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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.
  • 1
    Jennifer Lawrence

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her films have... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Muhammad Ali

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Muhammad Ali (; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Jennifer Carpenter

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Jennifer Leann Carpenter (born December 7, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Maggie Lawson

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson (born August 12, 1980) is an American actress who is best... more on Wikipedia

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    Sean Young

    Sean Young

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky, Louisville

    Mary Sean Young (born November 20, 1959) is an American actress. She is best known for her... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Gus Van Sant

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

    Gus Green Van Sant Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American film director, screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Ned Beatty

    Ned Beatty

    Age: 83

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American retired actor. He has appeared in more... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Mark Hudspeth

    BirthplaceLouisville, Mississippi

    Mark Douglas Hudspeth (born November 10, 1968) is an American football coach, currently the... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Tommy Kirk

    Tommy Kirk

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    Thomas Lee Kirk (born December 10, 1941) is an American former actor and later a businessman.... more on Wikipedia


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  • 10
    William Conrad

    William Conrad

    Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    William Conrad (September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994) was an American World War II fighter... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    George M. Whitesides

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    George McClelland Whitesides (born August 3, 1939) is an American chemist and professor of... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Mia Zapata

    Mia Zapata

    Dec. at 28 (1965-1993)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Mia Katherine Zapata (August 25, 1965 – July 7, 1993) was an American musician who was the... more on Wikipedia


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  • 13
    Mary Travers

    Mary Travers

    Dec. at 73 (1936-2009)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    Mary Allin Travers (November 9, 1936 – September 16, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Miss Elizabeth

    Miss Elizabeth

    Dec. at 43 (1960-2003)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Elizabeth Ann Hulette (November 19, 1960 – May 1, 2003), best known in professional wrestling... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15

    Bill Ludwig

    Dec. at 65 (1882-1947)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    William Lawrence Ludwig was a catcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the St. Louis... more on Wikipedia
  • 16

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Marsha Norman (born September 21, 1947) is an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist.... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Allen Allensworth

    Allen Allensworth

    Dec. at 72 (1842-1914)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Allen Allensworth (7 April 1842 – 14 September 1914), born into slavery in Kentucky, escaped... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Charles Mengel Allen

    Dec. at 84 (1916-2000)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Charles Mengel Allen (November 22, 1916 – January 4, 2000) was a United States District Judge... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Telma Hopkins

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Telma Louise Hopkins (born October 28, 1948) is an American singer and actress. Hopkins rose... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    Clark Adams

    Dec. at 38 (1969-2007)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Clark Davis Adams (July 23, 1969 – May 21, 2007) was a prominent American freethought leader... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Rudy Rucker

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (; born March 22, 1946) is an American mathematician, computer... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    John Patrick

    John Patrick

    Dec. at 90 (1905-1995)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    John Patrick (May 17, 1905 – November 7, 1995) was an American playwright and screenwriter.
  • 23
    Rebecca Broussard

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Rebecca Broussard (born January 3, 1963) is an American actress and model. She was born in... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    T. Coleman du Pont

    T. Coleman du Pont

    Dec. at 67 (1863-1930)

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

    Thomas Coleman du Pont (December 11, 1863 – November 11, 1930) was an American engineer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    William E. Lori

    Age: 69

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    William Edward Lori (born May 6, 1951) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who... more on Wikipedia