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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

    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and...  more

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  • Tyler Perry

    BirthplaceArea code 504, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana

    Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, playwright,...  more

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  • Kellie Pickler

    BirthplaceAlbemarle, North Carolina, United States of America

    Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an American country music artist, actress and...  more

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  • Bryant Gumbel

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Bryant Charles Gumbel (born September 29, 1948) is an American television journalist and...  more
  • Traci Adell

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Traci Adell (born February 17, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was an American model and...  more
  • Marshall Faulk

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Marshall William Faulk (born February 26, 1973) is a former American football player who was a...  more

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  • John Kennedy Toole

    John Kennedy Toole

    Dec. at 32 (1937-1969)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    John Kennedy Toole (; December 17, 1937 – March 26, 1969) was an American novelist from New...  more
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk

    Louis Moreau Gottschalk

    Dec. at 40 (1829-1869)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Louis Moreau Gottschalk (May 8, 1829 – December 18, 1869) was an American composer and...  more
  • Neferteri Shepherd

    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Breann McGregor

    Breann McGregor

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Breann McGregor is a New Orleans-born former American Playboy model of Scottish descent who...  more
  • Donna Brazile

    BirthplaceKenner, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana

    Donna Lease Brazile (; born December 15, 1959) is an American political strategist, campaign...  more
  • Ben Turpin

    Ben Turpin

    Dec. at 71 (1869-1940)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Bernard "Ben" Turpin (September 19, 1869 – July 1, 1940) was an American comedian and actor,...  more
  • Sam Trammell

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Sam Trammell (born January 29, 1969) is an American actor, known for his role as Sam Merlotte...  more
  • Stanley Williams

    Stanley Williams

    Dec. at 52 (1953-2005)

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana

    Stanley Tookie Williams III (December 29, 1953 – December 13, 2005) was an American gangster,...  more
  • Eli Manning

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Elisha Nelson Manning IV (born January 3, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

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  • DJ Khaled

    DJ Khaled

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Khaled Mohamed Khaled (born November 26, 1975), better known as DJ Khaled, is an American DJ,...  more
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  • Donald Harrison

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Donald Harrison Jr. (born June 23, 1960) is a jazz saxophonist from New Orleans, Louisiana. He...  more
  • Curren$y


    Age: 39

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Shante Scott Franklin (born April 4, 1981), better known by his stage name Currensy (stylized...  more

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  • BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Cate Tiernan (born July 24, 1961) is the pen name of Gabrielle Charbonnet, an American...  more
  • Greg Gumbel

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    Greg Gumbel (born May 3, 1946) is an American television sportscaster. He is best known for...  more
  • Garrett Morris

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Garrett Morris (born February 1, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, and singer. He was part...  more

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  • BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Robert Parker (born October 14, 1932) is an American R&B singer and musician, best known for...  more
  • Marshall Colt

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Marshall Colt is a management consultant, combat-decorated veteran and former Captain in the...  more
  • Ray Walston

    Ray Walston

    Dec. at 87 (1914-2001)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Herman Raymond Walston (November 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001) was an American actor and...  more
  • Jesse Duplantis

    Jesse Duplantis

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Jesse Duplantis (born July 9, 1949) is a prosperity gospel preacher from the Christian...  more