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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

    Megan Fox

    Age: 34

    BirthplaceOak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Justin Timberlake

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an...  more

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  • Cybill Shepherd

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Randy Orton
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  • Kathy Bates

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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  • Reggie White

    Reggie White

    Age: Died at 43 (1961-2004)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was an American professional...  more

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  • Brad Renfro

    Brad Renfro

    Dec. at 26 (1982-2008)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Brad Barron Renfro (July 25, 1982 – January 15, 2008) was an American actor. He made his film...  more

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  • Dixie Carter

    Dixie Carter

    Dec. at 71 (1939-2010)

    BirthplaceMcLemoresville, Tennessee, USA

    Dixie Virginia Carter (May 25, 1939 – April 10, 2010) was an American film, television and...  more

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  • Johnny Ace

    Johnny Ace

    Dec. at 25 (1929-1954)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • Huell Howser

    Huell Howser

    Dec. at 68 (1945-2013)

    BirthplaceGallatin, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Jack Hanna

    Jack Hanna

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Mark Doty

    Mark Doty

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceMaryville, Tennessee

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  • Davy Crockett

    Davy Crockett

    Dec. at 50 (1786-1836)

    BirthplaceTennessee, United States of America

    David Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was an American folk hero, frontiersman,...  more

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  • Duane Allman

    Duane Allman

    Dec. at 25 (1946-1971)

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American guitarist, session...  more

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  • Bessie Smith

    Bessie Smith

    Dec. at 43 (1894-1937)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Carl Smith

    Carl Smith

    Dec. at 83 (1927-2010)

    BirthplaceUnion County, Tennessee, United States, with Territories, Maynardville

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  • Minnie Pearl

    Minnie Pearl

    Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

    BirthplaceCenterville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Thomas C. Hindman

    Thomas C. Hindman

    Dec. at 40 (1828-1868)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • William H. Hastie

    William H. Hastie

    Dec. at 72 (1904-1976)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Lane Smith

    Lane Smith

    Dec. at 69 (1936-2005)

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

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  • Margaret Rhea Seddon

    BirthplaceMurfreesboro, Tennessee

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  • Wayne White

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • James Agee

    James Agee

    Dec. at 46 (1909-1955)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee

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  • Gregg Allman

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Al Jackson, Jr.

    Al Jackson, Jr.

    Dec. at 40 (1935-1975)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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