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Famous People From Nebraska

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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
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
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 44
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
Marg Helgenberger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 60
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
Steve Borden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 59
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
Nick Nolte is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 78
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
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)
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
Janine Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 56
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
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)
Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the most ...more
Alexander Payne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 58
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
Robert Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
Dec. at 58 (1911-1969)
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
Walter Scott, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 88
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
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
Dick Cavett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 82
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
Lucas Cruikshank is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 25
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
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
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)
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
Conor Oberst is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 39
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
Ivan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 80
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
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
Tierney Sutton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Nebraska
age 55
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)
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)
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)
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 30
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.