List of people from Florida

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Military[edit]

NameNotabilityConnection to Florida
Chester R. Bender (1914–1996)First Florida United States Coast Guard AcademyBorn in Plant City[1]
Clay Ford (1938-2013)United States Army, United States Army Reserve, Arkansas National Guard (1955-1988), rose from private to colonelBorn in Wynne, Arkansas; represented Santa Rosa County in Florida House of Representatives, 2007 until his death[2]
Roy Geiger (1885–1947)Marine Corps general during World War IIBorn in Middleburg[3]
Joseph Kittinger (1928–)Aviation and space flight pioneerBorn in Tampa[4]
John Young (1930–)Navy fighter pilot and NASA Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle astronautRaised in Orlando[5]
Alan Stephenson Boyd (1922–)First United States Secretary of TransportationBorn in Jacksonville[6]

Film and television[edit]

NameNotabilityConnection to Florida
Elizabeth Ashley (1996–)Film and television actressBorn in Ocala[7]
María Canals Barrera (1966–)Film and television actressBorn in Miami[8]
Angela Bassett (1958–)Film actressGrew up in St. Petersburg[9]
Matt Battaglia (1965–)Film and television actor, producer, philanthropistBorn in Tallahassee[10]
Steven Bauer (1956–)Film and television actorGrew up in Miami[11]
Amanda Bearse (1958–)Film and television actressBorn in Winter Park[12]
Wayne Brady (1972–)Television personality and comedianBorn in Orlando[13]
Shannon Bream (1971–)Reporter and anchor for Fox NewsGrew up in Tallahassee[14]
Delta Burke (1956–)Television actressBorn in Orlando[15]
Tom Byrd (1960–)Television actor (NBC's Boone)Born in Philippine Islands; raised in Florida[16]
Diana Canova (1953–)ActressBorn in West Palm Beach[17]
Conlan Carter (1934–)Actor (Combat! and The Law and Mr. Jones on ABC)Born in Arkansas; formerly resided in Naples[18]
Jonathan Chase (1979–)Film and television actorBorn in Plantation[19]
Chris Conrad (1970–)Film and television actorBorn in Fort Lauderdale[20]
Mark Consuelos (1970–)Television actorBorn in Tampa[21]
Merian C. Cooper (1893–1973)Film director, screenwriter, and producerBorn in Jacksonville[22]
Brittany Daniel (1976–)Television and film actressBorn in Gainesville[23]
Greg Davis Jr. (1984–)Television actorBorn in Orlando[24]
Johnny Depp (1963–)Film actorRaised in Miramar[25]
Creagen Dow (1991–)Film and television actorBorn in Sebring[26]
Faye Dunaway (1941–)Academy Award-Winning actressBorn in Bascom[27]
Gail Edwards (1952–)Film and television actressBorn and raised in Coral Gables
John R. Ellis (1955–)Filmmaker, producer, director, animator, special effects artistBorn in Ohio and reared in West Palm Beach[28]
Raúl Esparza (1970–)Film, television, and stage actorBorn in Miami[29]
Alex Fernandez (1967–)Film and television actorBorn in Miami[30]
Stepin Fetchit (1902–1985)Film actor and comedianBorn in Key West[31]
Megan Fox (born 1986)Film and television actressPartly raised in St. Petersburg[32]
Robert Gant (1968–)Television actorBorn in Tampa[33]
Joanna García (1979–)Film and television actressBorn in Tampa[34]
Nicole Garza (1982–)Film and television actressBorn in Miami[35]
Matt GeraldFilm and television actorBorn in Miami[36]
Malcolm Gets (1963–)ActorBorn in Gainesville
Skyler Gisondo (1996–)Film and television actorBorn in Palm Beach County[37]
Julie Gonzalo (1981–)Film and television actressRaised in Miami[38]
Mel Gorham (1959–)Film and television actressBorn in Coral Gables[39]
April Grace (1962–)Film and television actressBorn in Lakeland[40]
Ariana Grande (1993–)Actress, Model, and SingerBorn in Boca Raton[41]
Ashley Greene (1987–)Film and television actressBorn in Jacksonville[42]
Eileen GrubbaFilm and television actressGrew up in Fort Lauderdale[43]
Carla Gugino (1973–)Film and television actressBorn in Sarasota[44]
Tony Hale (1970–)Film and television actorBorn in Tallahassee[45]
Darrell Hammond (1955–)Television comedian from Saturday Night LiveBorn in Melbourne[46]
Gina Hecht (1953–)Television and film actressBorn in Winter Park[47]
Wanda Hendrix (1928–1981)Film actressBorn in Jacksonville[48]
Catherine Hickland (1956–)Soap opera actressBorn in Fort Lauderdale[49]
Cheryl Hines (1965–)Television actressBorn in Miami Beach[citation needed]
Crystal Hunt (1985–)Soap opera actressBorn in Clearwater[50]
Jonathan Jackson (1982–)ActorBorn in Orlando[51]
Victoria Jackson (1959–)Film and television actressBorn in Miami[52]
Carter Jenkins (1991–)Film and television actorBorn in Tampa[53]
Sarah Jones (1983–)Film and television actressBorn in Winter Springs[54]
Victoria Justice (1993–)Actress, singerBorn in Hollywood
Lawrence Kasdan (1949–)Film director and screenwriterBorn in Miami[55]
Arielle Kebbel (1985–)Film and televistion actressBorn in Winter Park[56]
Catherine Keener (1960–)ActressBorn in Miami[57]
Josie Loren (1987–)Television actressBorn in Miami[58]
Chris Marquette (1984–)Film and television actorBorn in Stuart[59]
Natalie Martinez (1984–)Model and actressBorn in Miami[60]
Velia Martínez (1920–1993)Actress and singerBorn in Tampa[61]
DeLane Matthews (1961–)Television actressBorn in Rockledge[62]
Butterfly McQueen (1911–1995)Film and television actressBorn in Tampa[63]
Julio Oscar Mechoso (1955–)Film and television actorBorn in Miami[64]
Leighton Meester (1986–)Film and television actressBorn in Marco Island[65]
Elizabeth Melendez (1985–)Model and television actressBorn in Orlando[66]
Katy Mixon (1981–)Film and television actressBorn in Pensacola[67]
Mandy Moore (1984–)Actress and singer-songwriterGrew up in Longwood[68]
Jessica Morris (1980–)Soap opera actressBorn in Jacksonville[62]
Enrique Murciano (1973–)Film and television actorBorn in Miami[69]
Chris Núñez (1973–)Tattoo artist and subject of TLC's Miami InkBorn in Miami Beach[70]
Victor Nuñez (1945–)Film directorBorn in DeLand[71]
Kimberly Peirce (1967–)Film directorBorn in Miami[72]
Carlos Pena, Jr. (1989–)Television actor and singerBorn in Weston
Gina Philips (1975–)Film and television actressBorn in Miami Beach[73]
Summer Phoenix (1978–)Actress and modelBorn in Winter Park[74]
Danny Pino (1974–)Film and television actorBorn and raised in Miami[75]
Sidney Poitier (1927–)Academy Award-Winning actorBorn in Miami[76]
Brett Ratner (1969–)Film and music video directorBorn and raised in Miami Beach[77]
Monica Raymund (1986–)Television actressBorn in St. Petersburg[78]
Ashley Rickards (1992–)Television actressBorn in Sarasota[79]
Génesis Rodríguez (1987–)Television actressBorn in Miami[80]
Maggie Rodriguez (1969–)Co-anchor of CBS's The Early ShowBorn in Miami[81]
Stephen Root (1951–)Film and television actorBorn in Sarasota[82]
Bob Ross (1942–1995)Television presenter and artistBorn in Daytona Beach[83]
Mickey Rourke (1952–)Film actorRaised in Miami[84]
Maya Rudolph (1972–)Film and television actressBorn in Gainesville[85]
Rick Sanchez (1958–)Host of CNN's Rick's ListGrew up in Hialeah[86]
Pat Skipper (1958–)Film and television actorBorn in Lakeland[87]
Wesley Snipes (1962–)Actor and film producerBorn in Orlando[citation needed]
Rachel Specter (1980–)Film and television actressBorn in Tampa[88]
Kirsten Storms (1984–)Television actressBorn in Orlando[89]
Bella Thorne (1997–)Television ActressBorn in Hollywood, Florida
Daniel Tosh (1975–)Television comedianBorn in Germany. Raised in Titusville[90]
Wilmer Valderrama (1980–)Film and television actorBorn in Miami[91]
Alexa Vega (1988–)Film and television actressBorn in Miami[92]
Ben Vereen (1946–)Actor, Dancer and SingerBorn in Miami[93]
Bob Vila (1946–)Television home improvement personalityBorn in Miami[94]
Shea Whigham (1969–)Film and television actorBorn in Tallahassee[95]
Hugh Wilson (1943–)Film directorBorn in Miami[96]

Literature[edit]

NameNotabilityConnection to Florida
T.D. Allman (1944–)Exposed CIA secret involvement with the war in Laos and interviews with world figures. Historian author of Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State and Miami: City of the Future.Born in Tampa [97]
Dave Barry (1947–)Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist and Best Selling AuthorBorn in Miami[98]
Pat Frank (1907–1964)Authored Alas, BabylonLived in Tangerine[99]
Carl Hiaasen (1953–)Journalist and NovelistBorn in Plantation[100]
Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)Author and Folklorist during the Harlem RenaissanceRaised in Eatonville[101]
James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938)Author, Poet, and Civil Rights ActivistBorn in Jacksonville[102]
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896–1953)Novelist and Short Story WriterLived in Cross Creek, the setting for most of her work[103]
Lillian Smith (1897–1966)Author and Social CriticBorn in Jasper[104]

Music[edit]

NameNotabilityConnection to Florida
AnberlinChristian Rock BandTampa
AdassaReggaetón artistBorn in Miami[105]
Trey Azagthoth (1965–)Founder and guitarist of the death metal band Morbid AngelBorn in Washington. Has lived in Florida for years.[citation needed]
Mason "Mase" Betha (1977–)Rap artistBorn in Jacksonville[106]
Gary U.S. Bonds (1939–)Singer and songwriterBorn in Jacksonville[107]
Pat Boone (1934–)1950s Rock and Roll singerBorn in Jacksonville[108]
Jo Ann Campbell (1938–)Pop singerBorn in Jacksonville[109]
Luther Campbell (1960–)R&B SingerBorn in Miami[110]
Nick CarterBackstreet Boys singerResides in Tampa
Aaron CarterSingerBorn in Tampa
Lil' WayneRapperborn in Louisiana. Raised in Miami.
Khia Chambers (1970–)Rap artistBorn in Tampa[111]
Easton CorbinCountry music singerBorn in Trenton[112]
Carter Cornelius (1948–1991)R&B artist; lead singer of Cornelius Brothers and Sister RoseBorn in Dania[113]
Billy Daniels (1915–1988)Big band singer and actorBorn in Jacksonville[114]
Clint Daniels (1974–)Country singer and writerBorn in Panama City
Jason Derülo (1989–)Pop and R&B singerBorn in Miami[115]
Tramar "Flo Rida" Dillard (1979–)Rap artistBorn in Opa-Locka[116]
Fred Durst (1970–)Lead singer of Limp BizkitBorn in Jacksonville
Greg Eklund (1970–)Drummer for EverclearBorn in Jacksonville[117]
Gloria Estefan (1957–)Grammy Award-winning singerRaised in Miami
Willa Ford (1981–)Pop SingerBorn/Raised in Ruskin[118]
Debbie Harry (1945–)Vocalist, musician, actressBorn in Miami
Brooke Hogan (1988–)Singer and RapperBorn/Raised in Tampa[119]
J. Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954)Composer and singer during the Harlem RenaissanceBorn in Jacksonville[120]
Sean Kingston (1990–)Reggae Fusion Singer and RapperBorn in Miami[121]
James MacDonough (1970–)Bass guitaristBorn in Jacksonville[122]
Raul Malo (1965–)Country music singer and songwriterBorn in Miami[123]
Antoine "Ace Hood" McColister (1988–)RapperBorn in Port St. Lucie, raised in Deerfield Beach[124]
AJ McLean (1978–)SingerBorn in West Palm Beach[125]
Lazaro "DJ Laz" MendezRapperBorn in Miami[126]
Mandy Moore (1984–)Singer and ActressRaised and lives in Orlando[citation needed]
Jim Morrison (1943–1971)Singer, songwriter, and poetBorn in Melbourne[127]
Steve Morse (1954–)Rock guitarist, founder of the Dixie Dregs and current Deep Purple guitaristBorn in Ohio. Has been living in Florida for years.[citation needed]
Jake Owen (1981–)American country music artistBorn in Vero Beach, FL
Faheem "T-Pain" Najim (1985–)Rap artistBorn in Tallahassee[128]
Jacki-O (198?-)Rap artistBorn in Miami[129]
Jaco Pastorius (1951–1987)Jazz bassist, former member of Weather ReportRaised in Fort Lauderdale until his death[130]
Armando "Pitbull" Pérez (1981–)Rap artistBorn in Miami[131]
Tom Petty (1950–)MusicianBorn in Gainesville[132]
Rick Ross (1977–)Rap artistBorn in Carol City[133]
Chuck Schuldiner (1967–2001)Founder of the death metal band DeathBorn in New York. Lived in Florida before his death.[citation needed]
Markus SchulzDJResides in Miami
Verick "Smitty" Smith (1982–)Rap artistBorn in Miami[134]
Scott Stapp (1973–)Singer and songwriterBorn in Orlando
Katrina "Trina" Taylor (1978–)Rap artistBorn in Miami[citation needed]
Johnny Tillotson (1939–)Singer and songwriterBorn in Jacksonville[135]
Claude "Butch" Trucks (1947–)Drummer of the Allman Brothers BandBorn in Jacksonville[136]
Robert 'Vanilla Ice' Van WinkleRap artistMoved to Miami at 16, currently resides in Wellington
Donnie Van Zant (1952–)Lead singer of .38 SpecialBorn in Jacksonville[137]
Ronnie Van Zant (1948–1977)Lead singer for Lynyrd SkynyrdBorn in Jacksonville[138]
Scooter Ward (1970–)Lead singer of ColdBorn in Jacksonville[139]
Danielle White (1992–)SingerBorn in Bradenton[140]
Maurice "Trick Daddy" Young (1975–)Rap artistBorn in Sarasota[116]
Enrique IglesiasPop ArtistRaised in Miami

Science and technology[edit]

NameNotabilityConnection to Florida
Anthony J. Arduengo, III (1952–)Chemist, material scientist, discoverer of persistent carbeneBorn in Tampa[141]
Philip Don Estridge (1937–1985)Led the development of the IBM Personal ComputerBorn in Jacksonville. Lived and worked in Boca Raton[142]
George Smoot (1945–)Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, and Nobel laureateBorn in Yukon[143]
John Archibald Wheeler (1911–2008)Theoretical PhysicistBorn in Jacksonville[144]

