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Famous People From Utah

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

Thomas E. McKay and John Browning are included on this list along with many more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Utah?" or "Which celebrities were born in Utah?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 66

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Roseanne Cherrie Barr (born November 3, 1952) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and television producer. Barr began her career in stand-up comedy before gaining acclaim in the television ...more

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Tyson Apostol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 39

Birthplace: Lindon, Utah, United States of America

Tyson Apostol is scheduled to appear on Survivor: Tocantins, the eighteenth season of reality show Survivor.
Rafe Judkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 36

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Rafe Lee Judkins (born January 8, 1983 in Salt Lake City, Utah) was a contestant on the 11th season of Survivor, which took place in Guatemala. He is now a working TV and travel writer with ...more

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Gary Ridgway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 70

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Gary Leon Ridgway (born February 18, 1949), also known as the Green River Killer, is an American serial killer. He was initially convicted of 48 separate murders. As part of his plea bargain, ...more

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Donny Osmond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 61

Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States of America

Donald Clark Osmond (born December 9, 1957) is an American singer, dancer, actor and former teen idol. Osmond has also been a talk and game show host, record producer and author. In the ...more

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 57

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is best known for his 13 seasons ...more

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Wilford Brimley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 84

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Anthony Wilford Brimley (born September 27, 1934) is an American film and television actor. After serving in the Marines and doing a variety of jobs including ranch hand and wrangler, Brimley ...more

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Philo Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Utah
Philo Farnsworth Dec. at 65 (1906-1971)

Birthplace: Beaver, Utah

Philo Taylor Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971) was an American inventor and television pioneer. He made many crucial contributions to the early development of all-electronic ...more
Jake Garn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 86

Birthplace: Richfield, Utah, United States of America

Edwin Jacob "Jake" Garn (born October 12, 1932) is an American astronaut, politician, and member of the Republican Party, who served as a U.S. Senator representing Utah from 1974 to ...more

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Jerry Buss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Utah
Dec. at 80 (1933-2013)

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah

Gerald Hatten Buss (January 27, 1933 – February 18, 2013) was an American businessman, investor, chemist, and philanthropist. He was the majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers professional ...more
Val A. Browning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Utah
Dec. at 99 (1895-1994)

Birthplace: Ogden, Utah

Val Allen Browning (August 20, 1895 – May 16, 1994) was an American industrialist, philanthropist and third-generation gunmaker. His grandfather, Jonathan Browning, opened a gun shop in Ogden, ...more
Derek Hough is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 33

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Derek Hough (born May 17, 1985) is an American professional Latin and ballroom dancer, choreographer, actor and singer.Since September 2007, Hough has become known for his work on the ABC ...more

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Stephen Covey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Utah
Stephen Covey Dec. at 80 (1932-2012)

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. ...more
Frank Zamboni is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Utah
Dec. at 87 (1901-1988)

Birthplace: Eureka, Utah

Frank Joseph Zamboni, Jr. (, Italian: [dzamˈboːni]; January 16, 1901 – July 27, 1988) was an American inventor and engineer, whose most famous invention is the modern ice resurfacer, with his ...more

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Evan Mecham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Utah
Dec. at 84 (1924-2008)

Birthplace: Duchesne, Utah, United States of America

Evan Mecham ( MEE-kəm; May 12, 1924 – February 21, 2008) was an American businessman and the 17th governor of Arizona, serving from January 5, 1987, until his impeachment conviction on April 4, ...more
Earl W. Bascom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Utah
Dec. at 89 (1906-1995)

Birthplace: Vernal, Utah

Earl Wesley Bascom (June 19, 1906 – August 28, 1995) was an American painter, printmaker, rodeo performer and sculptor, raised in Canada, who portrayed his own experiences cowboying and rodeoing ...more
Tracy Hall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Utah
Dec. at 89 (1919-2008)

Birthplace: Ogden, Utah

Howard Tracy Hall (October 20, 1919 – July 25, 2008) was an American physical chemist and the first person who grew a synthetic diamond by a reproducible, verifiable, and witnessed process, ...more
Nolan Bushnell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 76

Birthplace: Clearfield, Utah, United States of America

Nolan Kay Bushnell (born February 5, 1943) is an American businessman and electrical engineer. He established Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre chain. Bushnell has been ...more
David M. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Utah
Dec. at 91 (1905-1996)

Birthplace: Randolph, Utah, United States of America

David Matthew Kennedy (July 21, 1905 – May 1, 1996) was an American politician and businessman. He served as the 60th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and later as the 8th U.S. Ambassador to NATO, ...more
Kip Thorne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 78

Birthplace: Logan, Utah

Kip Stephen Thorne (born June 1, 1940) is an American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate, known for his contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics. A longtime friend and ...more
Willard Libby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Utah
Dec. at 72 (1908-1980)

Birthplace: Grand Valley, Utah

Willard Frank Libby (December 17, 1908 – September 8, 1980) was an American physical chemist noted for his role in the 1949 development of radiocarbon dating, a process which revolutionized ...more
Frank Borzage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Utah
Dec. at 68 (1894-1962)

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Frank Borzage (; April 23, 1894 – June 19, 1962) was an Academy Award-winning American film director and actor, most remembered for directing 7th Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928), Bad Girl ...more
Kevin B. Rollins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Utah
Age: 66

Birthplace: Provo, Utah

Kevin Barney Rollins (born November 15, 1952) is an American businessman and philanthropist. The former President and CEO of Dell Inc., in 2006 Rollins was named by London's CBR as the 9th Most ...more
Larry H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Utah
Larry H. Miller Dec. at 65 (1944-2009)

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah

Larry H. Miller (April 26, 1944 – February 20, 2009) was a Utah businessman and philanthropist who was well known as the owner of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Utah Jazz and of the ...more
Goodwin Knight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Utah
Dec. at 74 (1896-1970)

Birthplace: Provo, Utah, United States of America

Goodwin Jess "Goodie" Knight (December 9, 1896 – May 22, 1970) was an American politician who was the 31st Governor of California from 1953 until 1959.