Famous People From West Virginia

West Virginia is a state of great historic importance. The presence of mountains and several hilly terrains has made this a popular haven for mining since many years. The state is also known for being a home to several renowned celebrities of today. TV host and writer Steve Harvey, Confederate Leader Thomas Jackson as well as actor and voiceover artist Brad Dourif are eminent personalities from West Virginia. It is believed that these personalities and several yesteryear celebs shared a special bond with their hometown – West Virginia. Steve has hosted several acclaimed television shows such as ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show’, ‘Family Feud’ and ‘Little Big Shots’ as well as many others. He is also the writer of the bestseller ‘Act Like A Lady. Think Like A Man’. People who still remember their history lessons would probably be aware of Confederate General Thomas Jackson’s role in the American Civil War. For those of you who don’t know, here are the names of other distinguished personalities from West Virginia.

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 1 Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 2 John Forbes Nash Jr.

John Forbes Nash Jr.
6
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 23, 2015

 3 Randy Moss

Randy Moss
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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 4 Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: August 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 24, 2020
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 5 Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: January 21, 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 10, 1863

 6 Jerry West

Jerry West
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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 7 Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Test Pilot
Birthdate: February 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 7, 2020
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 8 John Corbett

John Corbett
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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 9 Brad Dourif

Brad Dourif
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 10 Conchata Ferrell

Conchata Ferrell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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 11 Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: January 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 4'9" (145 cm)

 12 Katie Lee

Katie Lee
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Listed In: Food Experts
Famous As: Cook, Author, journalist
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 13 Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthdate: January 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 14 Patsy Ramsey

Patsy Ramsey
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Beauty Pageant Winner
Birthdate: December 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 24, 2006
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 15 Joyce DeWitt

Joyce DeWitt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 16 George Brett

George Brett
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: May 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 17 Deron Williams

Deron Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 18 Jessica Lynch

Jessica Lynch
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: April 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
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 19 Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 20 Carwood Lipton

Carwood Lipton
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: United States Army Officer
Birthdate: January 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 16, 2001
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 21 Nick Saban

Nick Saban
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 22 Pearl Buck

Pearl Buck
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: American writer
Birthdate: June 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 6, 1973
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 23 Cynthia Germanotta

Cynthia Germanotta
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessperson, Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 24 Chris Sarandon

Chris Sarandon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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 25 Devil Anse Hatfield

Devil Anse Hatfield
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Patriarch of the Hatfield Clan
Birthdate: September 9, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 6, 1921

 26 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 27 Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo

 28 Morgan Spurlock

Morgan Spurlock
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: November 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 29 Brianna Wu

Brianna Wu
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Video Game Developer
Birthdate: July 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 30 Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Aerospace Engineer
Birthdate: February 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
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 31 Jimbo Fisher

Jimbo Fisher
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football coach
Birthdate: October 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra

 32 Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 19, 2017
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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 33 Joanne Dru

Joanne Dru
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 10, 1996
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 34 Paul Dooley

Paul Dooley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 35 Bob Huggins

Bob Huggins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: September 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 36 Aaron Staton

Aaron Staton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 37 Gino Marchetti

Gino Marchetti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 29, 2019
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 38 Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: January 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 39 Ryan Switzer

Ryan Switzer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 40 O. J. Mayo

O. J. Mayo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: November 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 41 Bobby Campo

Bobby Campo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 42 Peter Marshall (Entertainer)

Peter Marshall (Entertainer)
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Birthdate: March 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 43 Mike D'Antoni

Mike D'Antoni
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 44 Harry R. Truman

Harry R. Truman
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: October 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 18, 1980

 45 Jimmy Dickens

Jimmy Dickens
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 2, 2015
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)

 46 Chris Stirewalt

Chris Stirewalt
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 47 Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 48 Shelley Moore Capito

Shelley Moore Capito
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 49 George Armitage Miller

George Armitage Miller
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 22, 2012

 50 Harry F. Byrd

Harry F. Byrd
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Famous As: Politician, Publisher
Birthdate: June 10, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 20, 1966