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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.

List features people like Jeff Pope, Reggie Jones, and many more

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

Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Justin Timberlake age 36 - 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

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Kathy Bates age 68 - 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
Aretha Franklin age 75 - Aretha Louise Franklin is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church as a child. In 1960, at the age of 18, ...more

Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Morgan Freeman age 79 - 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
Chris Hardwick age 45 - 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
Ginnifer Goodwin age 38 - 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
Isaac Hayes Died 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
Cybill Shepherd age 67 - 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
Ric Flair age 68 - 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
Leslie Jones Leslie is an actress.

Lucy Hale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Lucy Hale age 27 - 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
Chris Parnell age 50 - 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
Michael Jeter Died 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
Shannen Doherty age 45 - 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
Lisa Marie Presley age 49 - 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

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Juicy J is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Juicy J 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
Arthur Lee Died 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
George Hamilton age 77 - 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
The Honky Tonk Man age 64 - 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
Penny Hardaway age 45 - 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
Harold Ford, Jr. age 46 - 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
Andrew VanWyngarden age 34 - 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
Frederick W. Smith age 72 - 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
Priscilla Presley age 71 - 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
Missi Pyle age 44 - 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
Woody Paige age 69 - 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
Michael Oher age 30 - 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
Memphis Slim Died 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
Dixie Carter Died 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

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Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Tim McCarver age 74 - 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
Alan Lightman age 68 - 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
Jerry Lawler age 67 - 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
Herman Cain age 71 - 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
Alex Chilton Died 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
Lorenzen Wright Died 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
Johnny Ace Died 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
Steve Cohen age 67 - 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
Lane Smith Died 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
Clare Grant age 37 - 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
Al Jackson, Jr. Died 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
Vada Pinson Died 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
Derrick Byars age 31 - 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
William Sanderson age 67 - William Sanderson is an American character actor famous for his role as Larry on the 1980s television series Newhart.

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Donald "Duck" Dunn Died 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
Darryl Worley age 52 - 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
Nathan Bedford Forrest III Died 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
Jerry Minor age 46 - 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
Kevin Thorn age 40 - 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
Allison Wolfe age 47 - 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
Booker T. Jones age 72 - 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