Famous People From Louisiana

Louisiana is a state which has been admired widely for its multi-cultural heritage. The residents of the state are not alone, but also include people of African, Spanish, French and Asian descent. During recent times, many famous celebrities hailing from this state have made Louisiana proud with their path-breaking accomplishments. Actress Reese Witherspoon, TV show host Ellen DeGeneres, singers Britney Spears and Lil Wayne as well as actor Ian Somerhalder are a few famous people from Louisiana. Reese Witherspoon, who became a household name because of her role in the 2001 flick ‘Legally Blonde’ has acted in over a dozen films. She has also earned several accolades, including the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe as well as several others. ‘The Ellen Show’, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, is one of the most popular television shows of all time. Most people around the world know how Britney Spears took the world of music by storm with her chartbuster singles. Scroll down a little to find the names of other famous people from Louisiana & well known celebs born in Louisiana.
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Reese Witherspoon
117
Birthdate: March 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Acclaimed actress, Reese Witherspoon, shot to fame with her film Legally Blonde and continued her successful journey working in films and television shows like Walk the Line, Wild and Big Little Lies. In process, she became one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood and also one of the world’s highest paid actresses. Witherspoon has her own production company too.
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Lil Wayne
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)
Lil Wayne
162
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra

Rapper, singer and songwriter, Lil Wayne, is said to be an influential hip hop artists of his generation. Initially he was a flagship artist of Cash Money Records and then went solo. His albums are hugely popular and he has sold more than 120 million records worldwide. He has served an eight-month jail sentence for criminal possession of a weapon.

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Peyton Manning
(One of the Greatest Quarterbacks of All Time)
Peyton Manning
92
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries

American football quarterback Peyton Manning played 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Denver Broncos, winning a Super Bowl with each, thus becoming the only person to achieve the feat. Also known as “The Sheriff,” the talented player has NFL records for passing yards and touchdowns.

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Bill Russell
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time)
Bill Russell
39
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 31, 2022

Bill Russell was an American retired professional basketball player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players ever, Russell led the US national basketball team to victory and helped his team win an Olympic gold at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Also known for his accomplishments in the civil rights movement, Russell was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

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Louis Armstrong
(American Writer & Professor of Biochemistry Best Known for His Hard Science Fiction Novels)
Louis Armstrong
52
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 4, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: July 6, 1971

Louis Armstrong was an American trumpeter and singer who played an important role in the development of jazz. Thanks to his playing, trumpet became known as a solo instrument and jazz, which was previously known as a collectively improvised folk music, became a soloist's art form. Not surprisingly, Louis Armstrong is widely accepted as the embodiment of jazz. 

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Terry Bradshaw
(American Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Quarterback)
Terry Bradshaw
62
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970, Terry Bradshaw went on to become a dominant NFL quarterback and led the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships. His career halted after an injury, but Bradshaw soon established himself as a prominent television football analyst for Fox NFL Sunday. Later, he ventured into acting, writing and music.
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Dustin Poirier
(Professional Mixed Martial Artist and Former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion)
Dustin Poirier
53
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Dustin Poirier is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). An absolute angel off the ring, Poirier often auctions his UFC kit to donate money to various charitable causes. In 2018, he founded a non-profit organization called The Good Fight Foundation, along with his wife.

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Jerry Lee Lewis
(One of the Most Influential Pianists of the 20th Century)
Jerry Lee Lewis
41
Birthdate: September 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 28, 2022
Four-time Grammy-winner Jerry Lee Lewis, nicknamed “The Killer,” is best known for his track Great Balls of Fire. A controversy surrounding his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra destroyed his career. Named to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, he was also part of the Million Dollar Quartet.
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Madam C. J. Walker
(Entrepreneur)
Madam C. J. Walker
46
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 23, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 25, 1919
Madam C.J. Walker is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first female self-made American millionaire. She manufactured and promoted a cosmetic-and-hair-care line catering to black women, through the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. She was also the richest African-American businesswoman when she died.
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Karl Malone
(Basketball player Power Forward)
Karl Malone
27
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
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Ian Somerhalder
69
Birthdate: December 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Ian Somerhalder is a successful actor, model, and director. He is also known for his activism; he is an ardent supporter of St. Tammany Humane Society, which aims at providing shelter to animals. In 2010, he founded the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims at educating people about the importance of safeguarding animals and the environment.

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Odell Beckham Jr.
(American Football Wide Receiver)
Odell Beckham Jr.
119
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Odell Beckham Jr. is an American football player who plays in the National Football League (NFL). With several NFL records under his belt, Beckham Jr. is widely regarded as one of the most popular and productive players of all time. His one-handed touchdown catch in a Sunday Night Football game is considered the greatest catch ever made in NFL history.

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Tyler Perry
(Creator and Performer of 'Madea' Character & Developer of the Sitcom 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne')
Tyler Perry
61
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo

The amazingly talented, Tyler Perry, is an American actor who topped Forbes list of highest-paid man in entertainment in 2011. Perry is most known as the creator of the boisterous, African-American grandmother character, Madea, which he himself performs with great skill and artistry. From a homeless playwriter to having his own studio, Perry has surely achieved the evasive American dream.