Sports[edit]

|- !width=33%|Name !width=33%|Notability !width=33%|Connection to Florida |- |Nate Allen (1987–) |Professional football safety |Born in Fort Myers[145] |- |Robert Andino (1984–) |Professional baseball shortstop |Born in Miami[146] |- |Chucky Atkins (1974–) |Professional basketball player |Born in Orlando[147] |- |Gilbert Arenas (1982–) |Professional basketball player |Born in Tampa |- |J. P. Arencibia (1986–) |Professional baseball catcher |Born in Miami[148] |- |Devin Aromashodu (1984–) |Professional football wide receiver |Born in Miami[149] |- |Bronson Arroyo (1977–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Key West[150] |- |Alex Avila (1987–) |Professional baseball catcher |Born in Hialeah[151] |- |Antwan Barnes (1984–) |Professional football defensive end |Born in Miami[152] |- |Wade Boggs (1958–) |Professional baseball player |Lives in Tampa[153] |- |Boof Bonser (1981–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in St. Petersburg[154] |- |Dwayne Bowe (1984–) |Professional football wide receiver |Born in Miami[155] |- |Antonio Brown (1988–) |Professional football wide receiver |Born in Miami[156] |- |Brodrick Bunkley (1983–) |Professional football defensive tackle |Born in Tampa[157] |- |Billy Butler (1986–) |Professional baseball player |Born in Orange Park[158] |- |Rashad Butler (1983–) |Professional football offensive tackle |Born in Palm Beach Gardens[159] |- |Jose Canseco (1964–) |Major League Baseball Outfielder |Raised in Miami, Florida[160] |- |Steve Carlton (1944–) |Major League Baseball pitcher |Born in Miami[161] |- |Vince Carter (1977–) |Professional basketball player |Born in Daytona Beach[162] |- |Kevin Cash (1977–) |Professional baseball catcher |Born in Tampa[163] |- |Jamar Chaney (1986–) |Professional football linebacker |Born in Fort Pierce[164] |- |John Chaney (1932–) |College basketball coach |Born in Jacksonville[165] |- |Desmond Clark (1977–) |Professional football tight end |Born in Bartow[166] |- |Laveranues Coles (1977–) |Professional American football player |Born in Jacksonville[167] |- |Jim Courier (1970–) |Professional American tennis player |Born in Sanford[168] |- |Daunte Culpepper (1977–) |Professional American football quarterback |Born in Ocala[169] |- |Johnny Damon (1974–) |Major League Baseball All-Star Outfielder |Grew up in Orlando[170] |- |Wade Davis (1985–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Lake Wales[171] |- |Ian Desmond (1985—) |Professional baseball shortstop |Born in Sarasota[172] |- |Antonio Dixon (1985–) |Professional football defensive tackle |Born in Miami[173] |- |Keyon Dooling (1980–) |Professional basketball player |Born in Fort Lauderdale |- |Elvis Dumervil (1984–) |Professional football linebacker |Born in Miami[174] |- |David Duval (1971–) |Professional golfer |Born in Jacksonville[175] |- |Dave Eiland (1966–) |Professional pitching coach |Born in Dade City[176] |- |Chris Evert (1954–) |Professional tennis player |Born in Fort Lauderdale[177] |- |Eric Foster (1985–) |Professional defensive tackle |Born in Homestead[178] |- |Jeff Fulchino (1979–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Titusville[179] |- |William Gay (1985–) |Professional football cornerback |Born in Tallahassee[180] |- |Alonzo Gee (1987–) |Professional basketball player |Born in Riviera Beach[181] |- |Margie Goldstein-Engle (1958–) |Equestrian |Born in Wellington |- |Gio Gonzalez (1985–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Hialeah[182] |- |Luis