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

List people range from Kobe Bryant to Bradley Cooper.

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

Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
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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Kat Dennings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Age: 32

Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Katherine Victoria Litwack (born June 13, 1986), known professionally as Kat Dennings, is an American actress. She is best known for starring as Max Black in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls ...more

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Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
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) 4 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
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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Lauren Cohan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Age: 37

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is a British–American actress and model who has dual citizenship in the United States and the United Kingdom. She is best known for her role as Maggie Greene ...more

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Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
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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Noam Chomsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
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) 8 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
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) 9 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
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) 10 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Dec. at 44 (1915-1959)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her ...more

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Jack Klugman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
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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Eve is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Age: 40

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best ...more

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Christina Perri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Age: 32

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Christina Judith Perri (born August 19, 1986) is an American singer and songwriter from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After her debut single "Jar of Hearts" was featured on the ...more

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Toukie Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Toukie Smith Age: 63

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Doris A. "Toukie" Smith is an American actress and model. Smith is best known for her role as Eva Rawley on the NBC sitcom 227 (1989–90). She is the sister of fashion designer Willi

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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Age: 46

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum, and the follow-ups ...more

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Janet Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
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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Linda Fiorentino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia

Birthplace: South Philadelphia, United States of America

Clorinda Fiorentino (born March 9, 1958 or 1960) (sources differ) is an American actress. Fiorentino made her screen debut with a leading role in the 1985 coming-of-age drama film Vision Quest, ...more

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Sam Wood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Dec. at 65 (1884-1949)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Samuel Grosvenor Wood (July 10, 1883 – September 22, 1949) was an American film director and producer, who was best known for directing such Hollywood hits as A Night at the Opera, A Day at the ...more

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Mark Levin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Mark Levin Age: 61

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Mark Reed Levin (; born September 21, 1957) is an American lawyer, author, and radio personality. He is the host of syndicated radio show The Mark Levin Show, as well as Life, Liberty & ...more

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Stephen A. Schwarzman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Age: 72

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Stephen Allen Schwarzman (born February 14, 1947) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the chairman and CEO of The Blackstone Group, a global private equity firm he established ...more

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Lee Daniels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Age: 59

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Lee Louis Daniels (born December 24, 1959) is an American film and television writer, director, and producer. He produced Monster's Ball and directed Precious, which received six Academy Award ...more

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Marsha A. Hunt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Age: 72
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Michael Medved is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Age: 70

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Michael Saul Medved (born October 3, 1948) is an American radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic. His talk show, The Michael Medved Show is syndicated from his home ...more
Matt Mulhern is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
Age: 58

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Matt Mulhern (born July 21, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor who has starred in such films as One Crazy Summer and Biloxi Blues, and such television series such as Major ...more
Eddie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Philadelphia
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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