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

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Virginia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Virginia?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 29

Birthplace: Tappahannock, Virginia, United States of America

Christopher Maurice Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and entrepreneur. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several ...more

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Katie Couric is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 58

Birthplace: Virginia, USA

Katherine Anne Couric ( KURR-ik; born January 7, 1957) is an American journalist and author. She recently served as Yahoo's Global News Anchor. Couric has been a television host on all Big Three ...more

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Mackenzie Phillips is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, Virginia

Laura Mackenzie Phillips (born November 10, 1959) is an American actress and singer best known for her roles in American Graffiti, as rebellious but ultimately loving teenager Julie Mora Cooper ...more

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Leeann Tweeden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 45

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Leeann Velez Tweeden (born June 13, 1973) is an American radio broadcaster, model and sports commentator. She is co-host of Dr. Drew Midday Live on Radio 790 KABC in Los Angeles.

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Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 54

Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

Robert Hepler Lowe (born March 17, 1964) is an American actor, producer, and director. He is the recipient of two Screen Actors Guild Awards and has been nominated for six Golden Globes Awards ...more

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Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 81

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for fourteen Academy Awards – four for Best Actor, four for Best Picture, two for Best ...more

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Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 54

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States of America

Wanda Yvette Sykes (born March 7, 1964) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy ...more

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Pat Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 88

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is an American media mogul, televangelist, political commentator, former Republican presidential candidate, and former Southern ...more

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Rudy Boesch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 91

Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

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Quiana Grant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 37

Birthplace: Virginia

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Rick Santorum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 60

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Richard John Santorum (born May 10, 1958) is an American politician, attorney, author, and political commentator. A member of the Republican Party, he served as a United States Senator from ...more

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George C. Scott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Dec. at 72 (1927-1999)

Birthplace: Wise, Virginia, United States of America

George Campbell Scott (October 18, 1927 – September 22, 1999) was an American stage and film actor, director and producer. He was best known for his stage work, as well as his portrayal of ...more

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996)

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an African-American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her ...more

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 43

Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association ...more

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Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 43

Birthplace: USA, Virginia

Daniel Jason Sudeikis ( suu-DAY-kiss; born September 18, 1975) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. In the 1990s, he began his career in improv comedy and performed with ...more

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Bebe Buell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Bebe Buell Age: 65

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States of America

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Ed Schultz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 65

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Edward Andrew Schultz (January 27, 1954 – July 5, 2018) was an American television and radio host, a political commentator, news anchor, and a sports broadcaster.He was the host of The Ed Show, ...more

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Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Dec. at 50 (1943-1993)

Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Richmond

Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles. Ashe was the first black player selected to the United ...more

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Paul Lynde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Dec. at 56 (1926-1982)

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA

Paul Edward Lynde (; June 13, 1926 – January 11, 1982) was an American comedian, voice artist, game show panelist and actor. A character actor with a distinctively campy and snarky persona that ...more

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Scottie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 37

Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Richmond

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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Dec. at 31 (1932-1963)

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson Hensley; September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American singer. She is considered one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century and was one ...more

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Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 38

Birthplace: Virginia

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Wayne Newton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 76

Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Norfolk

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Lindsay Gene Abston Brus... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Age: 39

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Virginia
Dec. at 63 (1736-1799)
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