Famous People From New Mexico

Generally considered as one of the Mountain States, New Mexico is a state positioned in the southwestern region of the United States of America. New Mexico was originally inhabited by Native Americans before European exploration. Although Santa Fe is its official capital, Albuquerque is the largest city. It enjoys diversity as it comprises of the 4th largest population of Native Americans and the state if often referred to as the ‘Land Of Enchantment’. The state of New Mexico has created numerous individuals who have accomplished immensely in different walks of life. The versatile Neil Patrick Harris, the ravishing Demi Moore, the actor cum producer Adrian Grenier and the former Disney actress Demi Lovato, were all born in New Mexico. Even the famous best-selling artist John Denver was born in New Mexico. One of the most prominent individuals from New Mexico has to be the 8 time Emmy winner, William Hanna who is a cartoonist and animator who was responsible for the creation of shows such as Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo and so on. We bet you will be surprised by the full-list of achievers from New Mexico.
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Jeff Bezos
(The Founder & Executive Chairman of Amazon)
Jeff Bezos
370
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn

The founder and CEO of the multi-national technology company Amazon, Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world. Jeff, who left his lucrative job at an investment firm to fulfil his entrepreneurial ambition, also owns the newspaper, The Washington Post, and its affiliate publications along with a spaceflight company, Blue Origin.

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Demi Lovato
(Singer, Songwriter, Actress)
Demi Lovato
204
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo

Demi Lovato rose to fame with the television film Camp Rock, but became highly successful as singer when she released her pop rock debut album, Don't Forget in 2008, which was followed by many more albums seeing millions in sale. Her health issues like bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa and drug and alcohol addictions have received significant media attention.

 3 
Demi Moore
(Actress)
Demi Moore
69
Birthdate: November 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Demi Moore is considered one of the most beautiful, successful and the highest paid actresses of her time. The 1990 film Ghost is her most successful movie till date. A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal and Disclosure are some of her other notable and successful films. However, her career nosedived in the later 1990s. Later, she started appearing in supporting roles.

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John Denver
(Best Know for His Songs 'Rocky Mountain High', 'Take Me Home, Country Roads', and 'Annie's Song')
John Denver
42
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 12, 1997

John Denver was one of the highest-selling and most popular singers during the 1970s. He was known for folk, pop and country music. Some of his greatest songs are Take Me Home Country Roads, Leaving on a Jet Plane, Rocky Mountain High, Sunshine on My Shoulders and Annie's Song. He died when a plane he was piloting crashed in California.

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Holly Holm
(American Mixed Martial Artist and One of the Best Female Professional Boxers of All Time)
Holly Holm
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra

Holly Holm is a mixed martial artist. A former world champion in boxing, Holm currently competes in the UFC and holds the distinction of being the first fighter to hold a UFC title and a world boxing title. Her win against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in the history of combat sports.

 6 
Neil Patrick Harris
(American Actor Who is Mainly Known for his Comedic Television Roles and Dramatic and Musical Stage Roles)
Neil Patrick Harris
65
Birthdate: June 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini

An American actor, comedian, magician, and singer, Neil Patrick Harris serves as an inspiration to the entire LGBT community as he became the first openly gay man to host the Oscars in 2015. Five years prior in 2010, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

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Geronimo
(Bedonkohe Apache Leader of the Chiricahua Apache)
Geronimo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 16, 1829
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 17, 1909
Native American hero Geronimo is remembered for his heroics in the Apache Wars against the U.S. and Mexico. After his surrender in 1886, he lived as a U.S. prisoner of war and spent the rest of his life being exhibited at various events and selling his belongings for money.
 8 
Conrad Hilton
(American Businessman and Founder of the ‘Hilton Hotels’ Chain)
Conrad Hilton
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 3, 1979

Conrad Hilton was an American politician and businessman credited with founding the popular multinational hospitality company, Hilton Hotels Corporation. He is also the founder of a non-profit charitable organization called Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which aims at ending human suffering worldwide. In 1996, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize was created by the foundation in the memory of Conrad Hilton.

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Chip Gaines
(Joanna Gaines Husband)
Chip Gaines
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Chip Gaines is an American reality television star and entrepreneur best known for appearing in the HGTV reality television series Fixer Upper, which focuses on home design and renovation. The show stars Chip and his wife Joanna who run a home redecoration and renovation business in Waco, Texas. The show is credited with popularizing an interior design style called Farmhouse-chic.

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William Hanna
(Creator of Popular Cartoon Characters Such as 'Tom and Jerry', 'The Flintstones' and 'Scooby-Doo')
William Hanna
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Birthdate: July 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 22, 2001
William Hanna was an American animator, best known for creating popular cartoon characters such as Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo. He co-founded the Hanna-Barbera company, along with his longtime partner Joseph Barbera. Their team had produced more than 3,000 half-hour shows for 150 television cartoon series that won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards.
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Adrian Grenier
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Role as “Vincent Chase” in the TV Series “Entourage”)
Adrian Grenier
16
Birthdate: July 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer

Adrian Grenier is an American actor, musician, producer, director, and environmentalist. Although he is best known for playing Vincent Chase in the comedy-drama TV series Entourage, Grenier has also played important roles in films like Drive Me Crazy and The Devil Wears Prada. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Grenier advocates for the protection of marine species.

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Annabeth Gish
(Actress)
Annabeth Gish
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Birthdate: March 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces

Annabeth Gish is an American actress known for playing important roles in TV series like The West Wing and The X-Files. Also known for her humanitarian efforts, Annabeth Gish has been supporting organizations, such as CARE International, Students Rebuild, and One Million Bones. She also serves on the board of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company.

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Chris Daughtry
(Vocalist, Guitarist)
Chris Daughtry
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Chris Daughtry gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Daughtry, which he formed after finishing fourth in the fifth season of American Idol. He has delivered hits such as It's Not Over and became the runner-up in the second season of The Masked Singer.
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Ronnie Lott
(American Football Player)
Ronnie Lott
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Adrienne Maloof
(Reality Television Personality Known for Her Stint in the Reality Show 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills')
Adrienne Maloof
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Birthdate: September 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo

Adrienne Maloof is an American businesswoman and television personality. As the co-owner of the several business holdings of Maloof Companies, Adrienne Maloof has been playing an important role in controlling the Companies' marketing operations for the past 20 years. Also a well-known philanthropist, Maloof has supported several charity organizations, such as the Good News Foundation and School On Wheels.

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Carlos Condit
(American Former Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Carlos Condit
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus

Carlos Condit is an American retired mixed martial artist. A former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion, Condit has also competed in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) where he was a Welterweight Champion. While competing in the UFC, Condit won five Fight of the Night awards. After retiring from MMA, Condit went on to establish many business ventures, such as a coffee shop. 

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Jace Lee Norman
(American Actor Known for His Role as ‘Henry Hart’ in the TV Series ‘Henry Danger’)
Jace Lee Norman
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Birthdate: March 21, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries

Jace Norman overcame dyslexia during his school days to become a known actor, particularly on the television. He began his acting career with Disney’s series, Jessie, and went on to star in the movie, Splitting Adam, sitcom, Henry Danger, and movie, Bixler High Private Eye. He won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in the Favorite Male TV Star category four times in a row.

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Colt McCoy
(American Football Player)
Colt McCoy
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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French Stewart
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’)
French Stewart
6
Birthdate: February 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
French Stewart is best known as Harry Solomon from 3rd Rock from the Sun and as Chef Rudy from Mom. He began his career touring with a local theater group. He has also voiced Icarus in Hercules: The Animated Series and Bob in God, the Devil and Bob.
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Ronny Cox
(Actor)
Ronny Cox
5
Birthdate: July 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Tracy Reiner
(Actress)
Tracy Reiner
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Birthdate: July 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer

Tracy Reiner is an American actress known for playing important roles in films like Masque of the Red Death, When Harry Met Sally..., and A League of Their Own. The daughter of Penny Marshall, Reiner followed in the footsteps of her mother to pursue a career in the film industry. In 2013, she headed a team to market medical software.

