Famous People From Iowa

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Located in the Midwestern region of the United States of America is the state of Iowa. Iowa is also popularly referred to as ‘The Hawkeye State’ and has been regarded as one of the safest states to live in the United States of America. With Des Moines as its capital and largest city, Iowa is surrounded by the Mississippi River, the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River, the former on the east and the two latter rivers on the west. Iowa is a state wherein so many distinguished personalities started their humble journey from. One of the most notable celebrities from Iowa has to be actor and human rights activist, Ashton Kutcher. The legendary John Wayne was also born in Iowa, wherein his birthplace is still preserved as a historic site. The state has also given rise to actors such as Elijah Wood, Danai Gurira, Johnny Carson and Brandon Routh. Athlete’s such as Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, Lolo Jones and upcoming professional wrestler Seth Rollins were also born in this state. Keep reading the list to know more celebrated individuals who are from Iowa.
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 1 
John Wayne
(American Actor Who was a Popular Icon During Hollywood's Golden Age)
John Wayne
51
Birthdate: May 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 11, 1979
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 2 
Ashton Kutcher
(Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur)
Ashton Kutcher
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Birthdate: February 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 3 
Joe Burrow
(American football player)
Joe Burrow
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Seth Rollins
(One of the Greatest Professional Wrestlers of His Generation)
Seth Rollins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Elijah Wood
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Frodo Baggins’ in ‘The Lord of the Ring’ Film Trilogy)
Elijah Wood
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Birthdate: January 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 6 
Johnny Carson
(Comedian and Producer Best Known as the Host of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’)
Johnny Carson
11
Birthdate: October 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 23, 2005
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Michelle Monaghan
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Birthdate: March 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 8 
Herbert Hoover
(31st President of the United States (1929 – 1933))
Herbert Hoover
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 10, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 20, 1964
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Danai Gurira
(Actress and Playwright)
Danai Gurira
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 10 
Adam DeVine
(Actor, Singer, Screenwriter)
Adam DeVine
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Birthdate: November 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Cloris Leachman
(Actress and Comedienne Known for Role as ‘Phyllis Lindstrom’ in the TV Sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’)
Cloris Leachman
10
Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 27, 2021
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 12 
Corey Taylor
(Lead Vocalist and Lyricist of the Bands ‘Slipknot’ and ‘Stone Sour’)
Corey Taylor
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Kurt Warner
(American football player)
Kurt Warner
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 14 
Brandon Routh
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Superman’ in the Film ‘Superman Returns’)
Brandon Routh
6
Birthdate: October 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Donna Reed
(American Actress Known for Her Portrayal of 'Mary Hatch Bailey' in 'It’s a Wonderful Life')
Donna Reed
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Birthdate: January 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 14, 1986
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 16 
Halston
(Fashion Designer)
Halston
9
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 26, 1990
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Julia Michaels
(Singer-songwriter)
Julia Michaels
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 18 
Andy Williams
(Singer, Art collector, Musician, Putita)
Andy Williams
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 3, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 25, 2012
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Buffalo Bill
(American Showman, Bison Hunter and One of the Most Famous Figures of the American Old West,)
Buffalo Bill
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 26, 1846
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 10, 1917
 20 
Kate Mulgrew
(Actress and Author)
Kate Mulgrew
11
Birthdate: April 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Jean Seberg
(Known for Her Performance in the French Film ‘Breathless’)
Jean Seberg
11
Birthdate: November 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 30, 1979
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 22 
George Reeves
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Birthdate: January 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 16, 1959
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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 23 
Glenn Miller
(Trombonist)
Glenn Miller
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 15, 1944
 24 
Shawn Johnson
(American Former Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Shawn Johnson
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
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Ron Livingston
6
Birthdate: June 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 26 
Adam Young
(American Singer and Songwriter Known for His Electronic Music Project ‘Owl City’)
Adam Young
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 27 
Terry Farrell
(Actress and Fashion Model Best Known for Her Role in the TV Series ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’)
Terry Farrell
6
Birthdate: November 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 28 
Nate Ruess
(Founder and Lead Singer of the Indie Pop Band 'Fun' & 'The Format')
Nate Ruess
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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William Frawley
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Birthdate: February 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 3, 1966
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 30 
Danielle Colby
(Reality Television Personality Known for His Show ‘American Pickers’)
Danielle Colby
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: December 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Katie Porter
(U.S. Representative from California's 45th Congressional District)
Katie Porter
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Lolo Jones
(American Hurdler and Bobsledder Who Specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter Hurdles)
Lolo Jones
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Tom Arnold
(American actor)
Tom Arnold
12
Birthdate: March 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 34 
Michael Emerson
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Birthdate: September 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Jerry Mathers
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Birthdate: June 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 36 
Stephen Collins
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Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 37 
Hill Harper
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Birthdate: May 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 38 
Norman Borlaug
(American Agronomist and Winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1970)
Norman Borlaug
10
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: September 12, 2009
 39 
Lara Flynn Boyle
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Donna Hayward’ in the TV Series ‘Twin Peaks’)
Lara Flynn Boyle
10
Birthdate: March 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 40 
Bob Feller
(Baseball player)
Bob Feller
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 15, 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Mamie Eisenhower
(First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Mamie Eisenhower
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 1, 1979
 42 
Bobby Driscoll
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Birthdate: March 3, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 30, 1968
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 43 
Harrison Barnes
(Basketball player)
Harrison Barnes
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 44 
Grant Wood
(Former painter particularly well known for American Gothic (1930), which has become an iconic example of early 20th-century American art)
Grant Wood
2
Birthdate: February 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 12, 1942
 45 
Robin Lord Taylor
3
Birthdate: June 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 46 
Tionne Watkins
(Singer-Songwriter who rose to Fame as Member of the Girl-Group 'TLC')
Tionne Watkins
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 47 
Gary Webb
(Journalist)
Gary Webb
9
Birthdate: August 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 10, 2004
 48 
Jane Elliott
(Educator Known for Her ‘Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes’ Exercise)
Jane Elliott
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 49 
Richard Beymer
4
Birthdate: February 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 50 
Sue Lyon
(Actress)
Sue Lyon
2
Birthdate: July 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 26, 2019
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)