Famous People From South Carolina

Positioned in the southeast region of the United States of America is the state of South Carolina or simply SC. The state covers a distance of 32,007 square miles, making it the 40th biggest state in the United States. With Columbia as its capital and Greenville as its largest city, South Carolina comprises of 46 counties in total. South Carolina is often referred to as ‘The Palmetto State’ with regard to its state tree (the sabal palmetto). Several distinguished personalities who have excelled in various fields such as acting, politics, academics and sports have been born and raised in South Carolina. Former Disney actress Coco Jones, Hollywood Teen TV Award winner Sterling Knight, the hilarious comedian Aziz Ansari and the bold actor Viola Davis, were all born in the state of South Carolina. Athletes such as WWE ‘giant’ Big Show, basketball player Kevin Garnett and football player A J Green are also from the state. Believe it or not, even the former United States president Andrew Jackson was born in the state of South Carolina. Presenting to you, a complete list of celebrities who are from South Carolina.
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Viola Davis
(Only African-American to Achieve the Triple Crown of Acting)
Viola Davis
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Birthdate: August 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
A popular television, film, and stage actress, Viola Davis became the first African-American actress to be honored with Triple Crown of Acting. She is also known for supporting equal rights for women. In 2012 and 2017, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.
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Chris Rock
(Ranked No. 5 on Rolling Stone's List of the 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time)
Chris Rock
87
Birthdate: February 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius

A high-school drop-out, Chris Rock worked at restaurants before stepping into stand-up comedy. He gained fame with SNL and earned his first role through Eddie Murphy. Known for voicing Marty in the Madagascar franchise, Chris also created the series Everybody Hates Chris and was voted Comedy Central’s fifth-greatest stand-up comedian.

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James Brown
(Central Progenitor of Funk Music and Referred to as 'Godfather of Soul')
James Brown
52
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

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Big Show
(Professional Wrestler)
Big Show
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Birthdate: February 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Big Show is a professional wrestler. Known for his large frame and athleticism, Show is one of the most popular WWE wrestlers of all time. He has won several world championships in WWE. Big Show's large frame is attributed to a condition called acromegaly, which he used to his advantage and established himself in the wrestling world.

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Kevin Garnett
(American Former Professional Basketball Player Who Was Known for His Defensive Ability and Versatility)
Kevin Garnett
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Former NBA power forward/center Kevin Garnett was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of high school. After a 12-year term with the Timberwolves, he joined the Boston Celtics. His accolades include the MVP, the Defensive Player of the Year award, and 15 All-Star games. He also starred in Uncut Gems.
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Joe Frazier
(The First Boxer to Defeat Muhammad Ali)
Joe Frazier
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: November 7, 2011
Joe Frazier, nicknamed “Smokin' Joe,” was a star heavyweight champion who won the boxing gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Known for his legendary 1971 “Fight of the Century” against Muhammad Ali and his defeat in the “Thrilla in Manila,” Frazier had scored 32 wins in his career.
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Chadwick Boseman
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Birthdate: November 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: August 28, 2020

A versatile actor and an inspiration for a generation of black youths, Chadwick Boseman is best remembered for portraying notable real life black figures like Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and James Brown in their biopics. His excellent performance in Black Panther, though, turned him into a household name.

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Ja Morant
(Basketball Versatile Guard)
Ja Morant
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Vanna White
(Televion Personality)
Vanna White
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Birthdate: February 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Vanna White is best known for hosting the puzzle-board game show Wheel of Fortune since 1982. She holds the Guinness record for the most claps, after clapping over 3 million times over the show’s 30 seasons. She is fond of crochet and has her own line of yarn.
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Andie MacDowell
(Actress and Former Fashion Model)
Andie MacDowell
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Birthdate: April 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
From working at a bar and a clothing store, Andie MacDowell eventually became a top model/actor and has now been the face of L'Oréal for over 30 years. Fans adore her for her inspirational and award-winning portrayal of Ann Bishop Mullany in the film Sex, Lies, and Videotape.
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Mary-Louise Parker
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Birthdate: August 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo

A popular American actress and Tony Award winner, Mary-Louise Parker is best known for her performance in the television miniseries, Angels in America, in 2003. Since 2007, she has been contributing articles to Esquire magazine. A dedicated transcendental meditation practitioner, Mary-Louise Parker has claimed that transcendental meditation has changed everything in her life.

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Shoeless Joe Jackson
(American Professional Baseball Player Who Plays as an Outfielder)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 5, 1951

MLB player Joseph Jefferson Jackson, or Shoeless Joe, was associated with the Philadelphia Athletics, the Cleveland Naps/Indians, and the Chicago White Sox. He was dragged into the Black Sox Scandal, through which the 1919 Chicago White Sox team members conspired to fix the World Series, leading him to be banned.

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Nikki Haley
(The First Female Governor of South Carolina)
Nikki Haley
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Born to Indian immigrant parents, Nikki Haley went on to become the first Indian-American to hold an office in South Carolina and later became its governor—the first woman and second Indian American to be appointed governor in the US. A published author, she has also served as the US ambassador to the United Nations.

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Madelyn Cline
(Actress)
Madelyn Cline
61
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 21, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Actress, Madelyn Cline, is best known for her role in the Netflix teen drama series Outer Banks. As a child, she began appearing in TV commercials and developed a keen interest in acting. She quit college as a teenager to pursue her passion. She started her career playing minor roles in films and eventually graduated to more serious roles.

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Jaimie Alexander
(Known for Her Role as ‘Jessi Hollander’ in the TV Series ‘Kyle XY’)
Jaimie Alexander
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Birthdate: March 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Jaimie Alexander is best known as Sif from the 2011 movie Thor, a role she reprised in the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and voiced in a subsequent video game. She is also known as Jessi from the series Kyle XY. She faced major accidents while filming for Thor and Blindspot
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Dustin Johnson
(American Professional Golfer)
Dustin Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer

In 2021, golfer Dustin Johnson made it to the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. He has won numerous top championships, including the FedEx Cup and the Masters Tournament of 2020. He is also a six-time World Golf Championship winner, with only legendary golfer Tiger Woods ahead of him.

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Eartha Kitt
(Singer with a Distinctive Voice Known for her Hits "Let's Do It", and "C'est si bon")
Eartha Kitt
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Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

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Anna Camp
(Actress and Singer Best Known for Her Role as the ‘Sarah Newlin’ in the Tv Series ‘True Blood’)
Anna Camp
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Birthdate: September 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra

Anna Camp is an American actress who has made her mark in films, television and theatre. Her notable roles include that of villainous Sarah Newlin in the HBO vampire drama True Blood and Aubrey Posen in the Pitch Perfect film series. Her performance in the Off-Broadway play All New People earned her a nomination for the Drama Desk Award.

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Aziz Ansari
(Actor and Comedian Known For His Role In 'Parks And Recreation')
Aziz Ansari
35
Birthdate: February 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces

Aziz Ansari is an American comedian, actor, and writer. He is credited with creating the popular comedy-drama television series Master of None. His acting skills in the series earned him a Golden Globe, making Ansari the first Asian-American actor to receive the honor. In 2016, he was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

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Stephen Thompson
(Welterweight Mixed Martial Artist)
Stephen Thompson
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Mike Colter
(Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series: ‘Luke Cage’, ‘The Defenders’ and ‘Jessica Jones’)
Mike Colter
12
Birthdate: August 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo

Mike Colter is an American actor known for portraying the eponymous character in the popular streaming television series Luke Cage. Thanks to his association with Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2015, Mike Colter is often credited with playing an important role in improving Marvel Television's business over the last few years.

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Darius Rucker
(Singer, Guitarist)
Darius Rucker
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Darius Rucker gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. He then launched a solo career, releasing Billboard-charting hits such as Wagon Wheel and True Believers. He became the first Black American singer to win the Country Music Association New Artist Award.
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Trey Gowdy
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina's 4th district)
Trey Gowdy
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Trey Gowdy, former representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district, has also been a federal prosecutor and a district attorney. He led the investigations into the Benghazi attack and Hillary Clinton's email server, and has chaired the House Oversight Committee. He now works for Fox News and a legal firm.
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Thomas Gibson
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Birthdate: July 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Thomas Gibson is best known for his Golden Globe-nominated performance as Greg in the hit sitcom Dharma & Greg. He has also played prominent roles in Chicago Hope and Criminal Minds. He is a skilled golf player, too, and participates in the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
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Lauren Hutton
(Model, Actress)
Lauren Hutton
12
Birthdate: November 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Lee Thompson Young
(Best Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘The Famous Jett Jackson’)
Lee Thompson Young
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Birthdate: February 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 19, 2013

An actor remembered for his role in the television series The Famous Jett Jackson, Lee Thompson Young was a popular young star who died too soon. Interested in acting from an early age, he made his debut as a teenager and went on to have a successful career. Sadly, he suffered from depression and died by suicide, at the age of 29. 

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Ainsley Earhardt
(Television News Anchor, Journalist and Co-Host of News Show ‘Fox & Friends’)
Ainsley Earhardt
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Birthdate: September 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo

Ainsley Earhardt is an American journalist and television personality known for her association with Fox News. A co-host of popular daily morning news/talk program Fox & Friends, Ainsley Earhardt has been an important member of Fox News Channel since 2007. She has also had quite an impact as a writer, having published children's books, such as Take Heart, My Child.