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Alex Bregman
(Baseball Player)
Alex Bregman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Al Unser
(Racecar driver)
Al Unser
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 9, 2021

Born into a reputed family of racers, Al Unser later became a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner. At 48, he also became the oldest racer to emerge victorious at the Indianapolis 500. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee is also known as Big Al and Al Unser Sr.

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Willow Shields
12
Birthdate: June 1, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Ryan Bingham
(Singer)
Ryan Bingham
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
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Arian Foster
(American Football Player)
Arian Foster
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Paul Benedict
(Actor)
Paul Benedict
6
Birthdate: September 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 1, 2008
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Austin St. John
(Actor Best Known for His Portrayal of 'Jason Lee Scott' in the 'Power Rangers' Franchise)
Austin St. John
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo

Born to a Marine and martial artist father, Austin St. John has black belts in Taekwondo, Judo, and Kenpo. An actor, too, he is best known as Jason Lee Scott from the Power Rangers franchise. He has also been a paramedic and a military healthcare provider in the Middle East.

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Lauren Sánchez
(News Anchor)
Lauren Sánchez
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Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Lauren Sánchez is a news anchor who has won an Emmy Award for her work. Apart from being a news anchor, Sánchez is also an actress, pilot, and entrepreneur. She is credited with founding the first female-owned aerial production company, Black Ops Aviation. Also known for her good looks, Sánchez has been featured in lists like People's 50 Most Beautiful.

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Hank Baskett
(American football player)
Hank Baskett
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Raoul Trujillo
(Choreographer)
Raoul Trujillo
4
Birthdate: May 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Dolores Huerta
(Trade unionist)
Dolores Huerta
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
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Jay Roach
(Director)
Jay Roach
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Birthdate: June 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Diego Sanchez
(American Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Diego Sanchez
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Harrison Schmitt
(American Astronaut and the Only Person Without a Background in Military Aviation to Have Walked on the Moon)
Harrison Schmitt
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer

Harrison Schmitt is an American geologist, university professor, and former NASA astronaut. He also served as the US Senator from New Mexico from 1977 to 1983. In 1972, Schmitt became a crew member of Apollo 17 and subsequenly the second-youngest person to walk on the Moon. In 1973, Harrison Schmitt was honored with the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

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Al Unser Jr.
(American Retired Race Car Driver)
Al Unser Jr.
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
 37 
Randy Castillo
(Musician)
Randy Castillo
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 26, 2002
 38 
Nick Wechsler
4
Birthdate: September 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 39 
Demetria McKinney
(Actress, Model)
Demetria McKinney
4
Birthdate: August 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 40 
Barry Sadler
(Soldier and Writer)
Barry Sadler
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 5, 1989
 41 
Anwar al-Awlaki
(First U.S. Citizen to Be Targeted and Killed By a Drone Strike from the U.S. Government)
Anwar al-Awlaki
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: April 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: September 30, 2011

Al-Qaeda terrorist and Islamic preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, initially a university lecturer, had been involved in a number of terrorist attack plots, including one in which they had planned to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane. American-born Yemeni Awlaki died in a drone strike ordered by Barack Obama in 2011.

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Glenn Strange
(Actor, Singer)
Glenn Strange
2
Birthdate: August 16, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: September 20, 1973
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Bruce Cabot
(Actor)
Bruce Cabot
10
Birthdate: April 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 3, 1972
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 44 
André Roberson
(Basketball Player)
André Roberson
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Joe Kapp
(American football player, Coach)
Joe Kapp
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces

Known as The Toughest Chicano, Joe Kapp made history by becoming the only player to quarterback in Rose Bowl, Grey Cup, and Super Bowl. He also received the Spirit of Life award for his charitable work and has helped Latin students by raising funds for their education.

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Landry Jones
(American football player)
Landry Jones
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 47 
Mike E. Smith
(Jockey)
Mike E. Smith
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 48 
Ralph Kiner
(Baseball Player)
Ralph Kiner
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 6, 2014
 49 
Michelle Lujan Grisham
(Politician)
Michelle Lujan Grisham
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Delia Gonzalez
(American Former Flyweight Female Boxer)
Delia Gonzalez
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio