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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.
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 29

Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Born and ...more

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 41 (1978-2020)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the ...more

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Sharon Stone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 60

Birthplace: Meadville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Sharon Vonne Stone (born March 10, 1958) is an American actress, producer, and former fashion model. She is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award and has received nominations for an Academy ...more

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 48

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series ...more

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Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 53 (1929-1982)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American film actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956. After embarking on an ...more

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Chris Matthews is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 73

Birthplace: Somerton, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Christopher John Matthews (born December 17, 1945) is an American political commentator, talk show host, and author. Matthews is known for his nightly hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris ...more

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Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 45

Birthplace: Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Seth Benjamin Green (born February 8, 1974) is an American actor, voice artist, producer, writer and director. He is best known as the co-creator, executive producer and most frequent voice on ...more

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Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 66

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dennis Michael Miller (born November 3, 1953) is an American talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, actor, and comedian. He was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 ...more

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Noam Chomsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 90

Birthplace: East Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes called "the father of ...more

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Kate Gosselin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 43

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Katie Irene "Kate" Gosselin (née Kreider; born March 28, 1975) is an American television personality. She achieved national and international recognition on the US reality TV ...more

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Adam Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 36 (1973-2009)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Adam Michael Goldstein (March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009), known professionally as DJ AM, was an American disc jockey (DJ). Born in Philadelphia, Goldstein became interested in deejaying as a ...more

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 44 (1915-1959)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Jack Klugman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: Died at 90 (1922-2012)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Jack Klugman (April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012) was an American stage, film, and television actor.He began his career in 1950, and started television and film work with roles in 12 Angry Men ...more

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Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

Birthplace: Donora, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Stanley Frank Musial (; born Stanisław Franciszek Musiał; November 21, 1920 – January 19, 2013), nicknamed Stan the Man, was an American baseball outfielder and first baseman. He spent 22 ...more

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Samuel Barber is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 71 (1910-1981)

Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Samuel Osmond Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century; ...more

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Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 87 (1919-2006)

Birthplace: Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Jack Palance ( PAL-əns; born Volodymyr Palahniuk (Ukrainian: Володимир Палагню́к); February 18, 1919 – November 10, 2006) was an American actor of Ukrainian descent. He was nominated for three ...more

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Billy Barty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)

Birthplace: Millsboro, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA

Billy Barty (born William John Bertanzetti, October 25, 1924 – December 23, 2000) was an American actor and activist. In adult life, he stood three feet, nine inches (114 cm), due to ...more

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Janet Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 78 (1906-1984)

Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Janet Gaynor (born Laura Augusta Gainor; October 6, 1906 – September 14, 1984) was an American film, stage and television actress and painter. Gaynor began her career as an extra in shorts and ...more

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Sam Wood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 65 (1884-1949)

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Olive Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 26 (1894-1920)

Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Jamie Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 48

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Stephen A. Schwarzman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 72

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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David O. Selznick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 63 (1902-1965)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

David O. Selznick (May 10, 1902 – June 22, 1965) was an American film producer, screenwriter and film studio executive. He is best known for producing Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca ...more
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Bam Margera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Age: 39

Birthplace: USA, West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Eddie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Pennsylvania
Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Edwin John "Eddie" Fisher (August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010) was an American singer and actor. He was one of the most popular artists during the first half of the 1950s, selling ...more

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