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Famous People From Tampa

Updated June 8, 2017 22.4k views471 items

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.
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  • Sarah Paulson

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    Sarah Catharine Paulson (born December 17, 1974) is an American actress. She has received... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jim Neidhart
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  • Dwight Gooden

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    Dwight Eugene "Doc" Gooden (born November 16, 1964), nicknamed "Dr. K", is an American former... more on Wikipedia

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  • Steve Keirn

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    Stephen Paul Keirn (born September 10, 1951) is an American retired professional wrestler. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Luis Gonzalez

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    Luis Emilio Gonzalez (born September 3, 1967), nicknamed "Gonzo", is an American former... more on Wikipedia
  • Austin Idol

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    Michael McCord (born October 26, 1949) is an American retired professional wrestler, better... more on Wikipedia
  • Jerry Flynn
    William Brenneman (born November 21, 1959) is an American retired professional wrestler and... more on Wikipedia
  • Tony La Russa

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    Anthony La Russa, Jr. (; born October 4, 1944) is the former manager of the St. Louis... more on Wikipedia

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  • Al Lopez

    Al Lopez

    Dec. at 97 (1908-2005)

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

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  • Shawn Pyfrom

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    Shawn Caminiti Pyfrom (born August 16, 1986) is an American actor who has appeared in several... more on Wikipedia
  • Don Garlits

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Donald Glenn "Don" Garlits (born January 14, 1932, Tampa, Florida) is an American race car... more on Wikipedia
  • Dan Spivey

    Dan Spivey

    Age: 67
    Daniel Eugene Spivey (born October 14, 1952) is an American retired professional wrestler best... more on Wikipedia
  • Joseph Kittinger

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Joseph William Kittinger II (born July 27, 1928) is a retired colonel in the United States Air... more on Wikipedia
  • Bob McNair

    Bob McNair

    Age: 83

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Robert C. McNair (January 1, 1937 – November 23, 2018) was an American businessman,... more on Wikipedia
  • Lauren C. Mayhew

    BirthplaceTampa, USA, Florida

    Lauren Courtney Mayhew (November 27, 1989) is an American singer, actress and former ring... more on Wikipedia
  • David Sanborn

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

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  • Nat Adderley

    Nat Adderley

    Dec. at 69 (1931-2000)

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    Nat Adderley (November 25, 1931 – January 2, 2000) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rebecca Curci Hickenbottom

    Rebecca Curci Hickenbottom

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

  • BirthplaceYbor City, Tampa, Florida, United States of America

    Fernando "Ferdie" Pacheco (December 8, 1927 – November 16, 2017) was the personal physician... more on Wikipedia
  • Lou Piniella

    BirthplaceWest Tampa, Tampa, Florida

    Louis Victor Piniella ( usually ; born August 28, 1943) is a former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia

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  • Julian Lane

    Dec. at 83 (1914-1997)

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

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  • Lewis Billups

    Lewis Billups

    Age: Died at 31 (1963-1994)

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Lewis Billups (October 10, 1963 in Tampa, Florida – April 10, 1994 in Orlando, Florida) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • Gary Sheffield

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

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  • Janet Echelman

    Janet Echelman

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

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  • Carol Plants

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Carol Plants was born into poverty in Clearwater, Florida. After a childhood of neglect and...