Gonzalez (1967–) |Professional baseball outfielder |Born in Tampa[183] |- |Dwight Gooden (1964–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Tampa[184] |- |Tom Gordon (1967–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Avon Park[185] |- |Frank Gore (1983–) |Professional American football player |Born in Miami, Florida |- |Richard Goodman (1987–) |Professional football wide receiver |Born in Fort Lauderdale[186] |- |Nick Green (1978–) |Professional baseball player |Born in Pensacola, Florida |- |Zack Greinke (1983–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Orlando[187] |- |Al Harris (1974–) |Professional football cornerback |Born in Pompano Beach[188] |- |Udonis Haslem (1980–) |Professional basketball player |Born in Miami[189] |- |Bob Hayes (1942–2002) |Track and Field athlete and professional American football player |Born in Jacksonville[190] |- |Geno Hayes (1987–) |Professional football linebacker |Born and raised in Greenville[191] |- |Mario Henderson (1984–) |Professional football offensive tackle |Born in Lehigh Acres[192] |- |Devin Hester (1982–) |Professional football wide receiver and punt returner |Born and raised in Riviera Beach[193] |- |Hulk Hogan (1953–) |Professional wrestler and television star |Born in Tampa |- |Eric Hosmer (1989–) |Professional baseball first baseman |Born in South Miami[194] |- |Eric Hurley (1985–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Jacksonville[195] |- |Michael Irvin (1966–) |Professional American football player |Born in Fort Lauderdale |- |Jamaal Jackson (1980–) |Professional football center |Born in Miami[196] |- |Max Jean-Gilles (1983–) |Professional football guard |Born in Miami[197] |- |Mike Jenkins (1985–) |Professional American football player |Grew up in Bradenton[198] |- |Andre Johnson (1981–) |Professional football wide receiver |Born in Miami[199] |- |Bruce Johnson (1987–) |Professional football cornerback |Born in Live Oak[200] |- |Chris Johnson (1985–) |Professional football running back |Born in Orlando[201] |- |Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (1972–) |Professional wrestler and actor |Lives in Miami[202] |- |Gartrell Johnson (1986–) |Professional football running back |Born in Miami[203] |- |Howard Johnson (1960–) |Professional baseball player |Born in Clearwater[204] |- |Chipper Jones (1972–) |Professional baseball player |Born in DeLand[205] |- |Hunter Jones (1984–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Palm Beach Gardens[206] |- |James Jones (1980–) |Professional basketball player |Born in Miami[207] |- |Roy Jones Jr. (1969–) |Former boxing champion |Born in Pensacola[citation needed] |- |Solomon Jones (1984–) |Professional basketball player |Born in Eustis[208] |- |Matt Joyce (1984–) |Professional baseball outfielder |Born in Tampa[209] |- |Kelly Kelly (1987–) |Professional wrestler, WWE Diva |Born in Jacksonville |- |Howard Kendrick (1983–) |Professional baseball second baseman |Born in Jacksonville[210] |- |Jeff Keppinger (1980–) |Professional baseball player |Born in Miami[211] |- |Casey Kotchman (1983–) |Professional baseball first baseman |Born in St. Petersburg[212] |- |Matt LaPorta (1985–) |Professional baseball first baseman |Born in Port Charlotte[213] |- |Tony La Russa (1944–) |Professional baseball manager |Born and raised in Tampa[214] |- |Ray Lewis (1975–) |Professional American football player |Born in Bartow[215] |- |Danell Leyva (1991–) |Gymnast-2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Men's All-Around |Raised in Miami, Florida[216] |- |Jesse Litsch (1985–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Pinellas Park[217] |- |Dave Magadan (1962–) |Professional baseball player |Born in Tampa[218] |- |Olindo Mare (1973–) |Professional football placekicker |Born in Hollywood[219] |- |Tino Martinez (1967–) |Professional baseball player |Born in Tampa[220] |- |Jeff Mathis (1983–) |Professional baseball catcher |Born in Marianna[221] |- |Ricardo Mathews (1987–) |Professional football defensive tackle |Born in Jacksonville[222] |- |Michelle McCool (1980–) |Former WWE Diva |Born and lives in Palatka |- |Mark McCumber (1951–) |Professional golfer |Born in Jacksonville[223] |- |Bryant McFadden (1981–) |Professional football cornerback |Born in Hollywood[224] |- |Willis McGahee (1981–) |Professional American football player |Born in Miami[225] |- |Tracy McGrady (1979–) |Professional basketball player |Born in Bartow[226] |- |Jason Michaels (1976–) |Professional baseball outfielder |Born in Tampa[227] |- |Joshua Moore (1988–) |Professional football cornerback |Born in Fort Lauderdale[228] |- |DaJuan Morgan (1985–) |Professional football safety |Born in Riviera Beach[229] |- |Santana Moss (1979–) |Professional American football player |Born in Miami[230] |- |Sinorice Moss (1983–) |Professional football wide receiver |Born in Miami[231] |- |Louis Murphy (1987–) |Professional football wide receiver |Born in St. Petersburg[232] |- |Brett Myers (1980–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Jacksonville[233] |- |Chris Myers (1981–) |Professional football lineman |Born in Miami[234] |- |Mike Napoli (1981–) |Professional baseball catcher |Born in Hollywood[235] |- |Stephen Nicholas (1983–) |Professional football linebacker |Born in Jacksonville[236] |- |Chad Ochocinco (1978–) |Professional American football player |Born in Miami[201] |- |Darren O'Day (1982–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Jacksonville[237] |- |Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (1988–) |Professional football safety |Born in Gainesville[238] |- |Jonathan Papelbon (1980–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Grew up in Jacksonville[239] |- |Dimitri Patterson (1983–) |Professional football cornerback |Born in Orlando[240] |- |Eric Patterson (1983–) |Professional baseball outfielder |Born in Tallahassee[241] |- |Jason Pierre-Paul (1989–) |Professional football defensive end |Born in Deerfield Beach[242] |- |Kenny Phillips (1986–) |Professional football safety |Born in Miami[243] |- |Ryan Pickett (1979–) |Professional football nose tackle |Born and raised in Zephyrhills[244] |- |AJ Pierzynski (1976–) |Professional baseball catcher |Raised in Orlando[245] |- |Jim Presley (1961–) |Professional baseball third baseman |Born in Pensacola[246] |- |Ryan Raburn (1981–) |Professional baseball player |Born in Tampa[247] |- |Tim Raines (1959–) |Professional baseball player |Born in Sanford[248] |- |Jay Ratliff (1981–) |Professional football nose tackle |Born in St. Petersburg[249] |- |Chris Ray (1982–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Tampa[250] |- |Alex Rodriguez (1975–) |Professional baseball player |Partly raised in Miami[251] |- |Sean Rodriguez (1985–) |Professional baseball second baseman |Born in Miami[252] |- |Antrel Rolle (1982–) |Professional football free safety |Born in Homestead[253] |- |Chris Sale (1989–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Lakeland[254] |- |Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1985–) |Professional baseball catcher |Born in West Palm Beach[255] |- |Asante Samuel (1981–) |Professional football cornerback |Born in Fort Lauderdale[256] |- |Deion Sanders (1967–) |Professional football cornerback |Born in Fort Myers |- |Warren Sapp (1972–) |Professional American football player |Born in Orlando[257] |- |Luke Scott (1978–) |Professional baseball player |Born in DeLand[258] |- |Clint Session (1984–) |Professional football linebacker |Born in Pompano Beach[259] |- |Derrick Sharp (1971–) |American-Israeli professional basketball player |Born in Orlando[260] |- |Maria Sharapova (1987–) |Professional tennis player |Lives in Bradenton, Florida[261] |- |Darryl Sharpton (1988–) |Professional football linebacker |Born in Coral Gables[262] |- |Lito Sheppard (1981–) |Professional American football player |Born in Jacksonville[263] |- |Scot Shields (1975–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Fort Lauderdale[264] |- |Buck Showalter (1956–) |Professional baseball manager |Born in DeFuniak Springs[265] |- |Brandon Siler (1985–) |Professional football linebacker |Born in Daytona Beach[266] |- |Ernie Sims (1984–) |Professional football linebacker |Born in Tallahassee[267] |- |Mike Sims-Walker (1984–) |Professional football wide receiver |Born in Orlando[268] |- |Kelly Slater (1972–) |Professional Surfer |Born in Cocoa Beach[269] |- |Emmitt Smith (1969–) |Professional American football player |Born in Pensacola[270] |- |Kevin Smith (1986–) |Professional football running back |Born in Miami[271] |- |Mike Smith (1959–) |Professional football head coach |Born in Daytona Beach[272] |- |Rusty Smith (1987–) |Professional football quarterback |Born in Jacksonville[273] |- |Chris Snelling (1981–) |Professional Baseball player |Born in North Miami[274] |- |Denard Span (1984–) |Professional baseball player |Born in Tampa[275] |- |Matthew Stafford (1988–) |Professional football quarterback |Born in Tampa[276] |- |Steve Spurrier (1945–) |American football player and coach |Born in Miami Beach[277] |- |Amar'e Stoudemire (1982–) |Professional basketball player |Born in Lake Wales[278] |- |Antonio Tarver (1968–) |Professional boxer |Born in Tampa[279] |- |Tim Tebow (1987–) |Professional football quarterback |Grew up in Jacksonville[280] |- |Din Thomas (1976–) |UFC Fighter |Lives and trains in Port St. Lucie[281] |- |Danny Valencia (1984–) |Professional baseball third baseman |Born in Miami[282] |- |Jason Varitek (1972–) |Professional baseball player |Grew up in Longwood[283] |- |Jonathan Vilma (1982–) |Professional American football player |Born in Coral Gables, Florida |- |Tim Wakefield (1966–) |Professional baseball pitcher |Born in Melbourne[284] |- |Leon Washington (1982–) |Professional football running back |Born in Jacksonville[285] |- |Leonard Weaver (1982–) |Professional football fullback |Born in Melbourne[286] |- |Eric Weems (1985–) |Professional football wide receiver |Born in Daytona Beach[287] |- |Paul Wight (1972–) |Professional wrestler. |Resides in Tampa, Florida |- |Bobby Wilson (1983–) |Professional baseball catcher |Born in Dunedin[288] |- |Major Wright (1988–) |Professional football safety |Born in Miramar[289] |- |LeeRoy Yarbrough (1938–1984) |NASCAR driver |Born in Jacksonville[290] |- |Sam Young (1987–) |Professional football quarterback|Born in Coral Springs[291] |}

