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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Megan Fox age 30 - Megan Denise Fox 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 television ...more

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Justin Timberlake age 36 - Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. ...more

Cybill Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Cybill Shepherd age 67 - Cybill Lynne Shepherd is an American actress, singer and former model. Shepherd's better known roles include Jacy in The Last Picture Show, Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid, Betsy in Taxi Driver, ...more

Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Randy Orton age 37 - Randall Keith "Randy" Orton is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is signed to WWE, where he is a 12-time world champion, having held the WWE Championship eight times and ...more

Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Kathy Bates age 68 - Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress and film director. After appearing in several minor roles in film and television during the 1970s and the 1980s, Bates rose to ...more

Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Reggie White Died at 43 (1961-2004) - Reginald Howard "Reggie" White was an American college and professional football player who was mostly a defensive end but also played some defensive tackle in the National Football ...more

Brad Renfro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Brad Renfro Died at 26 (1982-2008) - Brad Barron Renfro was an American actor and musician. He made his film debut at the age of eleven in the lead role of Joel Schumacher's The Client, going on to star in 21 feature films, several ...more

Dixie Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Dixie Carter Died at 71 (1939-2010) - Dixie Virginia Carter was an American film, television, and stage actress. From 1986 to 1993, she starred as Julia Sugarbaker in the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Carter made her professional ...more

Johnny Ace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Johnny Ace Died at 25 (1929-1954) - John Marshall Alexander, Jr., known by the stage name Johnny Ace, was an American rhythm and blues singer. He scored a string of hit singles in the mid-1950s before dying of an accidental ...more

Huell Howser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Huell Howser Died at 68 (1945-2013) - Huell Burnley Howser was an American television personality, actor, and voice artist best known for hosting California's Gold, his travel show based in Los Angeles at KCET for California PBS ...more

Jack Hanna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Jack Hanna age 70 - John Bushnell "Jack" Hanna is an American zookeeper who is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He was Director of the zoo from 1978 to 1993, and is viewed as ...more

Mark Doty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Mark Doty age 63 - Mark Doty is an American poet and memoirist, and the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008.

Davy Crockett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Davy Crockett Died at 50 (1786-1836) - David "Davy" Stern Crockett was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet "King of the ...more

Duane Allman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Duane Allman Died at 25 (1946-1971) - Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, co-founder and leader of the The Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle accident in 1971 at the age of 24. The ...more

Bessie Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Bessie Smith Died at 43 (1894-1937) - Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest ...more

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Carl Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Carl Smith Died at 83 (1927-2010) - Carl Milton Smith was an American country music singer. Known as "Mister Country," Smith was the husband of June Carter and Goldie Hill, and the father of Carlene Carter. He was one of ...more

Minnie Pearl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Minnie Pearl Died at 84 (1912-1996) - Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, known professionally as Minnie Pearl, was an American country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and on the television show Hee Haw ...more

Thomas C. Hindman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Thomas C. Hindman Died at 40 (1828-1868) - Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Jr. was a lawyer, United States Representative from the 1st Congressional District of Arkansas, and a Major General in the Confederate States Army during the American ...more

William H. Hastie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
William H. Hastie Died at 72 (1904-1976) - William Henry Hastie, Jr. was an American, lawyer, judge, educator, public official, and advocate for the civil rights of African Americans. He was the first African American to serve as ...more

Lane Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Lane Smith Died at 69 (1936-2005) - Walter Lane Smith III, known as Lane Smith, was an American actor. Some of his well known roles included portraying collaborator entrepreneur Nathan Bates in the NBC television series V, Mayor ...more

Margaret Rhea Seddon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Margaret Rhea Seddon age 69 - Margaret Rhea Seddon 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 flights: as ...more

Wayne White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Wayne White age 58 - Wayne White is an American artist, art director, puppeteer, set designer, animator, cartoonist and illustrator.

James Agee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
James Agee Died at 46 (1909-1955) - James Rufus Agee was an American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A ...more

Gregg Allman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Gregg Allman age 69 - Gregory LeNoir "Gregg" Allman is an American rock and blues singer-songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and a founding member, with his brother Duane, of The Allman Brothers Band. In the ...more

Al Jackson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Al Jackson, Jr. Died at 40 (1935-1975) - Al Jackson, Jr. was a drummer, producer, and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a group of session musicians who worked for Stax Records and ...more

Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Young Buck age 36 - David Darnell Brown, also known as Young Buck, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, and producer. Buck is a former member of the hip hop group UTP Playas. As a music executive, he is ...more

Polly Bergen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Polly Bergen Died at 84 (1930-2014) - Polly Bergen was an American actress, singer, television host, writer, and entrepreneur. She won an Emmy Award in 1958 for her performance as Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story. For her ...more

Tommy Burks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Tommy Burks Died at 58 (1940-1998) - Tommy Burks was a farmer and Democratic Party politician in Tennessee, United States. He served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1970 until 1978, and in the Tennessee State Senate ...more

Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Vada Pinson Died at 57 (1938-1995) - Vada Edward Pinson, Jr. was an American center fielder and coach in Major League Baseball. He played in the major leagues for 18 years, from 1958 through 1975, and his greatest seasons were with ...more

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Cordell Hull is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Cordell Hull Died at 84 (1871-1955) - Cordell Hull was an American politician from the U.S. state of Tennessee. He is best known as the longest serving Secretary of State, holding the position for 11 years in the administration of ...more

Roy Acuff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Roy Acuff Died at 89 (1903-1992) - Roy Claxton Acuff was an American country music singer, fiddler, and promoter. Known as the "King of Country Music," Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string ...more

Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Carl Perkins Died at 66 (1932-1998) - Carl Lee Perkins was an American singer-songwriter who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning in 1954. His best-known song is "Blue Suede Shoes". ...more

Pat Dillard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Pat Dillard Died at 34 (1873-1907) - Robert Lee "Pat" Dillard was a professional baseball player from 1896 to 1906. He played one season in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. Dillard was 6 feet tall and ...more

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Donald "Duck" Dunn Died at 71 (1941-2012) - Donald "Duck" Dunn was an American bass guitarist, session musician, record producer, and songwriter. Dunn was notable for his 1960s recordings with Booker T. & the M.G.'s and as a ...more

John Bell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
John Bell Died at 73 (1796-1869) - John Bell was an American politician, attorney, and plantation owner. One of Tennessee's most prominent antebellum politicians, he served in the House of Representatives from 1827 to 1841, and ...more

Buford Pusser is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Buford Pusser Died at 37 (1937-1974) - Buford Hayse Pusser was the Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1970. Pusser is known for his virtual one-man war on moonshining, prostitution, gambling, and other vices on the ...more

Dixie Lee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Dixie Lee Died at 41 (1911-1952) - Dixie Lee was an American actress, dancer, and singer. Born Wilma Winifred Wyatt, she adopted the professional name "Dixie Carroll" as a singer and showgirl. Winfield Sheehan of the ...more

Nathan Bedford Forrest III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Nathan Bedford Forrest III Died at 38 (1905-1943) - Nathan Bedford Forrest III was a brigadier general of the United States Army Air Forces, and a great-grandson of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was killed in action in Germany ...more

Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Tennessee Ernie Ford Died at 72 (1919-1991) - Ernest Jennings Ford, known professionally as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical ...more

Dan Schneider is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Dan Schneider age 51 - Dan Schneider is an American songwriter, actor, screenwriter, and producer of films and television. After appearing in mostly supporting roles in a number of 1980s and 1990s films and TV shows, ...more

George Gordon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
George Gordon Died at 75 (1836-1911) - George Washington Gordon was a general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. After the war, he practiced law in Pulaski, Tennessee, where the Ku Klux Klan was formed. He ...more

Charlie Ergen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Charlie Ergen age 62 - Charles Charlie Ergen was born March 1, 1953. He is the co-founder and CEO of Echostar Communications Corporation, which is the former parent company of Dish Network. Charles started Echostar in ...more

Alvin C. York is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Alvin C. York Died at 77 (1887-1964) - Alvin Cullum York, known also by his rank, Sergeant York, was one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War I. He received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine ...more

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George Went Hensley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
George Went Hensley Died at 75 (1880-1955) - George Went Hensley was an American Pentecostal minister best known for popularizing the practice of snake handling. A native of rural Appalachia, Hensley experienced a religious conversion ...more

Besse Cooper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Besse Cooper Died at 116 (1896-2012) - Besse Berry Cooper was an American supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living person from June 21, 2011, until her death. She was, at the time of her death, the eighth oldest verified ...more

John Crowe Ransom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
John Crowe Ransom Died at 86 (1888-1974) - John Crowe Ransom was an American educator, scholar, literary critic, poet, essayist and editor. He is considered to be a founder of the New Criticism school of literary criticism. As a faculty ...more

James M. Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
James M. Buchanan Died at 94 (1919-2013) - James McGill Buchanan, Jr. was an American economist known for his work on public choice theory, for which he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in 1986. Buchanan's work initiated research on how ...more

Kristian Bush is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Kristian Bush age 47 - Kristian Merrill Bush is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Bush is a former member of the folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim with Andrew Hyra, and is one half of the ...more

Nathan Bedford Forrest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Nathan Bedford Forrest Died at 56 (1821-1877) - Nathan Bedford Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He is remembered as a self-educated, brutal, and innovative cavalry leader during the war ...more

Kenneth T. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Kenneth T. Jackson age 77 - Kenneth Terry Jackson is a professor of history and social sciences at Columbia University. A frequent television guest, he is best known as an urban historian and a preeminent authority on New ...more