Famous People From North Dakota

Being the 39th state of the United States of America, North Dakota is situated in the Upper Midwestern region of the country. Although the capital of North Dakota is Bismarck, the largest city of the state is Fargo. It is often referred to as ‘Peace Garden State’ or ‘Roughrider State’. A recent boom in oil extraction in the state has resulted in population increase and low unemployment. The state enjoys a continental climate with extreme conditions such as hot summers and cold winters. Several famous personalities have been born and raised in the state of North Dakota. The ever-so-popular rapper Wiz Khalifa was born in North Dakota. Numerous well-known actors such as Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Kellen Lutz and Angie Dickinson are all from this state. The state of North Dakota has produced some famous musicians as well, such as the likes of Johnny Lang, Bobby Vee and Peggy Lee also call North Dakota their homes. North Dakota has also shaped many athletes and sportsman. MLB catcher Chris Coste is a fine example of sportsmen from North Dakota. Even astronaut James Buchli hails from this state. Keep reading to know all the other eminent celebrities who are from North Dakota & celebs born in North Dakota.
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Wiz Khalifa
(Singer-Rapper Known for His Songs ‘Black and Yellow’, ‘See You Again’ and ‘Say Yeah’)
Wiz Khalifa
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Rapper Wiz Khalifa shot to fame with his Billboard-topping track Black and Yellow. His single See You Again was part of the soundtrack of Furious 7 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks. The Grammy-nominated artist is a supporter of cannabis usage and a martial arts enthusiast.
 2 
Josh Duhamel
(Actor and Former Model Known for His TV Series ‘All My Children’, ‘Las Vegas’ and 'Transformers' Film Series)
Josh Duhamel
37
Birthdate: November 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Josh Duhamel is an actor and former fashion model and has appeared as one of the main protagonists in the Transformers films. Some of his other films are, When in Rome, Life as We Know It, New Year's Eve, Safe Haven and Love Simon. He has also acted in television and has starred in video games.

 3 
Angie Dickinson
(Actress role in Gun the Man Down (1956) with James Arness and the Western film Rio Bravo (1959))
Angie Dickinson
21
Birthdate: September 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Leslie Bibb
(Actress, Model)
Leslie Bibb
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio

American actress, Leslie Bibb, gained recognition as a teenager when she starred in the comedy-drama television series, Popular. Apart from television and OTT platforms, she has acted in several films like Iron Man, Wristcutters: A Love Story, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Miss Nobody and Tag. The 2010 film Iron Man 2 is the biggest hit of her career.

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Alan Ritchson
(Actor and Filmmaker)
Alan Ritchson
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Birthdate: November 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Alan Ritchson is best known as Aquaman from the series Smallville and as Raphael from the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fans also loved him as Hawk in the DC series Titans. He had started his career as an Abercrombie and Fitch model and later also released a music album.
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Lawrence Welk
(Accordionist, Bandleader, and Television Impresario)
Lawrence Welk
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 17, 1992

Lawrence Welk was an American accordionist and bandleader. From 1951 to 1982, Welk hosted the popular musical variety show, The Lawrence Welk Show. Also known for his entrepreneurship skills, Welk had investments in music publishing and real estate. He also owned a club and restaurant. In 1994, he was made an inductee of the International Polka Music Hall of Fame.

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Leslie Stefanson
(Actress, Model, Artist, Sculptor)
Leslie Stefanson
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus

Leslie Stefanson is an American model, artist, and actress. She achieved popularity after playing important roles in popular films, such as The General's Daughter. A multi-talented personality, Leslie Stefanson also makes terracotta and bronze sculptures in New York City and Los Angeles.

 8 
Kellan Lutz
(Actor and Model)
Kellan Lutz
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Birthdate: March 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces

Kellan Lutz is an American actor known for playing important roles in films like The Twilight Saga, Immortals, and The Expendables 3. Also known for his charity work, Lutz works closely with Saving Innocence, which aims at rescuing child victims of sex trafficking. He was honored with GQ magazine's Gentleman of the Year award for his work with Saving Innocence.

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Gary Johnson
(Politician)
Gary Johnson
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Peggy Lee
(Singer)
Peggy Lee
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 26, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 21, 2002
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Doug McDermott
(American Professional Basketball Player)
Doug McDermott
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn

The son of Creighton head coach Greg McDermott, Doug McDermott plays for the NBA team Indiana Pacers. He has also played for teams such as the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks. A Creighton University star, he was named to the all-Missouri Valley Conference first-team.

