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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
Gabrielle Union age 44 - Gabrielle Monique Union Wade is an American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is her performance as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring It On,. In 2000, she ...more

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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Hilary Swank age 42 - Hilary Ann Swank is an American actress and producer. She has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. Swank made her film debut in ...more

Marg Helgenberger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Marg Helgenberger age 57 - Mary Marg Helgenberger is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Catherine Willows in the CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and as K.C. Koloski in the ABC drama China ...more

Steve Borden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Steve Borden age 58 - Steve Borden Sr. is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Sting. He is currently employed by the professional wrestling promotion WWE. Sting is best known for his ...more

Nick Nolte is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Nick Nolte age 76 - Nicholas King "Nick" Nolte is an American actor. Nolte has appeared in films such as The Deep, 48 Hrs., Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Another 48 Hrs., Everybody Wins, The Prince of ...more

Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982) - Henry Jaynes Fonda was TV producer and actor.

Janine Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Janine Turner age 54 - Janine Turner is an American actress best known for her roles as Maggie O'Connell in the television series Northern Exposure and as Dr. Dana Stowe on the Lifetime original series Strong

Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Fred Astaire Died at 88 (1899-1987) - Fred Astaire was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical ...more

Alexander Payne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Alexander Payne age 56 - Alexander Payne is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, known for the films Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska. His films are noted ...more

Robert Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Robert Taylor Died at 58 (1911-1969) - Robert Taylor was an American film and television actor who was one of the most popular leading men of his time. Taylor began his career in films in 1934 when he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ...more

Walter Scott, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Walter Scott, Jr. age 86 - Walter Scott Jr. 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
Wade Boggs age 58 - Wade Boggs is an actor.

Dick Cavett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dick Cavett age 80 - Richard Alva "Dick" Cavett is an American former television talk show host known for his conversational style and in-depth discussions. Cavett appeared regularly on nationally ...more

Lucas Cruikshank is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Lucas Cruikshank age 22 - Lucas Cruikshank is an Actor,Screenwriter, Television producer, Film Director and Comedian.

Michael Bishop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Michael Bishop age 71 - Michael Lawson Bishop is an American writer. Over four decades and in more than thirty books, he has created a "body of work that stands among the most admired and influential in modern ...more

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Scott Porter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Scott Porter age 36 - Matthew Scott Porter, better known as Scott Porter, is an American actor and occasional singer known for his role as Jason Street in the NBC television drama Friday Night Lights. His character ...more

Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Elliott Smith Died at 34 (1969-2003) - Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived for much of his life in Portland, ...more

Conor Oberst is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Conor Oberst age 37 - Conor Mullen Oberst is an American singer-songwriter best known for his work in Bright Eyes. He has also played in several other bands, including Desaparecidos, Norman Bailer, Commander Venus, ...more

Ivan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Ivan Sutherland age 78 - Ivan Edward Sutherland is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer. His early work in computer graphics as well as his teaching with David C. Evans in that subject at the University ...more

Andrew Rannells is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Andrew Rannells age 38 - Andrew Scott Rannells is an American actor and singer. He is perhaps best known for his work as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, which earned him a nomination for the ...more

Tierney Sutton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Tierney Sutton age 52 - Tierney Sutton is an American jazz singer. A five-time Grammy Nominee for "Best Jazz Vocal Album" as well as for arranging, she was Jazzweek Vocalist of the Year in 2005," Sutton ...more

George Andreasen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
George Andreasen Died at 55 (1934-1989) - George F. Andreasen, born in Fremont, Nebraska, was an American orthodontist and inventor. Andreasen, most noted for his invention and patent of the Nitinol Wire, also known as Memory Wire or ...more

Donald Othmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Donald Othmer Died at 91 (1904-1995) - Donald Frederick Othmer was an American professor of chemical engineering, an inventor, multi-millionaire and philanthropist, whose most famous work is the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical ...more

Charles Starkweather is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Charles Starkweather Died at 21 (1938-1959) - Charles Raymond "Charlie" Starkweather was an infamous American teenaged spree killer who murdered eleven people in the states of Nebraska and Wyoming in a two-month murder spree ...more

Emily Kinney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Emily Kinney age 31 - 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.

Anthony Dexter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Anthony Dexter Died at 88 (1913-2001) - Anthony John "Tony" Dexter was an American actor known for his striking resemblance to silent film hero Rudolph Valentino, whom he portrayed in the 1951 biographic Valentino. Dexter ...more

Craig Anton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Craig Anton age 56 - Craig Ward Anton is an American actor and comedian. Anton is most notable for being one of the original cast of comedians on sketch comedy television series MADtv and for his role as Lloyd Diffy ...more

Nicholas Sparks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Nicholas Sparks age 50 - Nicholas Charles Sparks is an internationally bestselling American writer. He is the author of "The Notebook", a New York Times best-seller.

