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Famous People From Tennessee

Updated December 20, 2018 75.0k views1.0k items

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.
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  • Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Young Buck

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee, United States of America

    David Darnell Brown (born March 15, 1981), best known by his stage name Young Buck, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Polly Bergen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Polly Bergen

    Dec. at 84 (1930-2014)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, USA

    Polly Bergen (born Nellie Paulina Burgin; July 14, 1930 – September 20, 2014) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Tommy Burks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Tommy Burks

    Dec. at 58 (1940-1998)

    BirthplaceCookeville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Fred Thomas "Tommy" Burks (May 22, 1940 – October 19, 1998) was a farmer and Democratic Party... more on Wikipedia
  • Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Vada Pinson

    Dec. at 57 (1938-1995)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Vada Edward Pinson Jr. (August 11, 1938 – October 21, 1995) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cordell Hull is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Cordell Hull

    Dec. at 84 (1871-1955)

    BirthplaceTennessee, United States of America

    Cordell Hull (October 2, 1871 – July 23, 1955) was an American politician from Tennessee best... more on Wikipedia

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  • Roy Acuff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Roy Acuff

    Dec. at 89 (1903-1992)

    BirthplaceMaynardville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Roy Claxton Acuff (September 15, 1903 – November 23, 1992) was an American country music... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Carl Perkins

    Dec. at 66 (1932-1998)

    BirthplaceTiptonville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter who... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pat Dillard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Pat Dillard

    Dec. at 34 (1873-1907)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    Robert Lee "Pat" Dillard was a professional baseball player from 1896 to 1906. He played one... more on Wikipedia
  • Donald "Duck" Dunn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Donald "Duck" Dunn

    Dec. at 71 (1941-2012)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Donald "Duck" Dunn (November 24, 1941 – May 13, 2012) was an American bass guitarist, session... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Bell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    John Bell

    Dec. at 73 (1796-1869)

    BirthplaceTennessee, Nashville, Area code 615, United States of America, United States

    John Bell (February 18, 1796 – September 10, 1869) was an American politician, attorney, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Buford Pusser is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Buford Pusser

    Dec. at 37 (1937-1974)

    BirthplaceAdamsville, Tennessee

    Buford Hayse Pusser (December 12, 1937 – August 21, 1974) was the Sheriff of McNairy County,... more on Wikipedia
  • Dixie Lee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Dixie Lee

    Dec. at 41 (1911-1952)

    BirthplaceHarriman, Tennessee, United States of America

    Wilma Winifred Wyatt (November 4, 1909 – November 1, 1952) better known as Dixie Lee was an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Nathan Bedford Forrest III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Nathan Bedford Forrest III

    Dec. at 38 (1905-1943)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Nathan Bedford Forrest III (April 6, 1905 – June 13, 1943) was a brigadier general of the... more on Wikipedia
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Tennessee Ernie Ford

    Dec. at 72 (1919-1991)

    BirthplaceBristol, Tennessee, United States of America

    Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), known professionally as... more on Wikipedia
  • Dan Schneider is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Dan Schneider (born January 14, 1966) is an American actor, television writer, and producer.... more on Wikipedia

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  • George Gordon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    George Gordon

    Dec. at 75 (1836-1911)

    BirthplacePulaski, Tennessee, United States of America

    George Washington Gordon (October 5, 1836 – August 9, 1911) was a general in the Confederate... more on Wikipedia
  • Charlie Ergen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    BirthplaceOakridge, Tennessee

    Charles William Ergen (born March 1, 1953) is an American businessman. He is co-founder and... more on Wikipedia
  • Alvin C. York is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Alvin C. York

    Dec. at 77 (1887-1964)

    BirthplacePall Mall, Tennessee

    Alvin Cullum York (December 13, 1887 – September 2, 1964), also known as Sergeant York, was... more on Wikipedia

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  • George Went Hensley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    George Went Hensley

    Dec. at 75 (1880-1955)

    BirthplaceEast Tennessee, Tennessee

    George Went Hensley (May 2, 1881 – July 25, 1955) was an American Pentecostal minister best... more on Wikipedia
  • Besse Cooper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Besse Cooper

    Dec. at 116 (1896-2012)

    BirthplaceTennessee

    Besse Berry Cooper (née Brown; August 26, 1896 – December 4, 2012) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • John Crowe Ransom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    John Crowe Ransom

    Dec. at 86 (1888-1974)

    BirthplacePulaski, Tennessee

    John Crowe Ransom (April 30, 1888 – July 3, 1974) was an American educator, scholar, literary... more on Wikipedia

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  • James M. Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    James M. Buchanan

    Dec. at 94 (1919-2013)

    BirthplaceMurfreesboro, Tennessee

    James McGill Buchanan Jr. (; October 3, 1919 – January 9, 2013) was an American economist... more on Wikipedia
  • Kristian Bush is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee

    Kristian Merrill Bush (born March 14, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, producer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Nathan Bedford Forrest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    Nathan Bedford Forrest

    Dec. at 56 (1821-1877)

    BirthplaceChapel Hill, Tennessee

    Nathan Bedford Forrest (July 13, 1821 – October 29, 1877) was a Confederate Army general... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kenneth T. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Tennessee

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Kenneth Terry Jackson (born 1939) is a professor of history and social sciences at Columbia... more on Wikipedia
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