List of people from Arkansas


List of people from Arkansas

List of people from Arkansas:

"Individuals on this list are either native-born Arkansans or emigrants who have chosen Arkansas as their permanent home."

Actors

*Adams, Joey Lauren (born 1971), actress
*Alexander, Katherine (1898–1981), actress
*Anderson, Bronco Billy (1880–1971), vaudeville actor
*Bentley, Wes (born 1978), actor
*Byrd-Nethery, Miriam (1929–2003), actress
*Davis, Gail, film actress, best known as Annie Oakley from the 1950s television series
*Davis, Daniel (born 1945), actor best known for his role as "Niles the butler" on the television series "The Nanny"
*Gerard, Gil (born 1943), actor
*Goff, Norris, actor, Abner of "Lum and Abner"
*Gauge (born 1980), adult film actress
*Harper, Tess (born 1950), actress
*Ladd, Alan (1913–1964), actor
*Lauck, Chester (1902–1980), actor, Lum of "Lum and Abner"
*Lawrence, Marjorie, actress
*Nemec, Corin (born 1971), actor
*Newbern, George (born 1964), actor
*Powell, Dick (1904–1963), actor
*Steenburgen, Mary (born 1953), actress
*Tai, Kobe (born 1972), porn actress
*Turner, Karri (born 1966), actress
*Thornton, Billy Bob (born 1955), actor, Oscar-winning screenwriter

Artists

*Braden, John (1949–2004), writer, producer, director
*Berry, Danielle Bunten (1949–1998), video game designer
*Dudley, Carl Ward (1910–1973), filmmaker and producer
*Fisher, George (1923–2003), political cartoonist
*Green, David Gordon (born 1975), filmmaker
*Jones, E. Fay (1921–2004), architect and designer
*Powell, Nate (born 1978), comic book artist
*Thomason, Harry (born 1940), television producer
*Washburn, Edward (1831–1860), painter of "The Arkansas Traveler"
*TJ Brown Scrollsaw, Intarsia woodworking artist.

Athletes

*Andrews, Shawn, professional football player
*Ausbie, Herbert (Geese), professional basketball player with Harlem Globetrotters
*Bearden, Gene (1920–2004), professional baseball player
*Bell, Earl, Olympic pole vaulter
*Brock, Lou (born 1939), professional baseball player
*Brown, Ray, professional football player
*Broyles, Frank (born 1924), football coach, athletic director
*Bryant, Paul 'Bear' (1913–1983), football coach
*Carr, Bill (1909–1966), Olympic runner and 2-time gold medalist
*Carthon, Maurice, professional football player
*Daly, John (born 1966), professional golfer
*Willie Davis, professional baseball player
*Dean, Dizzy (1910–1974), professional baseball player
*Bill Dickey (1907–1993), professional baseball player
*Eudy, Sid (born 1960), professional wrestler
*Fisher, Derek, professional basketball player
*Greene, Charles (born 1944), Olympic sprinter
*Hampton, Dan, professional football player, NFL Hall of Fame member
*Harrison, E.J. 'Dutch' (born 1910), professional golfer
*Hines, Jim (born 1946), Olympic sprinter
*Holmes, Priest (born 1973), professional football player
*Cedric Houston, professional football player
*Hunter, Torii (born 1975), professional baseball player
*Hutson, Don (1913–1997), professional football player
*Johnson, Joe (born 1981), professional basketball player
*Jones, Jerry (born 1942), Dallas Cowboys owner
*Jones, Matt, professional football player
*Joyner, Al, track and field Olympian
*Kell, George (born 1922), professional baseball player
*Liston, Sonny (1932–1970), professional boxer, World Heavyweight Champion
*Martin, Mark (born 1956), championship NASCAR driver
*McFadden, Darren, top rated college running back and runner-up for 2006 and 2007 Heisman Trophy
*McReynolds, Kevin (born 1959), professional baseball player
*Mead, Pete (1924–2007), professional boxer
*Moncrief, Sidney (born 1957), professional basketball player
*Nutt, Houston (born 1957), Amateur football coach
*Perry, Joe (born 1927), professional football player
*Pippen, Scottie (born 1965), professional basketball player
*Robinson, Brooks (born 1937), professional baseball player
*Sain, Johnny (1917–2006), professional baseball player
*Smith, Rod (born 1970), professional football player
*Switzer, Barry (born 1937), football coach
*Taylor, Jermain (born 1978), professional boxer
*Thornton, Charley (1937–2004), sports figure
*Vaughan, Arky (1912–1952), professional baseball player
*Vines, Harry (1938–2006), wheelchair basketball coach
*Williams, Corey professional football player
*Williamson, Corliss, professional basketball player

