List of people from Louisville, Kentucky

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Following are notable people who were either born/raised or have lived for a significant period of time in the Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area:

NameDescription
Terry AdamsMusician, founding member of NRBQ.[1]
James S. AlbusEngineer and Senior NIST Fellow, developer of Digital Solar Aspect Sensor, Real-time Control System, Robocrane.
Muhammad AliMultiple heavyweight boxing champion and one of the most iconic figures in 20th-century American sports.
Martha-Bryan AllenBroadway actress, aunt of Elizabeth Montgomery.
Derek L. AndersonFormer Kentucky Wildcat basketball player, played on the 1996 NCAA Championship team. Former 12-year NBA basketball player drafted by Cleveland in 1997. Won an NBA Championship with Miami in 2006.
Major Robert Anderson[2]Union Army officer in the Civil War, known for his command of Fort Sumter at the start of the war.
John James AudubonOrnithologist, naturalist and painter. Lived in Louisville for about two years.
Marty BassTelevision news reporter, weatherman, and presidential candidate. Born and raised in Louisville.
Matt BattagliaActor and producer in more than 100 films. TV and producer of such projects as Brothers with Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman; co-founder of Derby Eve cancer benefit The Mint Jubilee.
Ralph BeardBorn in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, attended Louisville Male High School. Former Kentucky Wildcat basketball player, played on the 1948 and 1949 NCAA Championship teams. Won gold medal with Team USA Basketball in the 1948 Summer Olympics.
Ned BeattyCharacter actor in films, TV and on stage, has appeared in a wide variety of roles ranging from dramatic to comedic in movies such as The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Deliverance, Superman (1978), Network and 1941.
James BestCharacter actor, best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard.
Barry Bingham, Jr.Publisher of The Courier-Journal.
Barry Bingham, Sr.Publisher of The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times, and led both papers to national prominence.
Larry BirkheadAmerican entertainment photojournalist.
Rob BironasProfessional football player for Tennessee Titans of NFL.
Phil BondProfessional basketball player for the Houston Rockets.
Anne BradenCivil rights activist.
Carl BradenCivil rights activist.
Louis BrandeisJustice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Namesake of the University of Louisville School of Law.
Ulysses "Junior" BridgemanLouisville businessman. Basketball star at the University of Louisville who went on to a long NBA career, mostly with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Brian BrohmBuffalo Bills quarterback.
Foster BrooksActor and comedian. Renowned for his "Lovable Lush" character, Brooks was a long-time Las Vegas headliner and appeared on numerous TV programs from the mid-1960s to mid-1990s, as well as appearing in cameo roles in such films as The Villain and Cannonball Run II.
Odell BrownJazz organist.
Pete Browning[3]19th century Major League Baseball player, first to use custom bats, uncle of Tod Browning.
Tod BrowningFilm actor and director. Directed several films starring silent screen legend Lon Chaney Sr., among them The Unholy 3 (1925) and West of Zanzibar (1928). Best known for directing the horror classic Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi as well as the cult classic Freaks (1932).
John W. BubblesHalf of the black comedic song and tap dance team "Buck & Bubbles" with his partner Ford Lee "Buck" Washington. Appeared in films A Star Is Born ('37) and Cabin in the Sky ('43). Originated the role of the character "Sportin' Life" in George Gershwin's musical Porgy and Bess. First black entertainer to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Lance BurtonStage magician.
LaVerne ButlerPastor of 9th & O Baptist Church in Louisville, 1969-1988; president of Mid-Continent University, 1988-1997[4]
Paul ByrdProfessional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox
Harry CarterSilent film actor. Appeared in the 1921 serial The Hope Diamond Mystery and numerous other films.
Jennifer CarpenterActress best known for work on Showtime's Dexter as the character Debra Morgan.
Charley ChasePornographic actress.
George Rogers ClarkThe preeminent military leader on the northwestern frontier during the American Revolutionary War.
William ConradActor and narrator in radio, film and television from the 1930s through the 1990s. Provided the voice for Marshal Matt Dillion in the radio version of Gunsmoke. Later starred as TV detective Frank Cannon.
Jim CornetteNoted professional wrestling manager and promoter.
Joe CreasonJournalist for The Courier-Journal, most famous for his columns on the everyday lives of Kentuckians.
Bernie CrimminsUniversity of Notre Dame football player and head football college football coach at University of Indiana, as well as assistant football coach at Notre Dame and Purdue University.
Iman CrossonActor, Internet celebrity and Obama impersonator who became an example of professional promotion using the Internet.
Tom CruiseActor (born in Syracuse, New York, lived in Louisville until his mid-teens). Star of the films Risky Business, Top Gun, A Few Good Men, and Mission: Impossible, among others.
Denny CrumUniversity of Louisville men's basketball head coach; member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.
Vadim DaleAustralian reality television personality (Outback Jack); officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Roger DavisActor in Dark Shadows and Alias Smith and Jones; custom home designer and builder in Los Angeles.
Frederick DetweilerAmerican sociologist, born in Louisville in 1881
George DevolInventor of the first industrial robot.
Irene DunneActress, starred in 1931 Academy Award Best Picture Cimarron.
Thomas Alva EdisonInventor and businessman. Before fame lived in Butchertown during 1866–1867 around the age of 19. A house near where he lived is now a museum in his honor.
Bob EdwardsBroadcaster for National Public Radio.
Jimmy EllisHeavyweight boxing champion.
Pervis EllisonBasketball player. Born in Savannah, Georgia. "Never Nervous Pervis" was the starting center for the University of Louisville for four years, including the 1986 national championship year. Ellison was the second freshman ever to be named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four and the first overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings.
Norris EmbryExpressionist painter.
Abraham FlexnerAmerican educator.
Simon FlexnerPioneer of scientific medicine.
Pat FordeSportswriter; reporter and columnist for The Courier-Journal, ESPN.com, and Yahoo! Sports.[5]
Dian FosseyNurse at Kosair Children's Hospital. Ethologist interested in gorillas.
Fontaine FoxNationally syndicated cartoonist, creator of "The Toonerville Trolley" (aka "Toonerville Folks"), one of the most popular strips of the World War I era.
Gertrude GanoteAll-American Girls Professional Baseball League player from 1944 through 1945.
Billy GilbertFilm actor during the 1930s and 1940s, appeared in supporting roles in Laurel & Hardy shorts The Music Box and County Hospital, also the model and voice for Sneezy in Disney's Snow White.
Sam GilliamAbstract expressionist painter.
William GirdlerDirector/producer of 1970s B-grade films such as Abby, Asylum of Satan and Grizzly.
C. W. GraftonAuthor.
Sue GraftonAuthor
Petey GreeneAmerican television and radio talk show host, two-time Emmy Award-winner.
D. W. GriffithFilm director and innovator. Credited with originating many camera techniques that are still commonly used in films today. Directed numerous films, among them The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance and Way Down East. Lived several years in the Brown Hotel, until his death in 1948.
Darrell GriffithBasketball player. Won 1980 NCAA basketball championship and John R. Wooden Award; 1980 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player; 1981 NBA Rookie of the Year Award; played 11 seasons with the Utah Jazz; nicknamed "Dr. Dunkenstein" for aerial exploits.
David GrissomGuitarist for Storyville (band), Joe Ely, The Allman Brothers Band, John Mellencamp and others.
Scott HarringtonRacing driver. Indianapolis 500 veteran and Indy Car Rookie of the Year.
Lionel HamptonBandleader and jazz musician.
Heather French HenryMiss America 2000.
John HensleyTV and film actor, regular cast member on the cable TV program Nip/Tuck.
Mildred & Patty HillComposers of the song "Happy Birthday to You".
Charles T. HindeRailroad executive, founder of the Hotel del Coronado and businessman.
Doan HoangMovie director, movie producer, documentary Oh Saigon (2007) and short film Hard Times (2012). Graduate of Seneca High School (1990) in Louisville.
Audrey HollanderPornographic actress.
Telma HopkinsSinger and actress, member of the 1970s pop music trio Tony Orlando and Dawn
James HoranTelevision and film actor.
Paul HornungFootball player with the National Football League's Green Bay Packers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Allan HoustonNBA player, most notably with the New York Knicks. Son of Wade Houston.
Wade HoustonLouisville businessman; player and assistant coach at the University of Louisville; head men's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee. Also father of Allan Houston.
Edwin HubbleAstronomer/Astrophysicist, Basketball Coach at New Albany, IN High School and namesake of the Hubble Space Telescope. Lived in the Highlands.
Henry HullStage and film actor, star of the 1935 film Werewolf of London.
Anna Mae HutchisonAll-American Girls Professional Baseball League player from 1944 through 1949.
Joe JacobyFootball player for the Washington Redskins.
Ken JenkinsStage and film actor, co-founder of Actors Theatre of Louisville and acted in Scrubs, Gone in 60 Seconds, and I Am Sam.
Tom KennedyGame show host.
Mark KleinNationally known touring comedian.
Wesley KorirKenyan marathoner; winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon and member of the National Assembly of Kenya. Ran track at, and graduated from, the University of Louisville. Keeps one of his three homes in Louisville.
James KottakDrummer for legendary metal band Scorpions, Yamaha drums endorser/clinician and drummer for Kingdom Come, Warrant and Wild Horses.
Tim KrekelMusician, recording artist, hit songwriter, member of Jimmy Buffett's band.
Paul LairdMusicologist, professor at University of Kansas, with interests in Spanish villancicoes, Leonard Bernstein, the Broadway musical theatre, and the Baroque cello.
Increase A. LaphamSurveyor, Naturalist, helped found the U.S Weather Bureau.
Jennifer LawrenceFilm actress best known for her Oscar-winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook and Oscar-nominated performance in Winter's Bone, and as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.
Maggie LawsonTV actress famous for her role as Juliet on the detective drama/comedy Psych.
Stefan LeForsQuarterback for University of Louisville, and in the NFL and CFL. Head football coach for the high school team of the Christian Academy of Louisville.
Tom LondonBit player and stunt performer in numerous films, primarily westerns, began film career in early silent era and later transitioned to TV roles in the early 1950s. Listed in Guinness World Records as Hollywood's most prolific actor, with over 600 film appearances.
Static MajorAmerican record producer who gained fame posthumously for featuring in Lil Wayne's Lollipop.
William MapotherFilm and television actor. Roles in Lost and In the Bedroom.
Herbert MarcusCo-founder and CEO of Neiman Marcus.
Joe E. MartinOlympic boxing coach who trained World Heavyweight Champions Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Ellis, and several National Golden Gloves champions.
A'dia MathiesWNBA player for (Los Angeles Sparks).
Victor MatureActor. Starred in a wide range of films, including My Darling Clementine, Kiss of Death, Samson and Delilah and The Robe.
Jane MayhallPoet.[6]
William E. McAnulty, Jr.First African American to serve on the Kentucky Supreme Court.
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnellU.S. Senate Minority Leader.
Brian McMahanRock musician known for work in Squirrel Bait, Slint, Palace Brothers, The For Carnation, and King Kong.
Mary T. MeagherOlympic gold medalist and multiple world record holder in swimming.
Terry MeinersRadio and television personality .
Milton MetzRadio and television personality.
Alexandria MillsMiss World 2010.
Beverle Graves MyersAuthor.
Jack NarzGame show host.
Carrie Marcus NeimanCo-founder and Chair of Neiman Marcus.
Frank NeuhauserWinner of the first National Spelling Been held in 1925[7]
Bobby NicholsProfessional golfer, best known for winning the 1964 PGA Championship, one of the Majors in men's golf.
Marsha NormanAmerican playwright who won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Anne NorthupU.S. Representative from Louisville, 1997–2007; Member of the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Older sister of Mary T. Meagher.
Grady NuttHumorist and television personality (Hee Haw); lived in Louisville from 1960 until his death in 1982; graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Will OldhamSongwriter and musician.
Joan OsborneSinger-songwriter.
Jimmy OstingMajor League Baseball player.
ZZ PackerWriter, born in Chicago but lived in Louisville in her teens and graduated from Seneca High School in 1990.
Greg PageHeavyweight boxing champion.
Scott PadgettFormer Kentucky Wildcat basketball player, played on the 1996 and 1998 NCAA Championship teams. Former 7-year NBA basketball player drafted by Utah in 1998.
David PajoIndie musician known for work in Slint, Tortoise, and Zwan.
Bubba ParisGraduate of Louisville's DeSales High School, offensive tackle for the 1982 Super Bowl-winning San Francisco 49ers.
Clarence M. Pendleton, Jr.[8]Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1981 until his death in 1988), born in Louisville in 1930
Fred Pfeffer[3]Major League Baseball player.
Wilson PickettAmerican R&B, rock-and-roll and soul singer.
Rick PitinoMen's basketball coach at University of Louisville. Previously head coach at Providence College, the University of Kentucky and the Boston Celtics.
Bill PlaschkeLos Angeles sports columnist, panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn.
Marty Pollio(aka Martin Polio), stand-up comic and mime. Has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and has performed his semi-autobiographical one-man show "Prisoners Of Cheese" at The Montreal Fringe Festival.
George Dennison PrenticeAcclaimed American newspaper editor and journalist for the Louisville Journal.
Artimus PyleDrummer for legendary Southern Rock and Roll band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Steve RaibleNFL Player for the Seattle Seahawks and co-anchor of local KIRO News in Seattle, Washington.
Wes RamseyTV and film actor, appearing in episodes of the daytime serial Guiding Light and star of the independent film Latter Days.
Jimmy RaneyJazz guitarist.
Jon RauchProfessional baseball player for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Pee Wee ReeseHall of Fame shortstop for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. Also noted for his acceptance of Jackie Robinson when the latter broke baseball's color line.
Marco ReguzzoniItalian politician and entrepreneur, owner of Biocell Center, honorary citizen.
Rob RiggleActor[9] on The Daily Show, The Office, and Saturday Night Live
Rajon RondoFormer Kentucky Wildcat basketball player. Current NBA player for Boston, won an NBA Championship in 2008, and has participated in several NBA All-Star games.
Don RosaIllustrator of Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and other Disney characters.
Rudy RuckerComputer scientist and science fiction author.
Colonel Harland SandersFounder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, born, raised, and lived in Henryville, Indiana until adulthood.
Diane SawyerTelevision journalist and co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America.
Nicole ScherzingerActress, singer and dancer best known for her work as the lead vocalist for the Pussycat Dolls.
"Papa" John SchnatterFounder of Papa John's Pizza, born and raised in Jeffersonville, Indiana until founding his pizza chain.
Phil SimmsQuarterback for the NFL's New York Giants and television sportscaster.
Donta SmithProfessional basketball player for the South Dragons of the National Basketball League Australia.
James Breckenridge SpeedBusinessman and philanthropist.
James SpeedLawyer, politician, and professor.
Rudell StitchWelterweight boxer.
Danny SullivanRacing driver and winner of the 1985 Indianapolis 500.
Hunter S. ThompsonJournalist and author, long-time contributing writer for Rolling Stone magazine.
Mary TraversFolk singer with Peter, Paul and Mary.
Dan UgglaInfielder for the Atlanta Braves.
Johnny UnitasQuarterback at University of Louisville who went on to a Hall of Fame career, mainly with the Baltimore Colts.
Gus Van SantFilm Director, photographer, musician, and author.
Eugene UlrichChief editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Wes UnseldBasketball player and coach in the NBA. Member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player.
Britt WalfordDrummer for Slint.
Jeff WalzWomen's basketball coach at the University of Louisville.
Jack WardenFilm and television actor. Began his career in the early 1950s, performing on such TV shows as Playhouse 90 and Studio One, later appeared in such films as Run Silent, Run Deep, Shampoo and All the President's Men.
Henry WattersonFounder of The Courier-Journal and namesake of the Henry Watterson Expressway.
Brent WeedmanMixed martial artist
Todd WellemeyerMajor League Baseball player (Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals)
Gus WeyhingMLB pitcher for 11 teams.
Jeffrey Wigand60 Minutes tobacco informant.
Will WolfordPro Bowl NFL offensive lineman, played for Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, and Indianapolis Colts. Head football coach at his alma mater of St. Xavier High School; radio color analyst for the Indianapolis Colts.
Keke WyattR&B singer, most prominent in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Enid YandellSculptor.
John YarmuthU.S. Representative from Louisville, 2007–present. Also founder of the alt-weekly Louisville Eccentric Observer.
YorkWilliam Clark's manservant and participant in Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Sean YoungFilm and television actress. Began career with supporting roles in such films as Blade Runner, Stripes and Dune.
Mia ZapataMurdered singer of the Seattle punk band The Gits.
John ZieglerRadio talk show host.
Fuzzy ZoellerProfessional golfer; winner of two major championships (1979 Masters, 1984 U.S. Open). Born, raised, and lives on the Indiana side of the metropolitan area in Floyd County.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Terry Adams". all music. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 
  3. ^ a b Reichler, Joseph L., ed. (1979) [1969]. The Baseball Encyclopedia (4th edition ed.). New York: Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 0-02-578970-8. 
  4. ^ Michael Foust, Obituary of LaVerne Butler, Baptist Press, December 21, 2010
  5. ^ Forde, Pat (February 26, 2013). "Forde Minutes: Who deserves a No. 1 seed?". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 28, 2013. "The Minutes kept it local last week, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t quality food to be had. When hungry in Louisville, try the peerless Jack Fry’s (40), a famed local landmark that has nothing bad on the menu." 
  6. ^ Fox, Margalit. "Jane Mayhall, Poet Who Gained Prominence Late in Life, Is Dead at 90", The New York Times, March 19, 2009. Accessed March 19, 2009.
  7. ^ Brown, Emma (2011-03-21). "Frank Neuhauser, winner of first national spelling bee, dies at 97". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  8. ^ "Notable Kentucky African Americans Database". uky.edu. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
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