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

This list contains people like Kris Moe and Carmen Mauro.

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

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Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Jessica Biel age 35 - Jessica Claire Timberlake is an American actress. Biel began her career as a vocalist appearing in musical productions until she was cast as Mary Camden in the family-drama series 7th Heaven, ...more

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Vince Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Vince Vaughn age 45 - Vincent Anthony "Vince" Vaughn is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and activist. Vaughn began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining ...more

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Judy Garland Died at 47 (1922-1969) - Judy Garland was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her vocals and attained international stardom which continued throughout a career that spanned more than 40 ...more

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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Jessica Lange age 67 - Jessica Phyllis Lange is an American actress who has worked in film, theater and television. She has won several awards, including two Oscars, three Emmys, five Golden Globes, one SAG Award and ...more

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Rachael Leigh Cook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Rachael Leigh Cook age 37 - Rachael Leigh Cook is an American actress, model, voice artist, and producer, who is best known for her starring role in films She's All That, Josie and the Pussycats, and the television series ...more

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Cheryl Tiegs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Cheryl Tiegs age 69 - Cheryl Rae Tiegs is an American model, actress, designer, author, and entrepreneur. Frequently described as the first American supermodel, Tiegs is best known for her multiple appearances on the ...more

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Josh Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Josh Hartnett age 38 - Joshua Daniel "Josh" Hartnett is an American actor and producer. He first came to attention in 1997 for his role as Michael Fitzgerald in the television crime drama series Cracker. He ...more

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Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Jesse Ventura age 65 - James George Janos, better known by his stage name, Jesse Ventura, is an American former professional wrestler, color commentator, actor, author, TV host, podcaster, naval veteran, conspiracy ...more

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Jane Russell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Jane Russell Died at 90 (1921-2011) - Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell, was an American film actress, and was one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s. Russell moved from the Midwest to California, where she had ...more

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Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Mitch Hedberg Died at 37 (1968-2005) - Mitchell Lee "Mitch" Hedberg was an American stand-up comedian known for his surreal humor and unconventional comedic delivery. His comedy typically featured short, sometimes one-line ...more

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Charles M. Schulz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Charles M. Schulz Died at 78 (1922-2000) - Charles Monroe Schulz, nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited ...more

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Carl Panzram is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Carl Panzram Died at 39 (1891-1930) - Carl Panzram was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist and burglar. He is known for his confession to his only friend, prison guard Henry Lesser. Panzram confessed to 21 murders and to ...more

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Kevin Sorbo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Kevin Sorbo age 57 - Kevin David Sorbo is an American actor best known for the role of Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda, and Kull in Kull the Conqueror.

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Seann William Scott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Seann William Scott age 40 - Seann William Scott is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his role as Steve Stifler in the American Pie series of teen sex comedies. He has appeared in a range of ...more

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Arlene Dahl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Arlene Dahl age 90 - Arlene Carol Dahl is an American actress and former MGM contract star, who achieved notability during the 1950s. She is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas.

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Louie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Louie Anderson age 64 - Louie Perry Anderson is an American stand-up comedian, actor and television host. Anderson created the cartoon series Life with Louie, has written three books, and was the initial host of the ...more

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James Arness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
James Arness Died at 88 (1923-2011) - James King Arness was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon in the television series Gunsmoke for 20 years. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of ...more

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David Brudnoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
David Brudnoy Died at 64 (1940-2004) - David Brudnoy was an American talk radio host in Boston from 1976 to 2004. His radio talk show aired on WBZ radio. He was known for espousing his libertarian views on a wide range of political ...more

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Richard Widmark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Richard Widmark Died at 94 (1914-2008) - Richard Weedt Widmark was an American film, stage and television actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as the villainous Tommy Udo in his debut film, Kiss of Death, for which ...more

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Carol Bartz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Carol Bartz age 68 - Carol Ann Bartz is an American business executive, the former president and CEO of the internet services company Yahoo!, and former chairman, president, and CEO at architectural and engineering ...more

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David Durenberger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
David Durenberger age 81 - David Ferdinand Durenberger is an American politician and a former Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.

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Joel Coen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Joel Coen age 62 - Joel Coen is a film and television producer, screenwriter, film director and film editor.

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Lili St. Cyr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Lili St. Cyr Died at 81 (1918-1999) - Lili St. Cyr, was a prominent American burlesque stripteaser.

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Gig Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Gig Young Died at 65 (1913-1978) - Gig Young was an American film, stage, and television actor. Known mainly for second leads and supporting roles, Young won an Academy Award for his performance as a slimy dance-marathon emcee in ...more

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Sinclair Lewis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Sinclair Lewis Died at 66 (1885-1951) - Harry Sinclair Lewis was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was ...more

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Minor White is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Minor White Died at 68 (1908-1976) - Minor Martin White was an American photographer, theoretician, critic and educator. He combined an intense interest in how people viewed and understood photographs with a personal vision that ...more

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Ethan Coen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Ethan Coen age 58 - Ethan Coen is a film director, film and television producer, film editor and screenwriter.

