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This List of people from Florida includes people who were born, raised or lived in the state of Florida for a good part of their lives.

Explorers, pioneers, scientists and military

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Chester R. Bender (1914–1996) First Florida resident to graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy Raised in Plant City
Roy Geiger (1885–1947) Marine Corps General during World War II Born in Middleburg
Joseph Kittinger (1928-) Aviation and Space Flight Pioneer Born in Tampa
John Young (1930-) Navy Fighter Pilot and NASA Apollo Astronaut Raised in Orlando

Government and politics

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Alan Stephenson Boyd (1922-) First United States Secretary of Transportation Born in Jacksonville
Corrine Brown (1946-) Congresswoman Born in Jacksonville
Lawton Chiles (1930–1998) Former Governor of Florida Born in Polk County
Jim Davis (1957-) Florida Congressman and former candidate for governor Born in Tampa
John Delaney (1956-) Former Mayor of Jacksonville Resides in Jacksonville
Buddy Dyer Mayor of Orlando Born in Orlando
Mark Foley (1954-) Former Congressman Raised in Lake Worth
Bob Graham (1936-) Former United States Senator and Governor of Florida Born in Miami
Katherine Harris (1957-) Congresswoman Born in Key West
Bob Martinez (1934-) Former Governor of Florida Born in Tampa
Bill McCollum (1944-) Former Congressman and current Attorney General of Florida Born in Brooksville
Bill Nelson (1942-) United States Senator Born in Miami
Alex Penelas (1961-) Former Mayor of Miami Lived in Miami
Janet Reno (1938-) Former Attorney General of the United States Born in Miami

Movies and television

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Aisha Khalif (2000-) movie actress and super model Born in Ocala
Amanda Bearse (1958-) movie and Television Actress Born in Winter Park
Wayne Brady (1972-) Television Personality and Comedian Born in Orlando
Delta Burke (1956-) Television Actress Born in Orlando
Tom Byrd (1960-) Television Actor (NBC's Boone) Born in Philippine Islands; reared in Florida
Diana Canova (1953-) Actress Born in West Palm Beach
Conlan Carter (1934-) Actor (Combat! and The Law and Mr. Jones on ABC) Born in Arkansas; formerly resided in Naples
Mark Consuelos (1970-) Television Actor Raised in Tampa
Merian C. Cooper (1893–1973) movie Director, Screenwriter, and Producer Born in Jacksonville
Brittany Daniel (1976-) Television and movie Actress Born in Gainesville
Greg Davis Jr. (1984-) Television Actor Born in Orlando
Johnny Depp (1963-) movie Actor Raised in Miramar
Faye Dunaway (1941-) Academy Award-Winning Actress Born in Bascom
Gail Edwards (1952 -) movie and Television Actress Born and raised in Coral Gables
Alex Fernandez (1967-) movie and Television Actor Born in Miami
Stepin Fetchit (1902–1985) movie Actor and Comedian Born in Key West
Robert Gant (1968-) Television Actor Born in Tampa
Joanna García (1979-) movie and Television Actress Born in Tampa
Nicole Garza (1982-) movie and Television Actress Born in Miami
Matt Gerald movie and Television Actor Born in Miami
Malcolm Gets (1963-) Actor Raised in Gainesville
Skyler Gisondo (1996-) movie and Television Teen Actor Born in Palm Beach County
Mel Gorham (1959-) Actress Born in Coral Gables
Carla Gugino (1973-) movie and Television Actress Born in Sarasota
Tony Hale (1970-) movie and Television Actor Grew up in Tallahassee
Darrell Hammond (1955-) Television Comedian from Saturday Night Live Born in Melbourne
Gina Hecht (1953-) TV and movie actress Born in Winter Park
Wanda Hendrix (1928–1981) movie Actress Born in Jacksonville
Catherine Hickland (1956-) Soap Opera Actress Born in Fort Lauderdale
Cheryl Hines (1965-) Television Actress Born in Miami Beach
Crystal Hunt (1985-) Soap Opera Actress Born in Clearwater
Jonathan Jackson (1982-) Actor Born in Orlando
Carter Jenkins (1991-) movie and Television Actor Born in Tampa
Sarah Jones (1983-) movie and Television Actress Born in Winter Springs
Lawrence Kasdan (1949-) movie director and screenwriter Born in Miami
Arielle Kebbel (1985-) movie and Televistion Actress Born in Winter Park
Catherine Keener (1960-) Actress Born in Miami
Chris Marquette (1984-) movie and Television Actor Born in Stuart
DeLane Matthews (1961-) Television Actress Born in Rockledge
Butterfly McQueen (1911–1995) movie and Television Actress Born in Tampa
Leighton Meester (1986-) movie and Television Actress Grew up in Marco Island
Mandy Moore (1984-) Actress & Singer-Songwriter Grew up in Longwood
Jessica Morris (1980-) Soap Opera Actress Born in Jacksonville
Summer Phoenix (1978-) Actress and Model Born in Winter Park
Danny Pino (1974-) movie and Television Actor Born and raised in Miami
Sidney Poitier (1927-) Academy Award-Winning Actor Born in Miami
Brett Ratner (1969-) movie and Music Video Director Born and raised in Miami Beach
Monica Raymund (1986-) Television Actress Born in St. Petersburg
Ashley Rickards (1992-) TV actress Born in Sarasota
Stephen Root (1951-) movie and Television Actor Born in Sarasota
Bob Ross (1942–1995) Television Presenter and Artist Born in Daytona Beach
Rick Sanchez (1958-) Host of CNN's Rick's List Grew up in Hialeah
Pat Skipper (1958-) movie and Television Actor Born in Lakeland
Wesley Snipes (1962-) Actor and movie Producer Born in Orlando
Rachel Specter (1980-) movie and Television Actress Born in Tampa
Kirsten Storms (1984-) Television Actress Born in Orlando
Ben Vereen (1946-) Actor, Dancer and Singer Born in Miami
Bob Vila (1946-) Television Home Improvement Personality Born in Miami
Hugh Wilson (1943-) movie Director Born in Miami

