Famous People From Arkansas

With the city of Little Rock as its capital, Arkansas is a state situated in the southeastern region of the United States of America. The geographical terrain of the state ranges from mountainous regions to densely forested lands, which makes it the 29th largest in terms of area. The state is rich in heritage and culture which is reflected in its museums, theaters, restaurants and other venues. The state was once referred to as ‘The Land Of Opportunity’ but is now often called ‘The Natural State’. Many distinguished individuals were born out of the state of Arkansas and have gone on to contributing significantly to the country on an international front. One of the most prominent individuals who was born is Arkansas has to be the former president, Bill Clinton. The state has produced various notable musicians such as Ne-Yo, the eight time Grammy Award winner Al Green, and the incredible Johnny Cash. Various famous actors are also from the state of Arkansas such as Academy Award winning actor Mary Steenburgen. Even the famous author John Grisham hails from Arkansas. Here is the complete-list of celebrities from Arkansas & celebs born in Arkansas.
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Johnny Cash
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists of All Time)
Johnny Cash
105
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 12, 2003

Johnny Cash, the American singer, songwriter and actor, was known for sorrow, moral suffering and redemption themes in his music. His genre was country, rock and roll, blues, folk and gospel sounds and he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Cash had issues with drinking and drug abuse. Later he was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease.

 2 
Scottie Pippen
(American Former Professional Basketball Player Who is Considered One of the Greatest Small Forwards of All Time)
Scottie Pippen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra

Former professional basketball player, Scottie Pippen, is best known for his stint with the Chicago Bulls with who he won six NBA championships. Considered one of the greatest small forwards of all time, he played a key role in transforming the Bulls into one of the most formidable forces in NBA in the 1990s.

 3 
Douglas MacArthur
(American Military Leader Who Played a Prominent Role in the Pacific Theater During World War II)
Douglas MacArthur
35
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 5, 1964
American five-star general Douglas MacArthur was the field marshal of the Philippine Army. He and his father were the first father-son duo to win the Medal of Honor. after World War II, he became the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Japan and contributed to Japan’s reconstruction.
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John Grisham
(American writer)
John Grisham
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Criminal lawyer-turned-author John Grisham is known for his bestselling legal thrillers The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Rainmaker, and A Time to Kill. Nine of his novels have been made into films. He is one of three authors to have sold 2 million copies in his first printing.
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Sonny Liston
(Professional Boxer)
Sonny Liston
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 30, 1970
Renowned as the Big Bear, Sonny Liston became the world heavyweight champion in 1962. Known for his intimidating appearance, formidable punching power, toughness, and long reach, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the WBC title to Muhammad Ali, in 1964.
 6 
Billy Bob Thornton
(Best Known for Directing, Writing and Starring in the 1996 Drama Film 'Sling Blade')
Billy Bob Thornton
37
Birthdate: August 4, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo

One of the few celebrities who have been open about their aversion towards celebrity culture, Billy Bob Thornton has had quite an impact on the entertainment industry as an actor, director, writer, and musician. He suffers from OCD and a phobia of antique furniture. He hates French antiques and can spot the imitation antiques from a far distance.

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Mary Steenburgen
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Her Films: ‘Goin' South’, ‘Melvin and Howard’ and ‘Ragtime’)
Mary Steenburgen
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Mary Steenburgen is an American actress and musician. Also an active humanitarian, Steenburgen has been involved with several groups that work towards the welfare of people and the environment. In 2005, she inspired students at the Clinton School of Public Service with her lecture on students' role in public service.

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Bill Clinton
(42nd President of the United States)
Bill Clinton
138
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo

Bill Cinton was the 42nd president of the United States who served for two terms from 1993 to 2001. He was the third-youngest president in the American history and presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history. The second-term of his presidency was rocked by the infamous Monica Lewinsky sex-scandal for which he was impeached and later acquitted.