Business[edit]

NameNotabilityConnection to Florida
James J. Greco (1958–)Businessman, CEO and President of SbarroLives in Boynton Beach

Other[edit]

NameNotabilityConnection to Florida
Carrot Top (1965–)Prop ComedianBorn in Cocoa Beach[292]
Fabiano Caruana (1992–)Youngest chess grandmaster in United States historyBorn in Miami
Janice Dickinson (1955–)Early SupermodelBorn in Hollywood[293]
Elizabeth Edwards (1949–2010)Estranged wife to John EdwardsBorn in Jacksonville[294]
Tiffany Fallon (1974–)Playmate of the Year 2005Born in Fort Lauderdale[295]
Abraham Lincoln Lewis (1865–1947)Businessman and Florida's first African-American millionaireBorn in Madison[296]
Adam Lovell (1977–)Founder of WriteAPrisoner.comLives and works in Edgewater[297]
Charles E. Merrill (1885–1956)Founder of Merrill LynchBorn in Green Cove Springs[298]
Kara Monaco (1983–)Playmate of the Year 2006Born in Lakeland[299]
Chris Myers (1959–)SportscasterBorn in Miami[300]
Carolyn Murphy (1973–)SupermodelBorn in Fort Walton Beach[citation needed]
Kathleen Parker (1952–)Syndicated ColumnistGrew up in Winter Haven[301]
A. Philip Randolph (1889–1979)Civil Rights activistBorn in Crescent City
Krissy Taylor(1978–1995)ModelBorn in Miami[302]
Niki Taylor (1975–)ModelBorn in Miami[303]
Norman Thagard (1943–)NASA AstronautLives and works in Tallahassee[304]
Hugo Vihlen (1931–)Record-breaking solo sailorBorn in Florida. Lived in Homestead[305]
Jimmy Wales (1966–)Founding member of the Wikimedia FoundationResides in St. Petersburg[306]

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