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Missouri Famous

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.


  • Forrest Clare "Phog"Allen basketball player, baseball player, coach
  • Henry "Heck" Allen author, screenwriter
  • William Robert "Bob" Allison baseball player
  • Robert Altman film director
  • Louis Ambroise trapper, trader
  • James "Jimmie" Angel aviator, discovered Angel Falls in Venezuela
  • Maya Angelou author
  • Andrew "Andy" Ashby baseball player
  • Edward "Ed" Asner actor
  • David Rice Atchison senator, held the office of president of the United States for one day in 1849
  • Charles Autobee trapper, trader, mountain man
  • Stephen Morehouse Avery author
  • Burt Bacharach songwriter
  • Josephine Baker singer, dancer
  • Scott Bakula television actor
  • Kate "Ma" Barker criminal
  • James Carroll Beckwith painter
  • Noah Beery, Sr. actor
  • Wallace Beery actor
  • Robert Russell Bennett composer
  • Thomas Hart Benton artist
  • Yogi Berra baseball player
  • Chuck Berry singer
  • George Caleb Bingham artist (born in VA)
  • Linda Blair actress
  • Harriet Bland Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Henry Wollman Bloch co-founder H&R Block
  • Richard Adolf Bloch co-founder H&R Block
  • Susan Elizabeth Blow educator, founder first kindergarten in U.S.
  • Delores "Dee" Boeckmann athlete, Olympic coach
  • John William "Blind" Boone pianist, composer
  • Neal Boyd singer
  • Kenton Lloyd Boyer baseball player
  • Bill Bradley basketball player
  • Omar Nelson Bradley five-star general
  • Molly Brown (Unsinkable Molly Brown) Titanic survivor, political activist
  • Sylvia Browne psychic
  • Edgar Buchanan actor
  • Mark Alan Buehrle baseball player
  • Grace Bumbry soprano
  • William Burroughs writer
  • Norbert Leo Butz actor


  • Sarah Caldwell opera director, conductor
  • Martha Jane Canary (Calamity Jane) frontierswoman
  • Jessica Brooke Capshaw actress
  • Harry Christopher Carabina (Harry Caray) baseball broadcaster
  • Dale Carnegie author, educator
  • George Washington Carver educator
  • Robert "Bob" Cassilly sculptor, museum director
  • Jean Baptiste Charbonneau explorer, guide, fur trapper (born in ND)
  • Don Cheadle actor
  • Kate Chopin author
  • Francois Gesseau Chouteau fur trader, community leader, "father of Kansas City"
  • Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark singer, songwriter
  • William Clark explorer, governor of Missouri Territory
  • Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) author
  • Hannah Cole pioneer woman, Boonville's first settler
  • Frank Converse actor
  • David Cook singer (born in TX)
  • Robert Edward Coontz admiral U.S. Navy
  • Christopher "Chris" Cooper actor
  • Morton Cecil Cooper baseball player
  • William Walker Cooper baseball player
  • Helen Cornelius singer, songwriter
  • Ivory Crockett sprinter, "1974 world's fastest man"
  • Walter Cronkite TV newscaster
  • Sheryl Crow singer, songwriter
  • Robert Cummings actor
  • William H. Danfoth founder Ralston-Purina
  • Jane Darwell actress
  • Lester Dent author
  • Charles Stark Draper inventor

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Missouri Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Kirksville Adair 660
Savannah Andrew 816
Rock Port Atchison 660
Mexico Audrain 573
Monett Barry 417
Lamar Barton 417
Butler Bates 660
Warsaw Benton 660
Marble Hill Bollinger 573
Columbia Boone 573
Saint Joseph Buchanan 816
Poplar Bluff Butler 573
Hamilton Caldwell 816
Fulton Callaway 573
Camdenton Camden 573
Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau 573
Carrollton Carroll 660
Ellsinore Carter 573
Belton Cass 816
El Dorado Springs Cedar 417
Salisbury Chariton 660
Nixa Christian 417
Kahoka Clark 660
Kansas City Clay 816
Cameron Clinton 816
Jefferson City Cole 573
Boonville Cooper 660
Cuba Crawford 573
Greenfield Dade 417
Buffalo Dallas 417
Gallatin Daviess 660
Maysville DeKalb 816
Salem Dent 573
Ava Douglas 417
Kennett Dunklin 573
Washington Franklin 636
Owensville Gasconade 573
Albany Gentry 660
Springfield Greene 417
Trenton Grundy 660
Bethany Harrison 660
Clinton Henry 660
Wheatland Hickory 417
Mound City Holt 660
Fayette Howard 660
West Plains Howell 417
Ironton Iron 573
Kansas City Jackson 816
Independence Jackson 816
Joplin Jasper 417
Arnold Jefferson 636
Warrensburg Johnson 660
Edina Knox 660
Lebanon Laclede 417
Odessa Lafayette 816
Aurora Lawrence 417
Canton Lewis 573
Troy Lincoln 636
Brookfield Linn 660
Chillicothe Livingston 660
Macon Macon 660
Fredericktown Madison 573
Belle Maries 573
Hannibal Marion 573
Anderson McDonald 417
Princeton Mercer 660
Eldon Miller 573
Charleston Mississippi 573
California Moniteau 573
Monroe City Monroe 573
Montgomery City Montgomery 573
Versailles Morgan 573
Portageville New Madrid 573
Neosho Newton 417
Maryville Nodaway 660
Thayer Oregon 417
Linn Osage 573
Gainesville Ozark 417
Caruthersville Pemiscot 573
Perryville Perry 573
Sedalia Pettis 660
Rolla Phelps 573
Bowling Green Pike 573
Kansas City Platte 816
Bolivar Polk 417
Fort Leonard Wood Pulaski 573
Unionville Putnam 660
New London Ralls 573
Moberly Randolph 660
Richmond Ray 816
Ellington Reynolds 573
Doniphan Ripley 573
Saint Charles Saint Charles 636
Osceola Saint Clair 417
Farmington Saint Francois 573
Florissant Saint Louis 314
Saint Louis Saint Louis 314
Saint Louis Saint Louis City 314
Sainte Genevieve Sainte Genevieve 573
Marshall Saline 660
Lancaster Schuyler 660
Memphis Scotland 660
Sikeston Scott 573
Birch Tree Shannon 573
Shelbina Shelby 573
Dexter Stoddard 573
Reeds Spring Stone 417
Milan Sullivan 660
Branson Taney 417
Licking Texas 573
Nevada Vernon 417
Warrenton Warren 636
Potosi Washington 573
Piedmont Wayne 573
Marshfield Webster 417
Grant City Worth 660
Mountain Grove Wright 417

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This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.