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Famous People From South Carolina

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

This list below has a variety of people, like Alphonse Mouzon and Henry Percy Brewster, in it.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from South Carolina?" or "Which celebrities were born in South Carolina?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 53

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Andrew Roane Dick (born Andrew Thomlinson, December 21, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and television and film producer. Best known as a comic, he is also known for his ...more

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Mary-Louise Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 54

Birthplace: Fort Jackson, South Carolina, United States of America

Mary-Louise Parker (born August 2, 1964) is an American actress and writer. After making her stage debut as Rita in a Broadway production of Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss in 1990 (for which ...more

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Andie MacDowell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 60

Birthplace: Gaffney, South Carolina, United States of America

Rosalie Anderson MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American actress and fashion model. She made her film debut in 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, before receiving ...more

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Lauren Hutton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 75

Birthplace: USA, South Carolina, Charleston

Mary Laurence "Lauren" Hutton (born November 17, 1943) is an American model and actress. Raised in the southern United States, Hutton relocated to New York City in her early adulthood ...more

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Jessica Stroup is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 32

Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina, United States of America

Jessica Leigh Stroup (born October 23, 1986) is an American actress, best known for her role as Erin Silver on 90210 (2008–13), Max Hardy on The Following (2014–15) and Joy Meachum on Iron Fist ...more
Big Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 47

Birthplace: Aiken, South Carolina, United States of America

Paul Donald Wight II (born February 8, 1972) is an American professional wrestler and actor currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Big Show. Wight ...more

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 42

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America

Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player who played for 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Known for his intensity, ...more

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Bernard Baruch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Dec. at 95 (1870-1965)

Birthplace: Camden, South Carolina, United States of America

Bernard Mannes Baruch (; August 19, 1870 – June 20, 1965) was an American financier, stock investor, philanthropist, statesman, and political consultant. After his success in business, he ...more
Shepard Fairey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Shepard Fairey Age: 49

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

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Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 41

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Courtney Lanair Brown (born February 14, 1978) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He ...more
Stanley Donen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 94

Birthplace: United States of America, United States, with Territories, Columbia, South Carolina, + more

Stanley Donen ( DON-ən; April 13, 1924 – February 21, 2019) was an American film director and choreographer whose most celebrated works are On the Town (1949) and Singin' in the Rain (1952), ...more
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Dec. at 76 (1917-1993)

Birthplace: Cheraw, South Carolina, United States of America

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and singer.Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, ...more

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Ainsley Earhardt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 42

Birthplace: South Carolina, USA

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Strom Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Dec. at 101 (1902-2003)

Birthplace: Edgefield, South Carolina, United States of America

James Strom Thurmond Sr. (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) was an American politician who served for 48 years as a United States Senator from South Carolina. He ran for president in 1948 as the ...more
Shanola Hampton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 41

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Shanola Hampton (born May 27, 1977) is an American actress best known for her role as Veronica Fisher on Showtime dramedy Shameless.
Thomas Gibson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 56

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Thomas Ellis Gibson (born July 3, 1962) is an American actor and director. He portrayed Daniel Nyland in the CBS television series Chicago Hope, Greg Montgomery in the ABC television series ...more

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Nikki Haley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 47

Birthplace: Bamberg, South Carolina, United States of America

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Jayson Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 51

Birthplace: Ritter, South Carolina, United States of America

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Buck Baker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Dec. at 83 (1919-2002)

Birthplace: Richburg, South Carolina

Elzie Wylie Baker Sr. (March 4, 1919 – April 14, 2002), better known as Buck Baker, was an American stock car racer. Born in Richburg, South Carolina, Baker began his NASCAR career in 1949 and ...more
Jane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Jane Chambers Dec. at 46 (1937-1983)

Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina

Jane Chambers was an American playwright. She was a "pioneer in writing theatrical works with openly lesbian characters".
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Dec. at 68 (1782-1850)

Birthplace: Abbeville, South Carolina, USA

John Caldwell Calhoun (; March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850) was an American statesman from the Democratic party and political theorist from South Carolina who served as the seventh vice president ...more

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Robert Quinn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 28

Birthplace: Ladson, South Carolina

Robert Quinn (born May 18, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina, and was drafted ...more

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Darla Moore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 64

Birthplace: Lake City, South Carolina

Darla Dee Moore (born August 1, 1954) is an American investor and philanthropist. She is the former president and a partner of the private investment firm Rainwater Inc. and was married to ...more
Darian Durant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Age: 36

Birthplace: Florence, South Carolina

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Diego Corrales is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From South Carolina
Dec. at 30 (1977-2007)

Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina

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