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The following are people who were either born/raised or have lived for a significant period of time in Missouri.

Art and literature

  • Helen Andelin (born 1920), author of Fascinating Womanhood
  • Maya Angelou (1928–2014), author and poet
  • Thomas P. Barnett (1870–1929), architect and impressionist painter
  • Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), painter
  • George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879), artist (born in Virginia but moved to central Missouri)
  • Edward McKendree Bounds (1835–1913), author and theologian
  • Mark Bowden (born 1951), author, journalist
  • William S. Burroughs (1914–1997), author
  • Kate Chopin (1851–1904), author (The Awakening) and early feminist
  • Lester Dent (1904–1959), author of Doc Savage novels
  • Suzette Haden Elgin (1936–2015), science-fiction author and linguist
  • T. S. Eliot (1888–1965), poet, dramatist and literary critic
  • Mary Engelbreit (born 1952), graphic artist, children's book illustrator
  • Michael Evans (1944–2005), photographer
  • Eugene Field (1850–1895), writer and poet
  • Gillian Flynn (born 1971), novelist, television critic
  • Martha Gellhorn (1908–1998), novelist, travel writer and journalist
  • William Least Heat-Moon (born 1939), author
  • Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988), science fiction author
  • Frederick Hibbard (1881–1950), sculptor known for his works of famous 19th century figures
  • Langston Hughes (1902–1967), African-American poet, novelist and playwright
  • William W. Johnstone (1938–2004), author of western, horror and survivalist novels
  • Donald Judd (1928–1994), artist
  • Jim Lee (born 1964), comic book artist and writer
  • David Limbaugh (born 1952), columnist, author, political commentator
  • Bernarr Macfadden (1868–1955), founder of Macfadden Publications, bodybuilding advocate
  • Dennis L. McKiernan (born 1932), author
  • Marianne Moore (1887–1972), poet and writer
  • Archie Musick (1902–1978), painter and illustrator, associated with the Regionalist movement
  • John R. Musick (1849–1901), author and poet, known for the Columbian Historical novels
  • Ruth Ann Musick (1897–1974), author and folklorist
  • H. Richard Niebuhr (1894–1962), author, theologian
  • Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971), author, theologian, political commentator
  • John Ross (born 1957), author
  • Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926), artist
  • Clay Shirky (born 1964), writer, consultant, lecturer, author of Here Comes Everybody
  • Kimora Lee Simmons, fashion model, author, actress
  • Sara Teasdale (1884–1933), poet
  • Kay Thompson (1909–1998), creator of Eloise children's books
  • Mark Twain (1835–1910), born Samuel Clemens, humorist, writer and lecturer
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957), writer and author of the Little House series
  • Tennessee Williams (1911–1983), playwright (born in Mississippi, grew up in St. Louis)
  • Daniel Woodrell (born 1953), author of crime fiction


Auto racing

  • Carl Edwards (born 1979), NASCAR driver, 2007 NASCAR Busch Series champion
  • Jamie McMurray (born 1976), NASCAR driver, Daytona 500 winner
  • Ken Schrader (born 1955), NASCAR driver
  • Kenny Wallace (born 1963), NASCAR driver, broadcaster
  • Mike Wallace (born 1959), NASCAR driver
  • Rusty Wallace (born 1956), NASCAR driver, 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup champion


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David Freese
Casey Stengel 1949
MLB Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel


Norm Stewart
"Stormin' Norman" Stewart in 1969


See also: List of Missouri state high school football champions
Don Faurot
Don Faurot
Jeremy Maclin


  • Amy Alcott (born 1956), professional golfer, member of World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Brandel Chamblee (born 1962), golfer
  • Tom Pernice, Jr. (born 1959), PGA Tour member
  • Judy Rankin (born 1945), professional golfer, member of World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Payne Stewart (1957–1999), golfer
  • Tom Watson (born 1949), Hall of Fame golfer, 8-time PGA Tour major champion

Ice hockey

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Chris Butler

Professional wrestling

Kane - ECW Champion
Glenn "Kane" Jacobs
Harley race
"Handsome" Harley Race
  • Freddie Blassie (1918–2003), wrestler and manager
  • "Bulldog" Bob Brown (1938–1997), wrestler and booker
  • Bob Geigel (born 1924), retired wrestler, promoter, and former NWA President
  • Glenn Jacobs (born 1967), ring name "Kane"; also an actor
  • Rufus R. Jones (1933–1993), NWA wrestler and businessman
  • Matthew Korklan (born 1983), ring names "Matt Sydal" and "Evan Bourne"
  • Sam Muchnick (1905–1998), founder of St. Louis Wrestling Club and co-founder of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)
  • Trevor Murdoch (born 1978), WWE tag team champion
  • Matt Murphy (born 1979), wrestler and author
  • Barry Orton, wrestler
  • "Cowboy" Bob Orton (born 1950), wrestler and member of WWE Hall of Fame; father of Randy Orton
  • Randy Orton (born 1980), third-generation pro wrestler
  • Harley Race (born 1943), 8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion; member of the WWE Hall of Fame, Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Lou Thesz (1916–2002), superstar of professional wrestling's "Golden Age"

Miscellaneous sports

  • Virgil Akins (1928–2011), welterweight boxing champion
  • Devon Alexander (born 1987), boxer, WBC and IBF Light Welterweight champion
  • Henry Armstrong (1912–1988), boxer, (born in Mississippi but grew up in St. Louis)
  • Butch Buchholz (born 1940), Hall of Fame tennis player
  • Christian Cantwell (born 1980), Olympian, world champion shot putter
  • Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls (born 1968), IFBB pro bodybuilder
  • Dwight F. Davis (1879–1945), tennis player, founder of the Davis Cup
  • Doris Hart (born 1925), Hall of Fame tennis player, winner of six Grand Slam singles titles
  • Bud Houser (1901–1994), three-time Olympic gold medalist in shotput and discus
  • Jack Jewsbury (born 1981), Major League Soccer player (Portland Timbers)
  • Ben A. Jones (1882–1961), Thoroughbred horse trainer
  • Horace A. "Jimmy" Jones (1906–2001), Thoroughbred horse trainer
  • Lesa Lewis (born 1967), IFBB professional bodybuilder
  • Conn McCreary (1921–1979), Hall of Fame jockey, winner of 1944 and 1951 Kentucky Derby
  • Chuck McKinley (1941–1986), Hall of Fame tennis player, 1963 Wimbledon champion
  • Helen Stephens (1918–1994), two-time gold medalist in track and field at 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Alex White (born 1988), mixed martial artist

Aviation and aerospace

  • Thomas Akers (born 1953), retired NASA astronaut; made four space shuttle flights
  • Jimmie Angel (1899–1956), discoverer and namesake of Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world's tallest waterfall
  • Melville W. Beardsley (1913–1998), aeronautical engineer who helped create the Hovercraft
  • Janet Kavandi (born 1959), scientist and NASA astronaut on three Space Shuttle missions
  • Bill Lear (1902–1978), founder of Lear Jet
  • Charles Lindbergh (1902–1974), aviator first solo non-stop trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, (born in Detroit, Michigan but lived in St. Louis)
  • James Smith McDonnell (1899–1980), founder of McDonnell Aircraft Corporation (later McDonnell Douglas), philanthropist


  • Roger E. Billings (born 1948), businessman and scientist; known for his pioneering work on hydrogen energy technologies
  • William Henry Ashley (1778–1838), founder of Rocky Mountain Fur Company, politician
  • Henry W. Bloch (born 1922), co-founder of H&R Block tax services
  • Richard Bloch (1926–2004), co-founder of H&R Block tax services
  • Adolphus Busch (1839–1913), founder of Anheuser-Busch (the world's largest brewer)
  • William H. Danforth (1870–1955), founder of Ralston Purina Company
  • John Doerr (born 1951), venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • James Buchanan Eads (1820–1887), civil engineer and inventor
  • Charles Eames (1907–1978), designer and architect
  • David Glass (born 1935), former President and CEO of Wal-Mart, owner of Kansas City Royals baseball team
  • Joyce Hall (1891–1982), founder of Hallmark Cards
  • William Preston Hall (1864–1932), circus empresario and animal broker
  • Howard R. Hughes, Sr. (1869–1924), oil drill bit and tool inventor; father of Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire
  • George M. Keller (1923–2008), chairman of Standard Oil Company of California in the 1980s
  • R. Crosby Kemper Jr. (born 1927), chairman emeritus UMB Financial Corporation, philanthropist
  • William Thornton Kemper, Sr. (1866–1938), patriarch of Kemper family railroad and banking empire which included Commerce Bancshares and United Missouri Bank
  • Ewing Kauffman (1916–1993), pharmaceutical magnate, philanthropist and founder of the Kansas City Royals baseball team
  • Rebecca Mark-Jusbasche (born 1954), former head of Enron International
  • N. O. Nelson (1844–1922), founder of the N. O. Nelson Manufacturing Company
  • Thomas F. O'Neil, chairman of RKO General studios, brought movies to television
  • J. C. Penney (1875–1971), businessman and entrepreneur
  • Rex Sinquefield (born 1944), financial executive who created Standard & Poor's first index fund, supporter of conservative political causes
  • John Sperling (1921–2014), businessman and founder of the University of Phoenix
  • Gerard Swope (1872–1957), president of General Electric
  • Jack C. Taylor (born 1923), founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, billionaire philanthropist
  • Sam Walton (1918–1992), founder of Wal-Mart
  • Robert E. Wood (1879–1969), vice-president of Sears Roebuck
  • Peter Youree (1843–1914), businessman in Shreveport, Louisiana; built first skyscraper there


