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

A factual list, featuring people like Clark Blaise and Blair Thoreson.

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

Leslie Bibb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Leslie Bibb age 42 - Leslie Louise Bibb is an American actress. Bibb transitioned into film and television during the late 1990s. She played minor roles in a few television series before making her film debut in the ...more

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Kellan Lutz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Kellan Lutz age 32 - Kellan Christopher Lutz is an American fashion model and actor. He is best known for playing Emmett Cullen in The Twilight Saga film series. Lutz has since played Poseidon in the 2011 film ...more

Josh Duhamel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Josh Duhamel age 44 - Joshua David "Josh" Duhamel is an American actor and former fashion model. His first acting role was as Leo du Pres on ABC's All My Children and later as chief of security Danny McCoy ...more

Angie Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Angie Dickinson age 85 - Angie Dickinson is an American actress who has appeared in more than 50 films and starred on television as Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson in the successful 1970s crime series Police

Charlie Korsmo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Charlie Korsmo age 38 - Charles Randolph "Charlie" Korsmo is an American former child actor turned lawyer.

Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Wiz Khalifa age 29 - Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His ...more

Lawrence Welk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Lawrence Welk Died at 89 (1903-1992) - Lawrence Welk was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large number ...more

Gary Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Gary Johnson age 64 - Gary Earl Johnson is an American businessman and politician. He served as the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, as a member of the Republican Party, and was the Libertarian Party ...more

CariDee English is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
CariDee English age 32 - CariDee English is an American fashion model and TV personality who won Cycle 7 of America's Next Top Model in December 2006. Her prize was a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics, a ...more

Nicole Linkletter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Nicole Linkletter age 32 - Nicole Linkletter is an American fashion model and the winner of Cycle 5 of America's Next Top Model. Her prizes were a contract with Ford Models, a 100,000 dollar contract with CoverGirl and ...more

Richard Hieb is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Richard Hieb age 60 - Richard James Hieb is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He was a mission specialist on STS-39 and STS-49, and was a payload commander on STS-65. He is ...more

Dick Armey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Dick Armey age 76 - Richard Keith "Dick" Armey is a former U.S. Representative from Texas' 26th congressional district and House Majority Leader. He was one of the engineers of the "Republican ...more

Frank Cooke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Frank Cooke Died at 92 (1913-2005) - Frank Cooke was an American entrepreneur who lived within, and started a high-tech optical business in North Brookfield, Massachusetts. He was born in 1913 and died at the age of 92 in 2005.

Eric Sevareid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Eric Sevareid Died at 80 (1912-1992) - Arnold Eric Sevareid was a CBS news journalist from 1939 to 1977. He was one of a group of elite war correspondents hired by pioneering CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow, and thus dubbed ...more

Ann Sothern is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Ann Sothern Died at 92 (1909-2001) - Ann Sothern was an American stage, radio, film and television actress whose career spanned six decades. Sothern began her career in the late 1920s in bit parts in films. In 1930, she made her ...more

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Mimi Weddell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Mimi Weddell Died at 94 (1915-2009) - Marion Rogers "Mimi' Weddell was an American actress. She is best known for portraying Stanford's grandmother on Sex and the City and for being featured in a documentary film, Hats Off, ...more

Andrew Freeman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Andrew Freeman Died at 87 (1909-1996) - Andrew Freeman, was the inventor of the electric block heater for automobiles. Freeman first developed a block heater around 1947, and received U.S. Patent #2487326 on 8 November 1949. He was ...more

John Hoeven is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
John Hoeven age 60 - John Henry Hoeven III is the senior United States Senator from North Dakota. A member of the North Dakota Republican Party, he previously served as the 31st Governor of North Dakota from ...more

Thomas McGrath is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Thomas McGrath Died at 74 (1916-1990) - Tom McGrath is a screenwriter.

Sam Anderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Sam Anderson age 71 - Sam Anderson is an American actor.

Johnny Klein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Johnny Klein Died at 79 (1918-1997) - John A. Klein, Jr. was an American-born musician who played drums for the Lawrence Welk orchestra from 1951 to 1976 and on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 to 1976. He was also Welk's second ...more

Carrie Keranen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Carrie Keranen age 30 - Evelyn Lantto is a voice actor.