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Al Green
(Singer, Songwriter, Record producer)
Al Green
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
 10 
Glen Campbell
(Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Actor and TV Host)
Glen Campbell
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Birthdate: April 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 8, 2017

Glen Campbell was an American TV host, actor, singer-songwriter, and guitarist. Regarded as one of the most successful musicians ever, Campbell sold more than 45 million records, which included a double-platinum album, four platinum albums, and 12 gold albums, in a career spanning 50 years. In 2014, he became the subject of a documentary titled Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

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Wes Bentley
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Ricky Fitts’ in the Film ‘American Beauty')
Wes Bentley
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Birthdate: September 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo

Wes Bentley is an American actor known for portraying prominent characters in popular films like The Hunger Games. He became one of the subjects in the 2009 documentary My Big Break, which focuses on his fame and struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. He took professional help to deal with his addiction and is currently on the path to recovery.

 12 
Levon Helm
(American Musician and Actor Who Achieved Fame as the Drummer)
Levon Helm
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 19, 2012
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Josh Lucas
(American Actor Who Has Been Successful in Series and Movies)
Josh Lucas
13
Birthdate: June 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini

American actor Josh Lucas was born to anti-nuclear activist parents and was 19 when he moved to Hollywood and began guest-starring in TV sitcoms. He is known for his roles in series such as The Mysteries of Laura and in movies such as Sweet Home Alabama and American Psycho.

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Brandon Burlsworth
(American Football Offensive Lineman)
Brandon Burlsworth
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 28, 1999
Arkansas Razorbacks offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth had joined the team as a walk-on and later became an All-American. He was drafted by the NFL team Indianapolis Colts in 1999 but tragically died in a car accident just 11 days later. Following his death, his Arkansas jersey was permanently retired.
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Ne-Yo
(American Singer-songwriter And Record Producer)
Ne-Yo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Grammy-winning R&B/pop singer-songwriter Ne-Yo soared to fame with his debut album, In My Own Words, which included the Billboard 200-topping track So Sick. He is also known for his tracks Let Me Love You, Closer, and Miss Independent. He has been a judge on the show World of Dance.
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Austin Reaves
(Basketball player)
Austin Reaves
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Alan Ladd
(Actor and Film Producer)
Alan Ladd
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Birthdate: September 3, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 29, 1964
Alan Ladd soared to fame with Westerns and film noir of the 1940s-1950s. He often paired up with Veronica Lake and also appeared in radio plays. Some of his hits were The Blue Dahlia, The Carpetbaggers, and The Great Gatsby. He died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and drugs.
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Carlos Hathcock
(Military Personnel)
Carlos Hathcock
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 23, 1999
Carlos Hathcock was a U.S. Marine sniper who had killed at least 93 enemy personnel in the Vietnam War. He inspired the 1993 movie Sniper. His signature style of attaching a feather to his bush hat earned him the name “White Feather.” He later had a rifle named after him.
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Mike Huckabee
(44th Governor of Arkansas)
Mike Huckabee
27
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Mary Mouser
(Actress)
Mary Mouser
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Birthdate: May 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Melinda Dillon
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Absence of Malice’)
Melinda Dillon
9
Birthdate: October 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 9, 2023

Melinda Dillon is an American actress whose performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which marked her Broadway debut, earned her a Tony Award nomination in 1963. She then went on to earn two Academy Award nominations for delivering powerful performances in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Absence of Malice.

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Joey Lauren Adams
(Actress)
Joey Lauren Adams
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Birthdate: January 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Bear Bryant
(One of the Greatest College Football Coaches of All Time)
Bear Bryant
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 26, 1983

Bear Bryant was an American football player who represented the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama. Bryant is remembered for his illustrious career as a coach. He served as the head coach of the Crimson Tide for 25 years, during which he helped his team win six national championships. He is regarded as the greatest college football coach ever.

