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This is a list of notable people born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the city of Springfield, Missouri and its surrounding metropolitan area.


  • John Ashcroft, former U.S. attorney general
  • Matt Blunt, former governor of Missouri
  • Melanie Blunt, former first lady of Missouri
  • Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator
  • Sempronius H. Boyd, former U.S. representative and ambassador to Siam
  • Charlie Brown, former U.S. representative
  • Jim Keet (born 1949), former member of both houses of the Arkansas legislature; the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee in Arkansas
  • Billy Long, U.S. Representative
  • Roscoe Patterson, former U.S. senator and representative

Arts, literature, humanities and entertainment

  • Lennie Aleshire, vaudeville and country music performer
  • Bob Barker, former host of The Price Is Right
  • Julie Blackmon, photographer
  • Aaron Buerge, star of ABC's The Bachelor, season 2
  • Kim Crosby, Broadway performer
  • Ian Eskelin, lead singer of All Star United
  • Ralph D. Foster, broadcasting pioneer
  • William Garwood, actor
  • John Goodman, actor (born in Affton and attended Missouri State University)
  • Lucas Grabeel, actor, singer (High School Musical, HSM2, and HSM 3: Senior Year)
  • Sara Groves, Christian contemporary recording artist
  • Speedy Haworth, guitarist and singer
  • Joe Haymes, swing era bandleader-arranger (born in Marshfield; grew up and began his band in Springfield)
  • Tess Harper, actress (graduated from Missouri State University)
  • Josh Heinrichs, reggae singer
  • Jah Roots, reggae band
  • Jay Kenneth Johnson, actor
  • The Jordanaires, singing group
  • King's X, musical group
  • Chandler Lawson, beauty pageant titleholder, Miss Tennessee 2012
  • Brenda Lee, singer (moved to Springfield in 1956 at age 11)
  • Shelby Lindrose, Miss USA contender
  • Jim Lowe, country music singer
  • Robin Luke, musician
  • The Marksmen, singing quartet (originally The Foggy River Boys)
  • The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, musical group
  • The Philharmonics, singing quintet
  • Brad Pitt, actor
  • Dana Powell, actress, Modern Family, The Office, Arrested Development, Suburgatory, Bridesmaids
  • Ronnie Self, singer/songwriter
  • Brittany Sicard, artist
  • Scott Siman, music producer and executive
  • Si Siman, music producer and broadcast executive
  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, musical group
  • Speakeasy, rock and roll band
  • Patti Suarez newscaster, TV host, film and stage actress
  • Terre Thaemlitz, musician, cultural producer
  • Tony Tost, poet
  • Kathleen Turner, actress
  • Speedy West, steel guitarist and record producer
  • Robert Westenberg, Broadway performer
  • Adrienne Wilkinson, actress (graduated from Kickapoo High School)
  • Slim Wilson, musician, radio and TV personality
  • Daniel Woodrell, author


  • Scott Bailes, former American League pitcher in the 1980s and 1990s; now the color commentator for the Springfield Cardinals baseball franchise
  • Tyler Blaylock, NFL wide receiver
  • Lori Endicott, 1996 Olympic volleyball player
  • Gracie Gold, Olympic figure skater
  • Ryan Howard, current MLB player, 2005 NL Rookie of the Year, 2006 Home Run Derby Champion, 2006 NL Most Valuable Player
  • Jack Jewsbury, MLS player for the Portland Timbers
  • Josh Kinney, first Springfield Cardinal (AA) to make the St. Louis Cardinals major league roster
  • Stan Musial, Hall of Fame baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals, played for the original Springfield Cardinals minor league baseball team in the late 1930s
  • Larry Nemmers, NFL referee
  • Steve Rogers, former MLB starting pitcher with MontrĂ©al Expos; most successful pitcher in Expos history
  • Emily Scott, Olympian speed skater
  • Payne Stewart, professional golfer
  • Jackie Stiles, NCAA all-time leading scorer in women's basketball
  • Anthony Tolliver, NBA basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Paul Walker, football player


  • John Morris, founder and majority owner, Bass Pro Shops
  • Jack Gentry, World War II and Korean War veteran; founder of Positronic
  • David Glass, former CEO of Wal-Mart; owner of the Kansas City Royals
  • John Q. Hammons, founder of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
  • Charles F. O'Reilly (father) and Charles H. O'Reilly (son), founders of O'Reilly Auto Parts in 1957
  • Jack Stack, founder of SRC Holdings
  • Roy E. Winegardner, former CEO of Holiday Inns, partner with John Q. Hammons in Winegardner and Hammons


  • Jimmie Angel, aviator, discoverer of Angel Falls, the ighest free-falling waterfall in the world
  • J. Alan Groves, Biblical Hebrew scholar; editor of Groves-Wheeler Hebrew morphology database
  • Edwin P. Hubble, of Hubble Space Telescope fame (born in Marshfield)
  • Virginia E. Johnson, sexologist; junior member of the Masters and Johnson sexuality research team
  • Janet Kavandi, NASA astronaut
  • Ryan P. Walsh, founder and Chief Technology Officer of the Walsh Foundations
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