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Famous People From Tennessee

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

List is made up of a variety of people, including Robin Morse and Uncle Am Stuart.

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

    Age: 34

    BirthplaceOak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


    Alternative NameMegan Fox

    Megan Denise Fox (born May 16, 1986) is an American actress and model. She began her acting career in 2001, with several minor television and film roles, and played a regular role on the Hope & Faith...  more

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  • BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America


    Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on...  more

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  • BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA


    Alternative NameCybill Shepherd

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  • BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America


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    Alternative NameKathy D. Bates^! Kathy Bates

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  • Reggie White

    Dec. at 43 (1961-2004)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America


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  • Brad Renfro

    Dec. at 26 (1982-2008)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America


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  • Dixie Carter

    Dec. at 71 (1939-2010)

    BirthplaceMcLemoresville, Tennessee, USA


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  • Johnny Ace

    Dec. at 25 (1929-1954)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee


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  • Huell Howser

    Dec. at 68 (1945-2013)

    BirthplaceGallatin, Tennessee, United States of America


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  • Jack Hanna

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America


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  • Mark Doty

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceMaryville, Tennessee


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  • Davy Crockett

    Dec. at 50 (1786-1836)

    BirthplaceTennessee, United States of America


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  • Duane Allman

    Dec. at 25 (1946-1971)

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee


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  • Bessie Smith

    Dec. at 43 (1894-1937)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America


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  • Carl Smith

    Dec. at 83 (1927-2010)

    BirthplaceMaynardville, Tennessee, United States of America


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  • Minnie Pearl

    Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

    BirthplaceCenterville, Tennessee, United States of America


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  • Thomas C. Hindman

    Dec. at 40 (1828-1868)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America


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  • William H. Hastie

    Dec. at 72 (1904-1976)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America


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  • Lane Smith

    Dec. at 69 (1936-2005)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America


    Walter Lane Smith III (April 29, 1936 – June 13, 2005) was an American actor. His well-known roles included portraying collaborator entrepreneur Nathan Bates in the NBC television series V, Mayor...  more
  • BirthplaceMurfreesboro, Tennessee


    Margaret Rhea Seddon (born November 8, 1947) is a physician and retired NASA astronaut. After being selected as part of the first group of astronauts to include women, she flew on three Space Shuttle...  more
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  • James Agee

    Dec. at 46 (1909-1955)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee


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  • BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee, United States of America


    Gregory LeNoir Allman (December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band. Allman grew up with an interest in...  more

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  • Al Jackson, Jr.

    Dec. at 40 (1935-1975)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee


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