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Will Patton
(Actor and Audiobook Narrator Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘Falling Skies’)
Will Patton
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Birthdate: June 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Will Patton is best known as Bill Yoast from Remember the Titans and Dan Weaver from the sci-fi series Falling Skies. He has also appeared in films such as Armageddon and is also an Obie Award-winning theater actor. He has narrated countless books, too, mostly by James Lee Burke.
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Madison Iseman
(Actress)
Madison Iseman
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Birthdate: February 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Young Jeezy
(Rapper and One of the Pioneers Who Popularized Trap Music)
Young Jeezy
24
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
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Teddy Pendergrass
(Singer)
Teddy Pendergrass
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 13, 2010
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Jesse Jackson
(United States Shadow Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997)
Jesse Jackson
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Civil rights activist and politician Jesse Jackson, father of former U.S. representative Jesse Jackson Jr., is also a Baptist minister. He has been a shadow U.S. senator from the District of Columbia and established organizations that merged into the non-profit Rainbow/PUSH. He also hosted CNN’s Both Sides with Jesse Jackson.
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DeAndre Hopkins
(American football player)
DeAndre Hopkins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Kelsey Chow
(Known for Her Role as ‘Mikayla’ in the TV Sitcom ‘Pair of Kings’)
Kelsey Chow
19
Birthdate: September 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Kelsey Chow is best known as Mikayla from Pair of Kings and Gigi Silveri from One Tree Hill. Fans also loved her as Tracy Stewart in MTV's Teen Wolf. She played Native American roles in Wind River, Yellowstone, and Fargo, under the name “Kelsey Asbille,” claiming to have Cherokee roots.
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Mary McLeod Bethune
(American Civil Rights Activist and Founder of the 'National Council of Negro Women')
Mary McLeod Bethune
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 10, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 18, 1955

Mary McLeod Bethune was an American civil rights activist, educator, womanist, humanitarian, and philanthropist. She is credited with founding the National Council of Negro Women. Bethune also played a key role in the creation of the Black Cabinet while serving as an adviser to Franklin Roosevelt. In 1973, Bethune was made an indutee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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John B. Watson
(Psychologist)
John B. Watson
10
Birthdate: January 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 25, 1958

John B. Watson was the first to introduce the theory of behaviorism to psychology. He believed human behavior, like animal behavior, should be studied under objective and experimental conditions. One of his experiments included conditioning the fear of white rats into an 11-year-old boy he named Little Albert.

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Althea Gibson
( The First African American to Win a Grand Slam Title )
Althea Gibson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 28, 2003
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Deebo Samuel
(American football player)
Deebo Samuel
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 15, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Dizzy Gillespie
(One of the Greatest Jazz Trumpeters of All Time)
Dizzy Gillespie
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 6, 1993

Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and singer Dizzy Gillespie developed the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge, modifying it with innovative harmony and rhythm. He popularized the bebop style of music and was famous for his signature horn-rimmed spectacles. His contribution to modern jazz earned him the title of the Ambassador of Jazz.

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William Gibson
(Science-Fiction Writer Known for His Novel ‘Neuromancer’ and a Pinoeer of 'Cyberpunk' Genre)
William Gibson
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces

William Gibson is an American-Canadian essayist and speculative fiction writer. He is widely credited with pioneering cyberpunk, a science fiction subgenre. His early works, which he produced during the late-1970s and early-1980s, helped create an iconography for the information age even before the dawn of the Internet in the 1990s. William Gibson is also credited with coining the term cyberspace.

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The Fabulous Moolah
(Professional Wrestler)
The Fabulous Moolah
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: November 2, 2007
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Shawnee Smith
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Amanda Young’ in the Film ‘Saw’)
Shawnee Smith
12
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

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Khris Middleton
(Basketball player)
Khris Middleton
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Lee Haney
(Regarded as One of the Greatest Bodybuilders to Ever Grace the Stage)
Lee Haney
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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A. J. Green
(Former American Football Wide Receiver)
A. J. Green
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Jessica Stroup
(Actress)
Jessica Stroup
4
Birthdate: October 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Shanola Hampton
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Veronica Fisher’ in the TV Series ‘Shameless’)
Shanola Hampton
9
Birthdate: May 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini

Shanola Hampton is an American actress known for her portrayal of Veronica Fisher in the popular comedy-drama television series Shameless, for which she received critical appreciation. In 2013, she won the Best Actor award at the American Black Film Festival for her performance in the drama film Things Never Said, in which she played Kalindra Stepney.

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Kwame Brown
(Basketball player)
Kwame Brown
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
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Shelton Benjamin
(American Professional Wrestler)
Shelton Benjamin
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Alex English
(American Former Professional Basketball Player, Coach, and Businessman)
Alex English
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)