    Dec. at 74 (1894-1968)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Hunt Stromberg (July 12, 1894 – August 23, 1968) was a film producer during Hollywood's Golden Age. In a prolific 30-year career beginning in 1921, Stromberg produced, wrote, and directed some of...  more
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    Bill Sowders

    Dec. at 87 (1864-1951)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    William Jefferson "Little Bill" Sowders (November 29, 1864 – February 2, 1951) was a professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of three seasons (1888–1890) with the...  more
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    William Preston

    Dec. at 71 (1816-1887)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    William Preston (October 16, 1816 – September 21, 1887) was an American lawyer, politician, and ambassador. He also was a brigadier general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War....  more
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    William L. Lyons

    Dec. at 54 (1857-1911)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    William L. Lyons (June 3, 1857 – June 2, 1911) was mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1890 to 1891. He was educated at Highland Military Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts and first worked as a...  more
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    Oscar Underwood

    Dec. at 67 (1862-1929)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Oscar Wilder Underwood (May 6, 1862 – January 25, 1929) was an American lawyer and politician from Alabama, and also a candidate for President of the United States in 1912 and 1924. He was the first...  more
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    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    Alternative NameJ. Smith-Cameron

    Alternative NameJ. Smith-Cameron

    J. Smith-Cameron (born September 7, 1957) is an American actress best known for her role as Janet Talbot on the television series Rectify....  more
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    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Katherine Covell is a film producer and film art director....  more
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    Hub Collins

    Dec. at 28 (1864-1892)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Hubert "Hub" Collins (April 15, 1864 – May 21, 1892) was a professional baseball player. He was a left fielder and second baseman over parts of seven seasons (1886–1892) with the Louisville Colonels...  more
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    John Pope

    Dec. at 70 (1822-1892)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    John Pope (March 16, 1822 – September 23, 1892) was a career United States Army officer and Union general in the American Civil War. He had a brief stint in the Western Theater, but he is best known...  more
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    Charlie Tyra

    Dec. at 71 (1935-2006)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Charles E. Tyra (August 16, 1935 – December 29, 2006) was an American basketball player who is best known as the first Louisville Cardinal All-American....  more
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    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Joseph Hunter Byrd, Jr. (born December 19, 1937) is an American composer, musician and academic. After first becoming known as an experimental composer in New York City and Los Angeles in the early...  more
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    George Croghan

    Dec. at 58 (1791-1849)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    George Croghan (November 15, 1791 – January 8, 1849) was an American soldier. He was born at the Locust Grove farm in what is now Louisville, Kentucky and died in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a...  more
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    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Derek Lamont Anderson (born July 18, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
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    Moe Thacker

    Dec. at 63 (1934-1997)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Morris Benton Thacker (May 21, 1934 – November 13, 1997) was an American professional baseball player. A catcher, Thacker's pro career extended for 13 seasons and included the entire 1962 campaign...  more
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    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Rebecca Ore is the pseudonym of science fiction writer Rebecca B. Brown. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1948. In 1968 she moved to New York City and attended Columbia University. Rebecca...  more
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    James B. Pritchard

    Dec. at 88 (1909-1997)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    James Bennett Pritchard (October 4, 1909 – January 1, 1997) was an American archeologist whose work explicated the interrelationships of the religions of ancient Palestine, Canaan, Egypt, Assyria,...  more