48.6k readers

Famous People From New Mexico

Updated March 26, 2019 48.6k views868 items

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

This list includes Abel Cullum, Nate H. Edwards and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from New Mexico?" or "Which celebrities were born in New Mexico?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Demi Lovato

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Demetria Devonne Lovato ( lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer,...  more

    More Demi Lovato 

    The Best Demi Lovato Albums of All Time#224 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

  • Neil Patrick Harris

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer,...  more

    More Neil Patrick Harris 

    16 Reasons Neil Patrick Harris Is The Most Interesting Dude In Hollywood#120 of 264 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

  • John Denver

    John Denver

    Dec. at 54 (1943-1997)

    BirthplaceRoswell, New Mexico, United States of America

    Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as...  more

    More John Denver 

    The Best John Denver Albums of All Time#79 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

  • Adrian Grenier

    BirthplaceSanta Fe, New Mexico, United States of America

    Adrian Grenier (born July 10, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Vincent...  more

    More Adrian Grenier 

    #123 of 200 The Hottest Men Of 2021, Ranked#41 of 146 The Best Hallmark Channel Actors

  • Lauren Sánchez

    Lauren Sánchez

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Lauren Wendy Sánchez (born December 19, 1969) is an Emmy Award-nominated American news anchor,...  more
  • Ralph Kiner

    Ralph Kiner

    Dec. at 92 (1922-2014)

    BirthplaceSanta Rita, New Mexico

    Ralph McPherran Kiner (October 27, 1922 – February 6, 2014) was an American Major League...  more

    More Ralph Kiner 

    #105 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame#75 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

  • William Hanna

    William Hanna

    Dec. at 91 (1910-2001)

    BirthplaceMelrose, New Mexico, United States of America

    William Denby Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director,...  more
  • Adrienne Maloof

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Adrienne Maloof (born September 4, 1961) is an American businesswoman, television personality,...  more
  • Joel Spolsky

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    Avram Joel Spolsky (born 1965) is a software engineer and writer. He is the author of Joel on...  more
  • Elyse Sewell

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Elyse Marie Sewell (born June 10, 1982) is an American fashion model. She is best known for...  more
  • Ronnie Lott

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Ronald Mandel Lott (born May 8, 1959) is an American former professional football player who...  more

    More Ronnie Lott 

    #24 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#9 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • Holly Holm

    Holly Holm

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    Holly Rene Holm (born October 17, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in...  more

    More Holly Holm 

    #18 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models#388 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Sidney M. Gutierrez

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    Sidney McNeill Gutierrez (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) (born June 27, 1951), is a former NASA...  more
  • Don Alvarado

    Don Alvarado

    Dec. at 63 (1904-1967)

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Don Alvarado (born José Paige, November 4, 1904 – March 31, 1967) was an American actor,...  more
  • Annabeth Gish

    Annabeth Gish

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, USA, New Mexico

    Annabeth Gish (born March 13, 1971) is an American actress. She has played roles in films...  more


    #570 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History#1320 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

  • Lori Nelson

    BirthplaceSanta Fe, New Mexico, United States of America

    Lori Nelson (born Dixie Kay Nelson; August 15, 1933) is an American actress and former model....  more
  • Colt McCoy

    Colt McCoy

    Age: 34

    BirthplaceHobbs, New Mexico

    Daniel "Colt" McCoy (born September 5, 1986) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

    More Colt McCoy 

    #108 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time#38 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Sam Etcheverry

    Sam Etcheverry

    Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)

    BirthplaceCarlsbad, New Mexico

    Sam "The Rifle" Etcheverry (May 20, 1930 – August 29, 2009) was a professional American and...  more
  • Ronny Cox

    Ronny Cox

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceCloudcroft, New Mexico, USA

    Daniel Ronald Cox (born July 23, 1938) is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and...  more
  • Glenn Strange

    Glenn Strange

    Dec. at 74 (1899-1973)

    BirthplaceWeed, New Mexico, USA, New Mexico

    George Glenn Strange (August 16, 1899 – September 20, 1973) was an American actor who mostly...  more
  • Conrad Hilton

    Conrad Hilton

    Dec. at 92 (1887-1979)

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, New Mexico, United States of America

    Conrad Nicholson Hilton (December 25, 1887 – January 3, 1979) was an American hotelier and the...  more
  • Jimmy Franklin

    Jimmy Franklin

    Dec. at 57 (1948-2005)

    BirthplaceLovington, New Mexico

  • Carolyn S. Shoemaker

    BirthplaceGallup, New Mexico, United States of America

    Carolyn Jean Spellmann Shoemaker (born June 24, 1929) is an American astronomer and is a...  more
  • Thomas Wakefield Blackburn II

    Thomas Wakefield Blackburn II

    Dec. at 79 (1913-1992)

    BirthplaceRaton, New Mexico

    Thomas Wakefield Blackburn (June 23, 1913 – August 2, 1992) was an American author,...  more
  • Steven Michael Quezada

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Steven Michael Quezada is an actor, screenwriter, television producer and television editor....  more

    More Steven Michael Quezada 

    #3 of 11 How the Cast of Breaking Bad Aged from the First to Last Season#32 of 37 The Very Best Latino Actors