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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.
  • Julianne Moore1

    BirthplaceFort Bragg, North Carolina, USA

    Julie Anne Smith (born December 3, 1960), known professionally as Julianne Moore, is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Evan Rachel Wood2

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

    Evan Rachel Wood (born September 7, 1987) is an American actress, model, and musician. She is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jaime Pressly3

    BirthplaceKinston, North Carolina, USA

    Jaime Elizabeth Pressly (born July 30, 1977) is an American actress and model. She is best... more on Wikipedia

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  • Billy Graham4

    Billy Graham

    Age: 101

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

    William Franklin Graham Jr. (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ava Gardner5

    Ava Gardner

    Dec. at 68 (1922-1990)

    BirthplaceSmithfield, USA, North Carolina

    Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress and singer.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Vince McMahon6

    BirthplacePinehurst, North Carolina, United States of America

    Vincent Kennedy McMahon (; born August 24, 1945) is an American professional wrestling... more on Wikipedia

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  • Zach Galifianakis7

    BirthplaceWilkesboro, North Carolina, USA

    Zachary Knight Galifianakis (; born October 1, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Emily Procter8

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

    Emily Mallory Procter (born October 8, 1968) is an American actress. She played Ainsley Hayes... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jeff Hardy9

    Jeff Hardy

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceCameron, North Carolina, United States of America

    Jeffrey Nero Hardy (born August 31, 1977) is an American professional wrestler,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Michael C. Hall10

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina, USA

    Michael Carlyle Hall (born February 1, 1971) is an American actor. He is best known for his... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ronald Perelman11

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    Ronald Owen Perelman (; born January 1, 1943) is an American banker, businessman, investor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Star Jones12

    Star Jones

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceBadin, North Carolina, United States of America

    Starlet Marie Jones (born March 24, 1962) is an American lawyer, journalist, television... more on Wikipedia

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  • Allen Jones13

    BirthplaceMarine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, USA

    Allen Neal Jones (born June 2, 1977) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to... more on Wikipedia

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  • Chris Daughtry14

    BirthplaceRoanoke Rapids, North Carolina, United States of America

    Christopher Adam Daughtry (born December 26, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Soupy Sales15

    Soupy Sales

    Dec. at 83 (1926-2009)

    BirthplaceFranklinton, North Carolina, United States of America

    Milton Supman (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009), known professionally as Soupy Sales, was... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jesse Helms16

    Jesse Helms

    Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

    BirthplaceMonroe, North Carolina, USA

    Jesse Alexander Helms Jr. (October 18, 1921 – July 4, 2008) was an American politician and a... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Coltrane17

    John Coltrane

    Dec. at 41 (1926-1967)

    BirthplaceHamlet, North Carolina, United States of America

    John William Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967) was an American jazz saxophonist... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jermaine Dupri18

    BirthplaceAsheville, North Carolina, United States of America

    Jermaine Dupri Mauldin (born September 23, 1972) is an American rapper, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia

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  • George Clinton19

    BirthplaceKannapolis, North Carolina, USA

    George Edward Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dolley Madison20

    Dolley Madison

    Dec. at 81 (1768-1849)

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

    Dolley Todd Madison (née Payne; May 20, 1768 – July 12, 1849) was the wife of James Madison,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Curtis Brown21

    BirthplaceElizabethtown, North Carolina

    Curtis Lee "Curt" Brown Jr. (born March 11, 1956) is a former NASA astronaut and retired... more on Wikipedia
  • Sam Irvin22

    Sam Irvin

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceAsheville, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Robert Alton Harris23

    Robert Alton Harris

    Dec. at 39 (1953-1992)

    BirthplaceFort Bragg, North Carolina

    Robert Alton Harris (January 15, 1953 - April 21, 1992) was an American car thief, burglar,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Linda McMahon24

    BirthplaceNew Bern, North Carolina, United States of America

    Linda Marie McMahon (née Edwards; born October 4, 1948) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • Chuck Brown25

    Chuck Brown

    Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)

    BirthplaceGaston, North Carolina

    Charles Louis Brown (August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012) was an American guitarist, bandleader and... more on Wikipedia

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