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Famous People From New Orleans

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

With people ranging from Edmund Graves Brown to Erich Ponti, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from New Orleans?" or "Which celebrities were born in New Orleans?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award, she ...more
  • Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, playwright, filmmaker, and comedian. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 ...more
  • Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an American country music artist, actress and television personality. Pickler gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol and finished ...more
  • Bryant Charles Gumbel (born September 29, 1948) is an American television journalist and sportscaster, best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC's Today. He is the younger brother of sportscaster ...more
  • Traci Adell (born February 17, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was an American model and actress for several years in her early/mid twenties in Los Angeles. She was chosen as Playboy magazine's ...more
  • Marshall William Faulk (born February 26, 1973) is a former American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He played college football for ...more
  • John Kennedy Toole (; December 17, 1937 – March 26, 1969) was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, whose posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize for ...more
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk (May 8, 1829 – December 18, 1869) was an American composer and pianist, best known as a virtuoso performer of his own romantic piano works. He spent most of his working ...more
  • Breann McGregor is a New Orleans-born former American Playboy model of Scottish descent who was voted dual Playboy titles in the same year: Cyber Girl of the Year 2007 and 2007 Playboy Special ...more
  • Donna Lease Brazile (; born December 15, 1959) is an American political strategist, campaign manager, political analyst, author, and Fox News contributor. She was formerly a CNN contributor until ...more
  • Bernard "Ben" Turpin (September 19, 1869 – July 1, 1940) was an American comedian and actor, best remembered for his work in silent films. His trademarks were his cross-eyed appearance and adeptness ...more
  • Sam Trammell (born January 29, 1969) is an American actor, known for his role as Sam Merlotte on the HBO fantasy drama series True Blood. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor ...more
  • Stanley Tookie Williams III (December 29, 1953 – December 13, 2005) was an American gangster, known as one of the original founders and leaders of the Crip gang in Los Angeles, California. In 1971, ...more
  • Elisha Nelson Manning IV (born January 3, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of ...more
  • Khaled Mohamed Khaled (born November 26, 1975), better known as DJ Khaled, is an American DJ, record executive, songwriter, record producer and media personality. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, ...more
  • Donald Harrison Jr. (born June 23, 1960) is a jazz saxophonist from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is married to Mary Alicė Spears-Harrison and the father of Victoria Harrison.
  • Shante Scott Franklin (born April 4, 1981), better known by his stage name Currensy (stylized as Curren$y) is an American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and record executive. He was one of the ...more
  • Cate Tiernan (born July 24, 1961) is the pen name of Gabrielle Charbonnet, an American author. Writing as Cate Tiernan, she is best known for her Sweep series, which follows the Wiccan adventures of ...more
  • Greg Gumbel (born May 3, 1946) is an American television sportscaster. He is best known for his various assignments for CBS Sports (most notably, the National Football League, NBA and NCAA ...more
  • Garrett Morris (born February 1, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, and singer. He was part of the original cast of the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, appearing from 1975 to 1980. ...more
  • Robert Parker (born October 14, 1932) is an American R&B singer and musician, best known for his 1966 hit, "Barefootin'". Parker was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, and started his ...more
  • Marshall Colt is a management consultant, combat-decorated veteran and former Captain in the United States Navy in San Diego, California, who was an actor in film and television from 1976 to 1995. He ...more
  • Herman Raymond Walston (November 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001) was an American actor and comedian, well known as the title character on My Favorite Martian. His major film, television, and stage roles ...more
  • Jesse Duplantis (born July 9, 1949) is a prosperity gospel preacher from the Christian Evangelical Charismatic tradition based in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, and the founder of Jesse Duplantis ...more