Authors

*Adler, Margot, journalist and correspondent
*Angelou, Maya (born 1928), author, poet
*Brown, Dee (1908–2002), author, historian
*Brown, Helen Gurley (born 1922), author, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine
*Collins, Nancy A., author
*Fletcher, John Gould (1886–1950), poet
*Grisham, John (born 1955), novelist
*Grossman, Dave, author
*Hamilton, Laurell K. (born 1963), horror/fantasy author
*Mathis, Deborah, (????- ), journalist and author
*McGehee, Peter (1955–1991), novelist
*Starr, John Robert (1927–2000), journalist
*Woodward, C. Vann (1908–1999), historian

Business leaders

*Dillard, William T. (1914–2002), head of Dillard's Department Stores
*Hussman, Jr., Walter E. (born 1947), founder of WEHCO Media, Inc.
*Hussman, Sr., Walter E. (1906–1988), mass media magnate
*Johnson, John Harold, founder of Johnson Publishing Company
*Palmer, Clyde E. (1876–1957), founder of Palmer Newspapers
*Tyson, Don (born 1930), Tyson Foods Poultry processing
*Walton, Jim, son of Sam Walton, owner of Arvest Bank
*Walton, Sam (1918–1992), founder of Wal-Mart Inc.
*Wilson, Kemmons (1913–2003), Holiday Inn hotel founder
*Paul E. Collins (born 1974), shipping magnate & founder of Collinsworth Logistics, Inc.

