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

People include everything from Leif Gantvoort to Steve Garvey.

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

Sarah Paulson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Sarah Paulson age 42 - Sarah Catherine Paulson is an American film, stage, and television actress. She began acting on stage, and in the 1990s starred in American Gothic, and Jack & Jill. She later appeared in ...more

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Jim Neidhart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Jim Neidhart age 62 - James Henry "Jim" Neidhart is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim "The Anvil" ...more

Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Dwight Gooden age 51 - Dwight Eugene "Doc" Gooden, nicknamed "Dr. K", is an American retired professional baseball player. A pitcher, Gooden played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, ...more

Steve Keirn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Steve Keirn age 65 - Stephen Paul "Steve" Keirn is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for being part of the tag team The Fabulous Ones, with Stan Lane, and later for a run in the ...more

Luis Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Luis Gonzalez age 48 - Luis Emilio Gonzalez, nicknamed "Gonzo", is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. A Cuban-American, Gonzalez spent his best years with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was one of the ...more

Austin Idol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Austin Idol age 67 - Mike McCord is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name the "Universal Heartthrob" Austin Idol.

Jerry Flynn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Jerry Flynn age 57 - William Brenneman is an American retired professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, better known by his ring name Jerry Flynn. Flynn is best known for his appearances with World ...more

Tony La Russa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Tony La Russa age 71 - Anthony "Tony" La Russa, Jr. is an American professional baseball player, manager, and executive. He is best known for his tenures as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland ...more

Al Lopez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Al Lopez Died at 97 (1908-2005) - Alfonso Ramón "Al" López was an American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. He played catcher for the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers, Boston Bees, Pittsburgh Pirates ...more

Shawn Pyfrom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Shawn Pyfrom age 30 - Shawn Caminiti Pyfrom is an American actor who has appeared in several television series and films, and is best known for his portrayal of Andrew Van de Kamp on ABC's Desperate Housewives, and ...more

Don Garlits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Don Garlits age 83 - Donald Glenn "Don" Garlits is an American race car driver and pioneering automotive engineer. He is considered the father of drag racing. He is known as "Big Daddy" to drag ...more

Dan Spivey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Dan Spivey age 64 - Daniel Eugene "Dan" Spivey is a retired American professional wrestler who worked for World Championship Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation, and All Japan Pro Wrestling between

Joseph Kittinger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Joseph Kittinger age 88 - Joseph William Kittinger II is a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. Following his initial operational assignment in fighter aircraft, he participated in ...more

Bob McNair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Bob McNair age 78 - Robert C. "Bob" McNair is an American businessman, philanthropist, and the owner of the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

Lauren C. Mayhew is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Lauren C. Mayhew age 28 - Lauren Courtney Mayhew is an American singer, actress and former ring announcer for WWE ECW.

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David Sanborn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Tampa
David Sanborn age 71 - David Sanborn is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo ...more

Nat Adderley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Nat Adderley Died at 69 (1931-2000) - Nathaniel "Nat" Adderley was an American jazz cornet and trumpet player who played in the hard bop and soul jazz genres. He was the brother of saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" ...more

Rebecca Curci Hickenbottom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Tampa

Ferdie Pacheco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Ferdie Pacheco age 88 - Dr. Ferdie Pacheco is the former personal physician and cornerman for world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, as well as numerous other boxing champions. Beginning in the late 1970s, ...more

Lou Piniella is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Lou Piniella age 73 - Louis Victor Piniella is a former professional baseball player and manager. An outfielder in the major leagues, he played five seasons with the Kansas City Royals and eleven seasons with the New ...more

Julian Lane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Julian Lane Died at 83 (1914-1997) - Julian Barnes Lane was an American politician and elected officeholder. Lane was the forty-eighth mayor of Tampa, Florida, and later a member of the Florida Legislature.

Lewis Billups is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Lewis Billups Died at 31 (1963-1994) - Lewis Billups was an American football cornerback who played seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers in the National Football League, recording 9 interceptions and 8 ...more

Gary Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Gary Sheffield age 47 - Gary Antonian Sheffield is an American retired Major League Baseball outfielder. He played with eight teams in the major leagues from 1988 to 2009. He currently works as a sports agent. For most ...more

Janet Echelman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Janet Echelman age 49 - Janet Echelman is an American sculptor and artist. She builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light — and become inviting focal ...more

Charlie Angel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Charlie Angel age 43

Carol Plants is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Carol Plants age 51 - Carol Plants was born into poverty in Clearwater, Florida. After a childhood of neglect and abuse, Carol escaped to California. She finished high school and went on to Pepperdine University to ...more

Tino Martinez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Tino Martinez age 48 - Constantino "Tino" Martinez is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and ...more

Patricia Gaffney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Patricia Gaffney Patricia Gaffney is an American writer of romance novels and women's fiction novels.

