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

With people ranging from Richard H. Cardwell to Furman Bisher, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 57 Julianne Moore is an American-British actress and children's author. Prolific in cinema since the early 1990s, Moore is active in both art house and Hollywood films. She is particularly known ...more

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Evan Rachel Wood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 30 Evan Rachel Wood is an American actress. She began acting in the 1990s, appearing in several television series, including American Gothic and Once and Again. Wood made her début as a ...more

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Jaime Pressly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 40 Jaime Elizabeth Pressly is an American actress and model. She is best known for playing Joy Turner on the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards as well as a ...more

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Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 99 William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr., KBE is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core ...more

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Ava Gardner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 68 (1922-1990) Ava Lavinia Gardner was an American actress. She was signed to a contract by MGM Studios in 1941 and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers. ...more

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Vince McMahon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 72 Vincent Kennedy "Vince" McMahon is an American professional wrestling promoter, former announcer, commentator, film producer, actor, and occasional professional wrestler currently ...more

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Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 48 Zachary Knight "Zach" Galifianakis is an American stand-up comedian and actor, known for his television appearance in his own Comedy Central Presents special. He also starred in films, ...more

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Emily Procter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 49 Emily Mallory Procter is an American actress. From 2002 to 2012, she played Calleigh Duquesne in the CBS police drama CSI: Miami, and from 2000 to 2002 and in 2006, she played Ainsley Hayes in ...more

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Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 40 Jeffrey Nero "Jeff" Hardy is an American professional wrestler, singer-songwriter, painter and musician who is currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, He is also known for ...more

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Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 47 Michael Carlyle Hall is an American actor, known for his role as Dexter Morgan in the Showtime TV Network Dexter, and as David Fisher on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. In 2010, Hall won a ...more

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Ronald Perelman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 75 Mr. Perelman is the founder of MacAndrews Forbes Holdings Inc. and its sole owner. He began his career as an investor and financier in 1978 with the purchase of a stake in retail jewelry store ...more

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Star Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 56 Star Jones is an American lawyer, journalist, writer, television personality, fashion designer, and women's and diversity advocate. She is most well known as one of the original hosts of the ABC ...more

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Allen Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 40 Allen Neal Jones, better known by his ring name A.J. Styles is an American professional wrestler currently under contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is in his second reign as the ...more

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Chris Daughtry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 38 Christopher Adam "Chris" Daughtry is an American musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Daughtry and as the fourth-place contestant ...more

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Soupy Sales is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 83 (1926-2009) Soupy Sales was an American comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his local and network children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales; a ...more

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Jesse Helms is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 87 (1921-2008) Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. was an American politician and leader of the conservative movement. He was elected five times as a Republican to the United States Senate from North Carolina. As ...more

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 41 (1926-1967) John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the ...more

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Jermaine Dupri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 45 Jermaine Dupri Mauldin, known as Jermaine Dupri or JD, is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper.

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George Clinton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 76 George Clinton is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and music producer. He was the principal architect of P-Funk, the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s ...more

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Dolley Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 81 (1768-1849) Dolley Payne Todd Madison was the wife of James Madison, President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. She was noted for her social gifts, which boosted her husband’s popularity as ...more

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Curtis Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 62 Curtis Lee "Curt" Brown, Jr. is a former NASA astronaut and retired United States Air Force colonel. Colonel Brown graduated from East Bladen High School in Elizabethtown, North ...more

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Sam Irvin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 61 Sam Irvin is a film and television director, producer, screenwriter, actor, author and film teacher. Irvin's directing credits include Guilty as Charged, Oblivion, Elvira's Haunted Hills, and ...more

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Robert Alton Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 39 (1953-1992) Robert Alton Harris was an American criminal and murderer who was executed at San Quentin State Prison in 1992 in connection with the 1978 murders of two teenage boys in San Diego. His execution ...more

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Linda McMahon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 69 Linda Marie McMahon (born October 4, 1948) is an American professional wrestling magnate and government official serving as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration in the Trump ...more

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Chuck Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 76 (1936-2012) Charles Louis "Chuck" Brown was an American guitarist and singer who is affectionately called "the Godfather of Go-go". Go-go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and ...more

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Jim Rash is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 47 James "Jim" Rash is an American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for playing Dean Craig Pelton on the NBC sitcom Community. In 2012, he received a Golden Globe ...more

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Matt Osborne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 56 (1957-2013) Matthew "Matt" Wade Osborne was an American professional wrestler. Osborne was a second generation wrestler, being son of Tony Borne, and is best known as being the first and ...more

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David Brinkley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 83 (1920-2003) David McClure Brinkley was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997. From 1956 through 1970, he co-anchored NBC's top-rated nightly news program, The ...more

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James Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 75 James Howard Goodnight is a businessman and software programmer. He co-founded SAS Institute as a faculty member of North Carolina State University in 1976. Since then he has been the CEO for ...more

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Sidney Blackmer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 78 (1895-1973) Sidney Alderman Blackmer was an American actor.

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Doc Watson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 89 (1923-2012) Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson was an American guitarist, songwriter, and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel music. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy ...more

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James Lee Barrett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 60 (1929-1989) James Lee Barrett was an American producer, screenwriter, and writer. Barrett, along with Peter Udell and Phillip Rose won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Shenandoah, which ...more

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William B. Harrison, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 74 William B. Harrison, Jr., born August 12, 1943 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is the former CEO and Chairman of JPMorgan Chase. He attended high school at Virginia Episcopal School, where he ...more

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Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 65 (1917-1982) Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round ...more

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Angela Shelton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 45 Angela Shelton is an American screenwriter, actress, and documentary film producer, best known for the film Tumbleweeds and the documentary Searching for Angela Shelton, which she wrote, ...more

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James E. Webb is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 86 (1906-1992) James Edwin Webb was an American government official who served as the second administrator of NASA from February 14, 1961 to October 7, 1968. Webb oversaw NASA from the beginning of the Kennedy ...more

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Billy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 89 (1921-2010) William "Billy" Taylor was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator. He was the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University in ...more

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Bruce Matthews is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 56 Bruce Rankin Matthews is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive guard and center in the National Football League for nineteen seasons during the 1980s, ...more

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Enos Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 86 (1916-2002) Enos Bradsher Slaughter, nicknamed "Country", was an American Major League Baseball right fielder. He played for 19-seasons on four major league teams from 1938–1942 and 1946-1959. He ...more

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Robert Morgan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Robert Morgan age 73 Robert Morgan is an American poet, short story writer, novelist.

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Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 38 Julius Frazier Peppers is an American football player for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of North Carolina, and was ...more

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B. Everett Jordan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 78 (1896-1974) Benjamin Everett Jordan was an American businessman and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a United States Senator from North Carolina from 1958 to 1973.

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Charlie Poole is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 39 (1892-1931) Charlie Poole was an American old time banjo player and country musician and the leader of the North Carolina Ramblers, an American old-time string band that recorded many popular songs between ...more

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Gene Roberts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
age 85 Eugene Leslie "Gene" Roberts, Jr. is an American journalist and professor of journalism. He has been a national editor of The New York Times, executive editor of The Philadelphia ...more

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John Cocke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 77 (1925-2002) John Cocke was an American computer scientist recognized for his large contribution to computer architecture and optimizing compiler design. He is considered by many to be "the father of ...more

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Shirley Hemphill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 52 (1947-1999) Shirley Ann Hemphill was an American stand-up comedian and actress. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Hemphill moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. ...more

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Charles E. Brady, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 55 (1951-2006) Charles Eldon Brady, Jr. was an American physician, a Captain in the United States Navy and a NASA astronaut.

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Luther Lassiter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Luther Lassiter Dec. at 70 (1918-1988) Luther Lassiter, born Luther Clement Lassiter, Jr. and nicknamed Wimpy, was a world-renowned American pool player from Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The winner of six world championships and ...more

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Levi Coffin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 79 (1798-1877) Levi Coffin was an American Quaker, abolitionist, and businessman. Coffin was deeply involved in the Underground Railroad in Indiana and Ohio and his home is often called "Grand Central ...more

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Paul Green is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 87 (1894-1981) Paul Eliot Green was an American playwright best known for his depictions of life in North Carolina during the first decades of the twentieth century. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama ...more