Famous People From Utah

Utah was declared the 45th state of the USA more than a hundred years ago. The state got its name years ago from the Ute tribe, who formerly inhabited this part of America. The Salt Lake, situated in this part of America is believed to be the largest saltwater lake in the whole of southern hemisphere. The state capital, Salt Lake City holds the record for being the largest city to host the Winter Olympic Games. The state has been famous for several other reasons as well. One of them is the bond several celebs share with Utah, their hometown. Astronaut Don Lind, actor James Woods, entrepreneur John Warnock and footballer Steve Young are a few distinguished personalities who have made the people of Utah proud. James Woods has acted in dozens of movies and television shows. He has bagged an Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Woods has also been nominated for Academy Awards. Here are the names of other famous celebrities who are from Utah.
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Brendon Urie
(Lead Singer and Multi-Instrumentalist of the Pop Rock Band 'Panic! at the Disco')
Brendon Urie
82
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries

Singer, songwriter, and musician Brendon Urie is best known as the lead vocalist of the pop-rock band Panic! at the Disco. He started taking guitar classes while in high school and also joined a band. He has enjoyed considerable success with Panic! and also takes up projects as a solo artist. He launched the Highest Hopes Foundation in 2018.

 2 
Derek Hough
(Professional Dancer and Six Times Winner of the Dance Competition Series 'Dancing with the Stars')
Derek Hough
30
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: May 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus

Derek Hough is an American Latin and ballroom dancer and choreographer. After winning the dance competition TV series, Dancing with the Stars, for a record six times, Hough used his popularity to launch his acting and singing career. Also a writer, his book Taking the Lead was featured in The New York Times Best Seller list.

 3 
Steve Young
(American football player)
Steve Young
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Donny Osmond
(Actor, Singer, Dancer)
Donny Osmond
24
Birthdate: December 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Jewel
(Singer-Songwriter)
Jewel
51
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Julianne Hough
(Judge on Dancing with the Stars)
Julianne Hough
35
Birthdate: July 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Julianne Hough shot to fame with Dancing with the Stars, in 2007, and eventually won two seasons and returned as a judge. Fans also remember her as Sandy from Grease Live! She aced the U.S. Country charts with her debut album and was also a judge on America's Got Talent.
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Marie Osmond
(Singer, Actor, Television actor, Songwriter)
Marie Osmond
37
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra

Marie Osmond is an American singer, talk show host, author, actress, and philanthropist. A multi-talented individual, Osmond has been equally successful as a singer and actress. She is also credited with co-founding a non-profit organization called Children's Miracle Network which aims at improving the lives of children by raising money for children's hospitals across North America.

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James Woods
(Best Known for His Roles in the Films: 'Salvador' and 'Ghosts of Mississippi')
James Woods
34
Birthdate: April 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries

Mostly known for playing real-life characters, Emmy Award-winner James Woods began his career on stage. Fans adore him for his performances in the play Moonchildren, the series Holocaust, and the TV movie Too Big to Fail. He also played a significant voice role in the animated feature Hercules.

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Nathan Chen
(American Figure skater)
Nathan Chen
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 10 
Philo Farnsworth
16
Birthdate: August 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 11, 1971
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Merlin Olsen
(American Football Player)
Merlin Olsen
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 11, 2010
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Wilford Brimley
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Birthdate: September 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 1, 2020

A stint at U.S. Marine Corps and a variety of jobs later, Wilford Brimley finally entered the world of acting, albeit as an extra. He established himself as a character actor and bagged his first leading role at the age of fifty. His notable work include Cocoon, The Natural and Our House. He is known for Quaker Oats commercials too.

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Elizabeth Smart
(Child Safety Activist and Commentator for 'ABC News')
Elizabeth Smart
30
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Elizabeth Smart is a child safety activist who gained national attention when she was kidnapped from her home at the age of 14. She was held captive for nine months before she was rescued by the cops. Smart went on to become an activist and works against human trafficking and abduction. In 2011, she became the founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

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Loretta Young
(Actress)
Loretta Young
18
Birthdate: January 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 12, 2000

Loretta Young began as a child actor. She later won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Katrin "Katy" Holstrum in The Farmer's Daughter and earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in Come to the Stable. Fans also loved her in the Emmy-winning series The Loretta Young Show.

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Zach Wilson
(American football player)
Zach Wilson
24
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Amanda Righetti
16
Birthdate: April 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Amanda Righetti is best known as Grace Van Pelt from the series The Mentalist. She has also starred in the horror films Friday the 13th and Return to House on Haunted Hill. Fans also loved her as Maddie Kenner in the series Colony and as Hailey Nichol in The O.C.
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Matthew Davis
(Actor)
Matthew Davis
16
Birthdate: May 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Tony Finau
(Professional Golfer)
Tony Finau
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo

Tony Finau is an American professional golfer who has won two PGA Tours and one Korn Ferry Tour so far in his career. In September 2021, Tony Finau participated in the 2021 Ryder Cup in Kohler, Wisconsin, where he represented the U.S. team. Although he lost his match against English golfer Ian Poulter, the U.S. team went on to win.

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Jerry Buss
(Businessman Known Worldwide as the Former Owner of the 'Los Angeles Lakers' Basketball Franchise)
Jerry Buss
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 18, 2013
Legendary LA Lakers co-owner Jerry Buss lived through a poverty-stricken childhood during the Great Depression. Growing up working odd jobs, he also once quit school to work for the railroads. He grew up to be a chemist and later also taught chemistry, before investing in real estate.
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Witney Carson
(Dancer. Choreographer)
Witney Carson
13
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Kim Peek
(Megasavant)
Kim Peek
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 19, 2009

Kim Peek was a savant who suffered from the rare genetic syndrome, FG syndrome. Often called a “megasavant,” he had an exceptional memory and appeared in many documentaries. He was the inspiration for the character of Raymond Babbitt in the film Rain Man. He was born with macrocephaly and damage to the cerebellum and experienced considerable social difficulties. 

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Cael Sanderson
(American Former Folkstyle and Freestyle Wrestler and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Cael Sanderson
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini

Former wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson, who now coaches the wrestling team of Penn State University, has also coached Iowa State. Born to BYU wrestler Steve Sanderson, he grew up with his three brothers, who are also wrestlers. He became the second wrestler to win four NCAA championships.

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John Browning
(Firearms Designer)
John Browning
20
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 23, 1855
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: November 26, 1926
 24 
Lucky Blue Smith
(Model & Musician)
Lucky Blue Smith
21
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Mike Lookinland
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Birthdate: December 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Lola Van Wagenen
(Historian and Co-Founder of ‘Consumer Action Now’)
Lola Van Wagenen
5
Birthdate: 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Lola Van Wagenen is an American historian who is credited with co-founding non-profit educational organizations like Consumer Action Now (CAN) and Clio Visualizing History, Inc. Consumer Action Now went on to establish several environmental education and consumer-oriented programs in an attempt to raise awareness about the effects of consumers' buying habits on the environment.

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Stephen Covey
(Educator, Author)
Stephen Covey
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 24, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 16, 2012
 28 
Evan McMullin
(Politician)
Evan McMullin
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
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Robert Walker
(Actor)
Robert Walker
2
Birthdate: October 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 28, 1951
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Patrick Fugit
(Actor)
Patrick Fugit
3
Birthdate: October 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Byron Scott
(American basketball coach)
Byron Scott
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Jaime Bergman
(Model and Actress)
Jaime Bergman
12
Birthdate: September 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra

Model/actor Jaime Bergman was featured as the Playboy Playmate of the Month in the magazine’s 45th anniversary issue. She also gained fame for her performance as BJ Cummings in the Baywatch spoof series Son of the Beach. She also co-owns a nail polish line with her husband, actor David Boreanaz.

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Lindsay Arnold
(Professional Dancer)
Lindsay Arnold
13
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Jade Chynoweth
(American Actress and Dancer)
Jade Chynoweth
17
Birthdate: August 21, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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John Collins
(Basketball player)
John Collins
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
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Bryan Dechart
5
Birthdate: March 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Ted Ligety
(American Alpine Ski Racer and a Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Ted Ligety
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Esther Hicks
(Writer)
Esther Hicks
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Gedde Watanabe
3
Birthdate: June 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Gene Fullmer
(Boxer)
Gene Fullmer
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 27, 2015
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 41 
Craig Venter
(American Biotechnologist and Businessman)
Craig Venter
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra

Craig Venter biotechnologist and businessman best known for leading the first draft sequence of the human genome. He is the founder of Celera Genomics and the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) and the co-founder of Human Longevity Inc.  He received the Dan David Prize for his contribution to genome research and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. 

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John Gilbert
(Actor)
John Gilbert
4
Birthdate: July 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 9, 1936
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Marie Windsor
(Actress)
Marie Windsor
4
Birthdate: December 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 10, 2000
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 44 
Trieste Kelly Dunn
(Actress)
Trieste Kelly Dunn
5
Birthdate: January 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Parley Baer
(Actor)
Parley Baer
5
Birthdate: August 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 22, 2002
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Neal Cassady
(Major Figure of the 'Beat Generation' of the 1950s and the 'Psychedelic' and 'Counterculture' Movements of the 1960s)
Neal Cassady
12
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 4, 1968
 47 
Chrissy Teigen
(Model, Television Personality and Host of Reality Show 'Lip Sync Battle')
Chrissy Teigen
64
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Christine Teigen, the American model, television personality, author and entrepreneur, has been the face of Gillette Venus, Olay, Nike, Gap Factory and a host of other such campaigns. She has also hosted shows for TMZ, MTV and others and has appeared in TV series like the ‘The Mindy Project’. Plus, she has written recipe books and has released a clothing line.

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Christine Cavanaugh
(Actor, Television actor)
Christine Cavanaugh
6
Birthdate: August 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 22, 2014
 49 
Shaun McBride
(Snapchat Star)
Shaun McBride
72
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: July 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
 50 
Tom Chambers
(Basketball player)
Tom Chambers
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)