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Famous People From Philadelphia

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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

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Kat Dennings

    BirthplaceBryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Katherine Victoria Litwack (born June 13, 1986), known professionally as Kat Dennings, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Grace Kelly

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Chris Matthews

    BirthplaceSomerton, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

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  • Lauren Cohan

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is a British–American actress and model who has dual... more on Wikipedia

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  • Seth Green

    Seth Green

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceOverbrook Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

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  • Noam Chomsky

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

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

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  • Kate Gosselin

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Adam Goldstein

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Billie Holiday

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Jack Klugman

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Eve


    Age: 41

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Christina Perri

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Christina Judith Perri (born August 19, 1986) is an American singer and songwriter from Bucks... more on Wikipedia

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  • Toukie Smith

    Toukie Smith

    Age: 65

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Doris A. "Toukie" Smith is an American actress and model. Smith is best known for her role as... more on Wikipedia
  • Jill Scott

    Jill Scott

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceUSA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her... more on Wikipedia

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  • Janet Gaynor

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Linda Fiorentino
    Clorinda Fiorentino (born March 9, 1958 or 1960) (sources differ) is an American actress.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sam Wood

    Sam Wood

    Dec. at 65 (1884-1949)

    BirthplaceUSA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

    Mark Levin

    Age: 63

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Stephen A. Schwarzman

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Stephen Allen Schwarzman (born February 14, 1947) is an American businessman and... more on Wikipedia
  • Lee Daniels

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Lee Louis Daniels (born December 24, 1959) is an American film and television writer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Marsha A. Hunt
    Marsha Hunt (born April 15, 1946) is an American actress, novelist, singer and former model,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Michael Medved

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Matt Mulhern

    BirthplaceUSA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Matt Mulhern (born July 21, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor who has... more on Wikipedia
  • Eddie Fisher

    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 on Wikipedia

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