Film, television and theater

  • Goodman Ace (1899–1982), television writer, radio host and comedian
  • Jane Ace (1897–1974), radio actress and host
  • Zoë Akins (1886–1958), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, poet
  • Robert Altman (1925–2006), film director, M*A*S*H, Nashville, Gosford Park
  • Ed Asner (born 1929), Emmy Award-winning actor, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant
  • Scott Bakula (born 1954), actor, Quantum Leap and Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Josephine Baker (1906–1975), dancer, singer, actress
  • Tisha Terrasini Banker (born 1973), actress
  • Ryan Michelle Bathe (born 1976), actress, Boston Legal, Army Wives, Retired at 35
  • John Beal (1909–1997), actor Les Miserables, Amityville 3-D
  • Gerry Becker (born 1951), actor
  • Noah Beery (1882–1946), actor, The Mark of Zorro
  • Wallace Beery (1885–1949), Oscar-winning actor, The Champ, Min and Bill
  • Rob Benedict (born 1970), actor, Felicity, Head Case, Threshold
  • Fred Berry (1951–2003), actor, What's Happening!!
  • Linda Blair (born 1959), actress, The Exorcist, Airport 1975
  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, screenwriter, Designing Women, Evening Shade
  • Andrea Bogart (born 1977), actress, General Hospital
  • Johnny Yong Bosch (born 1976), singer, actor, Eyeshine, Trigun, Power Rangers
  • Jeff Branson (born 1977), actor
  • Brent Briscoe (born 1961), actor, Yes Man, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Spider-Man 2
  • Kent Broadhurst (born 1940), actor
  • Norbert Leo Butz (born 1967), Tony Award-winning stage actor
  • Morris Carnovsky (1897–1992), actor, Edge of Darkness, Dead Reckoning
  • Conlan Carter (born 1934), actor, Combat!, The Law and Mr. Jones
  • Don Cheadle (born 1964), actor, Hotel Rwanda, Traffic, Boogie Nights, The Rat Pack
  • Anthony Cistaro (born 1963), actor, Charmed, Witchblade
  • Sarah Clarke (born 1972), actress, Nina Myers on 24
  • Lynn Cohen, actress, Law & Order, Sex and the City
  • Frank Converse (born 1938), actor, Movin' On, N.Y.P.D.
  • Chris Cooper (born 1951), Oscar-winning actor, Lonesome Dove, The Bourne Identity, American Beauty, The Muppets
  • Joan Crawford (1905–1977), Oscar-winning actress, Mildred Pierce
  • Greg Cromer (born 1971), actor
  • Robert Cummings (1908–1990), actor, Kings Row, Saboteur, Dial M for Murder
  • Erin Daniels (born 1973), actress, The L Word
  • Don S. Davis (1942–2008), actor, Stargate SG-1, Twin Peaks
  • Kurt Deutsch, actor, Models Inc.
  • Walt Disney (1901–1966), iconic film and television producer, studio mogul, director, screenwriter, voice actor and animator
  • Dale Dye (born 1944), actor, Saving Private Ryan, Mission: Impossible, Band of Brothers
  • Cliff Edwards (1895–1971), actor, musician; the voice of Jiminy Cricket
  • Jenna Fischer (born 1974), actress, The Office, Hall Pass, Blades of Glory
  • Henderson Forsythe (1917–2006), actor, As the World Turns
  • James Franciscus (1934–1991), actor, Mr. Novak, Naked City, Longstreet
  • Phyllis Fraser (1915–2006), actress, journalist, children's book publisher, wife of Bennett Cerf and Robert F. Wagner, Jr.
  • Friz Freleng (1905–1995), film producer, director, screenwriter, and animator, Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies
  • Bob Gale (born 1951), screenwriter, the Back to the Future trilogy
  • Betty Garrett (1919–2011), actress, On the Town, Laverne & Shirley
  • Heather Goldenhersh (born 1973), actress, The Class, School of Rock
  • John Goodman (born 1952), actor, Roseanne, The Babe, Barton Fink, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Monuments Men
  • Lucas Grabeel (born 1984), actor, High School Musical, Milk
  • Betty Grable (1916–1973), actress, singer and World War II pin-up girl
  • Bryan Greenberg (born 1978), actor, musician, One Tree Hill, October Road, How to Make It in America
  • Dabbs Greer (1917–2007), actor, Little House on the Prairie, Gunsmoke, Picket Fences
  • Eddie Griffin (born 1968), actor, comedian, Undercover Brother, Norbit
  • Davis Guggenheim (born 1963), director, producer
  • Robert Guillaume (born 1927), actor, Benson, The Lion King, Sports Night
  • James Gunn (born 1970), film director and screenwriter
  • Sean Gunn (born 1974), actor, Gilmore Girls, October Road
  • Moses Gunn (1929–1993), actor, Father Murphy, The Cowboys, A Man Called Hawk
  • Jon Hamm (born 1971), actor, Mad Men, The Town, Million Dollar Arm
  • Jean Harlow (1911–1937), actress and sex symbol
  • George Hearn (born 1934), actor, primarily Broadway and musical theatre
  • George Hickenlooper (1965–2010), documentary filmmaker, Hearts of Darkness, Dogtown
  • Dennis Hopper (1936–2010), actor, filmmaker, artist, Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, Hoosiers
  • Arliss Howard (born 1954), actor, writer and director, Full Metal Jacket, Wilder Napalm, Moneyball
