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Famous People from Kentucky
Biographies, Famous People from Kentucky
Muhammad Ali (1942 - ) World
heavyweight champion of boxing; born in
Alben W. Barkley (1877 - 1956) Vice
president; born in Graves County.
James Bowie (1796 - 1836) Known
for his famous "Bowie knife" and a sometimes
reckless adventurer, Jim Bowie is now
immortalized as one of the true folk heroes
in early Texas; born near Spring Creek.
Kit Carson (1809 - 1868), Scout
and Indian agent; born in Madison County.
George Clooney (1961 - ) Actor made
famous in the television show ER; born in
Jefferson Davis (1808 - 1889)
President of the Confederate States of
America; born in Todd County
Johnny Depp (1963 - ) - Famous
actor; born in Owensoboro.
- Irene Dunne (1898 - 1990)
Actress; born in Louisville.
Duncan Hines (1880 - 1959) Founder
of Duncan Hines company; born in Bowling
Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865) The 16th
President of the United States; born in
Loretta Lynn (1935 - ) Country
music singer; born in Butcher Holler.
Bill Monroe (1911 - 1996)
Songwriter, considered the "father of
bluegrass"; born in Jerusalem Ridge.
Harold "Pee Wee" Reese (1918 -
1999) Baseball shortstop with Brooklyn
Dodgers; born in Ekron.
Colonel Harland Sanders (1890 -
1980) Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken;
lived in Corbin
Diane Sawyer (1945 - ) The first
female reporter on 60 Minutes; born in
Jim Varney (1949 - 2000) -
Actor/Comedian. Best known for his
portrayal of Ernest P. Worrell; born in
Robert Penn Warren (1905 - 1989)
Author known for works such as All the
King's Men and Band of Angels; born in
More Famous People of Kentucky
- Louis D. Brandeis jurist,
- John Mason Brown critic,
- Champ Clark politician, Anderson
- Rosemary Clooney singer,
- Irvin S. Cobb humorist, Paducah
- Crystal Gayle singer, Paintsville
- David W. Griffith film producer,
- Casey Jones locomotive engineer,
- Brian Littrell singer, Lexington
- Carry Amelia Nation temperance
leader, Garrard Cty
- Patricia Neal actress, Packard
- Kevin Richardson singer,
- Wiley B. Rutledge jurist,
- Allen Tate poet and critic,
- Hunter Thompson writer,
- Frederick M. Vinson jurist,
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