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DJ Khaled
(DJ and Record Producer Known for His Album 'We the Best Forever' and Single 'I'm on One')
DJ Khaled
57
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Founder of We the Best Music Group record label, DJ Khaled is an internationally acclaimed DJ and record producer. He has won prestigious awards, such as the Grammy and American Music Award. Apart from music, Khaled is also known for his acting and writing skills; his book, The Keys, was named in New York Times Best Seller list.

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Addison Rae
(Known for Her TikTok Dance Videos)
Addison Rae
208
Birthdate: October 6, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra

Addison Rae Easterling is an American dancer, actress, and social media personality. She is one of the most-followed TikTokers in the world. In 2020, Forbes named her the highest-earning TikTok star. Her success as a TikToker has led her to work with popular companies like L'Oréal, Reebok, and Hollister.

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NBA YoungBoy
(Rapper Known for His Albums: 'Until Death Call My Name' and 'Top')
NBA YoungBoy
182
Birthdate: October 20, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra

NBA YoungBoy is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. He garnered a cult following between 2015 and 2017, during which he released eight successful, independent mixtapes. Rated highly among America's most controversial rappers, NBA YoungBoy has been arrested on a couple of occasions for charges, including attempted first degree murder.

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Ronnie Coleman
(Regarded as One of the Greatest Bodybuilders of All Time)
Ronnie Coleman
21
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Truman Capote
(Known for His Novella “Breakfast at Tiffany's” and Non-Fiction Novel “In Cold Blood”)
Truman Capote
23
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 25, 1984
Truman Capote is best known for his novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, which was made into a movie that starred Audrey Hepburn, and the non-fiction novel In Cold Blood. His short story Shut a Final Door won the O. Henry Award. He was a lifelong friend of author Harper Lee.
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Eli Manning
(Former American Football Quarterback)
Eli Manning
38
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn

NFL quarterback Eli Manning, brother of Peyton Manning, is one of only five players to have won multiple Super Bowl MVP honors. He initially played for the University of Mississippi and eventually led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories. He is known for his match-winning Helmet Catch.

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Zachary Levi
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Birthdate: September 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra

Zachary Levi is an actor who brought the famous character, Flynn Rider, to life with his impressive voice in the animated film Tangled. Levi, who considers himself a nerd, founded a company called The Nerd Machine to launch the nerd culture worldwide. In 2019, it was announced that Levi will be an ambassador for Active Minds, a mental health charity.

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Jared Leto
(American Actor and Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'Thirty Seconds to Mars')
Jared Leto
66
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Jared Leto is one of the few method actors who remains completely in character while filming a particular project, even to the point of affecting his health. Also a singer-songwriter, he formed a band called Thirty Seconds to Mars, for which he serves as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is also known for his philanthropic activities.

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Anthony Mackie
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Birthdate: September 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra

Anthony Mackie is an American actor who achieved international recognition after playing Sam Wilson / Falcon in a series of superhero films produced by Marvel Studios. A self-made man, Mackie graduated from the Juilliard School and worked hard to establish himself in the American film and TV industry.

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Dak Prescott
(American Football Quarterback)
Dak Prescott
48
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
An injury to starter Tony Romo made Dak Prescott fill in as a starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys in 2016, and his performance earned him the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. This former Mississippi player became one of three rookies to be included in the 2016-17 Pro Bowl.
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Tim McGraw
(Country Music Singer - one of the Best-Selling Music Artists of All Time)
Tim McGraw
32
Birthdate: May 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Three-time Grammy-winning country artist Tim McGraw has released 15 albums, 10 of which have topped the Top Country Albums chart. He also has 25 Hot Country Songs chart-toppers. He has also appeared in movies such as The Blind Side and Tomorrowland and is a minority owner of the Nashville Kats.
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Carl Weathers
(Actor and Former American Professional Football Player Known for His Role as ‘Apollo Creed’ in ‘Rocky’ Film Series)
Carl Weathers
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Carl Weathers began his career as a football player, playing for the NFL team Oakland Raiders and the CFL team B.C. Lions. He stepped into acting with Arthur Marks’s blaxploitation films. He is best known as Apollo Creed from the Rocky films and as Greef Karga from The Mandalorian.

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Fats Domino
(Singer-Songwriter, Pianist)
Fats Domino
22
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 24, 2017
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Pauley Perrette
(Television Actress, Activist, Singer)
Pauley Perrette
47
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries

Pauley Perrette is a former actress, singer, and writer. Perrette is best known for portraying Abby Sciuto from 2003 to 2018 on the popular police procedural TV series NCIS. Also an activist, Pauley Perrette supports several animal rescue organizations, LGBT rights organizations, and civil rights organizations. Over the years, she has been an ardent supporter of the American Red Cross.

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Kevin Gates
(Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Known for His Album ‘Islah’)
Kevin Gates
55
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Kevin Gates is an American singer, rapper, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his debut studio album Islah, which peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Over the years, Kevin Gates has had many brushes with the law. He was first arrested at the age of 13 when he was found inside a stolen vehicle.