  • Rupert Hughes (1872–1956), film director, composer; uncle of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes
  • John Huston (1906–1987), actor and Oscar-winning film director, The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, The African Queen
  • Don Johnson (born 1949), actor, Miami Vice, Nash Bridges, Django Unchained
  • Jay Johnson (born 1977), actor The Young and the Restless, Scrubs
  • Janet Jones (born 1961), actress, dancer, wife of hockey's Wayne Gretzky
  • Neal Jones (born 1960), actor, Dirty Dancing, G.I. Jane
  • Brenda Joyce (1917–2009), actress, Little Tokyo, U.S.A., Tarzan movies in the 1940s
  • Andreas Katsulas (1946–2006), actor, Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Ellie Kemper (born 1980), actress The Office
  • Edward Kerr (born 1966), actor, seaQuest DSV, What I Like About You
  • Lincoln Kilpatrick (1932–2004), actor
  • Kevin Kline (born 1947), Oscar-winning actor, Sophie's Choice, The Big Chill, A Fish Called Wanda, Last Vegas
  • Evalyn Knapp (1906–1981), actress, Perils of Pauline
  • David Koechner (born 1962), actor and comedian, Saturday Night Live, Anchorman
  • Kasi Lemmons (born 1961), actress and director, Eve's Bayou, Talk to Me
  • Angela Lindvall (born 1979), actress
  • Mark Linn-Baker (born 1954), actor, My Favorite Year, Larry Appleton on Perfect Strangers
  • Marsha Mason (born 1942), actress, Sibs, The Goodbye Girl, Only When I Laugh, Frasier
  • Michael Massee (born 1955), actor, 24, Seven, The Crow,
  • Wendell Mayes (1919–1992), screenwriter, The Spirit of St. Louis, North to Alaska, Von Ryan's Express
  • Virginia Mayo (1920–2005), actress, The Best Years of Our Lives, White Heat
  • Edie McClurg (born 1951), actress, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 7th Heaven
  • Frank McGrath (1903–1967), actor, Wagon Train
  • Steve McQueen (1930–1980), actor, The Sand Pebbles, The Great Escape, The Towering Inferno, Bullitt
  • John Milius (born 1944), screenwriter, director, producer, Red Dawn, The Hunt for Red October, Conan the Barbarian
  • Mircea Monroe, actress, model, Cellular, Episodes
  • Dustin Nguyen (born 1962), actor, 21 Jump Street, V.I.P.
  • Eva Novak (1898–1988), actress of the silent film era, The King of the Kitchen
  • Jane Novak (1896–1990), actress of the silent film era, Treat'Em Rough, Redskin
  • Dan O'Bannon (born 1946), film director and screenwriter, Heavy Metal, Total Recall
  • Denis O'Hare (born 1962), actor, Brothers & Sisters, Sweet Charity, True Blood
  • Kevin O'Morrison (born 1916), actor and playwright
  • Timothy Omundson (born 1969), actor, Psych, Judging Amy
  • Holmes Osborne (born 1947), actor
  • Diana Ossana, screenwriter, Brokeback Mountain, Pretty Boy Floyd
  • Geraldine Page (1924–1987), Oscar-winning actress, Summer and Smoke, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Trip to Bountiful
  • Carlos Pena, Jr. (born 1989), actor, singer, and dancer, Big Time Rush
  • Evan Peters (born 1987), actor, American Horror Story, Invasion, Kick-Ass
  • Julie Piekarski (born 1963), actress, The Facts of Life
  • Brad Pitt (born 1963), actor and producer, Thelma & Louise, 12 Monkeys, Seven, Moneyball, World War Z
  • William Powell (1892–1984), actor, The Thin Man, Life with Father, My Man Godfrey
  • Vincent Price (1911–1993), actor, Laura, House of Wax, The Ten Commandments, The Fly
  • Sally Rand (1904–1979), actress
  • Leonard Roberts (born 1972), actor, Heroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Ginger Rogers (1911–1995), Oscar-winning actress, dance partner of Fred Astaire
  • Sol Smith Russell (1848–1902), 19th Century stage actor
  • Phyllis Smith (born 1951), actress, The Office
  • Kelly Stables (born 1978), actress, The Exes, W.I.T.C.H., Two and a Half Men
  • Craig Stevens (1918–2000), actor, State Trooper, Peter Gunn
  • Christian Stolte (born 1962), actor, Prison Break
  • Skyler Stone (born 1979), actor, Raising Hope, The Island
  • Betty Thomas (born 1948), actress and director, Hill Street Blues, The Brady Bunch Movie, Dr. Dolittle, Private Parts
  • Kay Thompson (1909–1998), actress, Funny Face
  • William Traylor (1930–1989), actor Fletch, and founder of The Loft Studio/acting school
  • Kathleen Turner (born 1954), actress, Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, Prizzi's Honor
  • Stephen Barker Turner (born 1968), actor
  • Dick Van Dyke (born 1925), actor, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins, Diagnosis: Murder
  • Jerry Van Dyke (born 1931), actor, Coach, McLintock!, The Courtship of Eddie's Father
  • Jack Wagner (born 1959), actor/singer Melrose Place, General Hospital
  • Dennis Weaver (1924–2006), actor, Gunsmoke, McCloud
  • Jason Wiles (born 1970), actor, Third Watch, Persons Unknown
  • Mykelti Williamson (born 1960), actor, Forrest Gump, Con Air, 24, Midnight Caller
  • Jane Wyman (1914–2007), Oscar-winning actress; former wife of Ronald Reagan