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Jonny Lang
(American Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist)
Jonny Lang
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Lynn Anderson
(Singer)
Lynn Anderson
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 30, 2015
 14 
Warren Christopher
(Lawyer)
Warren Christopher
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 18, 2011
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Ann Sothern
(Former actress in the 1949 film, A Letter to Three Wives)
Ann Sothern
8
Birthdate: January 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 15, 2001
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Bobby Vee
(Singer-songwriter)
Bobby Vee
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 24, 2016
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Louis L’Amour
(Novelist)
Louis L’Amour
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 10, 1988
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Louis L'Amour
(Novelist)
Louis L'Amour
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 10, 1988
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Sam Childers
(Humanitarian)
Sam Childers
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1963 AD
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Mark Driscoll
(Pastor, Writer)
Mark Driscoll
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra

Mark Driscoll is an evangelical pastor and author. He is best known as the founder of Mars Hill Church. He also founded The Resurgence, a theological cooperative, and co-founded  Acts 29 Network, a parachurch organization. He is currently serving as the senior pastor of The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the author of several books. 

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Tyler Johnson
(Basketball player)
Tyler Johnson
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Shadoe Stevens
(Radio Host)
Shadoe Stevens
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Birthdate: November 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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CariDee English
(Fashion Model, TV Personality & Winner of 'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 7)
CariDee English
4
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 24 
Owen King
(Writer)
Owen King
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 31, 1987
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Jonny Craig
(Singer-songwriter, best known as the former lead vocalist of bands Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, and Slaves)
Jonny Craig
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
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James M. McPherson
(Historian, University teacher, Writer)
James M. McPherson
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Birthdate: October 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra

James M. McPherson is an American historian who serves as a professor at Princeton University. Well-known for his activism, McPherson spoke against the construction of a theme park near Manassas battlefield. A Civil War historian, McPherson won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his work, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, in 1989.

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Lute Olson
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)
Lute Olson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 22, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 27, 2020
 28 
Paula Broadwell
(journalist, biographer)
Paula Broadwell
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Cara Mund
(Miss America 2018)
Cara Mund
4
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: 1994 AD
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Tyrell Terry
(Basketball player)
Tyrell Terry
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Monique Lamoureux
(Former American Ice Hockey Defensemen)
Monique Lamoureux
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Clint Hill
(Special agent)
Clint Hill
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Charlie Korsmo
(Actor, Lawyer)
Charlie Korsmo
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 34 
Eric Sevareid
(Author)
Eric Sevareid
5
Birthdate: November 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 9, 1992
 35 
Connor McGovern
(American football player)
Connor McGovern
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
 36 
William H. Gass
(Novelist)
William H. Gass
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 6, 2017
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 37 
Dale Brown
(Basketball coach)
Dale Brown
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 38 
Darin Erstad
(Baseball player)
Darin Erstad
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 39 
Nicole Linkletter
(Model)
Nicole Linkletter
5
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Clyfford Still
(American Painter)
Clyfford Still
3
Birthdate: November 30, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 23, 1980
 41 
John Hoeven
(US Senator from North Dakota)
John Hoeven
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces

John Hoeven is an American politician and banker. He is the current US Senator from North Dakota. He is also known for his service as the Governor of North Dakota from 2000 to 2010. A respected banker, John Hoeven served as the President of the Bank of North Dakota from 1993 to 2000.

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Kevin Cramer
(Politician)
Kevin Cramer
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 43 
Jud Heathcote
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
Jud Heathcote
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 28, 2017
 44 
Neal D. Barnard
(American Author and Medical Researcher)
Neal D. Barnard
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
 45 
Mancur Olson
(Economist, Political scientist, University teacher, Sociologist)
Mancur Olson
2
Birthdate: January 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 19, 1998
 46 
James Rosenquist
(Painter)
James Rosenquist
2
Birthdate: November 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 31, 2017
 47 
Becky Fischer
(Pentecostal Children's Pastor Best Known for Her Role in the 2006 Documentary Jesus Camp)
Becky Fischer
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini

Known for her role in Jesus Camp, a 2006 documentary, Becky Fischer began her career as a businesswoman before becoming a part-time children's pastor for Pentecostal church. Eventually, she began her own ministry, Kids in Ministry International, writing several Sunday school curricula for churches because she believed that available courses were incapable of retaining the children's interest in church culture.

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Greg Raymer
(Poker player)
Greg Raymer
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
 49 
Leonard Peltier
(Activist)
Leonard Peltier
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
 50 
Myron W. Wentz
(Founder, chairman and former CEO of USANA Health Sciences)
Myron W. Wentz
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo