List of people from Nevada facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts

Following is a list of notable people who were born in, raised in, or have lived for a significant period of time in the U.S. state of Nevada.


Political figures

  • Kathy Augustine (1956–2006) – Nevada State Controller (from 1999 until her death)
  • Walter Baring (1911–1975) – member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada's At-Large district
  • Helen Delich Bentley – former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Alan Bible (1909–1988) – former Democratic U S Senator from Nevada
  • James Bilbray – Nevada's first district, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Emmet D. Boyle (1879–1926) – 13th Governor of Nevada; first Nevada-born governor
  • Berkeley L. Bunker (1906–1999) – U.S. senator from Nevada and member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Howard Cannon (1912–2002) – former Democratic U S Senator from Nevada
  • Jim Gibbons (born 1944) – 28th Governor of Nevada
  • Carolyn Goodman – Mayor of Las Vegas (since 2012)
  • Oscar Goodman – Mayor of Las Vegas (2002–2012)
  • Morley Griswold (1890–1951) – served in the U.S. Army in World War I; later became Lieutenant governor of Nevada, then later Governor of Nevada
  • Dean Heller – U.S. Senator and former U.S. Congressman from Nevada's 2nd congressional district
  • Velma Bronn Johnston (1912–1977) – animal-rights activist
  • Paul LaxaltRepublican Governor of Nevada and U.S. Senator from Nevada
  • Myron E. Leavitt (1930–2004) – former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • Pat McCarran (1876–1954) – former United States Senator from Nevada; namesake of McCarran International Airport
  • Mike McGinness – Republican member of the Nevada Senate
  • Pat Nixon (1912–1993) – First Lady of the United States (1969–1974)
  • Key Pittman (1872–1940) – former Democratic U S Senator from Nevada; President pro tempore and Chairman Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Vail M. Pittman (1880–1964) – 19th Governor of Nevada and 19th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • Harry Reid (born 1939) – United States Senate Minority Leader (since 2005)
  • Willard Hughes Rollings (1948–2008) – historian of Native Americans
  • Grant Sawyer (1918–1996) – 21st Governor of Nevada; formed Nevada Gaming Commission
  • W. Frank Stewart - silver miner in Virginia City; Democratic state senator for Storey County, 1876-1880
  • Jon Wellinghoff (born 1949) – attorney, energy expert, and chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

News media

Newspaper, radio, television

  • Art Bell, syndicated radio host
  • A.E. Cahlan (1899–1968) – Las Vegas Review Journal owner and publisher
  • Norm Clarke – gossip columnist, Las Vegas Review Journal
  • Hank Greenspun (1909–1989) – Las Vegas Sun newspaper publisher

Athletes

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A–G
  • Spencer Clark (1987–2006) – NASCAR driver
  • Rico Constantino – professional wrestler
  • Marty Cordova – Major League Baseball left fielder
  • Harvey Dahl – offensive guard for the Atlanta Falcons
  • Ricky Davis – professional basketball player in the NBA
  • Brandyn Dombrowski – offensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers
  • Marion Jones Farquhar – Hall of Fame tennis player
  • Joey Gallo – player for the Texas Rangers
  • Brendan Gaughan – NASCAR driver
  • Lawrence Guy – defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens
H–M
  • Ray Handley – former football player; New York Giants head coach
  • Bryce Harper – Major League Baseball player
  • Carey Hart – freestyle motocross racer, pro BMX rider
  • Steven Jackson – professional football player
  • Ben Jacobs – professional football player
  • Nick Johnson – professional basketball player in the NBA
  • Colin Kaepernick – professional football player
  • Klete Keller – Olympic swimmer
  • Jack Kramer – Hall of Fame tennis player
  • Iris Kyle – ten-time overall Ms. Olympia professional bodybuilder
  • Joseph Lang (1911–1990) – boxer
  • T.J. Lavin – professional BMX rider and musician
  • Ryan Ludwick – right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Greg Maddux – Major League Baseball player
  • Julia Mancuso – Olympic alpine ski racer, gold and silver medalist
  • Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – boxer
  • Jake McGee – relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Maurice E. McLoughlin – Hall of Fame tennis player
  • Frank Mir – mixed martial artist; former UFC champion
  • DeMarco Murray – running back for the Dallas Cowboys
N–Z
  • Amy Purdy – snowboarder
  • Grey Ruegamer – professional football player in the NFL
  • Nate Schierholtz – outfielder for the Washington Nationals
  • Adam Seward – professional football player in the NFL
  • Chasen Shreve – relief pitcher for the New York Yankees
  • Scott Smith – mixed martial artist
  • Brandon Snyder – first baseman for the Boston Red Sox
  • Stevenson Sylvester – linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Korey Toomer – linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Byron Velvick – professional bass fisherman
  • C. J. Watson – professional basketball player
  • Duke Williams – professional football player in the NFL
  • Matt Williams – Major League Baseball third baseman and manager
  • Aarik Wilson – long jumper
  • Charles Wright – professional wrestler
  • Barry Zito – Major League Baseball starting pitcher
  • Jason Zucker – NHL hockey player

Entertainment

Actors

A–M
  • Ben Alexander (1911–1969) – actor
  • Mädchen Amick (born 1970) – actress, Shelly Johnson on Twin Peaks
  • Deanna Brooks (born 1974) – actress, model
  • Reno Browne (1921–1991) – film actress, equestrian, pilot
  • Nicolas Cage (born 1964) – actor, filmmaker
  • Charisma Carpenter (born 1970) – actress, Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
  • Dillon Casey (born 1983) – actor
  • Hobart Cavanaugh (1886–1950) – actor
  • Daveigh Chase (born 1990) – actress, singer, Rhonda Volmer on Big Love
  • Tishara Cousino (born 1978) – model, actress, real estate broker
  • Abby Dalton (born 1935) – actress
  • Gabriel Damon (born 1976) – actor
  • Doris Dawson (1909–1986) – silent film actress
  • Loren Dean (born 1969) – actor, Enemy of the State, Apollo 13, Mumford
  • Thomas Dekker (born 1987) – actor, musician, John Connor on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Brad Dexter (1917–2002) – actor, The Magnificent Seven
  • Leah Dizon (born 1986) – model, singer, Japanese television personality
  • Chase Ellison (born 1993) – actor
  • Kathy Evison (born 1963) – actress, Lonnie Henderson on SeaQuest DSV
  • Joe Flanigan (born 1967) – actor, Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard on Stargate Atlantis
  • Michele Greene (born 1962) – actress, singer, and songwriter
  • Matthew Gray Gubler (born 1980) – actor, director, Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds
  • Adam Hicks (born 1992) – actor, singer, dancer
  • Bryce Johnson (born 1977) – actor, Josh Ford on Popular
  • Rebekah Kochan (born 1984) – actress
  • Michelle Krusiec (born 1974) – actress, One World
  • Joseph D. Kucan (born 1965) – video game developer, director, actor, screenwriter
  • Erin Lear (born 1984) – actress
  • Jena Malone (born 1984) – actress, musician, photographer
  • Lily Mariye (born 1964) – actress, Lily Jarvik on ER
  • Meaghan Jette Martin (born 1992) – actress, singer, musician
N–Z
  • Lycia Naff (born 1962), actress – Ensign Sonya Gomez on Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Thomas Ian Nicholas (born 1980) – actor, the American Pie films
  • Sean Palmer (born 1973) – actor, singer, dancer
  • Sasha Pieterse (born 1996) – teen actress, Alison DiLaurentis on Pretty Little Liars
  • Kristoffer Polaha (born 1977) – actor
  • Edna Purviance (1895–1958) – actress
  • Amanda Righetti (born 1983) – actress, Grace Van Pelt on The Mentalist
  • Stephanie Romanov (born 1969) – actress, model, Lilah Morgan on Angel
  • Sophia Rossi (born 1977) – actress, model, dancer
  • Paul Schrier (born 1970) – actor, Bulk on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • Jason-Shane Scott (born 1976) – actor
  • Dana Snyder (born 1973) – stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, Master Shake on Aqua Teen Hunger Force
  • Shannyn Sossamon (born 1978) – actress, dancer, model, musician
  • Charlie Stewart (born 1993) – actor
  • Bobby Tonelli (born 1975) – actor
  • Cerina Vincent (born 1979) – actress, model, Maya on Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
  • Carrie Clark Ward (1862–1926) – silent film actress
  • Dawn Wells (born 1938) – actress, business owner, Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island
  • Rutina Wesley – actress, Tara Thornton on True Blood
  • Lauren Woodland (born 1977) – actress, Brittany Marsino on The Young and the Restless

