North Carolina

North Carolina 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.

H continued

  • Edmund Hogan brigadier general arkansas militia
  • Torry Holt football player
  • Brad Hoover football player
  • Michael Houser musician
  • James Hunt, Jr. politician
  • Jim "Catfish" Hunter baseball player
I - J
  • Inspirations music group
  • Andrew Jackson former u.s. president
  • Herb Jackson artist
  • Dale Jarrett automobile racer
  • Jodeci music group
  • Andrew Johnson former u.s. president
  • Junior Johnson moonshiner, auto racer, food producer
  • Michael Jordan basketball player
  • Darwin Joston actor
  • K-Ci and JoJo music group
  • Ben E. King singer, songwriter
  • Tim Kirkman film director
  • Charles Kuralt journalist
  • Amy Lambert singer
  • Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence actress
  • George "Meadowlark" Lemon basketball player
  • Sugar Ray Leonard boxer
  • Barbara Loden actress, director
  • Davis Love III golfer
  • Nathaniel Macon politician
  • Dolley Madison first lady
  • Scott "Scotty" McCreery singer
  • Daniel McFadden econometrician, nobel laureate
  • Ronnie Milsap singer, musician
  • Thelonious Monk pianist, composer
  • Julianne Moore actress, author
  • Edward R. Murrow journalist
  • Fred "Curly" Neal basketball player
  • Kenneth Noland painter
  • Petey Pablo rap artist
  • Walter Hines Page journalist, publisher, diplomat
  • Floyd Patterson boxer
  • Julius Peppers football player
  • Gaylord Perry baseball player
  • Lee Petty automobile racer
  • Richard Petty automobile racer
  • Kellie Pickler singer, songwriter
  • James Polk former u. s. president
  • Charlie Poole and North Carolina Ramblers music group
  • William Sydney "O.Henry" Porter author
  • Jaime Pressly actress, model
  • Reynolds Price author, professor, essayist
  • Emily Procter actress


  • Sam Ragan journalist, author, poet
  • Lewis R. "Major" Redmond outlaw, moonshiner
  • Conrad Reed discovered first gold nugget in u.s.
  • Hiram Rhodes Revels first african american u.s. senate
  • Tom Robbins author
  • Brian Roberts baseball player
  • Charlie Rose television journalist
  • "5" Royales music group
  • Vermont C. Royster editor, pulitzer prize winner
  • Soupy Sales actor, comedian
  • Terry Sanford politician
  • Earl Scruggs musician
  • Hugh Shelton u.s. army general
  • Nina Simone singer, songwriter, civil rights activist
  • Michael J. Smith astronaut (Challenger)
  • Richard Dobbs Spaight politician
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers music group
  • Jerry Stackhouse basketball player
  • William "Oliver" Swofford singer
  • Billy Taylor pianist, composer
  • James Taylor singer
  • Theodore Taylor author
  • Saunders Terrell "Sonny Terry" musician
  • David Thompson basketball player
  • Bob Timberlake artist, furniture designer
  • Randy Travis singer
  • John Scott Trotter orchestra conductor
V - Y
  • Jimmy Valvano basketball player, coach (born in NY)
  • Brittany Nicole Waddell singer
  • Loudon Snowden Wainwright III singer, songwriter
  • Doc Watson guitarist, songwriter, singer
  • Seth Wescott snowboarder, Olympic medalist
  • Charles E. Whitmeyer politician
  • Mario Williams football player
  • Robert F. Williams civil rights leader, author
  • Roy Williams coach
  • Hugh Williamson politician
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead actress
  • Thomas Wolfe author
  • James Worthy basketball player
  • George Younce singer

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