Famous People From Alabama

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Popularly known as ‘The Yellowhammer State’ or ‘The Cotton State’, Alabama is situated in the southeastern region of the United States. Although Montgomery is its capital, the largest city in the state of Alabama is Birmingham, which is the most industrialized as well. The state is well-known for having one the longest navigable inland waterways, in the United States of America. The state is often referred to as ‘The Heart of the Dixie’, the Dixie comprises of 11 states in the region. Alabama is home to several celebrated personalities who have gone on to achieve immensely on the international front. From the legendary humanitarian Helen Keller to the distinguished soccer player Mia Hamm to the talented Harper Lee, Alabama has produced some fine women who have accomplished great things. Four-time Olympic winner Jesse Owens and mighty boxer Evander Holyfield also hail from Alabama. Last but not the least, famous entertainers such as Channing Tatum, Courtney Cox and Lionel Richie, all started their humble beginnings from the state of Alabama. Keep reading to know all the famous individuals who are from Alabama.
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 1 
Helen Keller
(American Author and First Deaf-Blind Person to Earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree)
Helen Keller
76
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 27, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 1, 1968
 2 
Channing Tatum
(Best Known for His Roles in the Films: 'Step Up', 'Magic Mike' and 'Jump Street')
Channing Tatum
55
Birthdate: April 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 3 
Deontay Wilder
( American Professional Boxer and 10-Time WBC Heavyweight Champion)
Deontay Wilder
52
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Rosa Parks
(American Activist in the Civil Rights Movement Best Known for Her Pivotal Role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott)
Rosa Parks
38
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 24, 2005
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Charles Barkley
(American Former Professional Basketball Player and TV Analyst)
Charles Barkley
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 6 
Lionel Richie
(Co-Lead Singer Of Funk Band The Commodores)
Lionel Richie
24
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Jesse Owens
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Won Four Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics)
Jesse Owens
28
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 31, 1980
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 8 
Hank Williams
(One of the Most Significant and Influential Singers and Songwriters of the 20th Century)
Hank Williams
20
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 1, 1953
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 9 
Courteney Cox
(Famous for Her Portrayal of 'Monica Geller' on the Sitcom 'Friends')
Courteney Cox
63
Birthdate: June 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 10 
Evander Holyfield
(The Only Boxer in the History to Win the Undisputed Championship in Two Weight Classes)
Evander Holyfield
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 11 
Tim Cook
(Chief Executive Officer of 'Apple Inc.')
Tim Cook
47
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 12 
Nat King Cole
(Singer and Jazz Pianist Best Known His Soft Baritone Voice)
Nat King Cole
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 15, 1965
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 13 
Harper Lee
(American Author Best Known for Her Novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’)
Harper Lee
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 28, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 19, 2016
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 14 
Hank Aaron
(One of the Greatest Baseball Players in History)
Hank Aaron
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 22, 2021
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Deborah Ryan
(Actress and Singer)
Deborah Ryan
29
Birthdate: May 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 16 
Gucci Mane
(Rapper and Record Executive Known for His Albums: ‘Hard to Kill’ and ‘Back to the Trap House’)
Gucci Mane
23
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Bo Jackson
(Former Baseball & Football Player, the Only Professional Athlete in History to be Named an 'All-Star' in Both)
Bo Jackson
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 18 
Joe Louis
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential Boxers of All Time.)
Joe Louis
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 12, 1981
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 19 
Condoleezza Rice
(66th United States Secretary of State (2005-09))
Condoleezza Rice
25
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 20 
Laverne Cox
(First Transgender Person To Appear on Cover of 'Time' Magazine)
Laverne Cox
38
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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 21 
Terrell Owens
(One of the Greatest Football Wide Receivers of All Time)
Terrell Owens
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 22 
Octavia Spencer
(The First Black Actress to Have Received two Successive Nominations at the Oscars)
Octavia Spencer
29
Birthdate: May 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Lucas Black
19
Birthdate: November 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 24 
Walton Goggins
(Actor Known for His Roles in TV Movies: 'The Shield', 'Justified' and 'The Unicorn')
Walton Goggins
5
Birthdate: November 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 25 
DeMarcus Cousins
(Basketball player, Center)
DeMarcus Cousins
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 26 
Willie Mays
(One of the Best All-Around Players in the History of Baseball)
Willie Mays
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Jameis Winston
(American Football Player)
Jameis Winston
31
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 28 
Angela Davis
(Political Activist)
Angela Davis
32
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Jordan Fisher
(Actor and Singer Known for His TV Series ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’)
Jordan Fisher
37
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 30 
Henry Ruggs
(American football Player)
Henry Ruggs
48
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Julio Jones
(American Football Wide Receiver)
Julio Jones
21
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 32 
Carl Lewis
(American Track-and-Field Athlete Who Won Nine Olympic Gold Medals During the 1980s and 1990s)
Carl Lewis
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Coretta Scott King
(Civil-Rights Activist and the Wife of Martin Luther King Jr)
Coretta Scott King
12
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 30, 2006
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 34 
Michael Rooker
(Actor Known for His Roles as Henry in 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer')
Michael Rooker
12
Birthdate: April 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 35 
Philip Rivers
(American football player)
Philip Rivers
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 36 
Zora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)
Zora Neale Hurston
13
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 28, 1960
 37 
Jim Nabors
(Actor)
Jim Nabors
22
Birthdate: June 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 30, 2017
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 38 
Robin Roberts
(First Woman of Color and First Openly LGBTQ+ Woman to Host the American TV Game Show ‘Jeopardy!')
Robin Roberts
17
Birthdate: November 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 39 
Emmylou Harris
(Singer, Songwriter and Musician)
Emmylou Harris
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 40 
Bart Starr
(American football quarterback and coach)
Bart Starr
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 26, 2019
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 41 
Kate Jackson
(Actress and Producer Known for Her Role as ‘Sabrina Duncan’ in the TV Series ‘Charlie's Angels’)
Kate Jackson
6
Birthdate: October 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 42 
Dabo Swinney
(American Football Coach)
Dabo Swinney
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Zelda Fitzgerald
(Socialite & Referred to as 'The first American Flapper' by Her Husband 'F. Scott Fitzgerald')
Zelda Fitzgerald
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 10, 1948
 44 
Mae Jemison
(First African American Woman To Travel To Space)
Mae Jemison
17
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 45 
Felicia Day
(Actress)
Felicia Day
4
Birthdate: June 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 46 
Kaitlan Collins
(American Journalist and Chief White House Correspondent for 'CNN')
Kaitlan Collins
17
Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 47 
Mayte Garcia
(Actress & Dancer Known as the World’s Youngest Professional Belly Dancer)
Mayte Garcia
3
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 48 
Kim Dickens
(Actress)
Kim Dickens
9
Birthdate: June 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 49 
Fred Thompson
(Former United States Senator from Tennessee (1994 - 2003))
Fred Thompson
7
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 1, 2015
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 50 
Martin Luther King III
(Human Rights Activist)
Martin Luther King III
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra