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Famous People From Pennsylvania

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

These people, like Murder of Scott Amedure and David O. Selznick include images when available.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Pennsylvania?" or "Which celebrities were born in Pennsylvania?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Taylor Swift1

    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known...  more

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  • Kobe Bryant2

    Kobe Bryant

    Dec. at 41 (1978-2020)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball...  more

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  • Sharon Stone3

    BirthplaceMeadville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Sharon Vonne Stone (born March 10, 1958) is an American actress, producer, and former fashion...  more

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  • Tina Fey4

    Tina Fey

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceUpper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer,...  more

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  • Grace Kelly5

    Grace Kelly

    Dec. at 53 (1929-1982)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American film actress who...  more

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  • Chris Matthews6

    BirthplaceSomerton, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Christopher John Matthews (born December 17, 1945) is an American political commentator, talk...  more

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  • Seth Green7

    Seth Green

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceUSA, Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Seth Benjamin Green (born February 8, 1974) is an American actor, voice artist, producer,...  more

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  • Dennis Miller8

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Dennis Michael Miller (born November 3, 1953) is an American talk show host, political...  more

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  • Noam Chomsky9

    BirthplaceEast Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive...  more

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  • Kate Gosselin10

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Katie Irene "Kate" Gosselin (née Kreider; born March 28, 1975) is an American television...  more

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  • Adam Goldstein11

    Adam Goldstein

    Dec. at 36 (1973-2009)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Adam Michael Goldstein (March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009), known professionally as DJ AM, was...  more

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  • Billie Holiday12

    Billie Holiday

    Dec. at 44 (1915-1959)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), better known as Billie Holiday, was an...  more

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  • Jack Klugman13

    Jack Klugman

    Age: Died at 90 (1922-2012)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Jack Klugman (April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012) was an American stage, film, and television...  more

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  • Stan Musial14

    Stan Musial

    Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

    BirthplaceDonora, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Stanley Frank Musial (; born Stanisław Franciszek Musiał; November 21, 1920 – January 19,...  more

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  • Samuel Barber15

    Samuel Barber

    Dec. at 71 (1910-1981)

    BirthplaceWest Chester, Pennsylvania

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  • Jack Palance16

    Jack Palance

    Dec. at 87 (1919-2006)

    BirthplaceHazle Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Jack Palance ( PAL-əns; born Volodymyr Palahniuk (Ukrainian: Володимир Палагню́к); February...  more

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  • Billy Barty17

    Billy Barty

    Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)

    BirthplaceMillsboro, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Billy Barty (born William John Bertanzetti, October 25, 1924 – December 23, 2000) was an...  more

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  • Janet Gaynor18

    Janet Gaynor

    Dec. at 78 (1906-1984)

    BirthplaceGermantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Janet Gaynor (born Laura Augusta Gainor; October 6, 1906 – September 14, 1984) was an American...  more

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  • Sam Wood19

    Sam Wood

    Dec. at 65 (1884-1949)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Samuel Grosvenor Wood (July 10, 1883 – September 22, 1949) was an American film director and...  more

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  • Olive Thomas20

    Olive Thomas

    Dec. at 26 (1894-1920)

    BirthplaceCharleroi, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Olive Thomas (born Oliva R. Duffy; October 20, 1894 – September 10, 1920) was an American...  more
  • Jamie Kennedy21

    BirthplaceUSA, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

    James Harvey Kennedy (born May 25, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, television...  more

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  • Stephen A. Schwarzman22

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Stephen Allen Schwarzman (born February 14, 1947) is an American businessman and...  more
  • David O. Selznick23

    David O. Selznick

    Dec. at 63 (1902-1965)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    David O. Selznick (May 10, 1902 – June 22, 1965) was an American film producer, screenwriter...  more
  • Bam Margera24

    BirthplaceWest Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera ( mar-JAIR-ə; born September 28, 1979) is an American professional...  more

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  • Eddie Fisher25

    Eddie Fisher

    Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Edwin John "Eddie" Fisher (August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010) was an American singer and...  more

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