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Garrison Keillor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Garrison Keillor age 74 - Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor is an American author, storyteller, humorist, and radio personality. He is known as host of the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion. ...more

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Richard Dean Anderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Richard Dean Anderson age 67 - Richard Dean Anderson is an American television and film actor, television producer and composer. He began his television career in 1976 as Dr. Jeff Webber in the American soap opera series ...more

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Mike Farrell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Mike Farrell age 78 - Michael Joseph "Mike" Farrell, Jr. is an American actor, best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the television series M*A*S*H. He is an activist for various political ...more

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Gus Hall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Gus Hall Died at 90 (1910-2000) - Gus Hall was a leader and Chairman of the Communist Party USA and its four-time U.S. presidential candidate. As a labor leader, Hall was closely associated with the so-called "Little ...more

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Richard Gurley Drew is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Richard Gurley Drew Died at 81 (1899-1980) - Richard Gurley Drew was an American inventor who worked for Johnson and Johnson, Permacel Co., and 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he invented masking tape and cellophane tape.

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Vincent Kartheiser is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Vincent Kartheiser age 36 - Vincent Paul Kartheiser is an American actor best known for playing Connor in the WB TV series Angel and Pete Campbell in Mad Men.

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Pierce Butler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Pierce Butler Died at 73 (1866-1939) - Pierce Butler was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1923 until his death in 1939. He is notable for being the first Justice ...more

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Tammy Faye is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Tammy Faye Died at 65 (1942-2007) - Tamara Faye LaValley Bakker Messner was an American Christian singer, evangelist, entrepreneur, author, talk show host, and television personality. She was married from 1961 to 1992 to ...more

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Charles Horace Mayo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Charles Horace Mayo Died at 74 (1865-1939) - Charles Horace Mayo was an American medical practitioner and was one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic along with his brother, William James Mayo, Augustus Stinchfield, Christopher Graham, E. ...more

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Don Moen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Don Moen age 66 - Donald James "Don" Moen is an American singer-songwriter, pastor, and producer of Christian worship music. Before Moen was hired to work for Integrity Music, he attended Oral Roberts ...more

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Toni Stone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Toni Stone Died at 75 (1921-1996) - Toni Stone, also known by her married name Marcenia Lyle Alberga, was the first of three women to play Negro league baseball. Toni Stone graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, ...more

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William Demarest is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
William Demarest Died at 91 (1892-1983) - Carl William Demarest was an American character actor known for playing Uncle Charley in My Three Sons. A veteran of World War I, Demarest became a prolific film and television actor, working on ...more

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Charles Eastman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Charles Eastman Died at 81 (1858-1939) - Charles Alexander Eastman was a Santee Dakota physician educated at Boston University, writer, national lecturer, and reformer. In the early 20th century, he was "one of the most prolific ...more

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Peter Krause is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Peter Krause age 51 - Peter William Krause is an American film and television actor, director, and producer. He is perhaps best known for his lead roles as Nate Fisher on Six Feet Under, Adam Braverman on Parenthood, ...more

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Joseph H. Ball is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Joseph H. Ball Died at 88 (1905-1993) - Joseph Hurst Ball was an American journalist, politician and businessman. Ball served as a Republican senator from Minnesota from 1940 to 1949. He was a conservative in domestic policy and a ...more

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Warren William is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Warren William Died at 54 (1894-1948) - Warren William was a Broadway and Hollywood actor, popular during the early 1930s, who was later nicknamed the "King of Pre-Code".

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Malcolm Moos is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Malcolm Moos Died at 66 (1916-1982) - Malcolm Charles Moos was an American political scientist. He received his bachelors and master's degrees in political science from the University of Minnesota. He went on to receive his ...more

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John C. Lilly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
John C. Lilly Died at 86 (1915-2001) - John Cunningham Lilly was an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, writer and inventor. He was a researcher of the nature of consciousness using mainly ...more

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Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Roger Maris Died at 51 (1934-1985) - Roger Eugene Maris was an American Major League Baseball right fielder for four teams, from 1957 through 1968. Maris set a major-league record by hitting 61 home runs during the 1961 season for ...more

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Dave Dalby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Dave Dalby Died at 52 (1950-2002) - David Merle Dalby was an American football center.

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Belle Bennett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Belle Bennett Died at 41 (1891-1932) - Belle Bennett was a stage and screen actress who started her professional career in vaudeville. She was born in Milaca, Minnesota.

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Tay Zonday is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Tay Zonday age 34 - Adam Nyerere Bahner, better known by the pseudonym Tay Zonday, is an American singer, musician, announcer, voice artist, actor, comedian and YouTube personality. He is known for his bass singing ...more

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Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Minnesota
Larry Fitzgerald age 32 - Larry Darnell Fitzgerald, Jr. is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, and ...more