List of people from Missouri

List of people from Missouri

The following are people who were either born/raised or have lived for a significant period of time in Missouri.


* Ulysses S. Grant, Union Army General (Civil War)
* Sterling Price, Confederate General for Missouri State Guard
* Omar Bradley (1893–1981), World War II general last 5 star general
* John J. Pershing (1860–1948), soldier and General of the Armies
* Arthur Lee Willard, (1870-1955), US Navy Admiral.
* Randall Duke Cunningham, only US Navy "Ace" in Viet Nam War. Former US Congressman.

Public office

* John Ashcroft (born 1942), U.S. Attorney General (2001–2005)
* Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. President (1869-1877)
* John Claggett Danforth (born 1936), former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to the U.N.
* Thomas Hart Benton (1782–1858), U.S. Senator
*Christopher S. "Kit" Bond (born 1939), Current Senior U.S. Senator of Missouri. At 33, Bond became the youngest Governor of Missouri
* Pete Wilson (born 1933), Former California Governor and Senator
* Bill Bradley (born 1943), U.S. Senator, Basketball Hall of Fame
* Jean Carnahan, The first Missouri woman to become a U.S. Senator
* Budd Dwyer (1939–1987), politician
* J. William Fulbright (1905–1995), U.S. Senator, established the Fulbright Fellowships
* Richard Gephardt (born 1941), former Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and cadidate for president
* Claire McCaskill, the first woman elected U.S. senator from Missouri
* Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876–1977), first female governor of a U.S. State
* Harry S. Truman (1884–1972), 33rd President of the United States
* David King Udall (1851–1938), born in Missouri, served in Arizona Legislature
* Harold Volkmer (born 1931), served as Assistant Attorney General of Missouri, then served in U.S. House of Representatives
* Roy Blunt, former Republican speaker of the House, and majority whip



* Robert Altman (1925–2006), film director
* Scott Bakula (born 1954), actor
* Josephine Baker (1906–1975), dancer, singer, actress
* Wallace Beery (1885–1949)
* Linda Blair (born 1959), actress, famous for her role in "The Exorcist"
* Don Cheadle, (born 1964), actor
* Anthony Cistaro, actor
* Chris Cooper (born 1951), actor
* Robert Cummings (1908–1990), actor
* Don S. Davis (born 1942), actor
* Walt Disney (1901–1966), (born in Illinois, raised in Missouri) film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor and animator
* Cliff Edwards (1895–1971), actor, musician. The voice of Jiminy Cricket.
* Jenna Fischer (born 1974), actress
* Phyllis Fraser (born 1915), actress, journalist, children's book publisher, wife of Bennett Cerf and Robert F. Wagner, Jr.
* Friz Freleng (1905–1995), film producer, director, screenwriter, and animator
* Betty Garrett (born 1919), actress
* John Goodman (born 1952), actor
* Lucas Grabeel (born 1984), actor (High School Musical star, Ryan Evans)
* Betty Grable (1916–1973), actress, singer and World War II pin-up girl
* Eddie Griffin (born 1968), actor, comedian
* James Gunn (born 1970), film director and screenwriter.
* Sean Gunn (born 1974), actor
* Jean Harlow (1911–1937), actress and sex symbol
* John Huston (1906–1987), film director
* Don Johnson (born 1949), film and television actor
* Andreas Katsulas (1946–2006), actor
* Kevin Kline (born 1947), actor
* John Milius (born 1944), screenwriter, director and producer
* Dan O'Bannon (born 1946), film director and screenwriter
* Geraldine Page (1924–1987), Academy Award and Emmy Award winning actress
* Brad Pitt (born 1963), actor (born in Oklahoma, but raised in Missouri)
* William Powell (1892–1984), Academy Award-nominated actor (born in Pennsylvania, but raised in Missouri)
* Vincent Price (1911–1993), actor
* Ginger Rogers (1911–1995), actress, dancer and partner with Fred Astaire
* Craig Stevens (1918–2000), actor
* Kathleen Turner (born 1954), actress
* Dick Van Dyke (born 1925), actor
* Dennis Weaver (born 1924), actor
* Jane Wyman (born 1914), actress, former wife of Ronald Reagan
* David Koechner


* Cedric The Entertainer (born 1964)
* Redd Foxx (1922–1991), comedian, starred in "Sanford and Son
* Dick Gregory (born 1932), comedian, social activist


