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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
Age: 38

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he ...more

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 70

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Kathleen Doyle Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an American actress and director. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, three American Comedy Awards, two Emmy ...more

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 76 (1942 - 2018)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New ...more

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 81

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 47

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Christopher Ryan Hardwick (born November 23, 1971) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, television host, writer, producer, and podcaster. He hosts Talking Dead, an hourly aftershow on AMC ...more

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Ginnifer Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 40

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Jennifer Michelle "Ginnifer" Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for her starring role as Margene Heffman in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–2011) and ...more

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Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 66 (1942-2008)

Birthplace: Covington, Tennessee, United States of America

Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the Southern soul music label Stax ...more

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Cybill Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 65

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 70
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Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Memphis

Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis

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Lucy Hale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 29

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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Chris Parnell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 52

Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis

Thomas Christopher "Chris" Parnell (; born February 5, 1967) is an American actor, voice artist, comedian and singer. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2006 and ...more

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Michael Jeter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Michael Jeter Dec. at 51 (1952-2003)

Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Lawrenceburg

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Shannen Doherty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 47

Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis

Shannen Maria Doherty (; born April 12, 1971) is an American actress, producer, and television director. She is known for her roles as Jenny Wilder in Little House on the Prairie (1982-1983), ...more

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Lisa Marie Presley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 51

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Juicy J is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 43

Birthplace: Tennessee, USA

Jordan Michael Houston (born April 5, 1975), known professionally as Juicy J, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the ...more

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Arthur Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Dec. at 61 (1945-2006)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Arthur Taylor Lee (born Arthur Porter Taylor; March 7, 1945 – August 3, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame as the frontman of the Los Angeles rock band Love. Lee was born ...more

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George Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 79

Birthplace: Tennessee, Memphis

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The Honky Tonk Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 66
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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 47

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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Harold Ford, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 48

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Andrew VanWyngarden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 36

Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri

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Frederick W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 74

Birthplace: Marks, Mississippi, United States of America

Frederick Wallace Smith (born August 11, 1944) is the founder and chairman of the courier company FedEx, originally known as Federal Express. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Priscilla Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 73

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Priscilla Ann Presley (born May 24, 1945) is an American actress and business magnate. Married to Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973, she served as chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE), ...more

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Missi Pyle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Memphis
Age: 46

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

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