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
(TV Host)

Steve Harvey
37
Birthdate: January 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 2 
John Forbes Nash Jr.
(Mathematician)

John Forbes Nash Jr.
22
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 23, 2015

 3 
Randy Moss
(American football player)

Randy Moss
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Jerry West
(Basketball player)

Jerry West
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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 5 
Katherine Johnson
(Mathematician)

Katherine Johnson
56
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 24, 2020

 6 
Stonewall Jackson
(Military leader)

Stonewall Jackson
15
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 21, 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 10, 1863
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 7 
Chuck Yeager
(Test Pilot)

Chuck Yeager
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 7, 2020
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 8 

John Corbett
10
Birthdate: May 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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 9 
Brad Douglas Paisley
(Singer-songwriter)

Brad Douglas Paisley
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 10 

Brad Dourif
8
Birthdate: March 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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 11 
Mary Lou Retton
(Artistic gymnast)

Mary Lou Retton
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 4'9" (145 cm)

 12 

Conchata Ferrell
12
Birthdate: March 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 12, 2020
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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 13 

Chris Sarandon
4
Birthdate: July 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 14 
Jason Williams
(Former Basketball player at point guard)

Jason Williams
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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 15 
Lou Holtz
(American Football Player)

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

 16 
George Brett
(Baseball Player)

George Brett
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 17 
Joyce DeWitt
(Actress)

Joyce DeWitt
7
Birthdate: April 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 18 
Katie Lee
(Cook, Author, journalist)

Katie Lee
2
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 19 
Nick Saban
(Regarded as the Greatest American Football Coach in the College Football History)

Nick Saban
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 20 
Deron Williams
(Basketball player)

Deron Williams
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Josh Stewart
5
Birthdate: February 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 22 
Jessica Lynch
(Soldier)

Jessica Lynch
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
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 23 
Carwood Lipton
(United States Army Officer)

Carwood Lipton
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 16, 2001

 24 
Cynthia Germanotta
(Businessperson, Philanthropist)

Cynthia Germanotta
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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 25 
Pearl Buck
(American writer)

Pearl Buck
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 6, 1973

 26 
O. J. Mayo
(Basketball Player)

O. J. Mayo
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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 27 
Homer Hickam
(Aerospace Engineer)

Homer Hickam
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: February 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces

 28 
Devil Anse Hatfield
(Patriarch of the Hatfield Clan)

Devil Anse Hatfield
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 9, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 6, 1921
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 29 
Patsy Ramsey
(Beauty Pageant Winner)

Patsy Ramsey
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 24, 2006

 30 
Morgan Spurlock
(Film director)

Morgan Spurlock
3
Birthdate: November 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 31 

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
4
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 32 
Bob Huggins
(Basketball coach)

Bob Huggins
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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 33 
Joanne Dru
(Actress)

Joanne Dru
3
Birthdate: January 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 10, 1996
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 34 
Joe Manchin
(Politician)

Joe Manchin
19
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo

 35 

Bernie Casey
2
Birthdate: June 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 19, 2017
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 36 
Jimbo Fisher
(American Football coach)

Jimbo Fisher
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra

 37 

Paul Dooley
3
Birthdate: February 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 38 
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)
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 39 

Aaron Staton
4
Birthdate: August 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 40 
Thomas Massie
(Inventor)

Thomas Massie
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 41 
Ryan Switzer
(American football player)

Ryan Switzer
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

Peter Marshall (Entertainer)
1
Birthdate: March 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 43 

Bobby Campo
4
Birthdate: March 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 44 
Mike D'Antoni
(Basketball player)

Mike D'Antoni
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 45 

Jimmy Dickens
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 2, 2015
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)

 46 
Kathy Mattea
(Singer-songwriter)

Kathy Mattea
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 47 
Harry R. Truman
(Businessman)

Harry R. Truman
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 18, 1980

 48 

George Armitage Miller
1
Birthdate: February 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 22, 2012

 49 
Chris Stirewalt
(Journalist)

Chris Stirewalt
2
Birthdate: November 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 50 
Brianna Wu
(Video Game Developer)

Brianna Wu
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)