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

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Missouri?" or "Which celebrities were born in Missouri?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 89

Birthplace: Kansas City, USA, Missouri

Yitzhak Edward Asner (; born November 15, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his role as Lou Grant during the ...more

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Kevin Kline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 71

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947) is an American actor and singer. He has won an Academy Award and three Tony Awards and is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.Kline began ...more

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Kimora Lee Simmons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 43

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Kimora Lee Leissner (née Perkins, formerly Simmons; born May 4, 1975), known professionally as Kimora Lee Simmons, is an American fashion model and fashion designer who took over Baby ...more

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Don Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 69

Birthplace: Flat Creek Township, Missouri, United States of America

Donald Wayne Johnson (born December 15, 1949) is an American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter. He played the role of James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s television ...more

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Ginger Rogers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Dec. at 84 (1911-1995)

Birthplace: Independence, USA, Missouri

Ginger Rogers (born Virginia Katherine McMath; July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an American actress, dancer, and singer. She is known for her starring role in Kitty Foyle (1940), but is best ...more

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John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 66

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American actor and voice artist. Early in his career, he was known for playing Dan Conner on the ABC TV series Roseanne (1988–1997; 2018), for ...more

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Jean Harlow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Dec. at 26 (1911-1937)

Birthplace: Kansas City, USA, Missouri

Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930's.She was one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Often ...more

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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Dec. at 81 (1906-1987)

Birthplace: Nevada, Missouri, United States of America

John Marcellus Huston (; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. Huston was a citizen of the United States by birth but renounced U.S. ...more

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Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 54

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Donald Frank Cheadle Jr. (; born November 29, 1964) is an American actor, author, director, producer and writer. Following early roles in Hamburger Hill (1987), and as the gangster ...more

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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Maya Angelou ( (listen); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, ...more

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 92

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" ...more

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Cedric the Entertainer ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 54

Birthplace: USA, Jefferson City, Missouri

Cedric Antonio Kyles (born April 24, 1964), better known by his stage name Cedric the Entertainer, is an American actor, comedian, and game show host. He hosted BET's ComicView during the ...more

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Robert Altman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Dec. at 81 (1925-2006)

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Robert Bernard Altman (; February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. A five-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director and an ...more

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Akon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 45

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (; born April 16, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the ...more

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Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Dec. at 65 (1902-1967)

Birthplace: Newton County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Jasper County, + more

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He moved to New York City as a ...more

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Andy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 50

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Andrew Joseph Cohen (born June 2, 1968) is an American radio and television talk show host, producer, and writer. He is the host and executive producer of the Bravo's late night talk show, Watch ...more

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Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 93

Birthplace: The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015) was an American professional baseball catcher, who later took on the roles of manager and coach. He played 19 seasons in ...more

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Phyllis Schlafly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 94

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Phyllis Stewart Schlafly (; born Phyllis McAlpin Stewart; August 15, 1924 – September 5, 2016) was an American constitutional lawyer and movement conservative. She held staunchly conservative ...more

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Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 65

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Kevin Nealon (; born November 18, 1953) is an American comedian and actor. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995, acted in several of the Happy Madison films, played Doug ...more

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James Earl Ray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Dec. at 70 (1928-1998)

Birthplace: Alton, Illinois

James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was an American fugitive and felon convicted of assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. Ray was convicted on his 41st ...more

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Jessica Capshaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 42

Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri, United States of America

Jessica Brooke Capshaw Gavigan (born August 9, 1976) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Jamie Stringer in The Practice and Arizona Robbins on the ABC medical drama Grey's ...more

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Dick Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Richard Hirschfeld Williams (May 7, 1929 – July 7, 2011) was an American left fielder, third baseman, manager, coach and front office consultant in Major League Baseball. Known especially as a ...more

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Pooja Kumar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Age: 42

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

Pooja Kumar is an Indo-American actress known for her work in Indian films. After winning the title of Miss India USA, she started her global career as an American actress, producer, and model. ...more
George Poage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Dec. at 82 (1880-1962)

Birthplace: Hannibal, Missouri

George Coleman Poage (November 6, 1880 – April 11, 1962) was the first African-American athlete to win a medal in the Olympic Games, winning two bronze medals at the 1904 games in St. Louis.
Robert Guillaume is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Missouri
Robert Guillaume Age: 91

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

Robert Guillaume (born Robert Peter Williams; November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017) was an American actor and singer, known for his role as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night and as Benson in the ...more

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