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

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 37 Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. ...more

Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 69 Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress and film director. After appearing in several minor roles in film and television during the 1970s and the 1980s, Bates rose to ...more

Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Died at 76 (1942 - 2018) Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was ...more

Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 80 Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank ...more

Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 46 Christopher Ryan "Chris" Hardwick is an American television host, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, podcaster, musician, and voice artist. Hardwick is the chief executive ...more

Ginnifer Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 39 Jennifer Michelle Goodwin, known professionally as Ginnifer Goodwin, is an American television and film actress. She is best known for her role as Margene Heffman on Big Love, and for her roles ...more

Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 66 (1942-2008) Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an ...more

Cybill Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 68 Cybill Lynne Shepherd is an American actress, singer and former model. Shepherd's better known roles include Jacy in The Last Picture Show, Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid, Betsy in Taxi Driver, ...more

Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 69 Richard Morgan "Ric" Fliehr is a semi-retired professional wrestler currently signed to the WWE. He is better known by his ring name Ric Flair. Also known as "The Nature ...more

Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Annette Jones (born September 7, 1967), better known as Leslie Jones, is an American comedian and actress who is a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live. Jones has been a featured ...more

Lucy Hale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 28 Lucy Hale is an American actress and singer. Hale was one of five winners of the reality show American Juniors. She is best known for her role as Aria Montgomery on the ABC Family series Pretty ...more

Chris Parnell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 51 Thomas Christopher "Chris" Parnell is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is best known as a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1998–2006 and for his role as Dr. Leo ...more

Michael Jeter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 51 (1952-2003) Michael Jeter was an American actor of film, stage, and television. His notable television roles are as Herman Stiles on Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and for playing Mr. Noodle's brother ...more

Shannen Doherty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 46 Shannen Maria Doherty is an American actress, producer, author, and television director. She is known for her roles as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210, and as Prue Halliwell in Charmed.

Lisa Marie Presley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 50 Lisa Marie Presley is an American singer-songwriter. She is the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. As sole heir to her father's estate, Presley is the owner of Graceland, the Memphis ...more

Juicy J is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 42 Jordan Michael Houston, better known by his stage name Juicy J, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the Southern hip hop ...more

Arthur Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 61 (1945-2006) Arthur Taylor Lee was an American musician and singer, known as the frontman, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of the Los Angeles rock band Love, best known for their critically acclaimed ...more

George Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 78 George Stevens Hamilton is an American film and television actor. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his performances in Love at First Bite and Zorro, The Gay Blade.

The Honky Tonk Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 65 Roy Wayne Farris, better known by his ring name The Honky Tonk Man, is an American professional wrestler. A 1975 graduate from University of Memphis with a B.S. degree in Education, Farris ...more

Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 46 Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association, specializing as an unconventionally tall point ...more

Harold Ford, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 47 Harold Eugene Ford, Jr. is an American politician and was the last chairman of the now-defunct Democratic Leadership Council. He was a Democratic Party member of the United States House of ...more

Andrew VanWyngarden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 35 Andrew VanWyngarden is the lead vocalist, guitar player and songwriter for the band MGMT, praised for "an uncanny knack for producing pop music that sounds as if it were filtered through a ...more

Frederick W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 73 Frederick Wallace "Fred" Smith, is the founder, chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx, originally known as Federal Express, the first overnight express delivery company in the world, ...more

Priscilla Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 72 Priscilla Ann Presley is an American actress and business magnate. She is the former wife of the late singer Elvis Presley as well as co-founder and former chairwoman of Elvis Presley ...more

Missi Pyle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 45 Andrea Kay "Missi" Pyle is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in several films, including the Academy Award-winning film The Artist, Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball: A True ...more

Woody Paige is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 71 Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Paige, Jr. is a sports columnist for The Denver Post, author, and a regular panelist on the ESPN sports-talk program Around the Horn. He was also a co-host of ...more