Military figures

*Alexander, John Hanks (1864–1894), pioneering African-American naval officer
*Alley, James "Mo", World War II veteran and member of the famed "Easy Company"
*Beall, William N.R. (1825–1883), Confederate Brigadier General
*Bolling, Raynal (1877–1918), first high-ranking U.S. Army casualty in WWI
*Borland, Solon (1808–1864), Confederate Brigadier General
*Britt, Maurice "Footsie", World War II soldier, Medal of Honor recipient, Distinguished Service Cross recipient, Silver Star recipient, first American soldier to receive the three highest American medals for bravery. Was also an NFL player and Lt. Governor of Arkansas.
*Cabell, William L. (1827–1911), Confederate Brigadier General
*Churchill, Thomas J. (1824–1905), Confederate Major General
*Clark, Wesley (born 1944), U.S. Army General, NATO Commander
*Cleburne, Patrick (1828–1864), Confederate Major General
*Conway, James (born 1947), US Marine Corps Lieutenant General
*Darby, William Orlando (1911–1945), first commander of the US Army Rangers
*Davis, Herman, a Distinguished Service Cross recipient and World War I sniper
*Dockery, Thomas P. (1833–1898), Confederate Brigadier General
*Douglas, Paul P. (1919–2002), World War II P-47 ace, Brigadier General USAF, Vietnam F-105 pilot
*Eberle, Edward Walter (1864–1929), U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations
*Fagan James F. (1827–1893), Confederate Major General
*Gordon, Nathan G. (born 1916), USN PBY pilot, received Medal of Honor for rescuing 15 downed aircrew members by landing his aircraft under enemy fire
*Govan, Daniel C. (1829–1911), Confederate Brigadier General
*Hathcock, Carlos (1942–1999), Marine Sniper
*Hawthorn, Alexander T. (1825–1899), Confederate Brigadier General
*Hindman, Thomas (1828–1868), US Congressman and Confederate Major General
*Holbrook, Lucius Roy (1875–1952), US Major General
*Izard, George (1776–1828), US Army General, War of 1812
*Kindley, Field E. (1896–1920), World War I flying ace
*MacArthur, Douglas (1880–1964), US General of the Army, Medal of Honor recipient
*McCright, Ewell Ross (1907–1990), US Air Force Captain, World War II, Prisoner of War and Legion of Merit recipient
*McKennon, Pierce (1919–1947), World War II fighter ace veteran of RAF Eagle Squadron, 335thFS/4thFG, 20 German aircraft destroyed
*McNair, Evander (1820–1902), Confederate Brigadier General
*McRae, Dandridge (1829–1899), Confederate Brigadier General
*Mawn, John J. (1915–2007), Decorated World War II major who was information officer when Elvis Presley served in Germany; technical advisor on the film "G.I. Blues"
*Pike, Albert (1809–1891), Confederate General, Freemason
*Randleman, Denver "Bull", WWII veteran
*Rust, Albert (1818–1870), Confederate Brigadier General
*Roane, John S. (1817–1867), Brigadier General
*Tappan, James C. (1825–1906), Confederate Brigadier General
*Thach, John (1905–1981), US Navy Admiral, World War II flying ace
*Tinker, Frank Glasgow (1909–1939), Spanish-Civil War volunteer fighter pilot
*Wassell, Corydon M., U.S. Navy physician and medical missionary
*Yancey, John (1918–1986), USMC Captain, WWII and Korean hero, holder of two Navy Crosses, survived both Iwo Jima and Chosin Reservoir
*Yell, Archibald (1797–1847), Brigadier General, killed at the Battle of Buena Vista during the Mexican-American War

Musicians

*Brown, Shirley (born 1947), soul singer
*Burgess, Sonny, Sun recording artist
*Caldwell, Sarah (born 1924), opera conductor and director, violinist
*Campbell, Glen (born 1936), country singer, songwriter, and actor
*Cash, Johnny (1932–2003), country singer and songwriter
*Floyd Cramer, musician, most known for his piano instrumental "Last Date"
*DeMent, Iris (born 1961), country/folk singer and songwriter
*Dickinson, Jim (born 1941), musician and producer
*Ditto, Beth (born 1981), singer with The Gossip
*Dorough, Bob (born 1923), Jazz Musician and Voice of School House Rock
*Driftwood, Jimmy (1907–1998), folk musician/songwriter, wrote "The Battle of New Orleans"
*Faulkner, Sanford (1806–1874), wrote fiddle tune "Arkansas Traveler"
*Frizzell, Lefty (1928–1975), Country music singer and songwriter
*Green, Al (born 1946), singer
*Hammer, Charles Christian (1953–2004), classical guitarist
*Hawkins, Ronnie (born 1935), rock musician
*Helm, Levon (born 1942), rock musician
*Hendricks, Barbara (born 1948), opera singer
*Hilliard, John S. (born 1947), composer
*Holyfield, Wayland (born 1942), songwriter
*Jewell, Buddy, Country musician
*Jordan, Louis (1908–1975), jazz musician and bandleader
*Lawrence, Tracy (born 1968), country musician
*Lee, Amy (born 1981), rock musician
*Lockwood, Robert Jr. (1915–2006), blues musician
*McBeth, W. Francis (born 1933), composer
*Montana, Patsy (1914–1996), country musician
*Moody, Ben (born 1980), rock musician
*Moorman, Charlotte (1933–1991), cellist, performance artist
*Nancarrow, Conlon (1912–1997), composer
*Ne-Yo, R&B musician, songwriter
*Oslin, K.T. (born 1941), country musician
*Paris, Twila (born 1958), gospel musician
*Porter, Art Jr. (1961–1996), jazz saxophonist
*Porter, Art Sr. (1934–1993), jazz pianist
*Raye, Collin (born 1960), country musician
*Rich, Charlie (1932–1995), rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, and gospel musician and pianist
*Sanders, Pharoah (born 1940), jazz saxophonist
*Still, William Grant (1895–1978), composer
*Taylor, Johnnie (1938–2000), vocalist
*Twitty, Conway (1933–1993), rock and roll and country music singer
*Warfield, William (1920–2002), vocalist
*Williams, Lenny (born 1945), singer
*Williams, Otis, singer
*Williamson, Sonny Boy (1899–1965), blues musician