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Charlie Rich
(Singer)
Charlie Rich
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 25, 1995
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Derek Fisher
(Basketball coach)
Derek Fisher
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Georgia Holt
(Singer, Actress and Model)
Georgia Holt
13
Birthdate: June 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini

Georgia Holt is a retired American actress, singer-songwriter, and former model. After beginning her career as a child singer, Holt started appearing on popular TV shows which increased her popularity. In 2013, Georgia Holt became the subject of a documentary titled Dear Mom, Love Cher, which also featured her famous daughter Cher.

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Bobby Bones
(Radio Personality)
Bobby Bones
7
Birthdate: April 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Clark Duke
(Actor)
Clark Duke
11
Birthdate: May 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus

Actor, comedian, and director, Clark Duke, is best known for playing Clark Green in the TV series, The Office. While studying at Loyola Marymount University, he teamed up with Michael Cera to create the web series, Clark and Michael. Since then, he has acted in, produced, and directed many TV shows and films.

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Brooks Robinson
(Baseball player)
Brooks Robinson
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Lamar Hunt
(American Sports Executive and BusinessmanBusinessman)
Lamar Hunt
9
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 13, 2006

Businessman Lamar Hunt was a major promoter of American football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and ice hockey in the United States. He was the principal founder of the Major League Soccer (MLS) and American Football League (AFL). He was also the co-founder of World Championship Tennis. In 1982, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. 

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe
(Gospel Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Known for Using Heavy Distortion on Her Electric Guitar)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 9, 1973

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American recording artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Characterized by a mixture of electric guitar and spiritual lyrics, Tharpe's music played an influential role in the development of rock and roll. Her music influenced several rock-and-roll musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. She is often referred to as the Godmother of rock and roll.

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Joe Johnson
(Basketball player)
Joe Johnson
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Dick Powell
9
Birthdate: November 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 2, 1963
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Jahlil Okafor
(Basketball player - Center)
Jahlil Okafor
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Ashley McBryde
(Singer)
Ashley McBryde
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo

Ashley McBryde is an American singer-songwriter who was adjudged New Artist of the Year at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards. The same year, she was also named New Female Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders
(US Political Representative)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
40
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
 37 
Alice Walton
(Heiress to the Fortune of Walmart and One of the Richest Women in the World)
Alice Walton
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra

Alice Walton is an heiress to the fortune of the popular American multinational retail corporation, Walmart. She is currently the second richest woman in the world. She is credited with founding the now-defunct investment bank The Llama Company. She also played a key role in the establishment of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport by providing $15 million for its construction.

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Mike Conley, Jr.
(Basketball player)
Mike Conley, Jr.
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Eldridge Cleaver
(American Writer and Political Activist who Became an Early Leader of the Black Panther Party)
Eldridge Cleaver
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 1, 1998
 40 
Charlie Strong
(American football coach)
Charlie Strong
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 41 
Gil Gerard
(Actor)
Gil Gerard
2
Birthdate: January 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 42 
Don Hutson
(American football player)
Don Hutson
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 26, 1997
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Bobby Portis
(Basketball player)
Bobby Portis
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Malik Monk
(Basketball player)
Malik Monk
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Jim Walton
(Businessman and the Heir to World's Largest Retailer 'Walmart')
Jim Walton
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini

A member of the Walton family—the world’s richest family— James Walton has inherited retail giant Walmart along with his siblings. A graduate from the University of Arkansas, the billionaire is also the chairman of Arvest Bank and heads newspaper company, Community Publishers Inc. He played football during his younger days and leant to pilot planes. He has four children.

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Chelsea Clinton
(American Writer, Global Health Advocate and Daughter of Former U.S. President Bill Clinton)
Chelsea Clinton
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Chelsea Clinton is the daughter of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and senator Hillary Clinton. She has authored many books, including a number of bestselling children’s books. She works to improve global health, along with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. She has previously worked with NBC News.
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Darren McFadden
(American Football Player)
Darren McFadden
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Martha Mitchell
(Political Activists)
Martha Mitchell
5
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 2, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 31, 1976
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Sheryl Underwood
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Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Sid Eudy
(American Former Professional Wrestler and Six-Time World Champion)
Sid Eudy
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)