Michael Oher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 31 Michael Oher played as an American Football offensive lineman for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Memphis Slim is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 73 (1915-1988) Memphis Slim was an American blues pianist, singer, and composer. He led a series of bands that, reflecting the popular appeal of jump blues, included saxophones, bass, drums, and piano. A song ...more

Dixie Carter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 71 (1939-2010) Dixie Virginia Carter was an American film, television, and stage actress. From 1986 to 1993, she starred as Julia Sugarbaker in the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Carter made her professional ...more

Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 76 James Timothy "Tim" McCarver is an American sportscaster and former professional baseball catcher. McCarver played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, ...more

Alan Lightman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 69 Alan Paige Lightman is an American physicist, writer, and social entrepreneur. He is a professor of humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of the international ...more

Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 68 Jerry O'Neil Lawler is an American semi-retired professional wrestler and color commentator. He is currently signed to WWE, where he serves as the color commentator on SmackDown and WWE ...more

Herman Cain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 72 Herman Cain is an American author, business executive, radio host, syndicated columnist, and Tea Party activist from Georgia. He was a candidate for the 2012 U.S. Republican Party presidential ...more

Alex Chilton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 60 (1950-2010) William Alexander "Alex" Chilton was an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer, best known as the lead singer of The Box Tops and Big Star. Chilton's early commercial ...more

Lorenzen Wright is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 35 (1975-2010) Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright was an American professional basketball player who died mysteriously in July 2010, shortly after leaving his ex-wife's home.

Johnny Ace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 25 (1929-1954) John Marshall Alexander, Jr., known by the stage name Johnny Ace, was an American rhythm and blues singer. He scored a string of hit singles in the mid-1950s before dying of an accidental ...more

Steve Cohen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 68 Stephen Ira "Steve" Cohen is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Tennessee's 9th district ...more

Lane Smith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 69 (1936-2005) Walter Lane Smith III, known as Lane Smith, was an American actor. Some of his well known roles included portraying collaborator entrepreneur Nathan Bates in the NBC television series V, Mayor ...more

Clare Grant is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 38 Clare Grant is an American actress, voice actress, producer, model and singer.

Al Jackson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 40 (1935-1975) Al Jackson, Jr. was a drummer, producer, and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a group of session musicians who worked for Stax Records and ...more

Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 57 (1938-1995) Vada Edward Pinson, Jr. was an American center fielder and coach in Major League Baseball. He played in the major leagues for 18 years, from 1958 through 1975, and his greatest seasons were with ...more

Derrick Byars is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 33 Derrick JaVaughn Byars is an American professional basketball player who plays for Baloncesto Sevilla in the Spanish ACB League. Collegiately, he played for Virginia, and later for Vanderbilt. ...more

William Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 70 William Sanderson is an American character actor famous for his role as Larry on the 1980s television series Newhart.

Donald
Dec. at 71 (1941-2012) Donald "Duck" Dunn was an American bass guitarist, session musician, record producer, and songwriter. Dunn was notable for his 1960s recordings with Booker T. & the M.G.'s and as a ...more

Darryl Worley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 53 Darryl Wade Worley is an American country music artist. Signed to DreamWorks Records Nashville in 2000, Worley released four albums for the label: Hard Rain Don't Last, I Miss My Friend, Have ...more

Nathan Bedford Forrest III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 38 (1905-1943) Nathan Bedford Forrest III was a brigadier general of the United States Army Air Forces, and a great-grandson of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was killed in action in Germany ...more

Jerry Minor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 48 Jerry C. Minor is an American actor, comedian and writer known for his comedic roles in numerous television programs such as Mr. Show, Saturday Night Live, Delocated, Brickleberry, Unbreakable ...more

Kevin Thorn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 41 Kevin Matthew Fertig is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for working with World Wrestling Entertainment under the ring names Mordecai and Kevin Thorn. Fertig made his ...more

Allison Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 48 Allison Wolfe is a Washington, DC-based singer, songwriter, and zine writer who has been the lead vocalist for several punk rock groups including Bratmobile and Partyline.

Booker T. Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Memphis
age 73 Booker T. Jones is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.'s. He has also worked in the ...more