William Langer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
William Langer Died at 73 (1886-1959) - William "Wild Bill" Langer was a prominent US politician from North Dakota. Langer is one of the most colorful characters in North Dakota history, most famously bouncing back from a ...more

Jennifer Baumgardner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Jennifer Baumgardner age 45 - Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex, bisexuality, rape, single parenthood, and women’s power. She is the Executive ...more

Lynn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Lynn Anderson age 69 - Lynn Rene Anderson is a multi-award-winning American country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her country-pop, worldwide megahit " Rose ...more

Ari Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Ari Shapiro age 38 - Ari Shapiro is an American radio journalist who grew up in Portland, Oregon. He previously served as White House correspondent for National Public Radio. Beginning in 2014, he has been NPR's ...more

Shadoe Stevens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Shadoe Stevens age 69 - Shadoe Stevens is an American radio host, voiceover actor, and television personality. He was the host of American Top 40 from 1988 to 1995. He currently hosts the internationally syndicated ...more

Tom Hatten is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Tom Hatten age 88 - Tom Hatten is an American veteran radio, film and television personality, known as the long-time host of The Popeye Show and Family Film Festival on KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles in the 1960s ...more

Bruce Peterson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Bruce Peterson Died at 73 (1933-2006) - Bruce Peterson was an American aeronautical engineer, and test pilot for NASA.

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Alan Ritchson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Alan Ritchson age 32 - Alan Michael Ritchson is an American actor, model, and singer. He is known for his modeling career as well as his portrayals of the superhero Aquaman on The CW's Smallville and Thad Castle on ...more

Bobby Vee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Bobby Vee age 73 - Bobby Vee is an American pop singer who was a teen idol in the early 1960s. According to Billboard magazine, Vee has had 38 Hot 100 chart hits, 10 of which hit the Top 20.

Gregory R. Page is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Gregory R. Page age 63 - Gregory R. Page is an American businessman. He serves as executive chairman of Cargill, Inc. of Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Louis L'Amour is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Louis L'Amour Died at 80 (1908-1988) - Louis Dearborn L'Amour was an American author. His books consisted primarily of Western novels, however he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, as well as poetry and ...more

Tom Rapp is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Tom Rapp age 70 - Thomas Dale "Tom" Rapp is an American singer and songwriter, best known as the leader of Pearls Before Swine, the psychedelic folk rock group of the 1960s and 1970s. More recently he ...more

Dane Boedigheimer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Dane Boedigheimer age 36 - Dane Boedigheimer, better known by his cybernym Daneboe, is an American filmmaker, singer, and actor . He is known for his web series The Annoying Orange and the TV series The High Fructose ...more

Clay S. Jenkinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Clay S. Jenkinson age 62 - Clay Straus Jenkinson is an American humanities scholar, author and educator. He is currently the director of The Dakota Institute, where he co-hosts public radio's The Thomas Jefferson Hour, ...more

Peter Schjeldahl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Peter Schjeldahl age 75 - Peter Schjeldahl, is an American art critic, poet, and educator. Schjeldahl was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He grew up in small towns throughout Minnesota, and attended Carleton College and The ...more

James Alan Abrahamson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
James Alan Abrahamson age 83 - James Alan Abrahamson is a retired U.S. Air Force general who served as a designated astronaut, Associate Director of NASA and former director of President Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense ...more

Robert Joseph is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Robert Joseph age 68 - Robert G. Joseph is a senior scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy and professor at Missouri State University. He was the United States Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation, ...more

Paul Marquart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Paul Marquart age 60 - Paul Marquart is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents District 4B, which includes ...more

Dave Logan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Dave Logan age 61 - David Russell Logan is a former American football player, radio personality, and high school coach. Logan played in nine National Football League seasons from 1976 to 1984, primarily for the ...more

James Rosenquist is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
James Rosenquist age 82 - James Rosenquist is an American artist and one of the protagonists in the pop-art movement. Rosenquist was a 2001 inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

Mark Ladwig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Mark Ladwig age 35 - Mark Ladwig is an American pair skater. He is best known for his partnership with Amanda Evora, with whom he competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics, placing tenth. They won bronze at an ISU Grand ...more

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Sam Aanestad is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Sam Aanestad age 70 - Samuel Mark Aanestad is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and former Republican member of the California State Assembly from the 3rd District from 1998 to 2002 and a member of the California ...more

John Warner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
John Warner age 63 - John M. Warner is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party member of the North Dakota Senate, representing the 4th district since 2004. He was previously a member of the North Dakota House of ...more

Thomas S. Kleppe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Thomas S. Kleppe Died at 88 (1919-2007) - Thomas Savig Kleppe was an American politician who served as the Representative from North Dakota. He was also the Administrator of the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Secretary of ...more

Merle Boucher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Merle Boucher age 69 - Merle Boucher is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party politician who served in the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 9th district from 1991 to 2011. He served as Minority ...more

Beata Moon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Beata Moon age 48 - Beata Moon is a classical pianist and composer, raised in Indiana, making her debut at age 8 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She trained as a pianist at the Juilliard School with Adele ...more

David Schindler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
David Schindler age 76 - David William Schindler, OC AOE FRSC FRS, is an American/Canadian limnologist. He holds the Killam Memorial Chair and is Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at the ...more

Jonny Lang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From North Dakota
Jonny Lang age 36 - Jonny Lang is an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. Lang's music is notable for both his unusual voice, which at 13 was compared to that of a ...more