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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 38
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 70
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
Dec. 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 81
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 47
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 40
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 69
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 70
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 29
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 52
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 47
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 51
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 43
Jordan Michael Houston, better known by his stage name Juicy J, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee. In 2011, Juicy J announced that he was a part-owner ...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 79
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 66
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 47
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 48
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 36
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 74
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 73
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 46
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