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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.
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  • William Witney

    Dec. at 87 (1915-2002)

    BirthplaceLawton, USA, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceLawton, USA, Oklahoma

    William Nuelsen Witney (May 15, 1915 – March 17, 2002) was an American film and television director. He is best remembered for the movie serials he co-directed with John English for Republic Pictures...  more
  • Reubin Askew

    Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)

    BirthplaceMuskogee, Oklahoma, United States of America

    BirthplaceMuskogee, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Reubin O'Donovan Askew (September 11, 1928 – March 13, 2014) was an American politician, who served as the 37th Governor of the U.S. state of Florida from 1971 to 1979. He led on tax reform, civil...  more
  • Jeane Kirkpatrick

    Dec. at 80 (1926-2006)

    BirthplaceDuncan, Oklahoma, United States of America

    BirthplaceDuncan, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Jeane Duane Kirkpatrick (née Jordan; November 19, 1926 – December 7, 2006) was an American diplomat and political scientist who played a major policy role in the foreign policy of the Ronald Reagan...  more
  • Lynn Cartwright

    Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)

    BirthplaceUSA, Oklahoma, McAlester

    BirthplaceUSA, Oklahoma, McAlester

    Lynn Cartwright (February 27, 1927 – January 2, 2004) was an American character actress known for her performance as the older version of Geena Davis' character, Dottie Hinson, in the 1992 film A...  more
  • Bullet Rogan

    Dec. at 74 (1893-1967)

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Charles Wilber "Bullet" Rogan, also known as "Bullet Joe" (July 28, 1893 – March 4, 1967), was an American pitcher and outfielder for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro baseball leagues from 1920...  more
  • William A. Martin

    Dec. at 43 (1938-1981)

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    William Arthur Martin (1938-1981) was a computer scientist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After graduating from Northwest Classen High School, where he was a state wrestling champion, he attended MIT...  more
  • Ernest McFarland

    Dec. at 90 (1894-1984)

    BirthplaceEarlsboro, Oklahoma, United States of America

    BirthplaceEarlsboro, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Ernest William "Mac" McFarland (October 9, 1894 – June 8, 1984) was an American politician, jurist and, with Warren Atherton, one of the "Fathers of the G.I. Bill." He is the only Arizonan to serve...  more
  • BirthplaceChickasha, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceChickasha, Oklahoma

    Sam Branson Rayburn (born October 20, 1980) is a former American football defensive tackle. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at...  more
  • BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    Wayne Michael Coyne (born January 13, 1961) is an American musician. He is the lead singer, occasional backing vocalist, guitarist, theremin player and songwriter for the band the Flaming Lips....  more

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  • Thad Luckinbill

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceUSA, Oklahoma, Enid

    BirthplaceUSA, Oklahoma, Enid

    Thaddeus Rowe Luckinbill (born April 24, 1975) is an American actor and producer best known for playing J.T. Hellstrom on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, from August 1999 to November...  more
  • BirthplaceFort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America

    BirthplaceFort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Rey T. Maualuga (born January 20, 1987) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at USC, and was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was...  more
  • BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Ronald Fagin (born 1945) is an American mathematician and computer scientist, and IBM Fellow at the IBM Almaden Research Center. He is known for his work in database theory, finite model theory, and...  more
  • Jim Hickman

    Dec. at 39 (1943-1982)

    BirthplacePanama, Oklahoma

    BirthplacePanama, Oklahoma

    James Franklin Hickman, II (May 9, 1943 – August 1, 1982) was an American racecar driver known as Jim Hickman. ...  more
  • BirthplaceArdmore, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceArdmore, Oklahoma

    Marcus Dell Gastineau (born November 20, 1956) is an American former football player who was a defensive end for the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988. A five-time Pro Bowler, he was one the quickest...  more

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  • Jerry Hopper

    Dec. at 81 (1907-1988)

    BirthplaceGuthrie, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceGuthrie, Oklahoma

    Jerry Hopper (July 29, 1907 – December 17, 1988) was an American film and television director, active from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s. He was an editor at Paramount Pictures before moving...  more
  • BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Daniel Oliver Hampton also known as "Danimal" (born September 19, 1957) is a retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle who played twelve seasons for the Chicago Bears from 1979 to 1990...  more

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  • Jerry Nelson

    Dec. at 78 (1934-2012)

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

    Jerry L. Nelson (July 10, 1934 – August 23, 2012) was an American puppeteer, singer, and musician, best known for his work with The Muppets. Renowned for his wide range of characters and singing...  more
  • David Biespiel

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    David Biespiel is an American poet, memoirist, and critic born in 1964 and raised in the Meyerland section of Houston, Texas. He is the founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in Portland,...  more
  • BirthplaceEnid, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceEnid, Oklahoma

    Owen Kay Garriott (November 22, 1930 – April 15, 2019) was an American electrical engineer and NASA astronaut, who spent 60 days aboard the Skylab space station in 1973 during the Skylab 3 mission,...  more
  • BirthplaceEdmond, Oklahoma, USA

    BirthplaceEdmond, Oklahoma, USA

    Hayley McFarland (born March 29, 1991) is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is best known for her portrayal of Emily Lightman on the Fox TV series Lie to Me and Brooke Putner on the FX TV...  more
  • BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Heather Elizabeth Anderson (née Langenkamp; born July 17, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and prosthetic makeup coordinator. She began her career as an extra in the Francis Ford Coppola films...  more

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  • Milt Davis

    Dec. at 79 (1929-2008)

    BirthplaceMuskogee, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceMuskogee, Oklahoma

    Milton Eugene Davis (May 31, 1929 – September 29, 2008) was a defensive back who played four seasons in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts. He had 27 career interceptions with the Colts, and he led the...  more
  • BirthplaceElk City, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceElk City, Oklahoma

    Susan Powell may refer to: Susan Powell (Miss America) (born 1959), American actress, singer, and television personality Susan Powell (weather forecaster), British weather reporter for the BBC Susan...  more
  • BirthplaceMidwest City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    BirthplaceMidwest City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    J. D. Runnels (born June 19, 1984) is a former American football fullback. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at...  more
  • Albert S. Rogell

    Dec. at 87 (1901-1988)

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Albert S. Rogell (August 21, 1901 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - April 7, 1988 Los Angeles, California) was an American film director.Rogell directed more more than a hundred movies between 1921 and 1958....  more