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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
age 32
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
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
age 38
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
age 69
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
age 38
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
age 70
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 72
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
age 65
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
Dec. 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
Dec. at 25 (1946-1971)
Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, co-founder and leader of the The Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 and based in the Southeastern ...more
Bessie Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Dec. 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
Carl Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Tennessee
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 71
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
age 62
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
Dec. 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
age 71
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
Dec. 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