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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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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Louisville
age 28
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. She appeared in the independent dramas The Burning Plain ...more
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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Louisville
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
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Jennifer Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Louisville
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
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Maggie Lawson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Louisville
age 38
Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson is an American actress who is best known for her role as Detective Juliet "Jules" O'Hara in the TV show Psych. She also has starred in the ...more
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Sean Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Louisville
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.
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Gus Van Sant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Louisville
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
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Linda Beatty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Louisville
age 66
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Ned Beatty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Louisville
age 81
Ned Thomas Beatty is an American actor who has appeared in more than 100 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Golden ...more
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Charley Chase is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Louisville
age 31
Charley Chase is the stage name of an American former pornographic actress. Credited with over 400 movies, she has won an AVN Award and an XRCO Award, receiving nominations for the XBIZ Awards ...more
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Mark Hudspeth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Louisville
age 50
Mark Hudspeth is the current head football coach of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Previously, Hudspeth was a four-year football letterman at Delta State University, head coach at the ...more
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Tommy Kirk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Louisville
age 77
Thomas Lee "Tommy" Kirk is an American former actor and later a businessman. He is best known for his performances in a number of highly popular movies made by Walt Disney Studios such ...more
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William Conrad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Louisville
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
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George M. Whitesides is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Louisville
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
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Mia Zapata is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Louisville
Dec. at 28 (1965-1993)
Mia Katherine Zapata was the lead singer for the Seattle punk band The Gits.
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Mary Travers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Louisville
Dec. 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
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Miss Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Louisville
Dec. 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
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Bill Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Louisville
Bill Ludwig Dec. 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) 18 on the list Famous People From Louisville
age 71
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
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Allen Allensworth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Louisville
Dec. 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
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Charles Mengel Allen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Louisville
Dec. 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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Telma Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Louisville
age 70
Telma Louise Hopkins is an American singer and actress. A member of the 1970s pop group Tony Orlando and Dawn, she later starred in several television sitcoms, including Bosom Buddies, Getting ...more
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Clark Adams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Louisville
Dec. at 38 (1969-2007)
Clark Davis Adams was a prominent American freethought leader and activist. Adams was born in Louisville, Kentucky. As a child, he attended Catholic school, but became skeptical of the church's ...more
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Rudy Rucker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Louisville
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
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John Patrick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Louisville
Dec. at 90 (1905-1995)
John Patrick was an American playwright and screenwriter.
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Rebecca Broussard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Louisville
age 56
Rebecca Broussard is an American actress and model.