Literature

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Dave Barry (1947-) Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist and Best Selling Author Lives and does most of his writing in Miami
Pat Frank (1907–1964) Author most famous for Alas, Babylon Lived in Tangerine
Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961) Novelist, Short Story Writer, and Journalist Lived and wrote in Key West
Carl Hiaasen (1953-) Journalist and Novelist Born in Plantation
Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960) Author and Folklorist during the Harlem Renaissance Raised in Eatonville
James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) Author, Poet, and Civil Rights Activist Born in Jacksonville
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896–1953) Novelist and Short Story Writer Lived and wrote in Cross Creek, the setting for most of her work
Lillian Smith (1897–1966) Author and Social Critic Born in Jasper

Music

Name Notability Connection to Florida
George Acosta DJ Born in Miami
Mason "Mase" Betha (1977-) Rap artist Born in Jacksonville
Gary U.S. Bonds (1939-) Singer and songwriter Born in Jacksonville
Pat Boone (1934-) 1950s Rock and Roll singer Born in Jacksonville
Jo Ann Campbell (1938-) Pop singer Born in Jacksonville
Luther Campbell (1960-) Rap performer Born in Miami
Nick Carter Backstreet Boys singer Resides in Tampa
Aaron Carter Singer Born in Tampa
Lil' Wayne Rapper Resides in Miami - but from Louisiana
Khia Chambers (1970-) Rap artist Raised in Tampa
Easton Corbin Country music singer Born in Trenton
Carter Cornelius (1948–1991) R&B artist; lead singer of Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose Born in Dania
Billy Daniels (1915–1988) Big band singer and actor Born in Jacksonville
Jason Derülo (1989-) Pop and R&B singer Born in Miami
Tramar "Flo Rida" Dillard (1979-) Rap artist Born in Opa-Locka
Fred Durst (1970-) Lead singer of Limp Bizkit Born in Jacksonville
Greg Eklund (1970-) Drummer for Everclear Born in Jacksonville
Gloria Estefan (1957-) Grammy Award-winning singer Raised in Miami
Willa Ford (1981-) Pop Singer Born/Raised in Ruskin
Brooke Hogan (1988-) Singer and Rapper Born/Raised in Tampa
J. Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954) Composer and singer during the Harlem Renaissance Born in Jacksonville
Sean Kingston (1990-) Reggae Fusion Singer and Rapper Born in Miami
Frances Langford (1913–2005) Singer and radio star Born in Lakeland
James MacDonough (1970-) Bass guitarist Born in Jacksonville
Raul Malo (1965-) Country music singer and songwriter Born in Miami
AJ McLean (1978-) Singer Born in West Palm Beach
Mandy Moore (1984-) Singer and Actress Raised and lives in Orlando
Jim Morrison (1943–1971) Singer, songwriter, and poet Born in Melbourne
Faheem "T-Pain" Najim (1985-) Rap artist Born in Tallahassee
Jacki-O (198?-) Rap artist Born in Miami
Jaco Pastorius (1951–1987) Jazz bassist, former member of Weather Report Lived in Fort Lauderdale until his death
Armando "Pitbull" Pérez (1981-) Rap artist Born in Miami
Tom Petty (1950-) Musician Born in Gainesville
Rick Ross (1977-) Rap artist Born in Carol City
Markus Schulz DJ Resides in Miami
Verick "Smitty" Smith (1982-) Rap artist Born in Miami
Scott Stapp (1973-) Singer and songwriter Born in Orlando
Katrina "Trina" Taylor (1978-) Rap artist Born in Miami
Johnny Tillotson (1939-) Singer and songwriter Born in Jacksonville
Claude "Butch" Trucks (1947-) Drummer of the Allman Brothers Band Born in Jacksonville
Robert 'Vanilla Ice' Van Winkle Rap artist Moved to Miami at 16, currently resides in Wellington
Donnie Van Zant (1952-) Lead singer of .38 Special Born in Jacksonville
Ronnie Van Zant (1948–1977) Lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd Born in Jacksonville
Scooter Ward (1970-) Lead singer of Cold Born in Jacksonville
Danielle White (1992-) Singer Raised in Bradenton
Maurice "Trick Daddy" Young (1975-) Rap artist Born in Miami