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Booker T
(American Color Commentator and Retired Professional Wrestler)
Booker T
26
Birthdate: March 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Clyde Drexler
(Basketball player)
Clyde Drexler
23
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Harry Connick Jr.
(American singer)
Harry Connick Jr.
17
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo

Grammy-winning singer-actor Harry Connick Jr. was born to a lawyer mother and an attorney father, who also owned a record store. He mastered the piano as a child and formed his first jazz band at 10. He later soared to fame with the multi-platinum soundtrack of When Harry Met Sally...

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Lauren Daigle
(Contemporary Christian Music Singer-Songwriter Best Known for Her Album 'How Can It Be')
Lauren Daigle
32
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo

Lauren Daigle is an American singer and songwriter who predominantly works with contemporary Christian music. Thanks to the success of her albums, such as How Can It Be and Look Up Child, Lauren Daigle is credited with popularizing contemporary Christian music among youngsters and children.

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Johnnie Cochran
(American Lawyer and Civil Activist Best Known for Defending and Acquitting 'O. J. Simpson')
Johnnie Cochran
46
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: March 29, 2005
Johnnie Cochran was an American civil activist and lawyer. Cochran played an important role in the acquittal of former football player O. J. Simpson in connection with the murder of the latter's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. Cochran had also represented other celebrities like Michael Jackson, Sean Combs, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Riddick Bowe, and Jim Brown to name a few.
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Patricia Clarkson
(Actress)
Patricia Clarkson
20
Birthdate: December 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Hank Williams Jr.
(Country Music Singer, Musician and Son of Legendary Singer Hank Williams)
Hank Williams Jr.
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini

Hank Williams Jr. is a musician and singer-songwriter. Although he initially gained fame for imitating his father Hank Williams' style, he later established his own style, winning several awards like Grammy Awards. In 2017, he was included in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time list. In 2020, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  

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Angela Kinsey
(Actress and Television Panelist Known for Her Role as ‘Angela Martin’ in the TV Series ‘The Office’)
Angela Kinsey
19
Birthdate: June 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer

Rising to fame with her role in the sitcom The Office, actress Angela Kinsey began her career as an intern on the NBC talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She received many acting offers and soon made a foray into TV dramas. She has also appeared in many films. She loves cats and supports Alley Cat Allies.

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Ed Reed
(Former American Football Player)
Ed Reed
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
 38 
Fred Hampton
(American Activist and Deputy Chairman of the National Black Panther Party)
Fred Hampton
55
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 4, 1969

Fred Hampton was considered an activist and a revolutionary socialist working for social change. He was the deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party. He founded the Rainbow Coalition, aiming to help the Chicago street gangs to end infighting. The FBI considered him as a major threat and he was shot and killed in December 1969 during a raid.

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Justin Jefferson
(American football player)
Justin Jefferson
25
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 16, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Theo Von
(Comedian)
Theo Von
11
Birthdate: March 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Huey P. Newton
(Political Activist, Revolutionary Leader and Co-Founder of the ‘Black Panther Party’)
Huey P. Newton
29
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 22, 1989

Huey P. Newton was an African-American civil and political rights activist. He is credited with co-founding The Black Panther Party (BPP), which went on to become one of black movement's most influential organizations of the late-1960s. The party, under Newton's leadership, founded more than 60 community support programs, including Free Breakfast for Children, which provided food to thousands of children.

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Master P
(Rapper)
Master P
27
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Ja'Marr Chase
(American football player)
Ja'Marr Chase
30
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 1, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Torrence Hatch
(Rapper and Actor Known for His Album ‘Superbad’)
Torrence Hatch
31
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Better known by his stage name Boosie Badazz, rapper, singer, and songwriter Torrence Hatch first became popular as a member of the hip hop collective, Concentration Camp, in the 1990s. In the ensuing years, he became a key figure in the Southern hip hop scene. His career has been marred by frequent legal hassles and drug issues.

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Buddy Guy
(American Blues Musician Who Was a Prolific Performer from 1950s Until Well Into 21st Century)
Buddy Guy
14
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
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Donna Douglas
(Best Know for Her Role as 'Elly May Clampett' in the TV Series 'The Beverly Hillbillies')
Donna Douglas
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.
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Robert Parish
(Basketball Player)
Robert Parish
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 7'1" (216 cm)
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Trace Adkins
(Country Singer & Actor)
Trace Adkins
17
Birthdate: January 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Trace Adkins is an American country singer renowned for his bass-baritone singing voice. Adkins has recorded many studio albums that have received platinum or gold certification in the US. A multi-talented personality, Adkins also appears on TV and writes books; his autobiography was released in 2007. He is also a member of a non-profit organization called 'Sons of Confederate Veterans'.

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John Larroquette
(Actor played the role of Dan Fielding on the television series, Night Court before later having his own sitcom.)
John Larroquette
6
Birthdate: November 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Randy Jackson
(Bassist)
Randy Jackson
25
Birthdate: June 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Randy Jackson started his career playing bass guitar for various artists, He then started his stint as a producer with Columbia and MCA Records. He is best known for his appearance as a judge on American Idol. He has also been the executive producer of America's Best Dance Crew.