Kansas Famous Natives

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within a state for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the state in their personal endeavors.

  • Kirstie Alley actress
  • Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle actor
  • Ed Asner actor
  • Clarence Batchelor political cartoonist
  • Annette Bening actress
  • Gwendolyn Brooks poet
  • Louise Brooks silent film actress
  • Jim Brothers sculptor
  • Walter Percy Chrysler automobile manufacturer
  • Clark Clifford u.s. secretary of defense
  • Glenn Cunningham olympian
  • John Steuart Curry painter
  • Charles Curtis former u.s. vice president
D - E
  • Johnny Damon baseball player
  • Bob Dole politician, war hero
  • Amelia Mary Earhart aviator
  • Milton Eisenhower educator
    (NOTE) His brother, Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, was born in Denison, Texas, though he was raised in Abilene, Kansas.
  • Joe Engle astronaut
  • Melissa Etheridge singer
  • Ron Evans astronaut
G - I
  • Maurice Greene athlete
  • Steve Hawley astronaut
  • Dennis Hopper actor
  • William Inge playwright
J - L
  • Don Johnson actor
  • Walter Johnson baseball player
  • Buster Keaton famous comedian from Kansas
  • Emmett Kelly clown
  • James Lehrer broadcast journalist
  • Edgar Lee Masters poet
  • Martina McBride singer
  • Hattie McDaniel actress
  • Carl Menninger psychiatrist


  • Gordon Parks film maker
  • Zasu Pitts actress
  • John Riggins football player
  • Damon Runyan author, journalist
  • Adolf "The Baron" Rupp coach
  • Jim Ryun track athlete, politician
  • Barry Sanders football player
  • Gale Sayers football player
  • Kendall Francis Schmidt actor, singer, songwriter
  • Dean Smith basketball coach
  • William Stafford poet
  • Jackie Stiles basketball player
  • Milburn Stone actor
  • Russell Stover founder russell stover candies
  • John Cameron Swayze news commentator
T - W
  • Lucy Hobbs Taylor first woman dentist
  • Vivan Vance actress
  • William Allen White author
  • Jess Willard boxer
  • Lynette Woodard basketball player
  • Patricia Wymore actress

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