  • Cedric The Entertainer (born 1964), actor, comedian
  • Redd Foxx (1922–1991), comedian, starred in Sanford and Son
  • Dick Gregory (born 1932), comedian, social activist
  • Craig Kilborn (born 1962), comedian, actor, former talk show host
  • Kathleen Madigan (born 1965), comedienne
  • Kevin Nealon (born 1953), actor, comedian
  • Randy and Jason Sklar (born 1972), identical twin comedians, hosts of ESPN Classic's Cheap Seats
  • Guy Torry (born 1969), actor, comedian
  • Joe Torry (born 1965), actor, comedian


  • Ralph Barton (1891–1931), cartoonist
  • George Booth (born 1926), cartoonist for the The New Yorker
  • Teresa Burritt (born 1916), cartoonist, Frog Applause, Shoecabbage
  • Lee Falk (1911–1999), cartoonist, The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician
  • Al Hirschfeld (1903–2003), caricaturist and cartoonist known for drawing celebrities
  • Fred Lasswell (1916–2001), cartoonist, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith
  • Glenn McCoy (born 1965), cartoonist, The Duplex, The Flying McCoys
  • George McManus (1884–1954), cartoonist, Maggie and Jiggs
  • Mike Peters (born 1943), cartoonist, Mother Goose & Grimm
  • Dan Piraro (born 1958), cartoonist, Bizarro
  • Mort Walker (born 1923), cartoonist, Beetle Bailey

Magicians and mentalists

  • Morgan Strebler (born 1976), magician and mentalist; Las Vegas award-winning performer