Music

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  • Vernon Alley – jazz bassist
  • Joyce Collins – jazz pianist, singer
  • Rick DeJesus – lead vocals for band Adelitas Way
  • Daniel de los Reyes – percussionist
  • Dino – DJ, singer-songwriter and record producer
  • Leah Dizon – gaijin tarento, singer, and gravure idol in Japan
  • Brandon Flowers – lead singer of The Killers
  • Dia Frampton – indie rock and pop singer
  • Tony Fredianelli – alternative rock musician, formerly with Third Eye Blind
  • Nicholas Furlong – singer, songwriter, producer
  • Mikalah Gordon – singer, American Idol finalist
  • Chris Jones – guitarist
  • Jenny Lewis – singer
  • Justin McBride – country music singer
  • Nikki Nelson – country music singer
  • Louis Prima Jr – singer, entertainer, trumpeter, and bandleader
  • Dan Reynolds – frontman for Imagine Dragons
  • Ryan Ross – former lead guitarist, lyricist for Panic at the Disco
  • Chuck Ruff – rock drummer
  • Lee Scrivner – songwriter
  • Kevin Seconds – vocalist, songwriter, musician
  • Billy Sherwood – progressive rock musician, record producer, and engineer
  • Mark Slaughter- singer and musician, founder of the hard rock band Slaughter
  • Spencer Smith – drummer for Panic at the Disco
  • Lynn Truell – drummer for Imperial Teen
  • Brendon Urie – lead singer for Panic at the Disco
  • Willy Vlautin – lead singer for Richmond Fontaine
  • David Yow – lead vocalist for Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard
  • Dolora Zajick – mezzo-soprano

Film, stage, television and sound production

  • Glen Charles – Emmy Award-winning television writer
  • Les Charles – Emmy Award-winning television writer
  • C. Jay Cox (born 1962), director, screenwriter
  • Nicholas RAS Furlong – songwriter and record producer
  • Curtis Hanson – Academy Award-winning filmmaker
  • Daniel C. Mitchell – screenwriter and producer

Authors

  • Alta – poet, prose writer and publisher
  • Nevada Barr – author of mystery novels
  • Charles Bock – novelist
  • Juanita Brooks – author and historian
  • Walter van Tilburg Clark – writer
  • Cecelia Hollandhistorical novelist
  • Robert Laxalt – writer
  • Adrian C. Louis – author and poet
  • James Marshall – children's author and illustrator
  • Lloyd Osbourne – novelist
  • Lute Pease – journalist and cartoonist
  • Sheldon Rampton – editor of PR Watch and author of books on the public relations industry
  • Andrew Romanelli – journalist, poet, songwriter, blogger
  • Geoff Schumacher – journalist and author
  • Harry Shannon – novelist
  • Georgie Sicking – cowboy poet and former rancher in Churchill County
  • David Derek Stacton (1925–1968) – author and poet
  • Richard Walton Tully – playwright
  • Dave Ulrich – author of books on leadership and human resources
  • Claire Vaye Watkins – author of the book Battleborn

Miscellaneous

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  • Jennifer Allan – model
  • James E. Casey (1888–1983) – founder, United Parcel Service
  • Kimberley Conrad – model and former wife of Hugh Hefner
  • Laura Dahl – fashion designer
  • Michael David – painter
  • Milton H. Erickson – psychiatrist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy
  • Sean Hamilton – radio personality
  • Jennifer Harman – professional poker player
  • Chelsie Hightower (born 1989) – Latin ballroom dancer, Dancing with the Stars
  • Jimmy Kimmel – talk show host and comedian
  • Dat So La Lee (1829–1925) – basket weaver
  • Jessica Miller – fashion model
  • Pierre Omidyarbillionaire founder of eBay
  • Bob Tallman – news announcer
  • J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner – psychologist and television personality
  • Steve Wynn – casino tycoon; owner of Wynn Resorts Limited

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