Famous People From West Virginia

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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
(Comedian, Actor and TV Host)
Steve Harvey
57
Birthdate: January 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 2 
Randy Moss
(One of the Greatest and Most Talented Football Wide Receivers of All Time)
Randy Moss
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 3 
John Forbes Nash Jr.
(Mathematician)
John Forbes Nash Jr.
31
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 23, 2015
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Jerry West
(American Basketball Executive and Former Player)
Jerry West
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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 5 
Katherine Johnson
(Mathematician and One of the First African-American Women to Work as a NASA Scientist)
Katherine Johnson
71
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 24, 2020
 6 
Stonewall Jackson
(One of the Best-Known Confederate Commanders During the American Civil War)
Stonewall Jackson
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 21, 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 10, 1863
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John Corbett
(Actor and Country Music Singer)
John Corbett
13
Birthdate: May 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 8 
Chuck Yeager
(American Test Pilot and the First Air Force Officer to Exceed the Speed of Sound in Flight)
Chuck Yeager
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 7, 2020
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 9 
Brad Douglas Paisley
(Country Music Singer and Songwriter)
Brad Douglas Paisley
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 10 
Mary Lou Retton
(American Retired Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Mary Lou Retton
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 4'9" (145 cm)
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Brad Dourif
9
Birthdate: March 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 12 
Conchata Ferrell
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Berta’ in the TV Series ‘Two and a Half Men’)
Conchata Ferrell
16
Birthdate: March 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 12, 2020
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Chris Sarandon
5
Birthdate: July 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 14 
Lou Holtz
( Former American Football Player, Coach, and Analyst)
Lou Holtz
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 15 
Jason Williams
(Former Basketball player at point guard)
Jason Williams
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 16 
Nick Saban
(One of the Greatest College Football Coaches of All Time)
Nick Saban
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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 17 
George Brett
(Baseball Player)
George Brett
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 18 
Joyce DeWitt
(Actress and Comedian Known for Her Role as ‘Janet Wood’ in the TV Series ‘Three's Company')
Joyce DeWitt
8
Birthdate: April 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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 19 
Katie Lee
(Cook, Author, journalist)
Katie Lee
3
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 20 
Deron Williams
(Basketball player)
Deron Williams
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Jessica Lynch
(Soldier)
Jessica Lynch
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
 22 
Carwood Lipton
(United States Army Officer)
Carwood Lipton
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 16, 2001
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Jimbo Fisher
(American Football coach)
Jimbo Fisher
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
 24 
Josh Stewart
(Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series ‘Dirt’, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Third Watch’)
Josh Stewart
5
Birthdate: February 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Pearl Buck
(Winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Pearl Buck
4
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 6, 1973
 26 
Cynthia Germanotta
(American Philanthropist, President of the ‘Born This Way Foundation’ and Mother of Singer Lady Gaga)
Cynthia Germanotta
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Morgan Spurlock
(Film director)
Morgan Spurlock
3
Birthdate: November 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 28 
Homer Hickam
(Aerospace Engineer)
Homer Hickam
2
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: February 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Henry Louis Gates Jr.
(Literary Critic and Scholar Who Became Popular for His Pioneering Theories of African and African-American Literature)
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
5
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 30 
Joanne Dru
(Actress)
Joanne Dru
5
Birthdate: January 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 10, 1996
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Bernie Casey
4
Birthdate: June 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 19, 2017
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 32 
Joe Manchin
(United States Senator from West Virginia)
Joe Manchin
24
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Paul Dooley
3
Birthdate: February 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 34 
O. J. Mayo
(Basketball Player)
O. J. Mayo
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 35 
Bob Huggins
(Basketball coach)
Bob Huggins
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 36 
Gino Marchetti
(American Football Player)
Gino Marchetti
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 29, 2019
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 37 
Thomas Massie
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 4th District )
Thomas Massie
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 38 
Ryan Switzer
(American football player)
Ryan Switzer
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Peter Marshall (Entertainer)
1
Birthdate: March 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 40 
Harry R. Truman
(Businessman)
Harry R. Truman
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 18, 1980
 41 
Mike D'Antoni
(Basketball player)
Mike D'Antoni
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 42 
Jimmy Dickens
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 2, 2015
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
 43 
Bobby Campo
5
Birthdate: March 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 44 
Aaron Staton
5
Birthdate: August 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 45 
David Selby
3
Birthdate: February 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 46 
Chris Stirewalt
(American Political News Commentator and Editor for Newsnation)
Chris Stirewalt
2
Birthdate: November 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 47 
Kathy Mattea
(Singer-songwriter)
Kathy Mattea
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 48 
Basil L. Plumley
(Military personnel)
Basil L. Plumley
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 10, 2012
 49 
Brianna Wu
(Video Game Developer)
Brianna Wu
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 50 
George Armitage Miller
3
Birthdate: February 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 22, 2012