Political figures

*Alexander, William Vollie "Bill" Alexander (born 1934), US representative from 1969–1993
*Dale Alford (1916–2000), US Representative from Little Rock from 1959–1963; unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in Democratic primary in 1962 and 1966
*Arnold, Morris S. (born 1941), US Appeals Court judge
*Richard S. Arnold (1936–2004), US Appeals Court judge
*Wayne H. Babbitt (1928–1994), Republican politician
*Richard L. Barclay (born 1937), former state representative and director of Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
*Beebe, Mike, current Arkansas Governor.
*Bethune, Edwin Ruthvin (born 1935), US Representative from 1979–1985
*Blaylock, Len E. (born 1919), Republican politician
*Borland, Solon (1808–1864), US Senator
*Britt, Henry M. (1919–1995), Republican politician and judge from Hot Springs; his party's 1960 gubernatorial nominee
*Bryant, Kelly (1908–1975), secretary of state
*Bumpers, Dale (born 1925), U.S. Senator and Arkansas Governor
*Bynum, Preston C. (born 1939) lobbyist and politician
*Caraway, Hattie (1878–1951), first woman US Senator
*Cherry, Francis Adams (1908–1965), governor from 1953–1955
*Clinton, Bill (born 1946), President of the United States
*Clinton, Chelsea (born 1980), Presidential daughter
*Clinton, Hillary Rodham, U.S. Senator in New York; former First Lady of the United States and First Lady of Arkansas
*Conway, Henry W. (1793–1827), territorial delegate
*Coon, Ken (born 1935), politician and psychologist
*Davis, Danny K. (born 1941), US Representative from Illinois
*Dickey, Jay (born 1939), US Representative from 1993-2001
*Faubus, Orval Eugene (1910–1994), governor from 1955–1967
*Foster, Vince (1945–1993), Presidential aide
*Fulbright, J. William (1905–1995), US Senator
*Garland, Augustus H. (1832–1899), U.S. Attorney General
*Guinn, Kenny (born 1936), Governor of Nevada from 1999-2007
*Hammerschmidt, John Paul (born 1922), US Representative
*Heiskell, John (1872–1972), US Senator and newspaper publisher
*Holleman, Harlan "Bo" (1927–1982), Republican party chairman
*Holt, Jim L. (born 1965), Republican politician
*Huckabee, Mike (born 1955), governor from 1994-2007
*Hurst, Q. Byrum (1918–2006), Hot Springs attorney and state senator from 1950–1972
*Hutchinson, Asa (born 1950), US representative
*Hutchinson, Tim (born 1949), US representative and US senator
*Johnson, Jim (born 1924), Arkansas Supreme Court Justice, segregationist leader
*Johnson, Robert W. (1814–1879), U.S. and Confederate States Senator
*Laney, Benjamin Travis (1896–1977) governor
*Lincoln, Blanche (born 1960), current U.S. Senator
*Lloyd, Marilyn (born 1929), US Representative from Tennessee
*McClellan, John L. (1896–1977), Chairman Senate Appropriations Committee
*McMath, Sid (1912–2003), former Arkansas Governor, trial lawyer, and Marine Corps General.
*Miller, Gary (born 1948), U.S. Representative from California
*Mills, Wilbur Daigh (1909–1992), Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee
*Murphy, Isaac (1799–1882), Governor of Arkansas
*Pollan, Carolyn (born 1937), state representative
*Parker, Isaac (1838–1896), "Hanging Judge" of Fort Smith
*Pryor, David, US Senator, governor, US representative; founding dean of the Clinton School of Public Service
*Pryor, Mark (born 1963), current US Senator
*Remmel, Pratt C. (1915–1991), only Republican to have been mayor of Little Rock in 20th century, Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1954
*Willis Ricketts (1924–2003), Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1962
*Robinson, Joseph T. (1872–1937), Senate Majority Leader and Vice Presidential candidate
*Robinson, Tommy F. (born 1942), sheriff, US representative
*Rockefeller, Winthrop (1912–1973), Governor of Arkansas
*Rockefeller, Winthrop Paul (1948–2006), lieutenant governor
*Ross, Mike (born 1961), current U.S. Representative
*Rutherford, J.T. (born 1921), U.S. Representative from Texas
*Sandlin, Max (born 1952), U.S. Representative from Texas
*Monroe Schwarzlose (1902–1990), maverick gubernatorial candidate
*Sessions, William S. (born 1930), FBI Director
*Sevier, Ambrose H. (1801–1848), US Senator, "Father of Arkansas Statehood"
*Shackelford, Lottie, Democratic National Committee Vice Chair
*Smithson, Jim L. (born 1943), state representative from 1974–1984
*Snyder, John W. (1895–1985), U.S. Treasury Secretary
*Snyder, Vic (born 1947), current US Representative
*Thomasson, Jerry (1931–2007), state representative from 1962–1966
*Troxell, Leona (1913–2003), Republican activist
*Watkins, Wes (born 1938), U.S. Representative from Oklahoma
*White, Frank Durward (1933–2003), governor from 1981–1983
*Witt, James Lee (born 1944), FEMA Director
*Wolf, Judy Petty (born 1943), former state representative