* Ahmad Alaadeen (born 1934), jazz saxophonist and composer
* Burt Bacharach (born 1928), pianist, composer
* Chuck Berry (born 1926), rock musician
* Grace Bumbry (born 1937), soprano
* Sarah Caldwell (born 1924), opera conductor
* Helen Cornelius (born 1941), country singer
* Sheryl Crow (born 1962), singer-songwriter
* Eminem (born 1972), rap musician
* Sara Evans, Country music star
* Bob Ferguson (music), Country music songwriter and producer
* Bob James (born 1939 in Marshall, Missouri) award-winning smooth jazz musician
* Scott Joplin (1867–1917), ragtime musician and composer, (born in Texas but considered Sedalia, Missouri to be home base)
* Dan Landrum (born 1961), Hammer dulcimer player, featured instrumentalist with Yanni
* Michael McDonald (born 1952), singer, former Doobie Brothers frontman
* Pat Metheny (born 1954), jazz guitarist and musician
* Nelly (born 1974), rap musician, (born in Texas and raised in St. Louis)
* Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920–1955), jazz saxophonist and composer
* Basil Poledouris (born 1945), film soundtrack composer
* David Sanborn (born 1945 in Tampa, Florida and grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri), award-winning smooth jazz musician
* Trent Tomlinson (born Jul 3, 1975), singer-songwriter
* Rhonda Vincent, award-winning bluegrass musician
* Porter Wagoner, Grand Old Opry member and country music legend
* Bob Walkenhorst, founder and lead singer of alternative rock band The Rainmakers
* Wilco, rock band (formed in St. Louis)
* Tech N9ne, rapper (Kansas City)
* Kimberly Wyatt, singer/dancer pussycat dolls
* The Urge, rock band (formed in St. Louis)
* Gravity Kills, rock band (formed in Jefferson City, MO)
* Story of the Year, rock band (formed in St. Louis)
* Louise Post, founder and lead singer/guitarist of alternative rock band Veruca Salt
* David Cook (born 1982), 2008 American Idol winner from Blue Springs, MO
* Ludo rock band (formed in St. Louis)


* Bob Barker (born 1923), television game show host
* Walter Cronkite (born 1916), television journalist
* Rush Limbaugh (born 1951), political commentator
* Marlin Perkins (1905–1986), zoologist and host of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Miss America/Miss USA

* Debbye Turner (born 1965), Miss America 1990
* Shandi Finnessey (born 1978), Miss USA 2004


*Forrest Clare Phog Allen (1885-1974) American collegiate basketball coach
*Henry Armstrong (1912–1988), boxer, (born in Mississippi but grew up in St. Louis)
*Yogi Berra (born 1925), catcher and manager in Major League Baseball and an Aphorist
* Bill Bradley (born 1943), Basketball Hall of Famer, U.S. Senator
*Harry Caray (1914–1998), baseball broadcaster
*Mort Cooper (1913–1958), baseball pitcher
*Walker Cooper (1915–1991), baseball catcher and coach
*Joe Crede (born 1978), baseball third baseman
*Dwight F. Davis (1879–1945), Tennis player, Founder of the Davis Cup
*Carl Edwards (born 1979), NASCAR driver
*Ryan Howard (born 1979), Baseball player
*Glen Jacobs (Born 1967) professional wrestler and actor.
*Ben A. Jones (1882–1961), thoroughbred horse trainer
*Horace A. "Jimmy" Jones (1906–2001), thoroughbred horse trainer
*Jamie McMurray, NASCAR driver
*Stan Musial (born 1920), Baseball Player
*Randy Orton (born 1980), Professional Wrestler
*Kareem Rush, NBA champion with the L.A. Lakers
*Mike Rucker Defensive End Carolina Panthers
*Kenny Schrader, NASCARdriver
*Casey Stengel (c. 1890 – 1975), Baseball Hall of Famer
*Payne Stewart (1957–1999), golfer
*Rusty Wallace, NASCAR driver
*Kenny Wallace, NASCAR driver
*Mike Wallace, NASCAR driver
*Justin Gage, NFL wide receiver for the Chicago Bears and tennesee Titans
*Justin Smith, Defensive End for the Bengals and 4th overal pick in the 2001 NFL Draft
*Brad Smith, NFL Wide Receiver for the New York Jets
* Luke Snyder(1982) Professional Bull Rider
* Matt Bohon(1983) Professional Bull Rider
*Matthew Korklan(born 1983)Professional wrestler


* Bill Lear (1902–1978), founder of Lear Jet
* J. C. Penney (1875–1971), businessman and entrepreneur
* Ken Lay (1942–2006), chairman and CEO of Enron
* John Q. Hammons, hotel enterprizer
* Sam Walton founder of Wal-Mart
* Jack C. Taylor (born 1923), founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, billionaire philanthropist
* James Smith McDonnell (1899-1980) Founder of McDonnell Aircraft Corporation (later McDonnell Douglas), philanthropist
* Adolphus Busch (1839-1913) Founder of Anheuser-Busch (the world's largest brewer)


