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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
Age: 44

Birthplace: Tampa, USA, Florida

Sarah Catharine Paulson (born December 17, 1974) is an American actress. She has received numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. In 2017, Time named her ...more

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Jim Neidhart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 64
James Henry Neidhart (February 8, 1955 – August 13, 2018) was an American professional wrestler known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim ...more

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Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 54

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Dwight Eugene "Doc" Gooden (born November 16, 1964), nicknamed "Dr. K", is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball ...more

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Steve Keirn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 67

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Stephen Paul Keirn (born September 10, 1951) is an American retired professional wrestler. He is a graduate of Port Tampa's Robinson High School. He is best known for his appearances in multiple ...more
Luis Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 51

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Luis Emilio Gonzalez (born September 3, 1967), nicknamed "Gonzo", is an American former baseball outfielder who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for seven teams. ...more

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Austin Idol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 69
Michael McCord (born October 26, 1949) is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name the "Universal Heartthrob" Austin Idol. He currently performs as the ...more
Jerry Flynn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 59
William Brenneman (born November 21, 1959) is an American retired professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, better known by his ring name Jerry Flynn. Flynn is best known for his ...more
Tony La Russa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 74

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Anthony La Russa, Jr. (; born October 4, 1944) is the former manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox and a former American professional baseball player. He's ...more

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Al Lopez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Dec. at 97 (1908-2005)

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Alfonso Ramón López (August 20, 1908 – October 30, 2005) was a Spanish-American professional baseball catcher and manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Brooklyn ...more

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Shawn Pyfrom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 32

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Shawn Caminiti Pyfrom (born August 16, 1986) 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 ...more
Don Garlits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 87

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Donald Glenn "Don" Garlits (born January 14, 1932, Tampa, Florida) is an American race car driver and automotive engineer. He is considered the father of drag racing. He is known as ...more
Dan Spivey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 66

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Daniel Eugene Spivey (born October 14, 1952) is an American retired professional wrestler best known under the ring names "Dangerous" Dan Spivey, Danny Spivey, and Waylon Mercy, and ...more
Joseph Kittinger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 90

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Joseph William Kittinger II (born July 27, 1928) is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. His initial operational assignment was in fighter aircraft, then he ...more
Bob McNair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 82

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Robert C. McNair (January 1, 1937 – November 23, 2018) was an American businessman, philanthropist, and the owner of the National Football League (NFL)'s Houston Texans.
Lauren C. Mayhew is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 31

Birthplace: Tampa, USA, Florida

Lauren Courtney Mayhew (November 27, 1989) is an American singer, actress and former ring announcer for ECW.
David Sanborn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 73

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

David William Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. ...more

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Nat Adderley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Dec. at 69 (1931-2000)

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Nat Adderley (November 25, 1931 – January 2, 2000) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was the younger brother of saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, whom he remained very close ...more

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Rebecca Curci Hickenbott... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Rebecca Curci Hickenbottom Age: 45

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Ferdie Pacheco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 91

Birthplace: Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Fernando "Ferdie" Pacheco (December 8, 1927 – November 16, 2017) was the personal physician and cornerman for world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali as well as numerous other ...more
Lou Piniella is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 75

Birthplace: West Tampa, Tampa, Florida

Louis Victor Piniella ( usually ; born August 28, 1943) is a former professional baseball player and manager. An outfielder, he played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the ...more

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Julian Lane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Dec. at 83 (1914-1997)

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Julian Barnes Lane (October 21, 1914 – May 4, 1997) was an American politician and elected officeholder. Lane was the forty-eighth mayor of Tampa, Florida, and later a member of the Florida ...more
Lewis Billups is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: Died at 31 (1963-1994)

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Lewis Billups (October 10, 1963 in Tampa, Florida – April 10, 1994 in Orlando, Florida) was an American football cornerback who played seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay ...more
Gary Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 50

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played with eight teams from 1988 to 2009. He currently works as a sports agent. For ...more

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Janet Echelman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Janet Echelman Age: 53

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Janet Echelman (born 1966) is an American sculptor and fiber artist. Her sculptures have been displayed as public art, often as site-specific installations.Works include: 1.26, which has been ...more
Carol Plants is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Tampa
Age: 54

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

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