Brook Berringer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Brook Berringer Died at 23 (1973-1996) - Brook Warren Berringer was an American quarterback for the University of Nebraska football team in the mid-1990s. Berringer came to Nebraska from Goodland, Kansas, and played a back-up role to ...more

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Owen Shannon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Owen Shannon Died at 39 (1879-1918) - Owen Dennis Ignatius Shannon was a professional baseball catcher. He played parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators.

Hallee Hirsh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Hallee Hirsh age 28 - Hallee Leah Hirsh is an American actress known for her roles as Daley in the children's series Flight 29 Down and as the second actress to portray Rachel Greene on ER. Starring alongside Kristen ...more

Brandon Teena is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Brandon Teena Died at 21 (1972-1993) - Brandon Teena was an American trans man who was raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska. His life and death were the subject of the Academy Award-winning 1999 film Boys Don't Cry, which was ...more

Leon Douglass is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Leon Douglass Died at 71 (1869-1940) - Leon Forrest Douglass was an American inventor and co-founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company who registered approximately fifty patents, mostly for film and sound recording techniques.

Luigi Waites is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Luigi Waites Died at 83 (1927-2010) - Luigi Waites was a jazz drummer and vibraphonist from Omaha, Nebraska. He performed weekly gigs in the Omaha area both solo and with ensembles such as Luigi, Inc. He served the Omaha music ...more

Jorge Garcia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Jorge Garcia age 43 - Jorge Garcia is an American actor and comedian. He first came to public attention with his performance as Hector Lopez on the television show Becker and later for his portrayal of Hugo ...more

Paula Zahn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Paula Zahn age 61 - Paula Ann Zahn is an American journalist and newscaster who has been an anchor at ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, and CNN. She currently produces and hosts the true crime documentary series On the ...more

Al Mahon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Al Mahon Died at 68 (1909-1977) - Alfred Gwinn Mahon was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1930.

Ken Darby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Ken Darby Died at 83 (1909-1992) - Kenneth Lorin Darby was an American composer, vocal arranger, lyricist, and conductor. His film scores were recognized with three Academy Awards and one Grammy Award. He provided vocals for the ...more

Pug Bennett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Pug Bennett Died at 61 (1874-1935) - Justin Titus Bennett was a second baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals. He went to Blackburn College.

Danny Woodhead is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Danny Woodhead age 32 - Daniel Frank Henry Woodhead is an American football running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in ...more

Kurt Andersen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Kurt Andersen age 61 - Kurt Andersen is an American novelist who is also host of the Peabody-winning public radio program Studio 360, a co-production between Public Radio International and WNYC.

Forrest S. Petersen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Forrest S. Petersen Died at 68 (1922-1990) - Vice Admiral Forrest S. Petersen was a United States Navy aviator and test pilot.

Martha Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Martha Greenhouse Died at 92 (1921-2013) - Martha Miriam Greenhouse was an American stage, film and television actress, who also served as an actors' union leader. The Omaha, Nebraska-born actress appeared both on-and off-Broadway. Her ...more

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Juliet Stuart Poyntz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Juliet Stuart Poyntz Died at 51 (1886-1937) - Juliet Stuart Poyntz was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a founding member of the Communist Party of the United States. After resigning from active work with the party, ...more

Kyle Larson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Kyle Larson age 35 - Kyle Larson is a former American football punter. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Nebraska.

John Perry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
John Perry age 74 - John Richard Perry is a 1975 Guggenheim Fellow in Humanities.

Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Richie Ashburn Died at 70 (1927-1997) - Don Richard "Richie" Ashburn, also known by the nicknames, "Putt-Putt", "The Tilden Flash", and "Whitey" due to his light-blond hair, was an American ...more

Adele Astaire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Adele Astaire Died at 85 (1896-1981) - Adele Astaire was an American dancer and entertainer. She was Fred Astaire's elder sister, and his partner in a 27-year career in vaudeville and theater, beginning when he was five and she was

Brian Yorkey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Brian Yorkey Brian Yorkey is an American playwright, lyricist, and theatre director known best for writing the musical Next to Normal with composer Tom Kitt. The work won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award. ...more

Ted Hartley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Ted Hartley age 80 - Theodore Ringwalt "Ted" Hartley has been a US Navy fighter pilot, an investment banker, an actor, producer, and is currently CEO of RKO Pictures. He is married to heiress, actress and ...more