"see also: List of Arkansas Governors, U.S. Congressional Delegations from Arkansas"

ocial figures

*Bates, Daisy (1914–1999), civil rights leader
*Cleaver, Eldridge (1935–1998), activist
*Elders, Joycelyn (born 1933), US Surgeon General
*Hill, Robert L. (born 1982, date of death unknown), black leader at Elaine Race Riot
*Jones, Scipio Africanus (1863–1943), African-American attorney
*Terry, Adolphine Fletcher (1882–1976), social activist
*Thaden, Louise (1905–1979), aviation pioneer
*Washburn, Cephas (1793–1860), Indian missionary

Other Arkansans

*Amarillo Slim (born 1928), professional poker player
*Besser, Matt (born 1967), comedian
*Black, James (1800–1872), inventor of the 'Bowie' knife
*Covey, Richard O. 'Dick' (born 1946), astronaut
*Dirkhising, Jesse (1986–1999), crime victim
*Doolin, Bill (1858–1896), outlaw
*Gracen, Elizabeth Ward (born 1960), Miss America, actress
*Connie Hamzy prolific rock groupie noted as "Sweet, Sweet Connie" in the Grand Funk Railroad 1973 song "We're An American Band."
*Hicks, Bill (1961–1994), comedian
*Rex Humbard (1919–2007), televangelist
*Keohane, Nan, President of Duke University
*Owens, Freeman, pioneer in cinematography
*Parazynski, Scott E. (born 1961), astronaut
*Selman, John, outlaw
*Stephens, Steve, radio and television host
*Stocks, Heath, convicted murderer who killed his family in Lonoke
*Utley, Terri (born 1962) Miss USA 1982
*Webb, John Joshua, gunslinger


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