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

List people include Cliff Mapes, Ace Hudkins and many more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Nebraska?" or "Which celebrities were born in Nebraska?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Gabrielle Union is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 46

Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, Omaha

Gabrielle Monique Union-Wade (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress, activist, and author. She began her career in the 1990s, appearing on television sitcoms, before landing supporting ...more

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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 44

Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American actress and film producer. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. Swank made her ...more

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Marg Helgenberger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 60

Birthplace: Fremont, Nebraska, United States of America

Mary Marg Helgenberger (born November 16, 1958) is an American actress. She began her career in the early 1980s and first came to attention for playing the role of Siobhan Ryan on the daytime ...more

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Steve Borden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 59

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Steve Borden (born March 20, 1959), better known by the ring name Sting, is an American retired professional wrestler, actor, author and former bodybuilder. He is currently signed to WWE under a ...more

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Nick Nolte is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 78

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Nicholas King Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is an American actor, producer, author, and former model. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and was nominated for ...more

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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States of America

Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning five decades. Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor. He also appeared in ...more

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Janine Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 56

Birthplace: Lincoln, USA, Nebraska

Janine Turner (born Janine Loraine Gauntt; December 6, 1962) is an American actress best known for her roles as Maggie O'Connell in the television series Northern Exposure, as Jessie Deighan in ...more

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Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Fred Astaire (born May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the most influential dancer in the ...more

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Alexander Payne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 58

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Constantine Alexander Payne (; born February 10, 1961) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, known for the films Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The ...more

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Robert Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dec. at 58 (1911-1969)

Birthplace: USA, Filley, Nebraska

Robert Taylor (born Spangler Arlington Brugh; August 5, 1911 – June 8, 1969) was an American film and television actor who was one of the most popular leading men of his time. Taylor began his ...more

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Walter Scott, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 88

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska

Walter Scott Jr. (born May 21, 1931) is an American civil engineer, philanthropist, and former CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons' Incorporated.
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 60

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15, 1958) is an American former professional baseball third baseman. He spent his 18-year baseball career primarily with the Boston Red Sox, but he also played for ...more

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Dick Cavett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 82

Birthplace: Gibbon, USA, Nebraska

Richard Alva Cavett (; born November 19, 1936) is an American television personality, comedian and former talk show host notable for his conversational style and in-depth discussions. He ...more

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Lucas Cruikshank is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 25

Birthplace: Columbus, Nebraska, United States of America

Lucas Alan Cruikshank (born August 29, 1993) is an American actor and YouTube personality who created the character Fred Figglehorn and the associated Fred series for his channel on the ...more
Michael Bishop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 73

Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska

Michael Lawson Bishop (born November 12, 1945) is an American writer. Over four decades and in more than thirty books, he has created what has been called a "body of work that stands among ...more
Scott Porter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 39

Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, Omaha

Matthew Scott Porter (born July 14, 1979) is an American actor and occasional singer known for his role as Jason Street in the NBC television drama Friday Night Lights. His character was injured ...more
Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dec. at 34 (1969-2003)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in ...more

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Conor Oberst is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 39

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Conor Mullen Oberst (born February 15, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter best known for his work in Bright Eyes. He has also played in several other bands, including Desaparecidos, The ...more

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Ivan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 80

Birthplace: Hastings, Nebraska

Ivan Edward Sutherland (born May 16, 1938) is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer, widely regarded as the "father of computer graphics". His early work in computer ...more
Andrew Rannells is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 40

Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, Omaha

Andrew Scott Rannells (born August 23, 1978) is an American actor, voice actor, and singer. Rannells was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his ...more

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Tierney Sutton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 55

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska

Tierney Sutton (born June 28, 1963) is an American jazz singer who has received 8 Grammy Award nominations.
George Andreasen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dec. at 55 (1934-1989)

Birthplace: Fremont, Nebraska

George F. Andreasen (February 16, 1934 – August 11, 1989), born in Fremont, Nebraska, was an American orthodontist and inventor. Andreasen, most noted for his invention and patent of the Nitinol ...more
Donald Othmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dec. at 91 (1904-1995)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska

Donald Frederick Othmer (May 11, 1904 – November 1, 1995) was an American professor of chemical engineering, an inventor, multi-millionaire and philanthropist, whose most famous work is the ...more
Charles Starkweather is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dec. at 21 (1938-1959)

Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska

Charles Raymond "Charlie" Starkweather (November 24, 1938 – June 25, 1959) was an American spree killer, 19 years old when he killed eleven people in Nebraska and Wyoming between ...more
Emily Kinney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Age: 33

Birthplace: Wayne, Nebraska, United States of America

Emily Rebecca Kinney is an American actress and recording artist. She is best known for her role as Beth Greene in the AMC television series The Walking Dead and for playing Emily on The Big C.

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