Pennsylvania 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.

  • F. Murray Abraham actor
  • John "Brooms" Abramovic, Jr. basketball player
  • Edward Goodrich Acheson chemist, inventor
  • Louisa May Alcott author
  • Lloyd Alexander author
  • Richard Allen religious leader
  • Joe Amato race car driver
  • Marian Anderson singer
  • Maxwell Anderson playwright
  • Poul Anderson author
  • John Andretti race car driver
  • Marco Andretti race car driver
  • Michael Andretti race car driver
  • Kurt Steven Angle wrestler
  • Henry H. "Hap" Arnold air force general
  • LaVar Arrington football player
  • Janet Asimov author
  • Frankie Avalon singer, actor
  • Kevin Bacon actor
  • Carroll Baker actress
  • Samuel Barber composer
  • Chuck Barris game show producer, presenter
  • Ethel Barrymore actress
  • John Barrymore actor
  • Lionel Barrymore actor
  • Donald Barthelme author
  • Charlie Batch football player
  • Joe Beimel baseball player
  • Stephen Vincent Benet author, poet
  • George Benson musician
  • Joseph "Joe" Biden u.s. vice president
  • Fred Biletnikoff football player
  • Steve Bilko baseball player
  • Steve Blackman wrestler
  • Guion "Guy" Bluford astronaut
  • Daniel Boone pioneer, explorer
  • Ben Bova author
  • Peter Boyle actor
  • Boyz II Men music group
  • Kyle Brady football player
  • Glenn Branca composer, guitarist
  • Sid Bream baseball player
  • David Brenner comedian
  • Charles Bronson actor
  • Charles Brockden Brown author, historian
  • Gary Brown football player
  • Kobe Bryant basketball player
  • James Buchanan u.s. president
  • Steve Burns actor
  • Leroy Burrell olympic medalist
  • Smedley Butler marine corps major general
    "the fighting quaker"
  • Charles Wakefield Cadman composer
  • Alexander Calder sculptor
  • Ray Caldwell baseball player
  • Simon Cameron political leader
  • Bebe Moore Campbell author
  • John Cappelletti football player
  • Vanessa Carlton singer, songwriter
  • Rachel Carson author
  • Mary Cassatt artist
  • George Catlin artist
  • Wilt Chamberlain basketball player
  • Stephen Chbosky author, screenwriter
  • Lou Christie singer, songwriter
  • Stanley Clarke musician, composer
  • The Clarks music group
  • Kerry Collins football player
  • Henry Steele Commager historian, author
  • Perry Como singer
  • Dan Conners football player
  • Charles "Pete" Conrad astronaut
  • Bill Cosby actor
  • Dolores Costello actress
  • Maurice Costello actor
  • William Laird Cowher football player, coach
  • William Broderick Crawford actor
  • Jim Croce singer, songwriter


  • George M. Dallas u.s. vice president
  • Charles "Chuck" Daly basketball coach
  • Dwight F. Davis tennis player, founder Davis Cup
  • Stuart Davis artist
  • John de Lancie actor
  • Charles Demuth artist
  • Walter Diemer inventor bubble gum
  • Annie Dillard author
  • Mike Ditka football player, coach
  • Keith Dorney football player
  • Tony Dorsett football player
  • Jimmy Dorsey musician, band leader
  • Tommy Dorsey musician, band leader
E - F
  • Thomas Eakins artist, photographer, sculptor
  • Paul R. Ehrlich entomologist, author
  • Kevin Eubanks guitarist
  • Jacqueline "Jackie" Evancho singer
  • Tina Fey actress, comedian
  • W.C. Fields actor
  • Michael Fincke astronaut
  • Larry Fine actor
  • Stephen C. Foster composer
  • Nellie Fox baseball player
  • Jonathan Frakes actor
  • Benjamin Franklin author, inventor, statesman
  • Buck Freeman baseball player
  • Theodore Freeman astronaut
  • Henry Clay Frick industrialist, philanthropist
  • Robert Fulton engineer, inventor steamship
  • Jim Furyk golfer
  • Janet Gaynor actress
  • Henry George political economist, author
  • Richard Gere actor
  • Newt Gingrich speaker house representatives, author
  • Scott Glenn actor
  • Jeff Goldblum actor
  • Martha Graham dancer, choreographer
  • Seth Green actor
  • Ken Griffey, Jr. baseball player
  • Ken Griffey, Sr. baseball player
  • Peter Gruner wrestler
  • Justin Guarini singer, songwriter
  • Alexander Haig army general, u.s. secretary of state
  • Arejay Hale musician
  • Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale singer, songwriter, musician
  • Bill Haley & His Comets music group
  • Hall & Oates music group
  • Richard Hamilton basketball player
  • Winfield Scott Hancock civil war union general
  • William Edward Hanford chemist, inventor
  • Keith Haring artist
  • Jerry Harris sculptor
  • Marvin Harrison football player
  • Dan Hartman singer, songwriter
  • Henry J. Heinz industrialist, philanthropist
  • Tom Herr baseball player
  • Milton S. Hershey confectioner, philanthropist
  • Larry Holmes boxing champion (born in GA)
  • The Hooters music group
  • Bernard Hopkins boxer
  • Marilyn Horne opera singer
  • Jeff Hostetler football player
  • Kristin Hunter author
  • Phyllis Hyman singer

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