Mississippi 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.

  • Mary Alice actress
  • Dana Andrews actor
  • William Attaway author
  • Howard Bahr author
  • Willie Banks singer
  • Red Barber sports announcer
  • Haley Barbour governor, politician
  • Richard Barthe sculptor
  • Ralph Boston olympic medalist
  • Kenny Brown musician (born in AL)
  • Vivian Brown meteorologist
  • Jimmy Buffett singer, songwriter
  • Robert Lee "R. L." Burnside singer, songwriter
  • John Butler choreographer, ballet director
  • William "Billy" Cannon football player
  • Lacey Chabert actress
  • James Chaney civil rights activist
  • Alvin Childress actor
  • Doris Christian-Johnson author
  • Craig Claiborne restaurant critic, food writer
  • Gerald "Jerry" Clower comedian
  • Harry A. Cole chemist, inventor of pine-sol
  • David L. Cook singer
  • Wyatt Emory Cooper author, screenwriter
D - E
  • Paul Lavon Davis singer, songwriter
  • Bo Diddley musician
  • Marcus L. Dupree football player
  • John Dye actor
  • Charles Evers civil rights leader
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams civil rights leader
F - G
  • William Faulkner author
  • Brett Favre football player
  • Allen Fillingame web designer, Travian god
  • Shelby Foote author, historian
  • Richard Ford author
  • Morgan Freeman actor, director
  • Cynthia Geary actress
  • Bobbie Gentry singer, songwriter
  • Mickey Gilley musician
  • Gary Grubbs actor, playwright
  • Alice Haining actress
  • Lynn Hamilton actress
  • Barry Hannah author
  • Lusia Harris basketball player
  • Elizabeth Lee Hazen inventor
  • Beth Henley screenwriter, actress, playwright
  • Jim Henson puppeteer, creator Muppets
  • Anthony Herrera actor
  • Faith Hill singer
J - L
  • Don Jeffcoat actor
  • Robert L. Johnson founder black entertainment television (bet)
  • Robert LeRoy Johnson musician
  • James Earl Jones actor
  • Simbi Khali actress
  • B. B. King musician
  • Diane Ladd actress
  • Daniel Curtis Lee actor
  • Tom Lester actor
  • Tom Malone musician
  • Archie Manning football player
  • James "Jimbo" Mathus singer, songwriter, musician
  • Antonio McDyess basketball player
  • Steve McNair football player
  • Gerald McRaney actor
  • Mary Ann Mobley miss america, actress
  • Dorothy Moore singer

N - O

  • Ellis Nassour author, playwright
  • Brandy Norwood singer, actress
  • Carrie Nye actress
  • George Ohr potter
  • Roy Oswalt baseball player
  • Van Dyke Parks composer
  • Walter Payton football player
  • Hartley Peavey founder peavey electronics corp.
  • Joseph "Pinetop" Perkins singer, musician
  • Donald Peterson astronaut
  • Robert Pittman founder MTV
  • Evelyn Preer actress, singer
  • Elvis Presley singer
  • Leontyne Price opera singer
  • Charley Pride singer
  • Jerry Lee Rice football player
  • Beah Richards actress
  • LeAnn Rimes singer
  • Eric Roberts actor
  • Robin Roberts television host
  • Jimmie Rodgers singer
  • Dwayne Rudd football player
  • Saving Abel music group
  • Larry Semon actor, director
  • Kevin Sessums singer
  • Chris Shivers bull rider
  • Frederick W. Smith founder fedex
  • Britney Spears actress
  • Stella Stevens actress
  • John Marty Stuart singer, songwriter, musician
  • Donna Tartt author
  • James A. (Gene) Thomas deputy director nasa's kennedy space center
  • Paul Wayne Thorn singer, songwriter (born in WI)
  • 3 Doors Down band
  • Richard (Dick) Truly astronaut
  • Ike Turner singer
  • Conway Twitty musician
  • James Michael Tyler actor
W - Y
  • Sela Ward actress
  • Muddy Waters singer
  • Jim Weatherly singer, composer
  • Ida Wells-Barnett civil rights activist
  • Eudora Welty author, pulitzer prize winner
  • Tennessee Williams playwright
  • Al Wilson football player
  • Oprah Winfrey television talk show host
  • Keith Woodside football player
  • Richard Wright author
  • Tammy Wynette singer, songwriter
  • Roy Yeager musician

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