Bluegrass and country

  • Lennie Aleshire (1890–1987), country-bluegrass pioneer and vaudeville act
  • Helen Cornelius (born 1941), country singer best known for duets with Jim Ed Brown
  • Rusty Draper (1923–2003), country and rockabilly singer/guitarist
  • Sara Evans (born 1971), country music star
  • Tyler Farr, country music singer and songwriter
  • Bob Ferguson (music) (1927–2001), country music songwriter and producer
  • John Hartford (1937–2001), country and bluegrass music composer and performer
  • Ferlin Husky (1925–2011), singer and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Brett James, country music singer-songwriter and record producer
  • The Kendalls, Grammy-winning country duo from the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tom Shapiro, country music songwriter and record producer
  • Tate Stevens, country music singer and 2012 winner of The X Factor
  • Wynn Stewart (1934–1985), country music singer, progenitor of the Bakersfield sound
  • Jamie Teachenor (born 1980), country and rock singer-songwriter, musician and record producer
  • Trent Tomlinson (born 1975), country singer-songwriter
  • Leroy Van Dyke (born 1929), country singer best known for "The Auctioneer" and "Walk on By"
  • Darrin Vincent (born 1970), half of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent; record producer
  • Rhonda Vincent (born 1962), bluegrass singer and musician, seven-time IMBA Female Vocalist of the Year
  • Porter Wagoner (1927–2007), Grand Ole Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer


  • Oleta Adams (born 1953), soul, jazz and gospel singer
  • Ahmad Alaadeen (born 1934), jazz saxophonist and composer
  • Norman Brown (born 1970), smooth jazz musician
  • Jimmy Forrest (1920–1980), jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Coleman Hawkins (1904–1969), jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Bob James (born 1939), smooth jazz musician
  • Scott Joplin (1867–1917), ragtime musician and composer
  • Pat Metheny (born 1954), jazz guitarist and musician
  • Lennie Niehaus (born 1929), alto saxophonist, arranger, and composer
  • Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920–1955), jazz saxophonist and composer
  • David Sanborn (born 1945), smooth jazz musician
  • Wilbur Sweatman (1882–1961), Dixieland jazz and ragtime composer and bandleader
  • Clark Terry (1920–2015), swing and bebop trumpet and flugelhorn player

Rhythm & blues, pop, rap and hip-hop

  • Akon (born 1977), rhythm and blues musician, music producer
  • Fontella Bass (1940–2012), singer best known for 1965 hit Rescue Me
  • Basement Beats, multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning production team
  • Chingy (born 1980), rapper, actor
  • Eminem (born 1972), rap musician, grew up partly in St. Joseph
  • Nelly (born 1974), rap musician, (born in Texas and raised in St. Louis)
  • David Peaston (1957–2012), R&B and Gospel singer
  • St. Lunatics, hip hop, best known for collaborations with Nelly
  • Tech N9ne (born 1971), rapper
  • Kimberly Wyatt, singer and dancer, Pussycat Dolls

Rock & roll

  • Chuck Berry (born 1926), musician in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • The Bottle Rockets (formed 1992), rock, alt-country, roots rock
  • T Bone Burnett (born 1948), musician, songwriter, and soundtrack and record producer
  • Cavo, hard rock band (formed in St. Louis)
  • David Cook (born 1982), 2008 American Idol winner from Blue Springs
  • Sheryl Crow (born 1962), Grammy-winning singer-songwriter
  • Gravity Kills, industrial rock band, formed in Jefferson City
  • Johnnie Johnson (1924–2005), early rock & roll and blues piano player; member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • King's X, hard rock, progressive metal band, formed in Springfield
  • Michael McDonald (born 1952), singer, former Doobie Brothers frontman
  • Missouri, band known for classic rock song "Movin' On", formed in Kansas City
  • Ozark Mountain Daredevils, rock band known for hits "Jackie Blue" and "If You Wanna Get To Heaven", formed in Springfield
  • Louise Post, founder, lead singer and guitarist of alternative rock band Veruca Salt
  • Puddle of Mudd, rock band, formed in Kansas City
  • The Rainmakers, rock band, formed in Kansas City
  • Jay Reatard (1980–2010), garage punk musician, born in Lilbourn
  • Wes Scantlin (born 1972), lead singer and guitarist of post-grunge band Puddle of Mudd
  • Shooting Star, 1970s and 1980s rock band, from Kansas City
  • Story of the Year, emo rock band, formed in St. Louis
  • The Urge, rock band, formed in St. Louis
  • Bob Walkenhorst, founder and lead singer of alternative rock band The Rainmakers
  • Steve Walsh (born 1951), lead vocalist, songwriter and keyboardist for the progressive rock group Kansas and Streets

