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Famous People From Oklahoma

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

List is made up of many different people, including Jimmy Webb and St. Vincent.

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

    Dec. at 91 (1918-2009)

    BirthplaceAda, Oklahoma


    Granville Oral Roberts (January 24, 1918 – December 15, 2009) was an American Charismatic Christian televangelist, ordained in both the Pentecostal Holiness and United Methodist churches. He is...  more
  • BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma


    Anne Erin "Annie" Clark (born September 28, 1982), known professionally as St. Vincent, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. St. Vincent began her music career as a member of The...  more

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  • Ralph Ellison

    Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma


    Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1914 – April 16, 1994) was an American novelist, literary critic, and scholar best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953. He also...  more
  • BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma


    Blake Austin Griffin (born March 16, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the...  more

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  • Dan Rowan

    Dec. at 65 (1922-1987)

    BirthplaceBeggs, Oklahoma, USA


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  • Wayman Tisdale

    Dec. at 45 (1964-2009)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America


    Wayman Lawrence Tisdale (June 9, 1964 – May 15, 2009) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a smooth jazz bass guitarist. A three-time All...  more
  • Chet Baker

    Dec. at 59 (1929-1988)

    BirthplaceYale, Oklahoma, United States of America


    Chesney Henry Baker Jr. (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988) was an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist. Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums...  more
  • Bud Adams

    Dec. at 90 (1923-2013)

    BirthplaceBartlesville, Oklahoma


    Kenneth Stanley "Bud" Adams, Jr. (January 3, 1923 – October 21, 2013) was the owner of the Tennessee Titans, a National Football League franchise. He was instrumental in the founding and...  more
  • Doug Furnas

    Dec. at 53 (1959-2012)

    BirthplaceCommerce, Oklahoma


    Douglas Furnas (December 11, 1959 – March 2, 2012) was a professional wrestler and powerlifter from the United States. He was an APF National and World Powerlifting Champion, who set multiple world...  more

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  • BirthplaceArdmore, Oklahoma


    John Warnock Hinckley Jr. (born May 29, 1955) is an American man who, on March 30, 1981, attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C. He wounded Reagan with a bullet that...  more

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  • Bobby Cox

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma


    Robert Joe Cox (born May 21, 1941) is an American former professional baseball third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). He first led the Atlanta Braves from 1978 to 1981, and then...  more

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  • Matt Kemp

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceMidwest City, Oklahoma, United States of America


    Matthew Ryan Kemp (born September 23, 1984) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He began his professional career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2003, and...  more

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  • BirthplaceChoctaw, Oklahoma, USA


    Ryan Earl Merriman (born April 10, 1983) is an American actor. He began his career at the age of ten and has appeared in several feature films and television shows. He is best known for a handful of...  more

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  • Darla Hood

    Dec. at 48 (1931-1979)

    BirthplaceLeedey, Oklahoma, United States of America


    Darla Jean Hood (November 8, 1931 – June 13, 1979) was an American child actress, best known as the leading lady in the Our Gang series from 1935 to 1941. She was born in Leedey, Oklahoma, the only...  more
  • BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America


    Charles Kent Wilson (born January 29, 1953) also known as Uncle Charlie, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and the former lead vocalist of the Gap Band. As a solo artist he has been...  more

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  • Roy Milton

    Dec. at 76 (1907-1983)

    BirthplaceWynnewood, Oklahoma


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  • Wilma Mankiller

    Dec. at 65 (1945-2010)

    BirthplaceTahlequah, Oklahoma, United States of America


    Wilma Pearl Mankiller (Cherokee name: A-ji-luhsgi Asgaya-dihi, November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) was a Cherokee activist, social worker, community developer and the first woman elected to serve as...  more
  • Cal Worthington

    Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

    BirthplaceShidler, Oklahoma


    Calvin Coolidge Worthington (November 27, 1920 – September 8, 2013) was an American car dealer, best known on the West Coast of the United States, and to a more limited extent elsewhere, from minor...  more
  • BirthplaceMuskogee, Oklahoma, United States of America


    Sarah Jane Vowell (born December 27, 1969) is an American historian, author, journalist, essayist, social commentator and actress. Often referred to as a "social observer," Vowell has written seven...  more

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  • Glenda Farrell

    Dec. at 67 (1904-1971)

    BirthplaceEnid, Oklahoma, United States of America


    Glenda Farrell (June 30, 1904 – May 1, 1971) was an American actress of film, television, and theater. She is best known for her role as Torchy Blane in the Warner Bros. Torchy Blane film series and...  more
  • BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA


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    Tisha Michelle Campbell (born October 13, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and raised in New Jersey, She made her screen debut appearing in the 1986...  more
  • Van Heflin

    Dec. at 61 (1910-1971)

    BirthplaceWalters, Oklahoma, United States of America


    Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin Jr. (December 13, 1908 – July 23, 1971) was an American theatre, radio and film actor. He played mostly character parts over the course of his film career, but during the...  more
  • Chester Gould

    Dec. at 85 (1900-1985)

    BirthplacePawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America


    Chester Gould (; November 20, 1900 – May 11, 1985) was an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, which he wrote and drew from 1931 to 1977, incorporating...  more
  • BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America


    Judy Carline Woodruff (born November 20, 1946) is an American broadcast journalist, who has worked in network, cable, and public television news since 1976. She is currently anchor and managing...  more
  • BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma


    James Lee Keltner (born April 27, 1942) is an American drummer known primarily for his session work. He was characterized by Bob Dylan biographer Howard Sounes as "the leading session drummer in...  more