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Famous People From New Orleans

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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.
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 42
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer. She made her film debut as the female lead in the film The Man in the Moon in 1991. In 1996, she appeared in Freeway and ...more
Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 49
Tyler Perry is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In ...more
Kellie Pickler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 32
Kellie Dawn Pickler is an American country music artist and television personality. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, and finished in sixth place. In 2006, ...more
Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 70
Bryant Charles Gumbel is an American television journalist and sportscaster. He is best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC's The Today Show. He is the younger brother of sportscaster Greg ...more
Traci Adell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 50
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 Faulk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 45
Marshall William Faulk is an American former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for twelve seasons. He played college football for ...more
John Kennedy Toole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Dec. at 32 (1937-1969)
John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, whose posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He also wrote The Neon ...more
Louis Moreau Gottschalk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Dec. at 40 (1829-1869)
Louis Moreau Gottschalk was an American composer and pianist, best known as a virtuoso performer of his own romantic piano works. He spent most of his working career outside of the United
Neferteri Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Breann McGregor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Breann McGregor age 33
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 Brazile is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 59
Donna Brazile is an American author, academic, and political analyst who is Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She was the first African American to direct a major ...more
Ben Turpin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Dec. at 71 (1869-1940)
Bernard "Ben" Turpin was an American comedian and actor, best remembered for his work in silent films.
Sam Trammell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 50
Sam Trammell is an American actor. He is known for his role as Sam Merlotte on the HBO vampire series True Blood, which earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 2010 Scream
Stanley Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Dec. at 52 (1953-2005)
Stanley Tookie Williams III was a leader of the Crips, a violent American street gang which has its roots in South Central Los Angeles in 1969. Once incarcerated, he authored several books, ...more
Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 38
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
DJ Khaled is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 43
Khaled Khaled, better known by his stage name DJ Khaled, is an American record producer, radio personality, rapper, DJ and record label executive. He is a radio host for the Miami-based urban ...more
Donald Harrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 58
Donald Harrison Jr. is a film actor and composer.
Curren$y is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 37
Shante Scott Franklin (born April 4, 1981), better known by his stage name Currensy (stylized as Curren$y) is an American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and record executive. He was one of the ...more
Cate Tiernan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 57
Cate Tiernan 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 a cast of high ...more
Greg Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 72
Greg Gumbel is an African American television sportscaster. He is best known for his various assignments on the CBS network. The older brother of news and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel, he became ...more
Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 82
Garrett Gonzalez Morris is an American comedian and actor. He was part of the original cast of the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, appearing from 1975 to 1980. Morris also had a ...more
Robert Parker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
age 88
Robert Parker 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 career ...more
Marshall Colt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Marshall Colt age 70
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 ...more
Ray Walston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Dec. at 87 (1914-2001)
Ray Walston was an American actor and comedian, best known as the title character on My Favorite Martian. He had such iconic film, television and stage roles as Luther Billis, Mr. Applegate, ...more
Jesse Duplantis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From New Orleans
Jesse Duplantis age 69
Jesse Duplantis is an Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister based in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, and the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries.