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Famous People From North Carolina

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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: 58

Birthplace: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States of America

Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an American actress and children's author. Prolific in film since the early 1990s, she is particularly known for her portrayals of emotionally troubled ...more

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Evan Rachel Wood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 31

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

Evan Rachel Wood (born September 7, 1987) is an American actress, model, and musician. She began acting in the 1990s, appearing in several television series, including American Gothic (1995–96) ...more

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Jaime Pressly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 41

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Kinston

Jaime Elizabeth Pressly (born July 30, 1977) 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 ...more

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Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 100

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

William Franklin Graham Jr. (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became ...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)

Birthplace: Smithfield, North Carolina, United States of America

Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress and singer. Gardner was signed to a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1941, and appeared mainly in small ...more

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Vince McMahon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 73
Vincent Kennedy McMahon (; born August 24, 1945) is an American professional wrestling promoter and executive, American football executive, and businessman. Since taking over the company from ...more

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Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 49

Birthplace: Wilkesboro, North Carolina, United States of America

Zachary Knight Galifianakis (; born October 1, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, and writer who came to prominence with his Comedy Central Presents special in 2001 and presented his own show ...more

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Emily Procter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 50

Birthplace: Raleigh, USA, North Carolina

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Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 41
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Michael C. Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 48

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

Michael Carlyle Hall (born February 1, 1971) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Dexter Morgan, a serial killer and blood spatter analyst in the Showtime series Dexter and as ...more

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Ronald Perelman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 76

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina

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Star Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 56

Birthplace: Badin, North Carolina, United States of America

Starlet Marie Jones (born March 24, 1962) is an American lawyer, journalist, television personality, fashion designer, author, and women's and diversity advocate. She is best known as one of the ...more

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Allen Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 41

Birthplace: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, United States of America

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Chris Daughtry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 39

Birthplace: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, United States of America

Christopher Adam Daughtry (born December 26, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Daughtry and as the ...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)

Birthplace: Franklinton, North Carolina, United States of America

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Jesse Helms is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

Birthplace: Monroe, North Carolina, United States of America

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 41 (1926-1967)

Birthplace: Hamlet, North Carolina, United States of America

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Jermaine Dupri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 46

Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America

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George Clinton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 77

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Kannapolis

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Dolley Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 81 (1768-1849)

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

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Curtis Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 62

Birthplace: Elizabethtown, North Carolina

Curtis Lee "Curt" Brown Jr. (born March 11, 1956) is a former NASA astronaut and retired United States Air Force colonel.
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Sam Irvin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 62

Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America

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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)

Birthplace: Fort Bragg, North Carolina

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Linda McMahon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Age: 70

Birthplace: New Bern, North Carolina, United States of America

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Chuck Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From North Carolina
Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)

Birthplace: Gaston, North Carolina

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