Science and technology

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Philip Don Estridge (1937–1985) Led the development of the IBM Personal Computer Born in Jacksonville; lived and worked in Boca Raton
John Archibald Wheeler (1911–2008) Theoretical Physicist Born in Jacksonville

Sports

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Chucky Atkins (1974-) Professional basketball player Born in Orlando
Gilbert Arenas (1982-) Professional basketball player Born in Tampa
Alex Avila (1987-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Hialeah
Wade Boggs (1958-) Professional baseball player Lives in Tampa
Boof Bonser (1981-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in St. Petersburg
Dwayne Bowe (1984-) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami
Steve Carlton (1944-) Major League Baseball pitcher Born in Miami
Vince Carter (1977-) Professional basketball player Born in Daytona Beach
Kevin Cash (1977-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Tampa
John Chaney (1932-) College basketball coach Born in Jacksonville
Laveranues Coles (1977-) Professional American football player Born in Jacksonville
Daunte Culpepper (1977-) Professional American football quarterback Born in Ocala
Johnny Damon (1974-) Major League Baseball All-Star Outfielder Grew up in Orlando
Wade Davis (1985-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Lake Wales
Keyon Dooling (1980-) Professional basketball player Born in Fort Lauderdale
Elvis Dumervil (1984-) Professional football linebacker Born in Miami
David Duval (1971-) Professional golfer Born in Jacksonville
Dave Eiland (1966-) Professional pitching coach Born in Dade City
Jeff Fulchino (1979-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Titusville
Alonzo Gee (1987-) Professional basketball player Born in Riviera Beach
Gio Gonzalez (1985-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Hialeah
Luis Gonzalez (1967-) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tampa
Dwight Gooden (1964-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Tampa
Nick Green (1978-) Professional baseball player Born in Pensacola
Zack Greinke (1983-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Orlando
Al Harris (1974-) Professional football cornerback Born in Pompano Beach
Udonis Haslem (1980-) Professional basketball player Born in Miami
Bob Hayes (1942–2002) Track and Field athlete and professional American football player Born in Jacksonville
Geno Hayes (1987-) Professional football linebacker Born and raised in Greenville
Mario Henderson (1984-) Professional football offensive tackle Born in Lehigh Acres
Devin Hester (1982-) Professional football wide receiver and punt returner Born and raised in Riviera Beach
Hulk Hogan (1953-) Professional wrestler and television star Grew up in Tampa
Eric Hurley (1985-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Jacksonville
Michael Irvin (1966-) Professional American football player Born in Fort Lauderdale
Jamaal Jackson (1980-) Professional football center Born in Miami
Mike Jenkins (1985-) Professional American football player Grew up in Bradenton
Andre Johnson (1981-) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami
Bruce Johnson (1987-) Professional football cornerback Born in Live Oak
Chris Johnson (1985-) Professional football running back Born in Orlando
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (1972-) Professional wrestler and actor Lives in Miami
Gartrell Johnson (1986-) Professional football running back Born in Miami
Howard Johnson (1960-) Professional baseball player Born in Clearwater
Chipper Jones (1972-) Professional baseball player Born in Deland
Hunter Jones (1984-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Palm Beach Gardens
Roy Jones Jr. (1969-) Former boxing champion Born in Pensacola
Solomon Jones (1984-) Professional basketball player Born in Eustis
Matt Joyce (1984-) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tampa
Kelly Kelly (1987-) WWE Diva Born in Jacksonville
Howard Kendrick (1983-) Professional baseball second baseman Born in Jacksonville
Jeff Keppinger (1980-) Professional baseball player Born in Miami
Casey Kotchman (1983-) Professional baseball first baseman Born in St. Petersburg
Matt LaPorta (1985-) Professional baseball first baseman Born in Port Charlotte
Tony La Russa (1944-) Professional baseball manager Born and raised in Tampa
Ray Lewis (1975-) Professional American football player Born in Bartow
Jesse Litsch (1985-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Pinellas Park
Dave Magadan (1962-) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa
Olindo Mare (1973-) Professional football placekicker Born in Hollywood
Tino Martinez (1967-) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa
Jeff Mathis (1983-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Marianna
Michelle McCool (1980-) WWE Diva Born and lives in Palatka
Mark McCumber (1951-) Professional golfer Born in Jacksonville
Willis McGahee (1981-) Professional American football player Born in Miami
Tracy McGrady (1979-) Professional basketball player Born in Bartow
Jason Michaels (1976-) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tampa
Santana Moss (1979-) Professional American football player Born in Miami
Louis Murphy (1987-) Professional football wide receiver Born in St. Petersburg
Brett Myers (1980-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Jacksonville
Mike Napoli (1981-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Hollywood
Stephen Nicholas (1983-) Professional football linebacker Born in Jacksonville
Chad Ochocinco (1978-) Professional American football player Born in Miami
Darren O'Day (1982-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Jacksonville
Jonathan Papelbon (1980-) Professional baseball pitcher Grew up in Jacksonville
Dimitri Patterson (1983-) Professional football cornerback Born in Orlando
Eric Patterson (1983-) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tallahassee
Ryan Pickett (1979-) Professional football nose tackle Born and raised in Zephyrhills
AJ Pierzynski (1976-) Professional baseball catcher Raised in Orlando
Ryan Raburn (1981-) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa
Tim Raines (1959-) Professional baseball player Born in Sanford
Jay Ratliff (1981-) Professional football nose tackle Born in St. Petersburg
Chris Ray (1982-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Tampa
Alex Rodriguez (1975-) Professional baseball player Partly raised in Miami
Sean Rodriguez (1985-) Professional baseball second baseman Born in Miami
Chris Sale (1989-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Lakeland
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1985-) Professional baseball catcher Born in West Palm Beach
Warren Sapp (1972-) Professional American football player Born in Orlando
Lito Sheppard (1981-) Professional American football player Born in Jacksonville
Scot Shields (1975-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Fort Lauderdale
Brandon Siler (1985-) Professional football linebacker Born in Daytona Beach
Emmitt Smith (1969-) Professional American football player Born in Pensacola
Kevin Smith (1986-) Professional football running back Born in Miami
Mike Smith (1959-) Professional football head coach Raised in Daytona Beach
Chris Snelling (1981-) Professional Baseball player Born in North Miami
Denard Span (1984-) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa
Matthew Stafford (1988-) Professional football quarterback Born in Tampa
Steve Spurrier (1945-) American football player and coach Born in Miami Beach
Amar'e Stoudemire (1982-) Professional basketball player Born in Lake Wales
Antonio Tarver (1968-) Professional boxer Born in Tampa
Din Thomas (1976-) UFC Fighter Lives and trains in Port St. Lucie
Jason Varitek (1972-) Professional baseball player Grew up in Longwood
Tim Wakefield (1966-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Melbourne
Leon Washington (1982-) Professional football running back Born in Jacksonville
Leonard Weaver (1982-) Professional football fullback Born in Melbourne
Eric Weems (1985-) Professional football wide receiver Born in Daytona Beach
Bobby Wilson (1983-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Dunedin
LeeRoy Yarbrough (1938–1984) NASCAR driver Born in Jacksonville

Other

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Shannon Bream (1971-) Reporter for Fox News Grew up in Tallahassee
Carrot Top (1965-) Prop Comedian Born in Cocoa Beach
Fabiano Caruana (1992-) Youngest chess grandmaster in United States history Born in Miami
Janice Dickinson (1955-) Early Supermodel Raised in Hollywood
Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010) Estranged wife to John Edwards Born in Jacksonville
Abraham Lincoln Lewis (1865–1947) Businessman and Florida's first African-American millionaire Born in Madison
Charles E. Merrill (1885–1956) Founder of Merrill Lynch Born in Green Cove Springs
Chris Myers (1959-) Sportscaster Born in Miami
Carolyn Murphy (1973-) Supermodel Born in Fort Walton Beach
A. Philip Randolph (1889–1979) Civil Rights activist Born in Crescent City
Krissy Taylor(1978–1995) Model Born in Miami
Niki Taylor (1975-) Model Born in Miami
Norman Thagard (1943-) NASA Astronaut Lives and works in Tallahassee
Hugo Vihlen (1931-) Record-breaking solo sailor Born in Florida; lived in Homestead
Jimmy Wales (1966-) Founding member of the Wikimedia Foundation Resides in St. Petersburg

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