Famous Hoosiers

Famous People Born in Indiana

See our top list of the most famous people from Indiana. We’ve chosen people like athletes, actors, civil rights activists, scientists and people from other walks of life that have come from the “The Hoosier State”.

George Ade humorist, Kentland
Leon Ames actor, Portland
Anne Baxter actress, Michigan City
Larry Bird basketball player, French Lick
Bill Blass fashion designer, Fort Wayne
Hoagy Carmichael songwriter, Bloomington
James Dean actor, Marion
Eugene V. Debs Socialist leader, Terre Haute
Theodore Dreiser writer, Terre Haute
Bernard F. Gimbel merchant, Vincennes
Virgil Grissom astronaut, Mitchell
Alfred Bertram Guthrie author, Bedford
Phil Harris actor, band leader, Linton
John Milton Hay statesman, Salem
James R. Hoffa labor leader, Brazil
Michael Jackson singer, Gary
Buck Jones actor, Vincennes
David Letterman TV host, comedian, Indianapolis
Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals, Indianapolis
Carole Lombard actress, Fort Wayne
Shelley Long actress, Fort Wayne
Marjorie Main actress, Acton
James McCracken tenor, Gary
John Cougar Mellencamp singer,songwriter, Seymour
Joaquin Miller poet, Liberty
Andrew J. Moyer inventor, Star City
Paul Osborn playwright, Evansville
Cole Porter songwriter, Peru
Ernest Taylor Pyle journalist, Dana
J. Danforth Quayle vice president, Indianapolis
James Whitcomb Riley poet, Greenfield
Ned Rorem composer, Richmond
Red Skelton comedian, Vincennes
Rex Stout mystery writer, Noblesville
Booth Tarkington author, Indianapolis
Twyla Tharp dancer, choreographer, Portland
Forrest Tucker actor, Plainfield
Harold C. Urey physicist, Walkerton
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. author, Indianapolis
Jessamyn West author, North Vernon
Wendell Willkie lawyer, Elwood
Wilbur Wright inventor, Millville
Willis Van Devanter Supreme Court justice, Marion