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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 55
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 31
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 41
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 100
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
Died 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 73
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 49
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 50
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 41
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 48
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 76
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 41
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 39
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 46
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 77
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 62
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 70
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