Miscellaneous other music

  • Doris Akers (1923–1995), gospel music singer and composer
  • Martha Bass (1921–1998), gospel singer with the Clara Ward Singers and solo career
  • Burt Bacharach (born 1928), pianist, composer
  • Neal E. Boyd (born 1975), opera vocalist, winner of 2008 America's Got Talent competition
  • Grace Bumbry (born 1937), opera soprano
  • Sarah Caldwell (1924–2006), opera conductor
  • Sara Groves (born 1972), Contemporary Christian singer, record producer, and author
  • Dan Landrum (born 1961), hammer dulcimer player, featured instrumentalist with Yanni
  • Basil Poledouris (1945–2006), film soundtrack composer
  • H. Owen Reed (born 1910), composer and conductor
  • Willie Mae Ford Smith (1904–1994), Gospel singer

Radio and television

  • Bob Barker (born 1923), television game show host
  • Jim Bohannon (born 1944), radio talk show host
  • Rush Limbaugh (born 1951), political commentator
  • Dana Loesch (born 1978), radio talk show host and editor-in-chief of Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism
  • Melanie Morgan (born 1956), radio personality with KSFO in San Francisco
  • "Mancow" Muller (born 1966), radio and TV personality, Mancow's Morning Madhouse
  • Marlin Perkins (1905–1986), zoologist and host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
  • April Scott (born 1979), model, Deal or No Deal and SOAPnet's Soap Talk

Beauty pageant titleholders


  • Jabari Asim (born 1962), author, journalist
  • Joe Buck (born 1969), sportscaster for Fox Sports
  • Harry Caray (1914–1998), Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster
  • Walter Cronkite (1916–2009), television journalist
  • Walker Evans (1903–1975), photojournalist best known for photos taken during the Great Depression
  • Joe Garagiola, Sr. (born 1926), MLB catcher, baseball broadcaster, and television host (The Today Show)
  • Dave Garroway (1913–1982), first host of NBC's Today show
  • Michael Kim (born 1964), sports broadcaster for ESPN
  • Carol Platt Liebau, attorney, political analyst and social conservative commentator
  • Mary Margaret McBride (1899–1976), female radio pioneer
  • Dan McLaughlin (born 1974), sportscaster for Fox Sports Midwest
  • Russ Mitchell (born 1960), TV journalist, CBS Evening News
  • Lisa Myers (born 1951), TV journalist, NBC Nightly News
  • Stone Phillips (born 1954), TV journalist, Dateline NBC
  • Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911), Hungarian journalist, creator of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Pulitzer Prize
  • Howard Rushmore (1913–1958), journalist for The Daily Worker, New York Journal-American and Confidential magazine


  • William T. Anderson (1838–1864), a.k.a. "Bloody Bill" Anderson; Confederate guerrilla leader in the Civil War
  • Charles D. Barger (1892–1936), earned the Medal of Honor in World War I
  • John L. Barkley (1895–1966), earned the Medal of Honor in World War I
  • Frederick Benteen (1834–1898), best known for role under George Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Omar Bradley (1893–1981), World War II general, from Clark, Missouri
  • Robert Coontz (1864–1935), US Navy Admiral, former Chief of Naval Operations
  • John V. Cox (born 1930), United States Marine Corps Major General; flew over 200 combat missions during the Vietnam War
  • Enoch Crowder (1859–1932), US Army General and reformer of military justice system
  • Randall "Duke" Cunningham, only U.S. Navy Ace in the Vietnam War; later a U.S. Congressman from California
  • James Phillip Fleming (born 1943), USAF pilot; awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War
  • John C. Fremont (1813–1890), Western explorer; Union Civil War general; first Republican candidate for U.S. President
  • Frederick Dent Grant (1850–1912), U.S. Army Major General and diplomat; son of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant
  • Martin E. Green (1815–1863), Confederate Army Brigadier General; killed at Siege of Vicksburg
  • John McNeil (1813–1891), Union Army brigadier general during the American Civil War; known as "The Butcher of Palmyra"
  • Wayne E. Meyer (1926–2009), U.S. Navy Rear Admiral; "father of the Aegis weapons system"
  • David Moore (1817–1893), Mexican–American War officer and Union Civil War Brigadier General
  • John Henry Parker (1866–1942), "Gatling Gun Parker"; hero in the Spanish–American War; only U.S. soldier to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross four times in World War I
  • Floyd B. Parks (1911–1942), U.S. Marine aviator who earned the Navy Cross posthumously for his actions leading Marine fighter squadron VMF-221 during the Battle of Midway
  • John J. Pershing (1860–1948), soldier, General of the Armies; born in Laclede, Missouri
  • Sterling Price, Confederate States Army, General of the Missouri State Guard during the Civil War
  • William Quantrill (1837–1865), Confederate guerrilla leader (Quantrill's Raiders) in the Civil War
  • John H. Quick (1870–1922), U.S. Marine awarded the Medal of Honor in the Spanish–American War, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross in World War I
  • James E. Rieger (1874–1951), Colonel Mo. National Guard; awarded Distinguished Service Cross and Croix de guerre in World War I
  • Roscoe Robinson, U.S. Army General
  • Maxwell D. Taylor (1901–1987), U.S. Army General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Stephen W. Thompson (1894–1977), first U.S. military pilot to ever shoot down an enemy in aerial combat (1918)
  • George Allison Whiteman (1919–1941), the first United States Army Air Corps pilot killed in World War II; awarded the Silver Star posthumously for after being shot down in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Arthur L. Willard (1870–1935), United States Navy Vice Admiral, winner of Navy Cross, French Legion of Honor, and Belgian Order of Leopold; first man to plant American flag on Cuban soil in the Spanish–American War

