Famous People From Kansas

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The state got its name from the American tribe who called themselves ‘Kansa’. The members of the tribe were the early inhabitants of Kansas, after which several European families started residing in this American state. Agriculture is widely practiced across Kansas and large amounts of Wheat, Corn and soybeans are produced every year. Apart from industrialization and agriculture, the state is also popular for being the hometown of several popular celebrities widely admired world over. Former American President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Actress Annette Bening, pilot Amelia Earhart and comedian Buster Keaton are a few distinguished personalities from Kansas. Dwight D Eisenhower isn’t just considered one of the best politicians of all time, but also a war veteran. Buster Keaton is undoubtedly one of the best comedians the world has seen since the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Keaton has also directed many films which have achieved cult statuses over the years. Scroll down to know the names of more celebrities were either born in Kansas or hailed from Kansas.
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Amelia Earhart
(The First Female Aviator to Fly Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean)
Amelia Earhart
43
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 5, 1939
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Dennis Rader (BTK Killer)
78
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: March 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
 3 
Janelle Monae
(Singer-songwriter)
Janelle Monae
24
Birthdate: December 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
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Barry Sanders
(American Former Professional Football Player Who Played in the Running Back Position)
Barry Sanders
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Joe Walsh
(Singer and Guitarist Who Was Member of Three Successful Rock Bands: 'The Eagles', 'James Gang' & 'Ringo Starr’)
Joe Walsh
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Buster Keaton
(Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Known for His Deadpan Expressions, Which Earned Him the Nickname ‘The Great Stone Face’)
Buster Keaton
9
Birthdate: October 4, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 1, 1966
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Annette Bening
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Birthdate: May 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 8 
R. Lee Ermey
(American actor)
R. Lee Ermey
8
Birthdate: March 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 15, 2018
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Hattie McDaniel
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Her Role as ‘Mammy’ in the Film ‘Gone with the Wind’)
Hattie McDaniel
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Birthdate: June 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 26, 1952
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 10 
Erin Brockovich
(Environmental Activist)
Erin Brockovich
25
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Dennis Hopper
(Actor, Filmmaker and Photographer Best Known for His Films: ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘The Last Movie’)
Dennis Hopper
19
Birthdate: May 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 29, 2010
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 12 
Joe Exotic
(Former Operator of G.W. Zoo)
Joe Exotic
45
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Eric Stonestreet
15
Birthdate: September 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Kirstie Alley
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Rebecca Howe’ in the TV Series ‘Cheers’)
Kirstie Alley
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Birthdate: January 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Cassandra Peterson
14
Birthdate: September 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 16 
Bob Dole
(United States Senator from Kansas from 1969 to 1996)
Bob Dole
15
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 5, 2021
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Grace VanderWaal
(Singer-songwriter)
Grace VanderWaal
73
Birthdate: January 15, 2004
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Gale Sayers
(American Football Player)
Gale Sayers
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 23, 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Bobby Lashley
(Professional Wrestler and Mixed Martial Artist)
Bobby Lashley
24
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Colton Haynes
(Actor, Model)
Colton Haynes
6
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Charlie Parker
(Jazz Saxophonist & Developer of the 'Bebop' Style of Jazz)
Charlie Parker
11
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 12, 1955
 22 
Scott Foley
(Actor and Director Known for His Roles in TV Series: ‘The Unit’, ‘Scrubs’, ‘Felicity’, and ‘Scandal’)
Scott Foley
9
Birthdate: July 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Emily Wickersham
(Known for Her Role as 'Eleanor Bishop' on TV Series ‘NCIS')
Emily Wickersham
5
Birthdate: April 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Vivian Vance
(Actress)
Vivian Vance
6
Birthdate: July 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: August 17, 1979
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Ann Dunham
(American Anthropologist and Mother of Former United States President, Barack Obama)
Ann Dunham
21
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: November 7, 1995
 26 
Charles Koch
(American Billionaire Businessman, Chairman, and CEO of ‘Koch Industries’)
Charles Koch
10
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Melissa Etheridge
(Singer-songwriter)
Melissa Etheridge
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 28 
Gary Hart
(Politician)
Gary Hart
4
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Aneta Corsaut
(Actress)
Aneta Corsaut
9
Birthdate: November 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 6, 1995
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Jeff Probst
(Producer and Host of the U.S Reality Television Show ‘Survivor’)
Jeff Probst
4
Birthdate: November 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Roscoe Arbuckle
1
Birthdate: March 24, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 29, 1933
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Stanley A McChrystal
(Retired Armed Force Officer)
Stanley A McChrystal
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
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Jordy Nelson
(American Football Player)
Jordy Nelson
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Martina McBride
(Singer-Songwriter)
Martina McBride
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Lyle Waggoner
1
Birthdate: April 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 17, 2020
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Hugh Beaumont
3
Birthdate: February 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 14, 1982
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 37 
Walter Johnson
(Baseball player)
Walter Johnson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 6, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 10, 1946
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 38 
Taylor Armstrong
(Reality TV Personalities)
Taylor Armstrong
0
Birthdate: May 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Kendall Schmidt
(Singer-songwriter)
Kendall Schmidt
4
Birthdate: November 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Robert M. Gates
(Politician)
Robert M. Gates
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
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Louise Brooks
(Actress)
Louise Brooks
4
Birthdate: November 14, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 8, 1985
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 42 
Dee Wallace
(actor, stage actor, television actor)
Dee Wallace
4
Birthdate: December 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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John Carmack
(Chief technology officer, Aerospace engineer, Programmer, Computer scientist)
John Carmack
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: August 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
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Michael Stevens
(American Public Speaker, Educator, YouTuber, Editor, and Entertainer)
Michael Stevens
1
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: January 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Charles Curtis
(Former Vice President of the United States)
Charles Curtis
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 25, 1860
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 8, 1936
 46 
Milburn Stone
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Birthdate: July 5, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 12, 1980
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 47 
Victor Ortiz
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 48 
Trai Byers
(Actor)
Trai Byers
2
Birthdate: July 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Marillyn Hewson
(CEO of Lockheed Martin (2013-2020))
Marillyn Hewson
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Billy Drago
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Frank Nitti’ in the Film ‘The Untouchables’)
Billy Drago
3
Birthdate: November 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 24, 2019
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)