* Maya Angelou (born 1928), author and poet
* Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), painter
* George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879) artist (born in Virginia but moved to central Missouri)
* William S. Burroughs (1914–1997), author
* Samuel Clemens (1835–1910), "Mark Twain", humorist, writer and lecturer
* Lester Dent (1904–1959), author Doc Savage novels
* T. S. Eliot (1888–1965), poet, dramatist and literary critic
* Eugene Field (1850–1895), writer and poet
* William Least Heat-Moon (born 1940), travel writer
* Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988), science fiction author
* Langston Hughes (1902–1967), African-American poet, novelist and playwright
* Donald Judd (1928-1994), artist
* Dennis L. McKiernan (born 1932), author
* Marianne Moore (1887–1972), poet and writer
* Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911), journalist (from Hungary), known for creating "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" and the prestigious Pulitzer Prize
* Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926), artist
* Kimora Lee Simmons
* Sara Teasdale (1884–1933), poet
* Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957), writer and author of the book "Little House on the Prairie"
* Tennessee Williams (1911–1983), playwright (born in Mississippi but grew up in St. Louis)

cience and medicine

* George Washington Carver (c. 1864 – 1943), botanist
* Charles Stark Draper (1901–1987), Inventor
* Edwin Hubble (1889–1953), astronomer
* Virginia Eshelman Johnson (born 1925) psychology researcher
* Jack Kilby (1923–2005), inventor of the integrated circuit
* William Howell Masters (1915–2001), Gynecologist
* Lewis Stadler (1896–1954) A.K.A., L.J. Stadler. Maize geneticist
* Andrew Taylor Still (1828–1917), physician and founder of osteopathic medicine


* Charles Lindbergh (1902–1974), aviator first solo non-stop trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, (born in Detroit, Michigan but lived in St. Louis)

Infamous Missourians

James-Younger Gang

*Frank James (1843–1915), outlaw
*Jesse James (1847–1882), outlaw
*Cole Younger (1844–1916), outlaw
*John Younger, outlaw
*Bob Younger, outlaw
*Jim Younger, outlaw
*Bob Ford, outlaw (gunned down Jesse James)

Famous Missourians

* Dred Scott, litigant in the famous Dred Scott Decision
* Helen Andelin (born 1920), author Fascinating Womanhood
* Calamity Jane (c. 1852 – 1903), Indian fighter and frontierswoman]
* Dale Carnegie (1888–1955), public and motivational speaker
* George Washington Carver (c. 1864 – 1943), botanist
* Max Factor (1877–1935), cosmetologist, make-up artist and cosmetics giant
* Mary Ranken Jordan (1869–1962), philanthropist and community advocate
* Emmett Kelly (1898–1979), clown
* Phyllis Schlafly (born 1924), conservative political activist and author
* Raleigh Shaver (1872–1937) Farmer and philanthropist
* Rajiv Tarigopula (born 1992), Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist 2003-06, placed 4th in two consecutive years; National Vocabulary Championship finalist 2008
* George Thampy (born 1987), Scripps National Spelling Bee champion 2000, staff member 2006
* Roy Wilkins (1901–1981), civil rights activist

ee also

* Missouri Wall of Fame

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • List of people from Michigan — A list of notable people from the U.S. state of Michigan. Bolding indicates places in Michigan. People from Michigan are sometimes referred to as Michiganders, Michiganians, or more rarely as Michiganites. Actors, entertainers and… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Denver, Colorado — This is a list of famous people who were born in or who have lived in or are commonly associated with Denver, Colorado.Denver natives* Tim Allen actor [cite web | author = Soylent Communications| title = Tim Allen| url =… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Kansas City — This list is now maintained through the Category . To add to that list, add the tag (in brackets) Category: People from Kansas City to the page you wish listed. This is a list of people who were born or lived a significant part of their lives in… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from South Dakota — State Flag of South Dakota This is a list of prominent people who were born in or lived for a significant period of time in U.S. state of South Dakota. Contents 1 Actor …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Nova Scotia — This is a list of notable people from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia: Contents 1 Pre Confederation people 2 Actors 3 Architects 4 Artists …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Maryland — Marylander redirects here. For the train, see Marylander (train). The Flag of Maryland The following are some notable or famous people from the U.S. state of Maryland, listed by field of their endeavor. (This list may not include Federal… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from North Dakota — The following is a list of prominent people who were born in the U.S. state of North Dakota, live in North Dakota, or for whom North Dakota is a significant part of their identity. Contents: Top · 0–9 · A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Milwaukee, Wisconsin — This is a List of Milwaukeeans, notable citizens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Contents 1 Born and raised in Milwaukee 2 Born elsewhere, raised in Milwaukee 3 Born in Milwaukee, raised elsewhere …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from St. Louis — This is a list of famous residents of St. Louis or St. Louis County, Missouri. The dates in parenthesis signify lifespan, not necessarily dates of actual residence in the city.A*Maya Angelou (1928 ), poet, playwright, memoirist ( I Know Why the… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Baltimore, Maryland — This is a list of famous or notable people who were born in or lived in Baltimore, Maryland.compactTOC NOTOC A*Arunah Shepherdson Abell (1806–1888), born in East Providence, Rhode Island, founder of the Baltimore Sun cite book | title = Who Was… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.