Miscellaneous famous Missourians

  • William Becknell (1787–1856), soldier, businessman, founder of the Santa Fe Trail
  • Johnny Behan (1844–1912), sheriff of Tombstone, Arizona, during the gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • Susan Blow (1843–1916), educator, "the mother of kindergarten"
  • Calamity Jane (c. 1852–1903), Indian fighter and frontierswoman
  • Dale Carnegie (1888–1955), public and motivational speaker
  • Timothy M. Dolan (born 1950), Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop of New York
  • Ella Ewing (1872–1913), "The Missouri Giantess", world's tallest woman (of her era)
  • Raelynn Hillhouse, national security and intelligence community analyst, Cold War smuggler, spy novelist
  • Mary Ranken Jordan (1869–1962), philanthropist and community advocate
  • Emmett Kelly (1898–1979), circus clown
  • Karlie Kloss (born 1992), model and ballet dancer
  • Carrie Nation (1846–1911), advocate for the temperance movement
  • Rose O'Neill (1874–1944), author, illustrator and creator of the Kewpie doll
  • Phyllis Schlafly (born 1924), conservative political activist and author
  • Dred Scott, slave and litigant in U.S. Supreme Court Dred Scott Decision
  • George Thampy (born 1987), Scripps National Spelling Bee champion 2000, staff member 2006
  • Faye Wattleton (born 1943), feminist activist
  • Roy Wilkins (1901–1981), civil rights activist

Public office

See also: List of Governors of Missouri and List of mayors of Kansas City, Missouri

Science and medicine

  • William F. Baker (born 1953), structural engineer
  • Jean Bartik (1924–2011), early computer programmer and designer
  • Gordon Bell (born 1934), computer engineer and microcomputer pioneer
  • Herbert Blumer (1900–1987), sociologist, developer of symbolic interactionism
  • Martin Stanislaus Brennan (1845–1927), scientist and priest
  • George Washington Carver (c. 1864–1943), botanist
  • Charles Stark Draper (1901–1987), inventor
  • David F. Duncan (born 1947), psychologist and epidemiologist
  • Meta Given (1888–1981), home economist scientist, dietician, author
  • Edward T. Hall (1914–2009), anthropologist and cross-cultural researcher
  • Edwin Hubble (1889–1953), astronomer
  • Harry Laughlin (1880–1943), eugenicist
  • Mark Johnson (born 1949), philosopher
  • Virginia Eshelman Johnson (born 1925), psychology researcher
  • Jack Kilby (1923–2005), inventor of the integrated circuit
  • Pauline Gracia Beery Mack (1891–1974), chemist
  • Ernest Manheim (1900–2002), sociologist
  • William Howell Masters (1915–2001), gynecologist
  • Richard Smalley (1943–2005), Nobel Prize-winning chemist, discovered buckminsterfullerene
  • Harlow Shapley (1885–1972), astronomer
  • William Jasper Spillman (1863–1931), plant geneticist, a founder of agricultural economics
  • Lewis Stadler (1896–1954), aka L.J. Stadler, maize geneticist
  • Andrew Taylor Still (1828–1917), physician and founder of osteopathic medicine
  • Norbert Wiener (1894–1964), mathematician

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