Michael Scionti is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Michael Scionti age 48 - Michael J. Scionti is an American lawyer and former politician from Tampa, Florida, who served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. He earned his bachelor of science degree ...more

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Geraldine Walther is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Geraldine Walther age 66 - Geraldine Lamboley Walther is an American violist. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Takács String Quartet, replacing Roger Tapping as violist of the group. She is the former ...more

Marcelino Huerta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Marcelino Huerta Died at 61 (1924-1985) - Marcelino "Chelo" Huerta, Jr. was an American college football player and coach. Huerta played college football for the University of Florida, and he was later the head football coach ...more

Robert Marve is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Robert Marve age 26 - Robert Eugene Marve is an American football quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. As a high school player, Marve was named Florida's Mr. Football and member ...more

Jerome James is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Jerome James age 41 - Jerome Keith James is an American professional basketball player who last played for Atenienses de Manatí of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional. Originally from Tampa, Florida, James played ...more

Joe Varde is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Joe Varde age 65 - Joe Varde is an American road racer. A five-time International Motor Sports Association champion, he has also made a few starts in NASCAR stock car competition, including racing in the Sprint ...more

Robert Lado is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Robert Lado Died at 80 (1915-1995) - Dr. Robert Lado was an American expert on modern linguistics. His parents were Spanish immigrants who relocated to Spain before he had a chance to learn English. He returned to the United States ...more

Jenny Lynn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Jenny Lynn age 62 - Jenny Lynn, is an American photographer. She works and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her 2004 monograph, "PhotoPlay," features photographs, collages, and photograms from thirty ...more

Jim Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Jim Wilkes age 65 - Jim Wilkes is an American lawyer. Mr. Wilkes is a Tampa, Florida native. He is known for his advocacy on behalf of nursing home residents who have been victims of abuse. Mr. Wilkes received his ...more

Mike Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Mike Williams age 31 - Michael Troy Williams is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. Williams played college football for the University of Southern California, and received ...more

DeAndre Presley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Tampa
DeAndre Presley age 25 - De'Andre Presley is an American football player.

Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Javier Arenas age 28 - Javier E. Arenas is an American football cornerback and return specialist who is currently a free agent of the National Football League. Arenas played college football for the University of ...more

Leon McQuay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Leon McQuay Died at 45 (1950-1995) - Leon McQuay was an American football running back.

David Hill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Tampa
David Hill age 54 - David Hill is an actor.

Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Ted Washington age 47 - Theodore Washington, Jr. is a former American football nose tackle. He was originally drafted out of Louisville by the San Francisco 49ers, 25th overall in the 1991 NFL Draft, but also played ...more

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Charlie Cuellar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Charlie Cuellar Died at 77 (1917-1994) - Jesus Patracis "Charlie" Cueller was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Chicago White Sox in 1950.

Randolph W. Thrower is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Randolph W. Thrower Died at 101 (1913-2014) - Randolph William Thrower was a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, a law firm with principal offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C. He was born in Tampa, Florida. Thrower, ...more

Eugene Raymond Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Eugene Raymond Hutchinson Died at 77 (1880-1957) - Eugene Hutchinson was an American photographer. Like contemporaries Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, Hutchinson first made his mark as a pictorialist, using lighting and darkroom techniques ...more

John Mercer Brooke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Tampa
John Mercer Brooke Died at 80 (1826-1906) - John Mercer Brooke was an American sailor, engineer, scientist, and educator. He was instrumental in the creation of the Transatlantic Cable, and was a noted marine and military innovator.

James Wilder, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Tampa
James Wilder, Jr. age 23 - James Curtis Wilder, Jr. is an American football running back for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football at Florida State.

Ralph Onis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Ralph Onis Died at 87 (1908-1995) - Manuel Dominguez "Ralph" Onis, nicknamed "Curly", was a professional baseball player who played catcher in one game for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 27, 1935. His parents ...more

James S. Moody, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Tampa
James S. Moody, Jr. age 68 - James S. Moody, Jr. is an American lawyer and judge. He currently serves on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Moody was born in Tampa, Florida. He received his ...more