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Famous People From Pensacola

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

List ranges from Katharine Jefferts Schori to Mark Whiten, plus much more.

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

    Age: 31

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Josh Wallace is a basketball player....
  • Steve Fowler

    Steve Fowler is a pianist....
  • Anthony Cannon

    Age: 36

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Anthony Devon Cannon (born December 31, 1984) is a former gridiron football linebacker. Cannon was most recently a member of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by...  more
  • Ken Wright

    Age: 74

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Kenneth Warren Wright (September 4, 1946 – January 21, 2017) was a professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball from 1970-74 for the Kansas City...  more
  • Steve Rivera

    Age: 66

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Steve Rivera is a former American football Wide Receiver from the University of California. He played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers....  more
  • Weegie Thompson

    Age: 60

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Willis Hope "Weegie" Thompson (born March 21, 1961 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He...  more
  • Albert Laney

    Dec. at 92 (1896-1988)

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Albert 'Al' Gillis Laney was an American sportswriter who specialized in tennis and golf but also covered baseball, boxing and American football. Laney was born on January 11, 1895 in Pensacola,...  more
  • Jim Smith

    Age: 62

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

    Jim Smith is a Nebraska state senator from Papillion, Nebraska, United States, in the Nebraska Legislature. Smith is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, serving as Nebraska state...  more
  • Reggie Johnson

    Age: 53

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Reginald Roosevelt Johnson is a former professional American football player who played tight end for seven seasons for the Denver Broncos (1991–1993), the Green Bay Packers (1994, 1997), the...  more
  • Lamarcus Farmer

    Age: 28

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Lamarcus Farmer is an American Football defensive back for the UAB Blazers....
  • Benny Spellman

    Dec. at 79 (1931-2011)

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Benny Spellman (December 11, 1931 – June 3, 2011) was an American R&B singer, best known for the 1962 single "Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)" and its B-side "Fortune Teller", both written by Allen...  more
  • Robin Braun

    Robin Rumble Braun is an American vice admiral in the United States Navy. She currently serves as Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander, Navy Reserve Force. She assumed her current assignment on August...  more
  • Horace Jones

    Age: 72

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Horace Arthur Jones (born July 31, 1949) is a former professional American football player who played defensive end for six seasons for the Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks....  more
  • Ashton Hayward

    Age: 51

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

    Ashton James Hayward III (born April 15, 1969) is the former mayor of Pensacola, Florida, serving from 2011 to 2018. He is currently the president of the Andrews Research and Education Foundation. He...  more
  • Chris Kazakos

    Age: 42

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

  • Jon Akin

    Age: 44

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Jon Akin is a retired American soccer forward who is the head coach of the Oglethorpe University men's soccer team....  more
  • Ida Goodson

    Dec. at 90 (1909-2000)

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Ida Goodson (November 23, 1909 – January 5, 2000) was an American classic female blues and jazz singer and pianist....  more
  • Del Moore

    Dec. at 54 (1916-1970)

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, USA

    Del Moore (May 14, 1916 – August 30, 1970) was a comedian, a television and movie actor, and a radio announcer....  more
  • Joan Perry

    Dec. at 85 (1911-1996)

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Pensacola

    Joan Perry, born Elizabeth Rosiland Miller, was an American film actress, model, and singer. In the early 1930s, Perry worked as a model in New York City. In 1935 she went to Hollywood and was signed...  more
  • BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Pensacola

    Claire Lautier is an actress....  more
  • BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Alfred Lambremont Webre is an American author, lawyer, futurist, peace activist, environmental activist, and a space activist who promotes the ban of space weapons. He was a co-architect of the Space...  more
  • Daniel James, Jr.

    Dec. at 58 (1920-1978)

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. (February 11, 1920 – February 25, 1978) was an American fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, who in 1975 became the first African American to reach the rank of four-star...  more
  • BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Pensacola

    Roy Levesta Jones Jr. (born January 16, 1969) is an American former professional boxer, boxing commentator, boxing trainer, rapper, and actor who holds dual American and Russian citizenship. He...  more

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  • Teri Byrne

    Age: 49

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

    Teri Byrne (born April 11, 1972) is a former member of WCW's Nitro Girls and is a former fitness competitor....  more
  • BirthplacePensacola, Florida, USA

    Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969) is a former college and professional American football running back who became the National Football League's (NFL) all-time leading rusher during his...  more

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