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Famous People From Missouri

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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

    Ed Asner

    Age: 90

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Yitzhak Edward Asner (; born November 15, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor and a former... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kevin Kline

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

    Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947) is an American actor and singer. He has won an... more on Wikipedia
  • Kimora Lee Simmons

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Kimora Lee Leissner (née Perkins, formerly Simmons; born May 4, 1975), known professionally as... more on Wikipedia

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  • Don Johnson

    BirthplaceFlat Creek Township, Missouri, United States of America

    Donald Wayne Johnson (born December 15, 1949) is an American actor, producer, director,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ginger Rogers

    Ginger Rogers

    Dec. at 84 (1911-1995)

    BirthplaceIndependence, Missouri, United States of America

    Ginger Rogers (born Virginia Katherine McMath; July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Goodman

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American actor and voice artist. Early in his... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jean Harlow

    Jean Harlow

    Dec. at 26 (1911-1937)

    BirthplaceKansas City, USA, Missouri

    Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American film... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Huston

    John Huston

    Dec. at 81 (1906-1987)

    BirthplaceNevada, Missouri, United States of America

    John Marcellus Huston (; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Don Cheadle

    BirthplaceKansas City, USA, Missouri

    Donald Frank Cheadle Jr. (; born November 29, 1964) is an American actor, author, director,... more on Wikipedia
  • Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou

    Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Maya Angelou ( (listen); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Chuck Berry

    BirthplaceArea code 557, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Area code 314, United States of America

    Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cedric the Entertainer

    BirthplaceJefferson City, Missouri, United States of America

    Cedric Antonio Kyles (born April 24, 1964), better known by his stage name Cedric the... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Altman

    Robert Altman

    Dec. at 81 (1925-2006)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Robert Bernard Altman (; February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Akon


    Age: 47

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (; born April 16, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Langston Hughes

    Langston Hughes

    Dec. at 65 (1902-1967)

    BirthplaceJoplin, Missouri, United States of America

    James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social... more on Wikipedia

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  • Andy Cohen

    Andy Cohen

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Andrew Joseph Cohen (born June 2, 1968) is an American radio and television talk show host,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Yogi Berra

    Yogi Berra

    Age: 95

    BirthplaceThe Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • Phyllis Schlafly

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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  • Kevin Nealon

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

    Kevin Nealon (; born November 18, 1953) is an American comedian and actor. He was a cast... more on Wikipedia

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  • James Earl Ray

    James Earl Ray

    Dec. at 70 (1928-1998)

    BirthplaceAlton, Illinois

    James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was an American fugitive and felon convicted... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jessica Capshaw

    BirthplaceUSA, Columbia, Missouri

    Jessica Brooke Capshaw Gavigan (born August 9, 1976) is an American actress. She is known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dick Williams

    Dick Williams

    Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Richard Hirschfeld Williams (May 7, 1929 – July 7, 2011) was an American left fielder, third... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pooja Kumar

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

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  • George Poage

    George Poage

    Dec. at 82 (1880-1962)

    BirthplaceHannibal, Missouri

    George Coleman Poage (November 6, 1880 – April 11, 1962) was the first African-American... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Guillaume

    Robert Guillaume

    Age: 92

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

    Robert Guillaume (born Robert Peter Williams; November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017) was an... more on Wikipedia


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