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Famous People From South Dakota

Updated January 9, 2019 16.8k views545 items

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

These people, like Myron Floren and Shawn Colvin include images when available.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from South Dakota?" or "Which celebrities were born in South Dakota?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • BirthplaceWebster, South Dakota, United States of America


    Brock Edward Lesnar (; born July 12, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, and former...  more

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  • George McGovern

    Dec. at 90 (1922-2012)

    BirthplaceAvon, South Dakota, United States of America


    George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American historian, author,...  more

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  • Sparky Anderson

    Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)

    BirthplaceBridgewater, South Dakota, United States of America


    George Lee "Sparky" Anderson (February 22, 1934 – November 4, 2010) was an American Major...  more
  • BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota


    Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977) is a Russian-American assistant coach for the San...  more
  • Russell Means

    Dec. at 73 (1939-2012)

    BirthplacePine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, United States of America


    Russell Charles Means (November 10, 1939 – October 22, 2012) was an Oglala Lakota activist for...  more

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  • BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota, United States of America


    Lester Lawrence Lessig III (born June 3, 1961) is an American academic, attorney, and...  more
  • Joseph Hansen

    Dec. at 81 (1923-2004)

    BirthplaceAberdeen, South Dakota


    Joseph Hansen (July 19, 1923 – November 24, 2004) was an American crime writer and poet, best...  more
  • Hubert Humphrey

    Dec. at 67 (1911-1978)

    BirthplaceWallace, South Dakota, United States of America


    Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (May 27, 1911 – January 13, 1978) was an American politician who...  more
  • Crazy Horse (Lakota: Tȟašúŋke Witkó in Standard Lakota Orthography, IPA: /tχa'ʃʊ̃kɛ wit'kɔ/,...  more

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  • Dorothy Provine

    Dec. at 75 (1935-2010)

    BirthplaceDeadwood, South Dakota, United States of America


    Dorothy Michelle Provine (January 20, 1935 – April 25, 2010) was an American singer, dancer,...  more
  • Joseph H. Bottum

    Dec. at 81 (1903-1984)

    BirthplaceFaulkton, South Dakota, United States of America


    Joseph Henry Bottum (August 7, 1903 – July 4, 1984) was an American politician. He served as...  more
  • Ernest Lundeen

    Dec. at 62 (1878-1940)

    BirthplaceBeresford, South Dakota, United States of America


    Ernest Lundeen (August 4, 1878 – August 31, 1940) was an American lawyer and...  more
  • Billy Robinson

    Dec. at 32 (1884-1916)

    BirthplaceRedfield, South Dakota


    William C. "Billy" Robinson (September 24, 1884 in Redfield, South Dakota – March 11, 1916 in...  more
  • Cindy Preszler (born 1960) is a broadcast meteorologist for, a dynamic,...  more
  • BirthplaceYankton, South Dakota


    Charles Donald "Sam" Gemar (born August 4, 1955) is an American former astronaut with NASA and...  more
  • Allen Benson

    Dec. at 94 (1905-1999)

    BirthplaceHurley, South Dakota


    Allen Wilbert Benson (July 12, 1908 – November 16, 1999), nicknamed "Bullet", was a...  more
  • Cash Asmussen

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceAgar, South Dakota


    Cash Asmussen (born March 15, 1962 in Agar, South Dakota) is an American thoroughbred horse...  more
  • Earl Caddock

    Dec. at 62 (1888-1950)

    BirthplaceHuron, South Dakota


    Earl Caddock (February 27, 1888 – August 25, 1950) was an American professional wrestler and...  more
  • BirthplaceFlandreau, South Dakota


    Gene Myron Amdahl (November 16, 1922 – November 10, 2015) was an American computer architect...  more
  • Kris Krug

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceSioux Falls, South Dakota


    Kris Krug is a 2009 Shorty Awards nominee for the Photography....  more
  • BirthplaceWatertown, South Dakota


    Judith Ann (J. A.) Jance (born October 27, 1944) is an American author of mystery novels....  more
  • BirthplaceDeadwood, South Dakota


    Cris Williamson is an American feminist singer-songwriter, who achieved fame as a recording...  more

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  • Gary Owens

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceMitchell, South Dakota, United States of America


    Gary Owens (born Gary Bernard Altman; May 10, 1934 – February 12, 2015) was an American disc...  more
  • BirthplaceSouth Dakota


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  • Alvin Hansen

    Dec. at 88 (1887-1975)

    BirthplaceViborg, South Dakota


    Alvin Harvey Hansen (August 23, 1887 – June 6, 1975), often referred to as "the American...  more