Famous People From Kentucky

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky or simply Kentucky is one of the four states declared as a commonwealth and is located in east south-central section of the United States of America. Commonly known as the ‘bluegrass state’, Kentucky enjoys a humid, subtropical climate and a Southern culture. Kentucky was originally a part of Virginia, before it branched out to be a separate state. Its largest city is Louisville and Frankfort is its capital of the state. It is internationally renowned for Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), horse racing, bluegrass music, coal and college basketball. Many world-famous individuals were born and brought up in the state of Kentucky. From the ravishing George Clooney to the bold Johnny Depp, many promising celebrities were born and raised in Kentucky, who have made it huge in different walks of life be it film, politics, music or academics. Jennifer Lawrence, Billy Ray Cyrus and Conrad Bachmann were born in the state of Kentucky. You will be surprised as to how many distinguished personalities have hailed from this state, keep reading to find out.
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 1 
Johnny Depp
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Role in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Film Series)
Johnny Depp
137
Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 2 
Muhammad Ali
(The Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time)
Muhammad Ali
98
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 3, 2016
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 3 
Abraham Lincoln
(16th President of the United States (1861-1865))
Abraham Lincoln
97
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 15, 1865
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Jennifer Lawrence
99
Birthdate: August 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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George Clooney
(Actor Best Known for His TV Series 'ER' and Films: 'Syriana' and 'Ocean's Eleven' Trilogy)
George Clooney
62
Birthdate: May 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 6 
Loretta Lynn
(Country Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Hits ‘You Ain't Woman Enough' and 'Fist City')
Loretta Lynn
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Hunter S. Thompson
(Journalist and Author)
Hunter S. Thompson
30
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: February 20, 2005
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Jack Harlow
(Rapper)
Jack Harlow
55
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Christopher Stapleton
(Named ‘Artist-Songwriter Of the Decade’ by ACM)
Christopher Stapleton
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 10 
Josh Hutcherson
54
Birthdate: October 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Michael Shannon
16
Birthdate: August 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 12 
Billy Ray Cyrus
(American singer-songwriter)
Billy Ray Cyrus
31
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Chrishell Stause
13
Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 14 
Rosemary Clooney
(Actress and Singer)
Rosemary Clooney
16
Birthdate: May 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 29, 2002
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Jefferson Davis
(Former President of the Confederate States (1862 - 1865))
Jefferson Davis
43
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 3, 1808
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 6, 1889
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Jennifer Carpenter
19
Birthdate: December 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Rob Riggle
(Actor)
Rob Riggle
17
Birthdate: April 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 18 
Harry Dean Stanton
15
Birthdate: July 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: September 15, 2017
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Tinashe Kachingwe
(Her Single "2 On" featuring 'Schoolboy Q' Reached Number One on The Rhythmic Airplay Chart)
Tinashe Kachingwe
13
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Jim Varney
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Broadly Comedic Role as ‘Ernest P. Worrell’)
Jim Varney
19
Birthdate: June 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 10, 2000
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Rajon Rondo
(Basketball player)
Rajon Rondo
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Keith Whitley
(Country Music Singer and Songwriter.)
Keith Whitley
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 9, 1989
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Dwight Yoakam
(Singer-songwriter)
Dwight Yoakam
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 24 
Maggie Lawson
(Best Known for Her Role as Detective ‘Juliet O'Hara’ in the TV Series ‘Psych’)
Maggie Lawson
14
Birthdate: August 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Chris Hardwick
(Actor and Comedian Known for His TV Series ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’)
Chris Hardwick
7
Birthdate: November 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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D'Angelo Russell
(Basketball player)
D'Angelo Russell
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Bryson Tiller
(Best Known for Hit Single 'Don't')
Bryson Tiller
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 28 
Francis Gary Powers
(American Military Officer)
Francis Gary Powers
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: August 1, 1977
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Miss Elizabeth
(Wrestler)
Miss Elizabeth
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 1, 2003
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Boyd Holbrook
(Actor, Model)
Boyd Holbrook
12
Birthdate: September 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Molly Sims
(Model)
Molly Sims
5
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Mary Travers
(Singer-Songwriter and Member of the Folk Music Group ‘Peter, Paul and Mary’)
Mary Travers
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 16, 2009
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Mary Todd Lincoln
(Wife of Former US President Abraham Lincoln and the First Lady of the United States (1861 - 1865))
Mary Todd Lincoln
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 13, 1818
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 16, 1882
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 34 
Sean Young
(American actress)
Sean Young
20
Birthdate: November 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Wynonna Judd
(One of the Best-Selling Country Artists of All Time)
Wynonna Judd
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Crystal Gayle
(Country Singer-Songwriter Best Known for Her 1977 Hit Single 'Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue')
Crystal Gayle
23
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Naomi Judd
(Nurse, Motivational speaker, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Naomi Judd
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 38 
Tyson Gay
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)
Tyson Gay
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Patricia Neal
(A major star of the 1950s and 60s, she was the recipient of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and two British Academy Film Awards)
Patricia Neal
6
Birthdate: January 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 8, 2010
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Ned Beatty
(Actor)
Ned Beatty
10
Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 13, 2021
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Miles Heizer
18
Birthdate: May 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Melissa McBride
10
Birthdate: May 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Josh Dallas
10
Birthdate: December 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 44 
Demetrious Johnson
(Mixed martial artist)
Demetrious Johnson
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 45 
Sturgill Simpson
(Country Singer-songwriter Known for His Albums 'High Top Mountain' and 'Metamodern Sounds in Country Music')
Sturgill Simpson
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 46 
Rebecca Gayheart
5
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 47 
Diane Sawyer
(Broadcast Journalist Known for Anchoring News Shows 'ABC World News Tonight' and 'Good Morning America')
Diane Sawyer
7
Birthdate: December 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 48 
Wes Unseld
(Basketball Player)
Wes Unseld
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: June 2, 2020
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Dakota Meyer
(Retired United States Marine and the Second-Youngest Living 'Medal of Honor' Recipient)
Dakota Meyer
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Joey Chestnut
(Competitive Eaters)
Joey Chestnut
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)